Sydney CBD Hotels
A coastal metropolis that hugs its harbour like a proud parent, Australia's biggest city does 'quality lifestyle' better than most. Its enviable climate, laid-back vibe and beachside culture sit comfortably alongside world-class restaurants, a vibrant arts scene and retail hotspots.
Discover Sydney CBD
As the beating heart of Australia’s first, largest and most iconic city, the Sydney CBD is the ideal base for a harbour city adventure. By choosing to stay in the vibrant city centre, you'll have some of Sydney’s most famous sites right on your doorstep.But for those ready to book a harbourside adventure, the decision of which accommodation option to choose within the CBD can be a difficult one.Happily Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with over 100 in the Sydney CBD alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.Which are the best of these hotels? The answer will depend on who you are and what you hope to get from your trip. Whether it’s your first time in the city or your fiftieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Sydney and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in the Sydney CBD?
- The Rocks: Occupying the ultimate harbourfront position,, The Rocks is a neighbourhood of historic and beautiful laneways on an iconic stretch of waterfront. Always buzzing, it’s ideal for the first time tourist.
- Dawes Point: Adjacent to The Rocks, Dawes Point occupies the northwest corner of the CBD. A succession of piers are home to some of Sydney’s most celebrated arts companies.
- Millers Point: Journeying one neighbourhood south, Millers Point is characterised by stunning buildings on steep streets with gorgeous views.
- Darling Harbour: Displaying a more modern side of Australia’s oldest city, Darling Harbour sits on the western edge of the CBD and plays host to many of Sydney’s biggest events.
What are the Sydney CBD’s must-see attractions?
- Sydney Opera House: One of the most iconic structures on earth, more than 1,500 performances per year are held within the famous sails of the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge: Upon completion in 1932, this steel arch bridge was the largest of its kind. As iconic as the opera house, BridgeClimb allows tourists to scale its heights..
- Sydney Tower Eye: The second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sydney Tower Eye offers visitors the most stunning views of the city. Check out the tower’s 4D cinema and restaurant below the outdoor observation deck.
- Hyde Park: Australia’s oldest public park stretches over 16.2 hectares, and features statues of many of the country's most famous individuals. The Pool of Reflection at the ANZAC Memorial is particularly beautiful.
- WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo: A small zoo next to the city aquarium, WILD LIFE gives visitors the chance to walk through natural habitats and get up close and personal with native animals.
Find the right hotel
What are the Sydney CBD’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney or Rydges World Square if you’re a solo traveller in Sydney (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it!)
What are the Sydney CBD’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Sydney could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by The Grace Hotel, The Langham Sydney and Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney.
What are the Sydney CBD’s best hotels for families?Heading to Sydney with your tribe? Adina Darling Harbour, Mantra 2 Bond Street and Zara Tower are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
Location and views
What are the Sydney CBD’s best hotels for location and views?Sydney is a spectacular city, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection or Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour - hotels that boast both a central location and stunning views.
What are the Sydney CBD’s best hotels for amenities?Are you after a hotel that you don’t really need to leave? Between parking, WiFi, bars, pools, gyms and entertainment, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and The Westin Sydney provide an amazing in-house experience.
What is the best way to get around the Sydney CBD?While it’s rather large, the best way to explore the Sydney CBD is on foot, as you’ll stumble across sights and experiences that you otherwise wouldn’t if you were taking transport from point to point. When walking isn’t an option, try:
Public transportSydney boasts an efficient and comprehensive public transport network that includes rail, bus and ferry services, as well as the soon-to-be-opened Sydney Metro. The contactless Opal Card grants you access to the network, which can be bought and topped up at many supermarkets, convenience stores and service stations.
Private transportIf you prefer private transport to public, rideshare apps are always the safest choice. Uber is available in Sydney, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Sydney hotels cost?On average a 3-star hotel in Sydney costs $130 per night, a 4-star costs $200 and a 5-star costs $290 (be aware that these price averages will be greater on weekends and at times of high demand).
What are Sydney’s best hotels?After the best of the best? Luxurious 5-star escapes can be found at Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, the Park Hyatt Sydney and Sir Stamford At Circular Quay.
Where other areas of Sydney should I visit?Venture to Bondi Beach to get some sand between your toes, to Newtown if you’re looking for some cool nightlife, and to Manly if you want to see a side of the city that’s a little more relaxed and local.