Conveniently located within walking distance of some of Sydney’s most popular landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is the ideal base for exploring the best of the city. Walk 10 minutes in one direction and you’re at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walk 10 minutes in another direction and you’re at the Sydney Opera House. Five minutes straight ahead? You’re at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Yes, all these icons are at its doorstep, but the truth is the hotel does a great job of giving you an incredible city experience without even having to step outside – starting with the hatted restaurant on the ground floor. Read on for our full hotel review…
Where is the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel?
It’s approximately a 20-minute drive from Sydney Airport to the hotel without traffic, and it’s just across the road from Sydney Harbour. Trains also run from the airport (domestic and international terminals) to Circular Quay station; it’s a 25-minute ride.
Set over 32 floors, the 595 guest rooms – and 52 suites – at the Marriott all deliver views, whether of the city or across Sydney Harbour. Choose from guest rooms with deluxe king-sized beds or suites with two double beds, perfect for travelling families. Larger groups will love the Presidential Suite, which can accommodate up to six guests at a time.
All rooms have a modern aesthetic, with plush navy headboards, neutral blackout curtains and monochrome bathrooms. Suites also feature a living space with a leather lounge and dining table.
Restaurants and bars
The Marriott’s on-site restaurant is the hatted Silvester’s, helmed by French chef Raphael Szurek, who serves up a Modern Australian menu. Find the open-plan restaurant on the ground floor and watch the kitchen buzz during breakfast and dinner.
Silvester’s is open for a classic continental breakfast buffet from Monday to Friday, and from Thursday to Saturday for dinner. Check the website ahead of your visit – Szurek regularly hosts special experiences, such as a seven-course Chef’s Table degustation.
Looking for more relaxed fare? Customs House Bar can also be found on the ground floor. Enjoy an extensive range of microbrews and craft beers alongside elevated pub fare including lobster rolls and daily specials such as fish tacos or classic chicken schnitzel.
Travel for work
Each room is equipped with a desk and an ergonomic chair as well as high-speed wired and wireless internet. For a change of scenery, head downstairs to the Greatroom near the lobby for work stations that are ideal for taking meetings. With 14 flexible function rooms kitted out with AV facilities, the Marriott can host up to 250 guests for larger functions and provide catering and event planners as needed.
Pool and gym
The hotel has a heated indoor pool and a fully equipped gym (including exercise bikes, rowing and elliptical machines). There are also Pilates or yoga classes and a sauna at the hotel’s Fitness Centre and Terrace – it’s open 24 hours a day all week long.
You can also book one of the hotel’s Spa Suites, where a generous whirlpool spa tub awaits.
What you need to know
For vistas of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, make your booking for a room or suite with Harbour or Opera House views, then call the friendly concierge staff and request one of the corner rooms that looks out onto both of the icons.
Best for: Families and business travellers
Number of rooms: 595, which includes 52 suites
Rates: From $440 a night
Wi-Fi: Fast and free in all rooms and public areas of the hotel
Parking: Parking is currently unavailable (valet parking is expected to be on offer again near the end of 2022)
Address: 30 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW
Telephone: + 61 2 9259 7000