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A lesson in ultimate luxury, these are 10 of the best hotels in Sydney for your next stay

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It's no secret that Sydney is home to some pretty incredible, bucketlist hotels. Whether you're wanting to immerse yourself in the history of some of the city's oldest suburbs, or looking to indulge in a 5-star stay that you'll be dreaming about the whole way home (or to your next destination if you happen to be so lucky). In fact, the options available are so diverse, that it can become an overwhelming process trying to narrow it down to a few top picks. Which, is why, I (resident Sydney-sider and staycation fiend) have put together a list of the best hotels in Sydney to help narrow down your search. Happy holidays!

1. The Darling


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Take one step into one of the many suites at The Darling and it's very easy to see why the hotel has been awarded the prestigious Forbes five-star rating for the fifth year running. Every detail has been considered, with the most luxurious of services available at your disposable. From a personalised pillow menu, floor to ceiling windows for the most indulgent of harbour views and a spa bath tub that will make it hard for you to leave your room. Downstairs, fine-dining Japanese restaurant and Sydney institution Sokyo awaits – whether for an exclusive breakfast offering that features matcha croissants and spanner crab omelette – or the signature al a carte menu for lunch or dinner.

Looking to completely zone out? Book in for a luxury treatment at The Darling Spa. You won't regret it.


2. The Park Hyatt


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Nestled into the crevice of The Rocks' Campbell Cove, The Park Hyatt has been considered one of the best hotels in Sydney since its significant renovation in 2012. Specially commissioned art by prominent Australian artists are on display throughout the hotel and rooms, and the rooftop pool and terrace is one of the most picturesque views and lounge spots in the city. Offering 155 spacious guestrooms and suites, each with their own private balcony and view of Sydney Harbour, The Park Hyatt is undisputedly a bucket-list stay – whether you're visiting from afar or simply craving a luxurious staycation.


3. The Langham


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If you have a fair idea of some of Sydney's best hotels, you'll know that The Langham site is an institution. Previously built in 1858 and housing the famous former Observatory Hotel, the hotel first debuted in 2014 and has become synonymous with timeless glamour, lavish furnishings and remarkable views since. The hotel's high tea is one of the best in the city, and the Chuan Spa and indoor swimming pool an absolute treat. Also worth noting is The Langham's pet-friendly policy, which means you can bring your furry friend along for a pet staycation.


4. Pier One

Built on and over the water (quite literally), Pier One is the closest experience you can get to a water bungalow in Sydney's Harbour. The hotel's foundations celebrate repurposed maritime heritage at every opportunity, with unique touches in every room – meaning no two spaces are ever the same. Filled with natural light, contemporary art and uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour or Walsh Bay from many rooms, this hotel is perfect for those wanting to immerse themselves in the history of the area in a luxury setting.


5. Crown Towers


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When the highly-anticipated Crown Towers opened in late 2020, many Sydney-siders flocked to book a luxurious stay at what quickly became one of the best hotels in Sydney. And who could blame them? Luxurious deep soaking baths in every room, unbeatable water views and state of the art touches that will make it virtually impossible to leave. Which thankfully, with the plethora of incredible restaurants (Nobu, a'Mare and Woodcut to name a few), pool facilities, spa and shopping available, you don't actually have to. An absolute dream.


6. Ace Hotel


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A newcomer to the Sydney hotel scene, Ace Hotels has already made some serious noise as one of the hottest new stays in the city. Marking the first outpost for the hotel group in the southern hemisphere, this Surry Hills location is for the cool kids. The rooms are exciting and colourful – a welcome point of difference from 1000 thread-count white doonas – and the culinary delights that form part of the hotel worth a visit in their own right. From the day-to-night cafe and bar located in an old pharmacy, to the highly-anticipated Kiln, spearheaded by Mitch Orr and set to open later this year and just about everything in-between. Seriously, what are you waiting for?


7. Ovolo Woolloomooloo


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Positioned in the the old Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo, Ovolo has become a signature piece of the puzzle at one of Sydney's most picturesque locations. Featuring 100 rooms and suites all with their own signature, unique touches that the Ovolo brand has become synonymous with, the hotel marries design, fashion and playful art filled interiors for an unforgettable experience. Step out for dinner at one of the wharf's many delicious restaurants, or stay in with a visit at Alibi Bar & Kitchen for a plant-based dining experience developed by US celebrity chef and restauranteur, Matthew Kenney.


8. Four Seasons Hotel


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If you appreciate the classics, then the Four Seasons Hotel is designed for you. All the traditional comforts of a luxury hotel – feather-down pillows, gold bell hops and excellent room service – it's hard to look past if you're after a no-fuss, 5-star experience. While what's inside definitely matters, (think free-standing bath tubs with a view of the Opera House), it's what's on the outside that sets this hotel apart. On the Four Seasons' doorstep, you're just minutes away from The Rocks and Circular Quay, and Sydney's CBD to the right. When it comes to location, it doesn't get much better than this.


9. Paramount House Hotel

Located in the former headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios, Paramount House Hotel is a mix of heritage brightened by the new, finished with the signature Surry Hills charm. The building is also home to co-tenants Golden Age Cinema, Paramount Coffee Project, The Office Space and Paramount Recreation Club – so the full hotel experience is awaiting if you so desire it. Our favourite way to enjoy a stay is heading up to the rooftop where A.P. Bakery has found a home for a delicious suite of pastries and freshly baked goods to kick-start your day.

10. Intercontinental Double Bay

A stay at the Intercontinental Double Bay is a one-way ticket to luxury. Step inside the hotel's doors and you're greeted with a winding staircase that leads to the lobby and naturally, a grand piano. Which, really just says it all. Located in one of the most stylish, happening strips in Sydney, pop downstairs for a meal at Saké or across the road for the famous Bill's pancakes. If you'd rather an afternoon in, set up at the hotel's iconic courtyard and hunker into a good new book, or head to the mesmerising rooftop pool and bar to be transported elsewhere. You really can choose your own adventure.


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