Hip Apartments in Sydney, Australia, You’ll Want to Call Home

Quest Bondi Junction provides a comfortable place to curl up after a day of sightseeing
Quest Bondi Junction provides a comfortable place to curl up after a day of sightseeing | Courtesy of Quest Bondi Junction / Expedia
Photo of Judy Cogan
8 January 2021

Sydney’s emerging creative nooks and culinary wonders can be overshadowed by its famous landmarks, such as the harbour-dominating Sydney Opera House. It’s the capital of New South Wales and among Australia’s largest cities, but if you look deeper, you’ll discover ultra-cool neighbourhoods, art galleries, food markets and world-class restaurants. A stylish and well-positioned hotel apartment will make the best base to get your culture fix. Here’s our pick of the best self-catering pads to book on your next visit.

Meriton Suites Church Street

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Meriton Suites Church Street
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Want a taste of penthouse living? The high life can be yours at Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta, which rises 36 floors into the sky and holds the undisputed title of Western Sydney’s tallest hotel. These are luxury, ultra-modern apartment-style hotel rooms. At ground level, you’re on Eat Street, also known as Church Street, a fairy-light-strewn foodie hub with worthy eateries such as Sicilian Parramatta for authentic Italian pizza and the Meat & Wine Co.

Fraser Suites Sydney

Wake up next to a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking Sydney’s Darling Harbour and feel like you’ve made it. The deluxe apartment here has a work hub and modern kitchenette, along with a state-of-the-art sound and entertainment system, Malin+Goetz toiletries and 27sqm (291sqft) of space all to yourself. But if that’s not luxurious enough, book one of the two split-level penthouse apartments and enjoy this home from home – if you’re a rock star that is.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Meriton Suites North Sydney

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Meriton Suites North Sydney
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This Meriton Suites property is in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD), but hidden gems within all the shiny glass and sky-grazing buildings include the twice-a-month Northside Produce Market, which is full of organic produce and gourmet food to cook up in your plush apartment. If you’re sick of talking business, shed your two-piece suit and take a casual rollercoaster ride at Luna Park Sydney.

Meriton Suites Bondi Junction

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Meriton Suites Bondi Junction
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In most major cities around the world – London, New York and Toyko, for example – space is scarce, and hotels rooms are snug. But not so in Sydney. At this hotel, a three-bedroom suite (no sofa surfing needed here) has two full-size bathrooms with free Kevin Murphy products, a fully equipped kitchen and no less than 137sqm (1,475sqft) of shiny floor space. It also has a private balcony, a dining area with a six-seater round table, and a Vittoria Espresso coffee capsule machine – because coffee is important. You may never want to leave.

Meriton Suites Chatswood

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Meriton Suites Chatswood
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Got PowerPoint presentations on the brain? The five-star Meriton Suites Chatswood is right next to the Macquarie Business Centre. After a long day of meetings and general workday stress, this is the perfect place to relax. Head straight to the cutting-edge spa and sauna, or work up a sweat in the slick fitness centre, which has a rather fancy swimming pool. You’ll drift off like a baby after all of that.

APX World Square

Like most travellers, you likely have a sightseeing bucket list when visiting a new city. The APX World Square puts you in a prime position to start ticking off those attractions. Get up close and personal with a drink at the bar of the harbour-fronting Sydney Opera House, followed by a stroll around the historical plant-rich Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Afterwards, take the 60-minute Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk tour with 360-degree views of the city and suburbs before retreating to your comfortable full-serviced apartment.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Smoke-free property

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  • Meriton Suites Waterloo

    Suite Hotel, Apartment
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    Meriton Suites Waterloo
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    Listen up sports fans. Meriton Suites Waterloo lies only minutes from three major sports venues: the Sydney Cricket Ground, Royal Randwick Racecourse and Moore Park Golf Course. It’s also within walking distance of lush parkland. If you’re planning a tournament-heavy trip, or just love the sight of neatly trimmed grass on holiday, these apartments are for you. Inside, they are modern, luxurious and fully equipped from top to bottom.

    Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney

    Even though Sydney’s major attractions, such as Sydney Harbour, are close to here, Mantra 2 Bond Street is the perfect launch pad for exploring its cooler neighbourhoods. For speciality coffee and trendy dive bars, head to Surry Hills (Paramount Coffee Project is a must), grab a kale smoothie with lycra-clad locals in Bondi’s cafes and check out the beachy suburb of Manly. The sleek monochrome apartments come with access to a rooftop pool, a bistro and a hi-tech gym for when you come back buzzing.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney

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    The Sebel Quay West Suites
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    If you like your pubs historic and restaurants high-class, hop in a cab from this five-star apartment block to the culture-brimming cobblestone district, the Rocks. The Friday night markets here play out like vibrant street festivals devoted to music, coffee, beer and food, with priceless views across the harbour. Back at the Sebel, relax with a dip in the indoor swimming pool, enjoy the sauna, spa and gym or have a drink on the outdoor level 24 sundeck.

    Quest Bondi Junction

    You can’t go wrong with a stay in a Quest studio apartment. To feel like a true local, visit a nearby foodie market and whip up a meal back in your room. The next day, scoot across to Sydney’s CBD and indulge in its world-class bars and restaurants, including the Baxter Inn, a fixture on the coveted World’s 50 Best Bars list, and Quay, chef Peter Gilmore’s fantastical nature-inspired restaurant offering pared-back fine dining with glorious harbour views.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Concierge services
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on January 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.