As the southern hemisphere approaches summer, now is a great time to think about a trip to Sydney, Australia. The city is a vibrant amalgam of cultures and flavors, all wrapped around a gorgeous harbor—and one that just happens to be famous for its no-holds-barred New Year’s Eve celebrations.
To make it easier to decide where to stay, we’ve highlighted a range of options found in three distinctly different parts of the city: The Central Business District (locals simply refer to it as the CBD), which puts you within walking distance of almost everything; the beaches, where you’ll have walk-out-your-door access to sand but will need to hop a ferry or the metro to get around; and Sydney’s most colorful neighborhoods, where you’ll feel at one with the locals. All of these hotels are easily booked directly via TripAdvisor.
Central Business District
Sydney’s downtown is chock-full of attractions, from shopping to museums to parks to Circular Quay and the Opera House, the city’s most iconic spots. In general, you’ll pay more for a hotel room here, but it can be money well spent if you want to see a lot in a short amount of time.
Budget: Just off Hyde Park in the outer reaches of the CBD, the recently renovated Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar is a steal for budget-minded travelers, and the in-room kitchenettes and easy access to the metro will help you save even more.
Mid-Range: One of the city’s newest hotspots, the Primus Hotel is full of eye candy, from the striking red marbled columns that hold up the lobby to the rooftop pool and bar.
Luxury: A 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winner, the all-suite Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour has an unbeatable waterside location, right off Circular Quay with views of the bridge (though you’ll pay more to have that view from your room). On the other side of the hotel are the city’s beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.
By the Beach
Life for most Sydneysiders revolves around the beach. So even though you won’t be officially in the city proper, it’s smart to base yourself by the sea, taking in the slower pace of life while only bring a quick ferry or metro ride away from the hustle and bustle.
Budget: To the north of the city, the suburb of Manly has a popular surfing beach and a main street full of shops and restaurants. The Quest Manly sits on that street, The Corso, with clean and comfortable studios and apartments.
Mid-Range: Bondi might be the most popular beach in all of Australia; the Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach lets you make the most of the suburb’s proximity to both natural beauty and abundant nightlife.
Luxury: On a family-friendly beach with a quieter vibe, the Crowne Plaza Hotel Coogee Beach feels like a beach resort with all the amenities—but it’s just a 20-minute drive from the CBD. (Make time for the shoreline hike from Coogee to Bondi.)
In a Local Neighborhood
Want to live like a local, but without having to sleep on a stranger’s couch? These hotels put you in the heart of some of Sydney’s most interesting neighborhoods.
Luxury: Another 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winner, the Park Hyatt is the cream of the crop among Sydney hotels. It’s located in The Rocks, the city’s oldest neighborhood, which oozes with history and hosts a lovely weekend market.