The Best Places to Stay Near Sydney Harbour

The five-star Pier One Sydney Harbour offers unbelievable views over Sydney Harbour Bridge
The five-star Pier One Sydney Harbour offers unbelievable views over Sydney Harbour Bridge | Courtesy of Pier One Sydney Harbour / Expedia
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9 November 2017

Sydney Harbour is the beating heart of the New South Wales capital and home to some of the most recognisable sights in Australia. From the CBD to Barangaroo, here’s where to stay to make the most of this bustling Pacific port – bookable on Culture Trip.

Looking for the best places to stay near Sydney Harbour? You can’t get much closer to the modern harbourside than these hotels. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Opera House from a stylish high-rise, or enjoy traditional luxury from the comfort of a heritage hotel. Whether you want to be near Circular Quay, the Rocks or the up-and-coming CBD with its hole-in-the-wall restaurants and craft-beer bars, we’ve got a stay to suit you.

Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel

Hotel
4.5/5 (986 Reviews)
Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel
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Pier One Sydney Harbour, part of the Autograph Collection, is an elegant waterfront hotel. This five-star stay provides relaxing accommodation by the water and offers spellbinding views of the harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge from its rooms, restaurants and chic lounges. There are several nearby attractions, including the Rocks, the Observatory and Barangaroo Reserve. Enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine at stylish restaurant the Gantry, work out in the fitness centre or take a stroll along the pier.
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Rydges Sydney Harbour

Luxury, Hotel
4.2/5 (941 Reviews)
Rydges Sydney Harbour
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A short walk from the oldest neighbourhood in Sydney, the sparkling-new Rydges Sydney Harbour is close to the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay, a heritage site established in 1926. Boutique shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants line the cobblestone streets, and the iconic Sydney Opera House and Museum of Contemporary Art are easily accessible. Enjoy superb contemporary Australian dishes at the Playfair Terrace Restaurant – and be sure to ask about the selection of wine, which they have in abundance.
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Vibe Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour

Hotel
4.4/5 (168 Reviews)
Vibe Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour
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New to Sydney, this hotel basks in the urban cool of the CBD, a happy blend of street-food joints and world-famous sites. The tucked-away location makes it the ideal place to return to after a busy day. Enjoy a cocktail under the stars at Above 319, one of the swishest rooftop restaurant bars in Sydney, located on the top floor. A heated pool completes the ambience of the rooftop, where you can laze around on summer days or warm up in winter.
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Langham Hotel

Boutique Hotel
4.7/5 (1308 Reviews)
The Langham Hotel Sydney
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Soak up the maritime vibes of the nearby harbour from your floor-to-ceiling windows at this upscale hotel, which offers unbridled five-star luxury in the metropolitan Rocks district. There are elegantly furnished rooms here that will impress even the most well-travelled guests, and the expansive terraces add an extra touch of luxury. Featuring an indoor pool 20m (65ft) long with twinkling lights above it, the spa area is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the city.
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  • Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

    Hotel
    4.7/5 (922 Reviews)
    Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
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    Within walking distance of Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House, this hotel occupies a prime position in the heart of the CBD and is decorated in a classical heritage style without being too overbearing. A chandelier is the focal point of the lobby area, which is embellished with striped armchairs, Persian rugs and wood-panelled walls. In keeping with the spirit of the heritage building, the rooms are beautifully old-world style. The theme is continued with an on-site whisky bar and a high tea ceremony in the afternoon, serving up fluffy scones with home-made jam and cream.
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    The Establishment Hotel

    Hotel
    4.5/5 (446 Reviews)
    The Establishment Hotel
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    The Establishment Hotel is in Bridge Lane, a quaint street lined with chic bars and restaurants. A historic building with a boutique feel, this 31-suite hotel has an intimate vibe and is staffed by an approachable, close-knit team. A prestigious publishing house in the 1930s, this property maintains many of its original features, such as rustic beams, vaulted ceilings and cast-iron fixtures. The hotel is in a central location, so you can stroll to the Opera House, explore the Rocks or take a trip through the Royal Botanic Garden.
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    Little Hotel National

    Boutique Hotel
    4.8/5 (42 Reviews)
    Little Hotel National
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    It’s no secret that Barangaroo is one of the newest and most up-and-coming destinations in Sydney, and this charming hotel is a great addition to its urban landscape. In addition to a dazzling array of food and hospitality venues in the area, there’s a contemporary architecture district with art installations to explore and a 15-acre (6ha) headland reserve nearby. Enjoy easy access to iconic attractions, including Barangaroo and Martin Place, via covered pathways – and it’s just a hop from Sydney Airport via Wynyard Station. A minimalist, spacious design completes the atmosphere.
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    Sydney Harbour YHA – The Rocks

    Bed and Breakfast, Hostel, Hotel
    Sydney Harbour YHA – The Rocks
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    Budget hostels are scarce on the harbourside – unsurprising when you consider how expensive property is here. YHA is a happy exception: a bright, spacious and affordable hostel occupying a prime location around the corner from Wynyard Station and just 1km (3,300ft) from Sydney Harbour Bridge. The rooftop deck is equipped with a barbecue and offers a stunning view of the harbour. After a day of urban exploring, you can relax in the informal lounge area, which has a TV and dining room.
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    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

    Hotel
    4.7/5 (1401 Reviews)
    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
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    Luxury is the hallmark of this hotel. From the moment you arrive you’ll be indulged, with private transportation, a spectacular lobby that has sweeping harbour views and approachable, attentive staff. In the rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows show off the sparkling city streets below and sleek Italian furnishings set a sophisticated tone in every suite. There are aquatic treatments at the on-site spa, or you can immerse yourself in the surroundings with a glass of wine after sunset.
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    This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Paris Donnatella Callan.

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