Unique hotels in Sydney

12 June 2013

There are unique hotels right across the harbour city that offer up excellent accommodation for any style and budget – whether you are keen to stay in the heart of Darling Harbour or take in views of landmarks like the Sydney Opera House right from your room.

Alternatively, you might want to try a family camping adventure or spend the night among the animals at Taronga Zoo!

Here are some of our top picks for some of the most memorable hotels in Sydney.

Astral Tower & Residences at The Star – Pyrmont

A host of celebrities – including The Great Gatsby’s Leonardo DiCaprio – have stayed at Astral Tower & Residences, which is part of The Star complex and offers five-star luxury for every guest.

Located in the heart of Pyrmont, this is a great place to base yourself while you exploreSydney. As part of The Star, Sydney’s premier entertainment destination, Astral Tower & Residences features a luxury spa, more than 20 restaurants and cafes, a world-class casino and a nightclub.

Astral Tower

Astral Tower

BLUE Sydney A Taj Hotel

The award-winning BLUE Sydney A Taj Hotel offers up brilliant accommodation in Woolloomooloo, including sweeping views over the Royal Botanical Gardens and the skyline of the Sydney CBD.

Blue Sydney Taj Hotel

Blue Sydney Taj Hotel

This boutique hotel is situated right in the midst of a beautiful marina, as well as a bustling entertainment and apartment complex, featuring plenty of eclectic restaurants. You’ll find most of central Sydney’s main attractions, including Circular Quay, are located within easy walking distance.

Cornwallis House, Hawkesbury

Cornwallis House

Cornwallis House

Located to the north of the city on the Hawkesbury River, Cornwallis House offers up a beautiful oasis that sets the stage for a relaxing retreat, corporate event or romantic getaway.

Elevated above an orchard and the river, guests here are treated to sweeping views of the surrounding farmland from the wraparound veranda.

Park Hyatt Sydney, The Rocks

Park Hyatt - Opera Room

Park Hyatt – Opera Room

The Rocks is one of Sydney’s most character-filled and historic areas, and when you stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney, you are perfectly positioned to experience the best Sydney Harbour has to offer.

This newly-redesigned hotel offers incredible views of two Sydney landmarks – the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The hotel is also home to The Dining Room, an intimate restaurant featuring a menu of modern Australian cuisine.

Park Hyatt Rooftop Pool

Park Hyatt Rooftop Pool

QT Sydney, Inner Sydney

Art lovers, creatives and urbanites will feel right at home at QT Sydney, located on Market Street in the Sydney CBD. This boutique accommodation destination is known for its bold and cutting-edge decor, mixed in with heritage architecture and a healthy dose of arts and culture.

Here, you’ll find the inside scoop on everything that’s cool to see and do in Sydney – this destination has a finger on the pulse of all the city’s top trends and latest hotspots.

QT King Deluxe

QT King Deluxe Red

Sydney Harbour YHA, The Rocks

Looking for a million dollar view on a backpacker budget? The Sydney Harbour YHA is the perfect destination for you! Located in The Rocks, this modern YHA is situated atop some of the earliest colonial buildings in Sydney and offers spectacular views of the harbour.

Sydney Harbour YHA Rooftop

Sydney Harbour YHA Rooftop

Guests here will find plenty of amenities, including an onsite grocery store, a television room, coffee bar and self-catering kitchen, to make their stay even more comfortable.

Tandara – Lane Cove River Tourist Park, North Ryde

Did you know you can have a luxury camping experience right in the heart of Sydney? Tandara is part of Lane Cove River Tourist Park and offers up a unique place to stay for those who prefer to get back to nature during their time in Sydney.

This family-friendly camping area is located in the heart of Lane Cove National Park – tell the kids to keep their eyes peeled for some of Australia’s most well-known wildlife species during your stay.

Tandara - Lane Cove River Tourist Park

Tandara – Lane Cove River Tourist Park

Jonah’s, Whale Beach

Jonas - Whale Beach

Jonas at Whale Beach

If you are keen to get away from it all, Jonah’s on beautiful Whale Beach offers up the perfect oceanside retreat.

Whale Beach is located near Palm Beach on Sydney’s famous Northern Beaches, and if you are looking for an oasis in a stunning natural setting, this is the destination for you. 11 of the rooms here boast Jacuzzis and private balconies – not to mention striking views out to the Pacific Ocean – and the onsite restaurant is the perfect intimate venue to celebrate any special occasion.

Jonas - Whale Beach

The Penthouse at Jonas – Whale Beach

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay

For five-star luxury amid all the action at Circular Quay, you can’t beat the incredible accommodation on offer at the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour.

The apartment-style rooms here offer stunning views of the harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, and are complemented by the exceptional service and amenities. Here, you’ll find a gymnasium, as well as an indoor pool, sauna, and spa. Best of all, the location ensures you are ideally placed in the centre of the best Sydney has to offer.

Pullman Quay Grand, Circular Quay

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay

Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo

It’s not exactly a hotel, but when it comes to unique accommodation in Sydney, you can’t get much wilder than Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo!

Roar and Snore - Taronga Zoo

Roar and Snore – Taronga Zoo

This great family-friendly attraction lets you camp out in safari tents right in the middle of Australia’s most famous zoo – you’ll wake up right near the snow leopards, meerkats and lions in the morning. Camping doesn’t mean scrimping on luxury either – in addition to a complete behind-the-scenes zoo experience, you will also enjoy a gourmet meal and a night in an architecturally-designed tent for an out-of-this-world stay.