Most of our top budget and mid-range Sydney hotels are East of the city center, close to the Oxford Street gay scene, but within easy reach of the shops & sights.
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Sydney city centre (comprising Pyrmont, Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Central Business District) is relatively compact and can be explored on foot or by public transport.
As well as being within easy reach of famous tourist sights, most of our hotel recommendations are just a short walk from the gay nightlife in and around Oxford Street.
Why this hotel? Best seller. Great for shopping & gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
Vibe Sydney offers very good value for money and convenient location, close to the shopping district, gay bars on Oxford Street and some of the best sights in the city.
Guest rooms are surprisingly spacious, each featuring air conditioning, flat screen TV (with free digital channels, Fox Sports, Sky News), minibar, safe and free WiFi.
You can use the hotel’s gym or take a dip in the rooftop pool. The Curve Café serves Australian food, although there is a huge choice of restaurants and cafés nearby.
Why this hotel? Central location. Close to the gay scene. Great value. Free WiFi.
The Rydges enjoys an excellent central location, next to the World Square Shopping Centre and just a few minutes’ walk from the Oxford Street gay scene (the city’s largest gay Sauna 357 is even closer).
Comfortable rooms feature Rydges’ signature ‘Dream Bed’, minibar, safe, coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. The hotel has its own gym, a bar and a restaurant that specialises in handmade pasta.
8.3 Very Good - based on 332 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Apartment style. Walk to gay bars & clubs. Popular choice. Free WiFi.
If you want a bit more space or prefer to share with friends, then consider the Best Western PLUS, located just steps away from Hyde Park and a few minutes’ walk from all the gay bars & clubs on Oxford Street.
The hotel offers spacious, air-conditioned 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, each of which has a kitchenette, flat screen TV and free WiFi.
The in-house café serves coffee and snacks, and Stellar bar offers beers and wine. Great value for money and a popular choice.
7.9 Good - based on 647 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Close to the gay scene. Great view of Hyde Park. Free WiFi.
Located in the heart of Sydney overlooking Hyde Park, the Hyde Park Inn offers comfortable rooms, studios and apartments.
Each room has LCD cable TV, air conditioning and kitchenette. Free WiFi available. A light Continental breakfast is provided daily to the room.
The hotel is surrounded by a range of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. Oxford Street’s famous gay scene is just a 5-minute walk away. Buses to Bondi Beach depart 100 metres from the hotel.
8.4 Very Good - based on 84 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? New hotel. Easy access to gay scene. Free WiFi.
Newly renovated, funky boutique hotel near the Central train station, Darlinghurst gay scene and some of best shopping areas and dining choices in Surry Hills.
57 Hotel offers modern, air-conditioned guest rooms with free WiFi, large flat screen TV’s, iPad/iPod docks, rain showers and Nespesso coffee makers. A daily breakfast is served in the lobby lounge.
Other facilities include a 24-hour front desk, laundry service and luggage storage.
7.5 Good - based on 2715 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Best seller. Convenient location. Excellent value.
The good value for money Metro Hotel is just few minutes’ walk from the Oxford Street gay scene, the Central Railway Station, Chinatown and within easy reach of major sights in the city.
Each comfortable, air-conditioned guest room features an LCD cable TV and tea & coffee-making facilities. Most rooms have views out over the corner of Pitt and Campbell Street.
The hotels has an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk and offers laundry services.
8.4 Very Good - based on 414 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Popular budget choice. Excellent location & city views. Free WiFi.
Voted the ‘Best Hostel in Australia’ (2013). Bounce offers both high quality dorms and luxurious private rooms.
All rooms have air conditioning. There is a fully equipped (shared) kitchen with 8 refrigerators, 3 communal lounge areas, a TV room and free WiFi. You can enjoy the city views from the rooftop bar & terrace. Reception is open 24 hours and offers luggage storage service.
Bounce is just a short walk to Chinatown and the gay scene along Oxford Street. Buses to gay-popular Bondi Beach depart from just outside the hostel.
7.5 Good - based on 2875 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Great value. Modern rooms. Near the Oxford Street gay scene. Free WiFi.
Probably the best budget option near the Oxford Street gay nightlife. The Travelodge Sydney has 400 modern, self-contained rooms.
Each room features a small kitchenette (microwave, fridge and tea & coffee maker). Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Triple rooms available upon request.
Located about a 5-minute walk from Museum Train Station and 10 minutes from Chinatown and Darling Harbour.
7.1 Good - based on 1225 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Convenient location. Great for the gay scene & sightseeing.
Good-value hotel in the heart of Sydney, right next to Hyde Park and the gay bars & clubs on Oxford Street.
Y Hotel Hyde Park offers 120 guest rooms with either private or shared bathroom. There is a communal kitchen, outdoor café and internet kiosk. WiFi is available for a fee.
The hotel is near a range of bars, cafés, restaurants and shops. Paddy’s Markets are about 10 minutes’ walk away.
The upmarket and cosmopolitan districts of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills are located to the east of the city centre and separated by Oxford Street – home to Sydney’s gay village.
These hotels are within walking distance of Oxford Street and offer a great base from which to explore Sydney.
7.9 Good - based on 91 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Boutique choice. Close to the gay scene & Oxford street. Free WiFi.
Modern boutique hotel in the Darlinghurst gay district, Morgans features a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Guest rooms and suites feature flat screen cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, tea & coffee making. Some units have a full kitchen or a balcony. Free WiFi in public areas.
7.7 Good - based on 189 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Gay-popular. Near the gay nightlife In Darlinghurst. Free WiFi.
The Kirketon is located in the heart of Darlinghurst, close to the shops, the Royal Botanic Garden and gay nightlife on Oxford Street.
Built in 1930, this boutique hotel has been renovated over the years and was recently voted one of the coolest boutique hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveller.
Contemporary design, an award-winning restaurant and great service make this a popular choice with gay guests.
7.8 Good - based on 563 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Popular choice Excellent views. Near the gay scene.
A popular choice with gay travellers. The Cambridge Hotel is just moments away from all the gay venues along Oxford Street and is a great base for exploring Sydney.
This award-winning hotel offers spacious rooms and suites, many featuring a balcony with fabulous views. Some rooms have a corner spa bath. Café 212 offers a buffet breakfast and serves delicious food.
If you are not on a romantic gateway with the boyfriend, then HeadQuarters gay cruise club is just steps away!
7.3 Good - based on 448 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Popular choice. All-suite rooms. Near Darlinghurst gay bars. Free WiFi.
The all-suite Oaks Hyde Park Plaza offers excellent value and central location on the corner of Oxford Street, next to Hyde Park and close to the gay bars. Darling Harbour is about 15 minutes’ walk away.
Facilities include a well-equipped gym, pool, sauna & rooftop deck. All suites have a kitchenette with dishwasher & microwave, TV/DVD player, private balcony with city views. Guests receive 30 minutes free WiFi each day.
6.8 Pleasant - based on 27 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? On Oxford Street. Excellent value. Great for Mardi Gras.
Not the best hotel in terms of room quality, but the Sydney Wattle is perfectly located for the gay scene and Mardi Gras, and you get your money’s worth.
Eleven guest rooms are equipped with flat screen TV, air conditioning, double-glazed windows, refrigerator and coffee maker. WiFi is available for a fee.
The rooftop terrace offers harbour and city views.
Potts Point has a little bit of everything, from seedy strip joints to beautiful tree-lined streets with art deco buildings, fabulous cafés and restaurants. These hotels generally offer better value for money than those in the city centre.
8.2 Very Good - based on 199 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Near Kings Cross nightlife. Excellent location & views. Free WiFi.
The Larmont is a great choice for gay guests, as it is located in the middle of Kings Cross, halfway between the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, Woolloomooloo and the Oxford Street gay scene.
The contemporary-styled guest rooms are modern, spacious and comfortable. The Deluxe rooms have a balcony with excellent view across the city.
Guests have free access to the gym next door.
7.1 Good - based on 335 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Excellent value. Walk to Woolloomooloo Bay.
Good-quality budget hotel within easy reach of Oxford Street and just one station stop from Circular Quay.
Each guest room in this heritage listed building has a kitchenette (tea & coffee-making facilities, microwave, fridge), a comfortable bed and fan. Shared bathrooms.
Great choice of restaurants and cafés in the area.
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