Many critics say that Sydney isn’t as rich in hip accommodation like some of its international counterparts, however, there are new players on the field that are raising the bar when it comes to Sydney’s hospitality game. From chic boutiques to sophisticated five-star hotels, there’s something for everyone in Sydney’s new and improved accommodation scene. So here are a few most unique places to visit next time you come to this harbor city.
This historic Gowings and State Theatre building was smartly repurposed into a hotel with 200 guest suites. From the moment you step inside, you are treated to a unique mixture of gothic, Italian and art deco architecture with a touch of contemporary quirks that really create the one-of-a-kind atmosphere characteristic of QT. All rooms are pretty lux, with high-quality bedding, gorgeous bathrooms and super-fast Internet (which is very important today). When a little peckish and thirsty, check out the Gilt Lounge or the next-door Parlour Lane Roasters café.
If you want amazing accommodation in a very bohemian neighborhood, check out Urban Newtown. This edgy 4-star hotel is located in Newtown, a new up-and-coming suburb that’s very experimental and quirky—a world for itself. The hotel describes itself as “post-apocalyptic” with graffiti-covered walls, industrial elements and cleverly placed musical instruments (the place is often turned into a live music venue). Rooms are filled with bold details and bold colors but adorned in comfort and cleanliness. When you start feeling overwhelmed by the unique Urban Newtown atmosphere, get out and explore the amazing neighborhood. It will be a super fun stay!
The Old Clare Hotel
What was once a brewery and a pub perfect for drowning your sorrows in a pint of beer is now the best Chippendale hotel in Sydney perfect for a chic yet relaxing stay. Thanks to the recent efforts, the brewery and the pub came together to form a gorgeous Old Clare Hotel—a playful yet lux urban getaway. Chippendale is having a renaissance with its booming art, culture and foodie scene, so if you get bored of the hotel’s bar, restaurant and rooftop pool (it has a rooftop pool, everyone!), you can check out one of the many local restaurants, cafes, galleries or shopping spots. You’ll never get bored when staying at the Old Clare!
If you want something extra quirky yet glam, try Ovolo Woolloomooloo. Everything from its name to its artsy aesthetics screams individuality and personality. As soon as you step in, you will feel instantly transported to a hip NYC warehouse party but with all the Aussie hospitality and charm. Everything that comes, stays or becomes a part of Ovolo fits its brand perfectly: it has to be eclectic, cheeky and unique. And if you book your stay via their site, you’ll get plenty of freebies—their customer relations are pretty great!
Park Hyatt Sydney
If you’re looking for something lux and established, go to The Rocks and check out The Park Hyatt Hotel. Placed in one of the coolest central neighborhoods, this hotel offers 155 rooms with private balconies, 24/7 services and a glam spa with a rooftop pool. It’s also home to Sydney’s favorite restaurants, The Dining Room and Living Room or you can skip dinner and go straight for their waterfront bar. If you’re feeling extra VIP, book The Study and have a private event in an internal wine cellar!
If you have some serious businessing to do in Sydney, check out the new go-to address—The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour Hotel. It is the first new-built lux hotel to open in Sydney in years, so the expectations were high. Luckily, with over 500 rooms, classy Champagne Bar, its signature restaurant Atelier and amazing meeting and event spaces, Sofitel has a bright future in front of it!
The list of Sydney’s amazing accommodation is quite hard to complete, but these places seem to stand out from the competition. So, next time you’re visiting Sydney, you’ll know just where to book your stay and have an unforgettable time.