There’s something about the romance of checking into a beautiful hotel. Even when it’s in your hometown. The trouble with choosing the perfect hotel in Sydney for a special occasion is there are so many. Here’s our shortlist.
This article has been written in partnership with Hotels.com
We’ve said it before, but Christina and I love a staycation. Playing the visitor in our hometown really appeals to us. Plus if you forget to pack something, you can just nip home for it!
Sydney probably has more than its fair share of exceptional hotels. So – with our wedding anniversary coming up – finding a stay in the city to celebrate has been a priority.
But then again, we’re always on the lookout for a chance for a fun staycation in Sydney.
If you’re on the hunt for a celebratory staycation spot or you’re visiting Sydney and want a shortlist of the good stuff, keep reading.
We’ve put together a list of what we think are the best hotels for romance and style in Sydney. And if you book online, there are plenty of savings to be made.
1. West Hotel Curio Collection
65 Sussex St, Sydney
Perfectly located on the reverse side of Darling Harbour and close enough to Chinatown to walk to dinner, the West Hotel is a great option for a fun night in the city. It’s part of the Hilton Group, but there’s nothing of the cookie-cutter corporate in this hotel.
Rooms are interesting and comfortable, and management here have an eye for design and bespoke. A recent initiative with Australian designers and floral decorators saw one of the rooms in the West Hotel transformed into an incredible forest scene, where you could Sleep Amongst Botanics.
The restaurant and bar – Solander – at the West Hotel is also excellent, with a confident food menu and elegant lighting to make for a romantic date night dinner.
2. Skye Suites Sydney
300 Kent St, Sydney
Skye Suites are the quiet achievers in hotel terms. This suite-only hotel chain and its purpose-built properties are hiding in plain sight all over the place. The Skye Suites Sydney is right in the heart of the city.
The design of this hotel is beautiful, with comfortable rooms that are perfect for a romantic weekend – or a much longer stay if you’re visiting for a while.
But it’s really the subterranean pool that makes this hotel sing. Designed by award-winning architect Koichi Takada, the white fins across the ceiling and down the wall give the room a mysterious, luxe feel.
3. Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
161 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Recently upgraded, this Sheraton is now officially Sydney’s first ‘Grand’ hotel, and the title comes with lavish touches to make any stay here amazing.
Views out over Hyde Park and the city are unparalleled. And the decadence of the rooms, bars and restaurants inside this hotel make the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park very worthy of a romantic stay.
4. Little Albion Guest House
21 Little Albion St, Surry Hills, Sydney
Tucked away in the laneways of Surry Hills, the Little Albion boutique guesthouse is a cosy home from home. Each of the rooms and suites is individually styled and decorated, and finer touches like the T2 tea, help-yourself Nespresso machine and Molten Brown toiletries make this little place quite special.
There’s even an honesty-system cocktail bar in the lobby where you can mix your own drinks, then jot down your room number and what you’ve taken.
Although the Little Albion is made up of a converted school house and church from the 1900s, inside is a blend of elegant 1920s chic and 1970s glamour. It’s a beautiful spot and perfect for romance.
5. Four Seasons Sydney
199 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
The Four Seasons is in the ultimate Sydney location. Close to Circular Quay, the Rocks and the city’s bar district, you’ve got so much on your doorstep here. Plus, if you choose your room well, you get an iconic view out over the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
Mode also acts as the hotel’s breakfast restaurant, which is well worth getting out of bed for. Check out our full review of the Four Seasons Sydney here.
6. The Langham
89-113 Kent St, Millers Point, Sydney
Long listed as one of Sydney’s premium hotels, the Langham in its discreet situation is a haven for style and sophistication. Sandwiched between Observatory Hill and Barangaroo, its Rocks location means you’re tucked away for a very intimate, secluded staycation.
Talking of sandwiches, the Langham’s club sandwich is a national-best award-winner – as is much of its food. The restaurants and bars here are luxuriant, refined and beautiful.
And for beauty and relaxation, the Langham’s subterranean sanctuary Day Spa by Chuan is unbelievable.
7. Park Hyatt Sydney
7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, Sydney
The Park Hyatt Sydney is in that Venn diagram sweet spot of a being luxury hotel, a waterfront property and being centrally located in the heart of Sydney city.
Its bar and restaurant look out over Campbell’s Cove, which leads on to unprecedented views of the Opera House and Circular Quay. Meanwhile, the Harbour Bridge looms over your left shoulder as you look out at Sydney Harbour.
Rooms have that elegant, low-key luxury you get in a sophisticated, top-class hotel, and every room has its own private balcony.
But up on the Park Hyatt’s roof – quite literally its crowning glory – is the hotel pool. Daybeds, loungers and the pool itself look down on the harbour and Sydney Opera House. Quite a place for a dip.
Having too many options for where to stay in Sydney is a great problem to have. Each one of these places offers all the romance and luxury you could hope for – either as a beautiful staycation or for an out-of-town visitor seeking something special.
In this situation there’s no such thing as being spoilt for choice – how could any of these hotels possibly spoil anything?