Founded in 1788, Sydney is the largest capital city in Australia, sprawling around every arm of its massive harbour. Sights such as the world-famous, sail-like Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Tower 360º viewing platform are all set around Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and the CBD – making parking at any time a complete nightmare. We’re sure you also want to see the Skywalk, Royal Botanic Gardens and historic Rocks – but don’t fret. We’ve found the best hotels in Sydney with parking for you – bookable on Culture Trip.
Just a five-minute drive from Sydney Opera House, you can ogle at Sydney Harbour Bridge from this history-rich hotel, built over the glittering harbour. Multiple nods to Sydney’s maritime history come in chunky beams and timber cladding. Large rooms with view-giving floor-to-ceiling windows reveal Walsh Bay and Sydney Harbour – while metal and wood blend with rich rugs and jewel-coloured furniture. Sip a glass of chilled Australian white at the cosy Gantry, with a glass wall overlooking the harbour. For jaunts out, there’s valet parking and unlimited concierge in-out access.
Surrounded by the sites and sounds that make up Sydney’s beating heart, this hotel has the ingredients to chill you out after a busy day out. From laps in the rooftop pool to a soak in the sauna, you’ll have earned a club sandwich in your comfortable, art-deco-ish room. Families can spread out in the executive king room or master family suite, but all rooms are lined with a rich blend of brass, wood and on-trend mustard and caramel tones. While parking is off-site, it’s only across the road.
You’ll find Sydney’s newest city retreat among Barangaroo’s buzz in the Western District. An architectural masterpiece both inside and out, this hotel’s style will surprise the most travelled guest. Once you’ve explored Sydney’s nearby landmarks in your car – Sydney Opera House is just 2km (1.2mi) away – sip a rose margarita in the foliage-clad atrium. If you enjoy the striking geometric motif on the hotel façade, you’ll love the rooms with a matching dark bedhead-cum-feature wall and slanting windows. Inky blue velvet and marble tables add a luxurious touch and secure, undercover parking is mere steps away.
This 1926 heritage building sits among the cobblestone lanes of the historic Rocks precinct – the oldest part of Sydney – an easy 25-minute drive from the airport. Savour harbour views from the rooftop pool and some classic cream and brown rooms. Start and end your day in the lively Lobby Bar with breakfast, sharing plates and Australian craft beers. Outside, linger in the galleries, boutique shops, cafes, bars and restaurants – not far from ferries to Taronga Zoo and Manly Beach. On-site valet parking is available here.
Once a tannery, this old warehouse has been immaculately converted into a contemporary all-suite hotel. The exposed industrial features reflect its past – while the light-filled apartment-style suites provide everything you could need, from neat kitchens to sleek designer furniture. Situated in the funky Broadway shopping and dining district, take your time wandering among the cafes, bars, restaurants and more on your doorstep. Special rate car parking is available a block away and complimentary bicycles are available to get around the neighbourhood on.
Ovolo hotels are renowned for their quirky style and perks. Perched on the pier, this heritage-listed outpost wraps you in its sultry blend of rock’n’roll and modern luxury across a range of rooms and duplex suites, including the INXS Suite. Sip complimentary sundowners during the social hour before tasting all-vegan dishes such as raw lasagna and Mexican tacos. Shake off that hangover in the indoor pool – as with sights such as Darling Harbour just minutes away, you may need the valet to get your car out for a drive.
Ooh, la la. Live it up in true French-style in this urban resort, a 10-minute drive to the Sydney CBD with valet parking. The glamorous glass exterior – with wraparound harbour views – hints at the lavish suites and rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing city or harbour views. Mid-century armchairs and copper lights add to the sophisticated look. Sink into deep stone baths or float in the infinity pool before a spell at the Champagne bar – you’ll be greeted in French, so sip the nation’s home-grown tipple. Bon.
Housed in the General Post Office building is a neoclassical gem built in 1928 – where fans of old-world character with added modern charms will love this stately hotel in Sydney’s financial and fashion district. Choose a contemporary high-rise room or a classic heritage suite – both are bathed in cream tones with interactive concierge tablets. Don’t forget to sample their buttery, layered Kueh Lapis cake – otherwise known as a “thousand-layer cake” – or go full out with the afternoon tea. Drive the 35-minutes from the airport, safe in the knowledge you’ve got reserved parking.
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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.
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