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The Best Luxury Hotels in Sydney for Your Next City Staycay

The Sydney accommodation scene is golden. Here is our pick of the best luxury hotels in Sydney for a stylish stay.

The Langham (photo credit: @ferrero.rochele/Instagram)

Let's face it - life is busy. We're firm believers in always having a holiday (big or small), on the horizon to keep you going. Think of it as the motivational light at the end of the tunnel, if you will.

For those of us can't always jet over to Italy to live our best European lives, enter the humble yet seriously underrated Sydney staycation.

That's right, our stunning harbour city is a sparkling gem unto itself and with a heap of luxury boutique hotels in Sydney, it's the place to be for some serious R&R.

From restaurants and bars to health clubs and spas, these hotels have everything you need under one roof. So if you're looking for a little staycay inspo, keep reading for the best luxury hotels in Sydney. No passport needed! 

Best Luxury Hotels in Sydney: Northern Beaches

Barrenjoey House

Barrenjoey House

Home to only seven lush guest suites and impeccable hospitality, Barrenjoey House is a standout on this list of luxury boutique hotels in Sydney.

The heritage-listed building in Palm Beach is a sophisticated escape, with a popular restaurant and a buzzing bar on-site, surrounded by greenery and boasting enviable views across Pittwater.

The suites are cosy, chic and  oh-so-charming, providing the perfect place to rest and restore during your coastal escape.

1108 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach



It’s pure indulgence at this luxurious boutique hotel in Palm Beach.

Jonah’s is all that is beautiful about the northern end of the peninsula, with deluxe ocean retreat rooms that come complete with a private balcony, stunning ocean views and elegant furnishings.

Less than two hours from the CBD, don’t snack too much on the drive to this coastal staycay, as you’ll want to enjoy the fine dining restaurant’s fresh, mostly seafood dishes.

69 Bynya Road, Palm Beach

Manly Pacific

After undergoing a $30 million glow-up, Manly Pacific is ready to treat you to the ultimate beach-side escape. With a refreshed facade, 213 redesigned rooms, including The Infinity Residence and nine ocean-facing Coastal Suites.

Throw in the rooftop pool and bar, a sundeck with an infrared sauna, and an eclectic new lobby bar, 55 North, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more accommodating luxury hotel in Sydney.

Situated in the heart of Manly, the coastal town's enviable offering of cafes and restaurants will be right on your doorstep. 

55 North Steyne, Manly

Best Luxury Hotels in Sydney: CBD

The W

W Hotel

The infamous W Hotel empire is much loved around the world and has taken centre stage in Darling Harbour. Initially establishing its Aussie roots in Brisbane and Melbourne, the Sydney venue, which is part of Marriott International, has 585 guestrooms, suites, studio suites, a two-story rooftop bar and a heated infinity rooftop bar. 

W Hotel was inspired by the melting pot of eclectic cultures and vibrant energy of New York City. W aims to not only put their guests up in five-star luxury but also bring the very best of music, fashion, design and fuel - an all-encompassing experience for the senses. 

31 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour

Paramount House Hotel

Paramount House Hotel

Paramount House Hotel has been wowing guests with its cool vibe, rustic interiors and luxe amenities for a while now.

There are 29 suites to choose from - all light filled with plants and plush furnishings that make the room feel more homey than hotel.

Better yet, you don't need to travel far to enjoy the best that Sydney has to offer with Golden Age Cinema and Paramount Coffee Project on-site, and a plethora of cafés and restaurants within walking distance.

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Oxford House

An inner-city sanctuary situated in the heart of Paddington, this is one of the dreamiest luxury boutique hotels in Sydney.

From the moment you perch by the pool (with a margie in hand, naturally) you'll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Oxford House opened in late 2022 and has fast become the go-to location for a luxe weekend staycation. With 56 chic rooms (which have Grown Alchemist amenities), a Palm Springs-inspired pool bar, and an all-day restaurant, our fingers are already flicking through our diary to see when we can book a stay. 

21 Oxford St, Paddington

Capella Sydney 

Capella Sydney, a decadent sandstone hotel located in The Department of Education building, is easily one of the best luxury hotels in Sydney.

The grand building, originally designed by architect George McRae in the early 1900s, has been meticulously restored and reimagined by Pontiac Land in collaboration with Make Architects. 

The hotel offers 192 guest rooms and suites, with three ground-level food and beverage outlets - Aperture, Brasserie 1930, and McRae Bar. These public hospitality spaces are adorned with commissioned and collected artworks, sophisticated furnishings, and intriguing objet d'art, all located within walking distance of iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Quay Quarter Lanes precinct.

The rooms and suites are beautifully appointed, boasting chic textiles, standalone tubs, custom Italian Frette linen, and exclusive Haeckels amenities. Book us in, pronto! 

35-39 Bridge Street, Sydney

The Langham

Exuding sophistication and elegance at every turn, The Langham is every little bit luxurious as you would expect. Sitting back from the main hustle and bustle of The Rocks, this is the place to relax, renew and rejuvenate.

Treat yourself at The Day Spa by Chuan. But before retiring to your room for the night, make sure you wine and dine at the French restaurant Bistro Remy or indulge in a high tea in The Langham's celebrated tea rooms. 

89-113 Kent Street, The Rocks

InterContinental Double Bay

InterContinental Sydney, Double Bay

Heading a little East, the InterContinental Double Bay is as classy as it glam. The rooftop pool is the place to set yourself up for the day as you bask in the sun and enjoy views of the harbour.

When the sun sets, head straight to Stockroom for a bite. It’s a dining experience not to be missed, and neither is the chic Stillery Bar (gin martinis all the way).

The rooms are well appointed with luxury amenities and the staff go above and beyond to ensure your stay is perfect. Best of all, one of Sydney's greatest shopping destinations is on your doorstep. 

33 Cross Street, Double Bay

Kimpton Margot

Kimpton Margot Sydney

Joining the ranks of luxury boutique hotels in Sydney, Kimptons first Australian venture sees the refurbishment of one of the city’s grandest Art Deco buildings.

The CBD stunner boasts 172 sumptuously styled rooms and suites decked out in the San Francisco brand’s illustrious décor, mingling striking patterns, plush furnishings and dreamy botanical displays.

Located in the city's south corner, there are plenty of spots to wine and dine outside, but inside you are equally spoilt for choice from the inspired flavours at Luke’s Kitchen paired with the creative concoctions at The Wilmot Bar.

Don’t forget to pack your swimmers, there’s also a rooftop pool that beckons on summer days.

339 Pitt Street, Sydney 

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

Overlooking Sydney Harbour and only steps away from the Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Pullman Quay Grand draws on Sydney’s finest.

Once you have chosen between waterfront and garden views, make your way to Hacienda, one of Sydney’s hottest cocktail bars, complete with killer harbour views. Round out the night with dinner at the elegant Q Dining, before unwinding in your stunning guestroom.

61 Macquarie Street, Sydney

The Old Clare Hotel

This is the place to be if you want to mingle with Sydney’s movers and shakers. Taking up residence inside two heritage-listed buildings, The Old Clare exudes character – be it within the 62 luxurious rooms, the gym, the library, three restaurants (including chef-hatted Automata), or its main calling card: the rooftop pool and bar.

Trust us, this is one of the best luxury hotels in Sydney, and you’ll never want to leave.

1 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Shangri-la Hotel, Sydney

The Shangri-la Hotel is a firm favourite on Sydney’s luxury hotel scene and for good reason. When you can pull yourself away from the sparkling harbour view in your room, CHI, The Spa is the go-to for some serious relaxation.

To keep the good vibes going you need to look no further than Altitude Restaurant for some fine fare, and Blu Bar on 36 for award-winning cocktails and jaw-dropping views of the city and Sydney Opera House.

176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Ace Hotel Sydney 

Ace Hotel Sydney is the holy grail of luxury boutique hotels in Sydney. Historic brick factory building? Check! Considered interiors? Check! Curated mini bar and groovy hotel bar? You're covered.

This gorgeous hotel is also located in the hip suburb of Surry Hills, so you're sorted for coffee, shopping and delicious bites. Being a bit of a hive of activity in Sydney, there are always incredible things happening at Ace so be sure to keep an eye on their what's on guide when planning a visit. 

47-53 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney 

Park Hyatt

Laying claim to some of Sydney’s most highly prized real estate right by the harbour, the Park Hyatt is as luxurious as they come.

Whether you choose to relax by the rooftop pool or eat at their fine dining restaurant – The Dining Room, either way, the views are impressive, with both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge within direct sight.

Then there is The Bar, with a cocktail list that will have you hooked the night through before it's time to turn in and enjoy a peaceful rest in your ridiculously comfortable bed.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks

Best Luxury Hotels in Sydney: Western Sydney

SKYE Suites

SKYE Suites

For a stay in Parramatta that is oozing in convenience, class and style, look no further than the urban oasis at SKYE Suites.

Within close proximity to the best shopping and dining in the area including fine dining destinations and buzzing bars, and well-appointed with a state-of-the-art gym and a heated pool with comfortable day beds, you will want for nothing.

The boutique rooms have been designed by celebrated interior designers, creating a space that feels welcoming and calm from the minute you enter. And don't even get us started on the beds - comfort plus.

30 Hunter Street, Parramatta

Pullman Sydney Penrith 

New to Sydney's luxury hotel scene, the Pullman Sydney Penrith is a welcome addition.

Penrith's first 5-star hotel, you can expect world-class dining from Marcel Bar and Bistro and lobby bar Torri. An impeccable fitness and wellness centre and bespoke sleep therapy menu ensure that all the necessities are elevated.

Face and eye masks, aromatherapy, teas and a pillow menu guarantee a solid sleep and fresh start. Exactly what you want from a luxury stay! 

83 Mulgoa Road, Penrith 

Loved our pick of the best luxury hotels in Sydney? For more travel inspo, have a look at our round-up of the most romantic getaways in NSW. Then, why not have a read of the best farm stays in NSW for an unforgettable country escape?

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