The Best Hotels with a Balcony to Book in Sydney

From pristine beaches to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the capital of NSW is one incredible city to experience
From pristine beaches to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the capital of NSW is one incredible city to experience | Courtesy of Park Hyatt Sydney / Expedia
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16 December 2021
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The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is the first – and largest city – of Australia. Its four million occupants live and work around the massive natural harbour, overlooked by the distinctive “sails” of the Sydney Opera House – as well as along stunning strips of white sand, such as the surfer haven of Bondi Beach. With the striking Sydney Harbour Bridge linking the city’s northern and southern halves – and a mixture of restored heritage buildings and gleaming skyscrapers dominating downtown Sydney – the city is picturesque day and night. You’ll want to book one of Sydney’s hotels with a balcony to ensure you don’t miss out on those epic views, so here’s our top picks – bookable on Culture Trip.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, for a tranquil boutique retreat

Balcony at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
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Sitting on a slender peninsula that juts out into Sydney Harbour, this boutique hotel is an intimate seaside haven – minutes away by ferry from downtown’s hustle and bustle. Styled by internationally renowned interior designer, Sibella Court, a nautical club vibe reigns in each homely room. This is the place to savour long lunches, sip sundowners while looking out over bobbing boats from the balcony of your light-filled room – and of course, stroll barefoot along the sand.

Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay, for marina vistas

Outdoor pool area at Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay
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Elegant furnishings, fine linens, luxurious amenities and the latest technology at your fingertips are all expected and provided at this five-star property. The breathtaking views are a delightful extra. Choose a classic courtyard room or suite overlooking the French-style garden from your balcony, or – even better – go for an ocean-view room looking out over the azure waters and yachts of Double Bay Marina. The opulent Royal Suite is a real home away from home for you and your friends – with enough space for everyone on its four balconies.

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences, for apartments with harbour views

Outdoor pool area at the Star Grand Residences Sydney
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Walking distance from downtown Sydney and the Sydney Opera House, these oversized one, two and three-bedroom luxe apartments are the ultimate urban bolthole. Epitomising sleek and modern design, they are decked out in neutral shades with chocolate statement walls and bright pops of colour in the form of patterned carpets and contemporary art – while boasting city and harbour views from their private balcony. You may well enjoy the same harbour views from the on-site pool and gym.

The Langham Sydney, for 5-star luxury in downtown Sydney

The front entrance to the Langham Sydney
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Located in the Rocks historic district in downtown Sydney, the Langham is the most coveted address in town. This five-star hotel is renowned for its personalised service, exclusive treatments and BABOR products at the underground spa – along with the theatre-meets-dining experience at the interactive Kitchens on Kent. The rooms – all stylish old-world elegance blended with modern bespoke furnishings – are no slouch, either. Enjoy Sydney’s iconic cityscape or Western Harbour views from each window or from your private balcony. For the ultimate in creature comforts, splurge on a suite with double drawing rooms, a stately fireplace and a grand dining room.

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, for Hyde Park views

Double room at Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
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With balconies overlooking Hyde Park in downtown Sydney, the Sheraton Grand is walking distance from the likes of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Royal Botanic Garden, as well as Sydney Harbour. Depending on whether you pick a room or suite with a spa-like bathroom, you’ll also get glimpses of St Mary’s Cathedral and harbour views beyond – or vistas of the busy city streets. On-site perks include a plethora of rejuvenation treatments at the spa, afternoon tea in the Gallery and sampling original cocktails in the glass atrium of the Conservatory Bar. Feast Restaurant serves up delicious breakfasts and award-winning multicultural dinners.

Swissotel Sydney, for sightseeing in downtown Sydney

Double room at Swissotel Sydney
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Located above a popular, high-end department store in downtown Sydney, this luxurious five-star hotel is walkable to all the city’s landmarks, exclusive shopping and lively bars. All neutral creams, greys and dark-wood statement walls, many of the rooms come with private terraces – ideal for appreciating Sydney’s skyline. Chill out in the Lobby Bar, lounge by the narrow rooftop pool, or wind down in the sauna. If all-encompassing vistas are a deal-breaker, book a Signature Skyline room or suite looking out over Sydney’s CBD – with glimpses of the Blue Mountains in the distance.

Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach, for watersports on Coogee Beach

Balcony over looking Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach
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Overlooking the popular Coogee Beach, this idyllic resort comprises light and bright rooms – perfect for putting your feet up and relaxing. Be sure to rise early to watch the sunrise over the beach from your balcony. Look out for migrating whales – often spotted from land – if you’re here between May and October. Laze on Coogee’s white sandy beach – or, go surfing, paddleboarding or simply strolling the coastal path to Bondi Beach. Five minutes from the hotel, enjoy a swim in Wylie’s Baths, an ocean pool overlooking the picturesque Wedding Cake Island.

Park Hyatt Sydney, for views of Sydney Opera House

Double room overlooking Sydney Opera House at Park Hyatt Sydney
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Wake up to unrivalled views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour at this elegant harbourside residence. Be sure to linger on your private balcony, drinking in both your coffee and/or sundowner – and the skyline vistas. For that ultimate in-city view, grab the Quay Suite. The expansive views from the three private balconies showcase Sydney Harbour and Opera House at their best. Hungry? The dining room, living room and bar are the perfect places to taste top-notch Australian produce, local wines and craft beers.

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