What Are the Best Hotels in Bondi, Sydney?

Bondi Beach is home to the most famous ocean pool in the world
Bondi Beach is home to the most famous ocean pool in the world | © Angela Lumsden / Stocksy
Sue White

Packed with beachside bars and beautiful people, it’s no wonder a holiday in Bondi Beach in Sydney is hard to beat. Whether you’re keen to stay in the thick of things or tune in to a quieter scene only moments from the sand, Bondi has an accommodation option to suit – and you can now book your stay with Culture Trip.

A wide, sweeping beach just 7km (4mi) from the CBD in Sydney, it’s easy to see why people flock to Bondi Beach. But, the lure of one of the most famous beaches in Australia goes beyond its yellow sands – as locals know, the food, bars and community vibe all make the Bondi bubble hard to leave.

1. Bondi 38 Serviced Apartments

Serviced Apartment

Small living room at Bondi 38 Serviced Apartments with balcony and water view
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Who doesn’t want to live steps away from the most famous beach in Australia? That may not be possible, but a stay in these modern serviced apartments will let you feel like you do. All the studios and the one- and two-bedroom apartments are fully serviced, have keyless entry, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities, while many also have show-stopping ocean views you’ll never tire of staring at.

2. The Blue Hotel Bondi

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Double bedroom at The Blue Hotel Bondi with dark green wall, wooden headboard, velvet sofa and multicoloured rug
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The Blue Hotel likes to do things a little differently. Instead of paying for facilities you don’t need, the hotel offers 33 suites with cloud-like beds, Hunter amenities, a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and a Nespresso machine. There’s also a co-working area downstairs, as well as weekly yoga classes, an Italian restaurant with great vegan offerings and a 100% digital check-in, so you can come and go as you please.

3. Hotel Bondi

Independent Hotel

Communal seating area at Hotel Bondi with tables and high chairs
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You’re unlikely to ever be thirsty at this hotel on Campbell Parade, right opposite the golden sands of Bondi Beach. Established in 1919, the property crams in a bistro serving a seasonal menu with paired drinks, a beer garden, a bar with live entertainment and handcrafted cocktails – and even its very own bottle shop if you’re looking to grab and go. There are single, double and twin rooms, and many have private or communal balconies – although, if you’re after a quieter night, it’s best to opt for one without.

4. Mrs Banks Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Two single beds in room at Mrs Banks Boutique Hotel with grey walls
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This heritage hotel, in a former bank, is located in lively Paddington but is just a 10-minute walk from Bondi. Built in 1914, the cosy, stylish rooms have everything you’ll need to feel at home, including a Nespresso machine, Molton Brown products, rainforest showers, a desk and a small fridge. Choose a heritage room to enjoy high pressed-metal ceilings, king-size beds and mid-century furnishings, too.

5. Coogee Bay Hotel

Independent Hotel

Large bedroom and living room at Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel with blue walls and a balcony with sea views
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First opened as a hotel in 1873, this Coogee Bay institution is now a beautifully restored property complete with Victorian features, cedar staircases and intricate wooden finishes. Rooms have a modern boutique charm though, with soft splashes of blue echoing the ocean outside. Many have balconies overlooking the beach, and some have a dinky kitchenette for in-room cooking. Downstairs, there are also a sports bar, a brasserie, two bottle shops and a heated garden serving craft beer, wine and cocktails accompanied by the sounds of live bands and DJs.

6. Wake Up! Bondi Beach


People on balcony overlooking beach and sunset at Wake Up! Bondi Beach
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Don’t break the bank just to stay in sight of Bondi. This brilliant budget option has spectacular views of the beach and offers basic double and twin rooms plus mixed and female-only shared dorms. These have secure in-room lockers, linen provided and, most importantly, include complimentary surfboard hire. There’s also a packed schedule of events on offer including guided city tours, sunrise yoga, karaoke competitions, wine and cheese evenings and rooftop barbecues.

7. Quest Bondi Junction


Two single beds in room at Quest Bondi Junction with colourful image above wall
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If you’re staying a while, are travelling with friends or just prefer your own space, these serviced apartments on Bondi Junction will make you feel at home. Sleeping up to four, even the smallest studio has a well-equipped kitchenette, including a dishwasher, an open-plan living space and a DVD player. The concierge can arrange for groceries to be delivered straight to your apartment, or, if you don’t fancy cooking, there’s an on-site Italian restaurant.

8. QT Bondi

Boutique Hotel

Large double bedroom with sofa and colourful artworks on wall and balcony at QT Bondi Hotel
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With its hip styling, bespoke designer furnishings and enviable location, it’s easy to see why guests love QT Bondi. Those keen to work on the body before heading out for a surf will appreciate the access to the gym next door. Or, why not borrow the hotel’s bicycles to hop to an early class at Yoga by the Sea? Weekend visitors will particularly love the ease of this North Bondi location – QT Bondi is right next door to the arty Bondi markets (open 10am to 4pm on Sundays).

9. Adina Apartment Hotel


Seating area at Adina Apartment Hotel with grey sofas and doors leading out to sunbeds
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If you’re looking for an apartment in a superb location, the Adina Apartment Hotel on Hall Street is an excellent choice. Sure, the beach is close enough that you don’t really need the pool, but both it and the hot tub are a tempting option after a day on the sand. There’s a kitchenette, although you’re unlikely to use it when two Sydney foodie institutions are just steps from the hotel’s front door. Head to bills for its famous breakfasts and Gelato Messina for, let’s face it, almost anything they serve, although vegans shouldn’t miss the pandan coconut sorbet – it’s unreal.

10. Hotel Ravesis


Two pink linen seats surrounding coffee table at Hotel Ravesis with balcony overlooking sea
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There are plenty of reasons to come to Hotel Ravesis, and its beachside location on Campbell Parade is just the first. The two floors of boutique accommodation are perfect for those happy to stay in the thick of the action; the balcony rooms even offer coveted beach views. Outside the rooms, the wrap-around balconies of the hotel’s cocktail bar are a popular spot, especially at sunset. Just be warned, there’ll be plenty of noise from the on-site nightclub – on a Friday or Saturday night, you won’t beat them, so it’s far better to join them.

11. The Baxley Bondi


Single bed in small room with turquoise wood panelling, sink and botanical prints at The Baxley Bondi
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Happy to dip in and out of the action as it suits? Then, you’ll appreciate the tranquillity of the Baxley Bondi. This boutique bed and breakfast, an easy 25-minute stroll to the famous Bondi Icebergs Club at the south end of the beach, is the perfect place to flop for a few hours between outings. If you are driving, note that, while the Baxley Bondi is in a more residential part of Bondi than some spots right on the beach, that doesn’t mean parking is easy. Finding a spot for your car is notoriously difficult in all of Bondi, so plan accordingly.

12. Bondi Beach House


Double bedroom at Bondi Beach House with rustic looking furniture and a blue bathroom
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This nine-room, adults-only bed and breakfast has achieved the seemingly impossible: a serene location just a stone’s throw from Bondi Beach. Start with breakfast on the greenery-enveloped rooftop terrace, then take in the ritual of the busy but beautiful walk from Bondi to Bronte – the path starts just a few hundred metres away, next to Bondi Icebergs Club, which is an ideal place to cool off on your return.

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Siobhan Grogan contributed additional reporting to this article.

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