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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? Very central. Great for sightseeing, shopping & gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
Our favourite Swissotel Sydney is one of the most centrally located 5-star hotels in the city. It offers amazing city views and top-notch amenities including a spa, gym, outdoor pool, restaurant and bar.
Guest rooms feature luxurious beds, pillow menu, flat screen TV’s, free WiFi, rain showers, Nespresso coffeemakers, etc. Upgrade your room for an access to a lounge with free drinks and snacks.
The Swissotel’s prime location in CBD makes it a perfect base for exploring all that Sydney has to offer. Popular gay bar The Shift, Palms on Oxford and ARQ nightclub are all just about 10 minutes by taxi.
8.5 Very Good
based on 569 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Close to Darling Harbour. Modern apartments. Near 357 gay sauna. Free WiFi.
Located within a 42-level tower in Sydney’s shopping district, close to the Darling Harbour, the well-equipped apartments at Fraser Suites offer jaw-dropping views.
All rooms have a full kitchen (fridge, microwave, washer, etc.), modern bathroom, comfortable bed and a living room with a 32″ LCD cable TV and free WiFi. Some rates include a buffet breakfast, served in the Mezzanine Lounge.
The Fraser has an excellent gym with a heated 20-metre indoor pool, spa & sauna, though you may be more tempted to check out the 24-hour Sydney City Steam (357) gay sauna, located just around the corner. The Oxford Street gay nightlife is less than 15 minutes’ walk away.
8.7 Very Good - based on 829 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Great location. Near shopping & gay scene. Great gym & pool. Free WiFi.
Surprisingly affordable luxury apartments in Sydney. The Meriton offers studios and one bedrooms, just minutes from the gay scene in Darlinghurst.
Each apartment features a full kitchen (with fridge, microwave, washer & dryer), large living room, LCD TV, DVD player and high-speed internet (surcharge). You will enjoy the 20-metre indoor lap pool, gym & sauna.
Location-wise, the Meriton is just opposite Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, close to Chinatown with many shopping and dining options nearby.
Why this hotel? Gay-popular hotel. Walk to Circular Quay & Opera House. Free WiFi.
Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, this heritage-listed hotel combines French elegance with sophisticated comfort. Whether you opt for a cosy classic room or one of the large deluxe rooms or suites, all feature marble bathrooms, an excellent Sofitel ‘My Bed’ and free WiFi.
The hotel is within easy reach of all the major sights. Circular Quay is just a 5-minute walk and the famous Sydney Opera House is just 10 minutes’ walk away.
8.6 Very Good - based on 1124 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Fantastic gym. Fine dining. Walk to Darling Harbour.
The Hilton Sydney’s guest rooms have a lot packed into a relatively small space. Larger suites are great if you’re staying for more than a few days. We particularly like their modern facilities which include a gym, a 25-metre indoor pool, sauna and steam room.
Conveniently located in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, close to many of the best shopping areas and about a 10-minute walk to both The Rocks and the gay scene in Darlinghust.
Why this hotel? Near the gay scene. Rooftop pool with fabulous views. Free WiFi.
The stylish Pullman Sydney is located in the heart of the city, overlooking Hyde Park, minutes from Sydney Harbour and a few blocks from the gay bars on Oxford Street.
All rooms offer all the high quality facilities that you’d expect from the Pullman, along with great views with lots of natural light and free WiFi. The rooftop swimming pool is our favourite, and there’s a relatively small gym, spa and sauna.
8.9 Very Good - based on 68 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Award winner. Tasteful design. Near Circular Quay Ferry. Free WiFi.
This luxury boutique hotel offers just 31 totally chic rooms with an iPad, an Apple TV, DVD player, BOSE sound system and free WiFi. The gorgeous bathrooms feature Bvlgari toiletries.
Establishment has 5 restaurants including the multiple award-winning Three Chef Hats which was recently voted one of the world’s top fine dining venues. Fabulous choice of bars, too.
The hotel is close to The Rocks and a 10-minute walk from the Sydney Opera House. The gay scene on Oxford Street in 10 minutes by taxi.
Some of Sydney’s best luxury hotels are located along the waterfront from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Finger Wharf. Expect to pay a premium for the best views of the harbour and iconic Opera House.
8.7 Very Good
based on 1339 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? In The Rocks area. Stunning views. Excellent dining. Free WiFi.
Sydney’s Shangri-La is perfectly located, between the Opera House and the Darling Harbor Bridge, making it an ideal choice for exploring all the sights, shops and restaurants in the very heart of Sydney.
The hotel’s luxury guest rooms and suites are very spacious (the smallest is 40 m²) and most have fabulous harbour views. WiFi is free. Both in-house “Altitude” award-winning fine dining restaurant and the “Blu Horizon Bar” offer breathtaking views.
9 Very Good - based on 36 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Amazing views. Fine dining & bar. On Sydney Harbour. Free WiFi.
One of the finest hotels in Sydney, with a price to match. The Park Hyatt is located on the very edge of Sydney Harbour, offering amazing views of the city and the Opera House.
Rooms are very spacious (40 m²+) and offer cutting-edge luxury, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and private balconies. Facilities include a first-class gym & spa, rooftop heated pool with a sun deck where you can enjoy the view of the harbour skyline.
Even if you are not staying here, it’s worth trying the fabulous high tea in the utterly stylish dining room. Its location next to Sydney Harbour Bridge offers plenty to do and see. The gay scene in Oxford Street can be reached in 15 minutes by taxi.
9 Very Good
based on 113 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Award winner. Great dining choices. Near the Harbour. Free WiFi.
The Darling shook up the Sydney luxury hotel market when it first opened. Located near Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour, this award-winning hotel features luxurious rooms, 20 bars and restaurants, a day spa and a casino.
Each room features floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, iPod docks and marble bathrooms with rain showers and exclusive Molton Brown products.
8.9 Very Good - based on 60 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Unique rooms. Award-winning bar. Harbour views. Free WiFi.
If you like something different, then consider the Ovolo. This Condé Nast Traveler award winner is housed in a former passenger ferry terminal building that has been transformed into a funky development that’s half hotel, half apartments.
Guest rooms feature modern facilities and free WiFi. We recommend the Loft which has a mezzanine bedroom with nice harbour views. The stylish bar serve tasty cocktails. There is an indoor pool and modern gym.
Located on the wharf near the Royal Botanical Gardens and a short walk from the Sydney Opera House. Potts Point and all its shops & cafés are a short walk away. You’ll need a taxi to get to Oxford Street gay bars (about 10 minutes).
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.
8.1 Very Good
based on 283 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Central location. Great gym & pool. Near Darlinghurst gay scene. Free WiFi.
The Rydges Sydney Central offers 271 contemporary rooms, along with an interesting lobby that features a glass floor aquarium housing Japanese Koi fish. The hotel is located just minutes from all the gay bars & restaurants on Oxford St.
Guest rooms are spacious, although we prefer the Deluxe Rooms that feature a very comfortable king-sized bed and sofa area. WiFi is free.
The onsite Townhouse Bar & Restaurant serves a range of traditional pub food and beers on tap and cocktails. The hotel also has its own 15-metre indoor pool, spa, sauna and gym.
9.1 Fantastic - based on 33 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Fabulous apartments. Close to Oxford Street, shops & gay venues. Free WiFi.
ADGE is located on Riley Street in Surry Hills, just steps away from the Oxford Street gay nightlife, Hyde Park and Sydney’s CBD.
This hip, boutique aparthotel offers a collection of two-bedroom suites that can sleep four. The styling is bold and a true reflection of urban Sydney living.
Each of the 60+ m² suites features an open-plan lounge and dining area, smart TV, free WiFi, full kitchen with European designer appliances, as well as an in-room washer & dryer.
Popular choice. Book early if you want to stay during peak season.