Curate the Perfect Sydney Holiday to Suit your Style with Accor Hotels
From foodies to fashionistas, sports lovers and culture seekers, Sydney is special for every traveller. We’ve partnered with Accor Hotels and Destination NSW to compile premium holiday experiences guaranteed to renew your sense of adventure, culture and relaxation (or all three!).
When it comes to holiday destinations, few offer the diversity of experiences that Sydney does. And if you’re anything like us, after two years of lockdowns, you’re ready to renew your love of exploration in the big city, swapping online shopping for the real deal, dining in world-class restaurants, seeing sports games live, and getting glammed up for the theatre.
Whether you're treating yourself to a girls' weekend, holidaying local with family, or booking a romantic trip away, Sydney has all the glitz and glamor you could possibly ask for. But when everyone wants something different from a holiday, how do you know where's best to stay?
To help you plan a spectacular holiday that hits all the right notes, we've teamed up with Accor Hotels and Destination NSW. Whether you stay smack bang in the middle of the CBD for easy access to the shops, or at a relaxing oasis complete with its own day spa, there's a hotel to suit every kind of traveller. Here are our top five picks.
For Avid Shoppers: ibis World Square
If your Sydney holiday is all about filling your wardrobe with high-fashion wears, you're in good company. Many keen shoppers hit the city every year searching for unique, stylish purchases. Peruse the shops in Pitt Street Mall for designer brands and popular clothing chains; hit the heritage listed QVB for boutique finds for both your home and wardrobe; and explore the many inner-city streets in between to find something a little bit different.
Book your accommodation at ibis World Square, which is right in the middle of the city, for ultra-convenient access to the CBD's shops. Aside from the fact that you can literally walk out of your hotel into the stores, the comfortable accommodation offers a specialised babysitting service (because who wants to drag the kids around all day?) and a cocktail bar where you can stop for a fancy bev and review your purchases.
From $159 per night
382-384 Pitt Street, Sydney
For Relaxation Seekers: The William Inglis - MGallery
Sometimes, the best holiday is one where you never leave your hotel. Whether it's with a partner or close friends, relaxing and indulging in fancy accommodation can feel like an adventure itself and renew your love affair with travel. Plus, when you're not in the middle of the city, it's easier to feel a million miles away from home.
Escape Sydney's hustle and bustle at the William Inglis - MGallery, a premium boutique hotel offering a rooftop pool, day spa, paddock to plate-style restaurant, glam lounge bar, fitness centre, boutique shop, horse stables with racing events and more. (We told you, you wouldn't need to leave!) Because no relaxing stay is complete without a comfortable room, the suites are fitted out with big beds, luxe linen and stunning views of the racecourse. (If you join Accor's Live Limitless program before you book your stay you can enjoy extra special benefits – such as room upgrades – to top off your luxury trip.)
From $229 per night
155 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm
For Entertainment Lovers: ibis Sydney Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is brimming with touristy activities to renew your trip with, including everything from Madame Tussauds wax museum to photo-worthy inflatable sculptures (installed exclusively throughout January). For something a little more laid back, book a pedal boat for $35 and explore Cockle Bay or take a slow, meditative walk around Darling Harbour's own Chinese Garden. For your culture fix, stroll down to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and check out multidisciplinary American artist Doug Aitken's first major solo show.
With so many activities to fill your time (and empty your wallet), staying in well-priced, central accommodation is a must. Choose from one of ibis Sydney Darling Harbour's 256 rooms, many of which include stunning views of the harbour, for your stay. Start your day with the delicious international breakfast buffet and save more precious time for adventuring.
From $229 per night
70 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney
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For Restaurant Connoisseurs: ibis Sydney Barangaroo Hotel
Sydney's boujee waterfront precinct is the place to be for fine dining and drinking with a view. Offering almost every cuisine under the sun, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to filling your holiday dining menu. Be sure to book at Cirrus for world-class seafood with world-class views (and a stellar wine selection), Tequila Daisy for delish Mexican fare, cocktails and gorgeous feminine interiors, and Chi by Lotus for premium Chinese street food that’s best shared between friends.
You'll want to lie down comfortably after eating your way through Barangaroo (and not walk too far, either), so book a couple of nights at ibis Sydney Barangaroo Hotel. The comfortable apartments are situated right on the waterfront, and they're reasonably priced (leaving more money for cocktails, which you can enjoy at the onsite bar, Lot 51).
From $210 per night
22 Shelley Street, Sydney
For Sports Fans: Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park Hotel
Sydney Olympic Park is its own little sporting village, which makes sense because that's quite literally what it's named after. Located outside of Sydney city, there's no shortage of shops, pubs, parklands and restaurants to visit alongside your sport-filled stay. Spend a day watching the cricket at Sydney Showground Stadium, experience the electricity of being in a roaring crowd by catching an AFL game at Accor Stadium, or buy tickets to a basketball game at the Qudos Bank Arena.
Whichever sports you choose to see, the venues are all a stone's throw away from the Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park Hotel. The schmick 5-star accommodation is ultra-modern and has its own contemporary restaurant, which serves seasonal international meals catering to both meat eaters and vegans.
From $299 per night
Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Ready to renew your love of travel and book your next holiday in Sydney? Us too! If you live locally, it's even easier to make your way through the fantastic list of Accor Hotels. To enjoy status upgrades and even more of the VIP treatment, sign up to the Accor Live Limitless programme. You’ll earn reward points as you drink and dine your way around Sydney. Check out our guide to a glamorous girls' weekend for a specialised take on where to visit. Want to kick-start the year with a love-filled holiday? Start planning your next romantic weekend in Sydney stat.
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