The second-oldest European settlement on the Australian mainland, Parramatta, is the historical heart of Western Sydney and the city’s second CBD. An 80-minute ferry ride from Sydney’s Circular Quay or a 25-minute train ride, this multicultural melting pot buzzes with a mix of history, riverside walks, an exuberant arts and cultural scene, eclectic bars, festivals, nightlife, and shops to suit all your needs. Bursting with great places to stay, these hotels in Parramatta are the business, and best of all, they’re bookable with Culture Trip.
Tucked up by the Parramatta River, contemporary-yet-cosy rooms and suites in soft tones are a stone’s throw from Church Street, famed for its food scene. Explore the city on foot, then return to languish by the sparkling pool or lift weights in the gym. Everyone will love the high tea menu blending sweet and savoury bites, from cucumber with dill cream cheese and curried egg and parsley to blueberry and oreo cheesecake and macaroons – choose fine teas or mimosas to help it all down.
Slap in the heart of Parramatta, how could you not fall in love with these opulent suites housed in a glass and steel tower? Created as self-contained apartments, suites feature modern Japanese minimalism – all pared-back, pale woods, and light tones. You’ll be awe-struck by the soaring three-storey tiled atrium lobby. Then there’s the 25-metre outdoor infinity pool, manicured gardens, pool deck for sipping iced sundowners on, a spa, sauna, and gym. Dine around the globe on Middle Eastern, Malaysian, and Japanese dishes in the local restaurants, just steps from the door.
Parramatta Mission operates this comfortable ‘hotel with purpose,’ which means your stay benefits those less fortunate. Part of the Westmead Medical Precinct, sophisticated rooms and suites feature inky-blue walls, and pretty framed art – deluxe versions add neat kitchens. Perk yourself up with a strong coffee at Keramic Cafe & Restaurant, housed in a cute cottage in the grounds. It’s also three km from the Riverside Theatre Parramatta.
If your kids are in tow, you’ll love this towering hotel, just over a kilometre from Sydney Children’s Museum. You’ll feel right at home in contemporary, light-filled rooms, suites, and apartments with colourful sink-into sofas and kitchens – upgrade for a relaxing spa bath. If not, there’s an outdoor pool with a refreshing water feature, inviting spa, and gym with all the gizmos. Want to chill in-house? Sample fresh, seasonal Australian dishes and tempting light Asian salads, at the sleek Social House Dining and Bar.
If you like horse racing, you’ll love these light and airy rooms and suites across the road from the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, with track and city skyline views at this space-ship like hotel. Anytime you feel a little tired, splash around in the indoor heated pool before a bliss-out in the Turkish steam bath. You don’t have to go far for food or drink – the Stock Café brews good coffee, tasty breakfasts, and light bites. Relax at the end of the day in Champs Bar and Dining, or hit The Post for a cooling beer in the tiled garden.
On the fringe of Parramatta’s CBD, shoppers will love this modern home away from home minutes from one of the biggest shopping centres in Australia – handy if you’ve forgotten your swimming costume. Either way, soak up the sunshine poolside, perfect your backhand on the tennis court, or shape up in the gym. Come evening, you can sip a cocktail al fresco at M Bar and Terrace. Layers of drapes, wood, framed art, and big comfy beds create a comfortable at-home feel. Book the King Executive Spa Suite, with a separate living area and a soothing corner spa for that romantic or family getaway.
Originally called The Halfway House, once a haven for weary travellers to quench their thirst and rest their heads and horses, this 18th-century building continues to celebrate its rich history. Today, 14 light-filled rooms offer a more modern welcome with spacious industrial-chic rooms lined with fireplaces and grey and black design-led furniture. Downstairs the deco-like bar and bistro echo old-school charm with warm, well-worn floorboards and leather seating for noshing salt and pepper prawns. After, stroll the half an hour or so to Bicentennial Park, a vast swathe of green in the city.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.