Whether it’s show-stopping harbour vistas or living it up in boutique style, these luxe Sydney digs offer everything from rooftop pools, high thread count linen, freestanding tubs, star studded guest lists and more.
2020 was a good year for harbourside luxury in Sydney with the opening of two new hotels. Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour has a rooftop infinity pool, three dining venues and spacious guest rooms kitted out with the latest technology.
Towering above Barangaroo, the 275m Crown Sydney is the city’s tallest hotel. It also has a sprawling rooftop pool deck, lush Crown Spa, 14 bars and restaurants, and 349 guest rooms including 22 ultra-luxe private villas.
There’s even more luxury in the pipeline. In 2021, the doors will open to W Sydney, set in a striking ribbon-style glass building on Darling Harbour; and Ace Hotel Surry Hills, the first Australian outpost of the chic boutique brand based in the US. A 110 year old heritage building on Oxford Street in Paddington will be transformed into a luxe 25 Hours Hotel in 2022.
Carved from sandstone, the Park Hyatt Sydney boasts arguably the Harbour City’s most coveted address. All 155 guestrooms and suites offer contemporary harbourside luxury with floor to ceiling glass doors that open to private balconies. Three elegantly designed rooftop suites – including the city’s largest at 350sqm – showcase just shy of a 360-degree panorama spanning the glorious harbour, the sails of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. There’s an elegant spa, beauty and fitness centre with rooftop pool and terrace, 24/7 butler service and private wharf.
On Circular Quay’s eastern side, 68 spacious one and two-bedroom apartment style suites overlook either the sparkling harbour or the Botanic Gardens at the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour. There’s an indoor pool with a 24-hour gym, sauna and sun deck with floor-to-ceiling views, 24-hour room service, light-filled restaurant and Cuban plantation inspired waterfront bar.
Five star Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour offers 590 luxurious rooms and suites with luxurious soaking tubs, wraparound harbour views, a Champagne bar and alfresco pool. Complimentary canapes and drinks, afternoon tea, and a la carte breakfast are served at Club Millésime for Club Sofitel guests.
Favoured by A-listers, The Darling’s boutique feel belies its Star City casino address. Elle McPherson, Justin Bieber and George Clooney are but a few celebrities to sleep in the hotel’s 171 luxurious rooms and suites. There’s also a world-class day spa, 25m lap pool, custom made beds, fine dining Japanese restaurant and arresting harbour views.
History, luxury and legacy converge at the Fullerton Hotel Sydney in the onetime GPO building. Dine inhouse on modern Australian fare with a southeast Asian twist, sleep in 416 contemporary rooms and delve deeper into the 1874 landmark building’s storied past, designed by colonial architect James Barnet, with a free history tour.
Sitting pretty in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct the Langham Sydney is the epitome of timeless elegance. Ninety eight luxurious rooms and suites are housed within this low-rise boutique property which includes health club, day spa, art collection curated by Sotherby’s and indoor pool with star-studded ceiling. Five-star suites over-look the harbour’s western side, while traditional English high tea and cocktails are served in the opulent Observatory Bar – considered one of Sydney’s best. Pampered pooches welcome.
Want boutique style and harbour views? The multi award-winning Ovolo Woolloomooloo fuses cutting edge interiors with a plum waterfront locale. Within walking distance of the CBD and Sydney Opera House, the Finger Wharf hotel sits adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens within strolling distance to the famous Boy Charlton Pool. The hotel’s design has brought to life the historic Sydney wharves in its 100 guest rooms and undeniably chic Alibi Bar and Kitchen, Australia’s first 100 percent plant-based hotel restaurant.
Made up of three heritage listed 1870's terrace houses Spicers Potts Point marries Sydney heritage with contemporary interiors and striking art work by Australian artist Martine Emdur (renowned for her underwater paintings). There’s also a compact but light filled breakfast room, honesty bar and cosy library.
Melding the creative vision of Singaporean hotelier Loh Lik Peng with Chippendale’s gritty industrial past the Old Clare Hotel offers a stylish bar set in a curvaceous former pub, two stellar restaurants and rooftop pool. A newly renovated wing ups the ante at this hip 67-room hotel adding five art deco rooms and two suites with freestanding cast iron baths and curated artworks.
From humble beginnings as a roadhouse, Jonah’s multiple incarnations have seen it evolve into the much-lauded retreat par excellence it is today. A hatted restaurant, infinity pool and 11 elegant rooms with spa bath, private balconies, Frette robes, high-pressure walk-in showers and AH Beard king beds offer sensational views over Sydney’s Whale Beach at every turn. For the ultimate rock star arrival splurge on a 20-minute seaplane flight from Rose Bay.
In Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the swanky InterContinental Sydney Double Bay offers 140 spacious rooms and suites with private balconies, club lounge, spa and 24-hour gym in the leafy eastern suburbs enclave. Its trump card is the Amalfi Coast-inspired, rooftop pool with cabanas for soaking up the legendary harbour vistas.
Luxury with a twist
Looking for something a little different? These unique properties blend luxury with a quirky sense of style, out-of-the-box location or a slice of Sydney history.