The Best Hotels and Accommodation to Book in Mosman, Sydney

With its design-led rooms and spectacular views, the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga is a great choice for nature lovers who don’t like to rough it
With its design-led rooms and spectacular views, the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga is a great choice for nature lovers who don’t like to rough it | © Wildlife Retreat at Taronga / Expedia
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4 November 2021
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Many visitors to Sydney opt to stay close to the CBD (Central Business District) or in the east, around Bondi Beach, which is particularly popular with tourists. But for something different – and arguably, much fancier – consider Mosman, on the North Shore. This wealthy suburb is home to the famed Taronga Zoo, and is ringed by numerous beaches and coastal green spaces. It has its own selection of hip cafes, bars and restaurants, and when you want to explore further afield, it’s a quick ferry ride across Sydney Harbour to the city. Here are some of the best places to stay in the area – all bookable on Culture Trip.

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, for a unique zoo stay

The terrace at Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
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Here’s one for nature lovers who don’t like to rough it. The Wildlife Retreat is part of Taronga Zoo, and each booking includes a tour of the wildlife sanctuary. The earth-toned designer rooms feature nods to Aussie flora and fauna, and all of them face out to either Australian bushland or the spectacular Sydney Harbour. For an especially romantic stay, consider dinner at the retreat’s restaurant, Me-Gal, which uses native Australian flavours to craft exquisite, seasonal dishes.

The Albert Mosman, for a modern boutique stay in a historic house

The terrace at the Albert Hotel
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The Albert is a surprisingly affordable place to stay, particularly as Mosman is such an affluent area. It’s set in a historic terraced house that’s been converted into a modern boutique hotel, and the rooms are a unique mix of vintage furniture with bold colour schemes. A chef-cooked breakfast is included in your room rate; there’s also a bar on site, and a chic back courtyard where you’ll get to mingle with the generally laid-back crowd. Want to explore further? The hotel is on Military Road, which is barnacled with fashionable boutiques and cafes.

Park Regis Concierge Apartments, for convenience and simplicity

Park Regis Concierge Apartments interior
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If you don’t need a hotel with bells and whistles such as a pool or gym, the Park Regis is a great bet. The ambience is casual – expect clean and simple self-contained apartments with kitchen and laundry facilities, workspaces and Juliet balconies with views. The choice is between studio and one-bedroom apartments, so the place is best for couples and small families. The location is convenient, too: there’s a whole range of multicultural restaurants right outside the door on Military Road, with even more choice a short walk away, at Neutral Bay Junction.

St Valentine’s Apartments, for views of Sydney Harbour

St Valentine’s Apartments interior
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Balanced on the Balmoral Slopes, with views of Sydney Harbour, are these family-owned self-contained apartments in a 1960s brick building. Mostly suitable for couples or singles, they’re fitted out with impressively large windows and eclectic furnishings. Whichever one you stay in, you’ll have a full kitchen and queen bed as well as a washer and dryer. The location is particularly notable – charming Balmoral Beach is a five-minute walk away, and the varied restaurants and cafes of Military Road are even closer.

Mosman Muston Street Apartment, for an apartment with full kitchen

Mosman Muston Street Apartment interior
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This attractive two-bedroom apartment rental is a solid choice for couples and families. Its pristine white walls and hardwood floors create a distinctly coastal vibe. Plus, with a full kitchen, barbecue, living room with TV, washer and dryer, it’s an exceedingly comfortable and well-equipped place to unwind. You’ll be staying at the south end of Military Road, so dining and drinking options are easily accessible; Taronga Zoo, the ferry to Sydney and various beaches are a picturesque 20- to 30-minute walk away.

Stunning Architecture Balmoral Views, for fabulous sea views

Outdoor walkway at Stunning Architecture Balmoral Views
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This Mosman holiday rental is an absolute treat – it’s an ultra-modern treehouse of sorts, tucked on a hill above Balmoral Beach. Standout features include floor-to-ceiling windows and a master bedroom in which you wake up to unobstructed sea views. You can also take in that view from the open-plan kitchen and living room. The property is suitable for up to four people (there’s a second bedroom with two single beds), and nicely positioned just a couple of minutes’ walk from the heart of the Military Road shopping and dining strip.

Cremorne Point Manor, for a stay in a heritage manor

Terrace at Cremorne Point Manor
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This luxurious heritage manor is technically in Cremorne Point (adjacent to Mosman), in a prime location on a peninsula jutting out into Sydney Harbour. The manor attracts a diverse clientele with its range of affordable accommodation, from singles and doubles with shared bathrooms right up to a two-bedroom penthouse with views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. The mid-range rooms have ensuite bathrooms, lovely antique-modern furnishings, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs; you’ll also find a saltwater swimming pool right nearby, and ferries to Sydney depart from a spot just a couple of minutes’ walk down the street.

Roar and Snore, for safari-style lodgings

The view from Roar and Snore with Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Less of an accommodation option and more of an experience, the idea at Roar and Snore is that you sleep safari-style in harbourside tents at Taronga Zoo. Guests can take part in feeding time with experienced zookeepers and get close to the wildlife on a zoo tour. Dinner and breakfast are included, as well as canapés and drinks on arrival. Expect a social event, and lots of mingling with other guests. Children under five are not permitted.

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