Where To Stay In Sydney: 30 Best Hotels In Sydney CBD
Looking for the best hotels in Sydney CBD (aka Sydney Central Business District), and unsure which one is best to suit your budget?
We’re sharing our personal favourites for the best accommodation in Sydney CBD so you can easily make a quick decision on where to stay.
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Where is Sydney CBD?
If you’re new to Sydney and have no idea what Sydney CBD even is, it’s an abbreviation for Sydney Central Business District – aka the centre of the city.
If you stay in this part of Sydney, you can pretty much walk to most places including Sydney Harbour, Martin Place, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo and Central Station.
Choosing a CBD Sydney hotel comes with a price tag and this is where you’ll find the most expensive and cheapest hotels for your budget. Fear not, we have indeed found some proper gems when it comes to finding the best hotel in Sydney CBD!
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Offering unparalleled views of the iconic Sydney Harbour, Crown Towers Sydney provides a lavish experience with its rooftop infinity pool, a high-end day spa, a cutting-edge gym, and an alfresco tennis court.
Designed by internationally acclaimed Meyer Davis based in New York City, this 5-star establishment is home to a range of eye-catching rooms, suites, and villas. Many accommodations offer expansive views of landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, thanks to their wall-to-wall windows.
Whether your stay is for work or leisure, indulge in gourmet dining at renowned eateries such as Nobu and Oncore by Clare Smyth. Alternatively, opt for all-day culinary delights at Epicurean or indulge in an exquisite high tea experience at TWR. The hotel also features a selection of luxury boutiques for an elevated shopping experience.
Conveniently located in Barrangaroo, Crown Towers Sydney is a 15-minute stroll from The Rocks and Martin Place Station, and just a 22-minute walk away from the Circular Quay Ferries.
The corporate traveller or those who love to enjoy pure luxury.
Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney is one of Sydney’s best loved hotels with the largest window views of all of the Sydney harbour hotels. It’s no surprise you’ll get an incredible panoramic view of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from your bed as you wake up in one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.
The Shangri-La’s award winning restaurant is a favourite amongst many and provides one of the best views in Sydney. It’s also a very popular place to propose because of the views but equally makes a great restaurant if you have a special occasion which you don’t need to be a guest to dine at.
The Shangri-La Hotel is located right in the heart of Circular Quay. With stunning views across Sydney Harbour, the location honestly doesn’t get much better.
This is the type of place to stay in Sydney if you’re looking for somewhere special as it regularly makes the top list for Sydney best hotels.
It’s no wonder Ovolo Woolloomooloo is currently Trip Advisor’s number 1 hotel in Australia and South Pacific according to the Travellers Choice!
Having been there myself for a function, I have to say, this heritage listed building really doesn’t disappoint. The room pictured has it’s own bar, complete with barman as and when needed and it’s a super cool place to stay right on the water at Wooloomoolloo.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being home to the world’s largest wooden building.
It’s nestled in between Royal Botanic Gardens and the dining area of Potts Point.It’s just a beautiful 14 minute walk to Martin Place, cutting through the Royal Botanic Gardens on the way.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a stylish hotel, perfect for business types and couples looking for a weekend in Sydney.
Pier One is a renowned Sydney luxury hotel located on Sydney Harbour at Walsh Bay. Renovated in 2016 it certainly makes our list for the top luxury hotels in Sydney CBD.
With balcony views offering up views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pier One sits just a bit further back from the hustle and bustle of Circular Quay.
We’ve eaten at Pier One restaurant called The Gantry and the service and food is impeccable. It’s a must visit when staying at Pier One Sydney Harbour.
Pier One Sydney Harbour is actually located in an old wool shed!
Pier One Sydney Harbour is located at Walsh Bay which is Sydney’s theatre suburb. It’s also just a hop and skip away from the newly appointed Barangaroo which is home to excellent walking and bike paths as well as restaurants. Our top restaurant picks include Cirrus, Lotus and Love.Fish.
Pier One is a fantastic Sydney luxury CBD hotel for everyone. It’s the perfect hotel to get away from everything, yet it’s in a brilliant CBD location.
Four Seasons in Sydney is the ultimate luxury Sydney CBD hotel located at the bottom of George Street (one of Sydney’s main streets) at Circular Quay. This means, you’ll get knock out views overlooking Sydney Harbour like in the room above.
As well as having beautiful luxurious rooms with panoramic views, you’ll also find free wifi, Australian produce restaurant called Mode Kitchen & Bar, as well as a swimming pool and an amazing gym.
To be honest, we’re downplaying the gym so let’s be honest with you. Expect a state of the art 350sqm fitness centre complete with a spa & wellness centre. Sounds like heaven right?
The Sydney Four Seasons hotel is located in Sydney CBD, near to Circular Quay. You can easily jump on the ferry at Circular Quay to Manly, walk around the historic The Rocks area, or further into town.
Four Seasons is a classic global luxury hotel group which is perfect for their loyal clients as well as anyone wanting to splash out for a special occasion or for the business types in town.
If you’re looking to stay in a unique five star hotel in Sydney, look no further. The internationally acclaimed Intercontinental Sydney is one of the world’s best hotels!
It has been running for over 70 years and best of all, it’s located in a 19th century building. When you walk in, it honestly feels like you’ve entered another city within the hotel. The tall ceilings and multiple balconies makes it a truely stunning building you need to see for yourself.
The Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney is home to one of the best restaurants in the world. 117 Dining won the Best Luxury Hotel Restaurant at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards in 2016.
Intercontinental Hotel Sydney is located on Macquarie Street in Sydney CBD, opposite Royal Botanic Gardens and just a stones throw from Sydney Opera House.
Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney is the perfect hotel for families to corporates looking to stay in one of the best hotels in Sydney.
Situated in Darling Harbour’s tallest building, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is home to a whopping 594 rooms in this incredible five star Sydney accommodation option.
Located next door to Sydney’s Convention Centre, this is the perfect hotel if you’re coming to Sydney for a conference.
But that’s not all, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is also home to an awesome rooftop infinity pool that even Sydneysiders would jump at a moment’s notice to stay here for staycation in the city it’s that good.
There’s also valet parking, child-minding services as well as the beautiful Southern French restaurant called Atelier.
Sofitel in Sydney is located in Darling Harbour which is a hugely popular touristy part of Sydney. It’s also just a stones throw away from Sydney’s Star Casino as well as the newly built Barangaroo. We love Barangaroo’s restaurants and contemporary architecture which is worth going to visit to check out in itself.
Sydney Sofitel in Darling Harbour is a fantastic hotel for anyone who’s attending a conference at the Convention Centre to families who want to explore Darling Harbour and couples who want to spend all day at the awesome infinity pool.
QT Sydney hotel location doesn’t get much better if you’re heading to Sydney for a shopping trip. Located in the historic Gowings Building on Market St in Sydney, this super hip hotel packs a punch for being one of the best hotels in Sydney CBD.
Whilst they’ve spectacularly retained many of the historic features, we love how QT has intertwined the beautiful architecture with a modern twist to include; free wifi, walk in showers, most rooms include oversized bath tubs and of course luxurious bedding.
QT Sydney is located right in the heart of Sydney CBD. It’s a great hotel if you’re looking to do some serious shopping and to enjoy Sydney entertainment.
QT Sydney is perfect for the staycation holiday types, corporates on a business trip (the restaurant and bar makes a great place for meetings and couples looking for a stylish stay in the heart of Sydney CBD.
Sydney’s most famous casino, The Star is home to a five star hotel called The Darling. The modern and contemporary hotel has panoramic views of the city skyline and offers up various themed rooms.
We love the Turkish Bath and the outdoor pool which has its own bar! The good thing about The Star is it’s home to 20 restaurants and bars meaning you won’t need to leave the complex if you don’t want to.
The Darling has made it onto Forbes five star rating hotel list for the third year in a row (2019) as one of the best 60 hotels in the world!
The Darling is located at The Star, Sydney’s biggest casino. Even if a casino isn’t your thing, they are loads of awesome things to do in the area – check out our Things To Do In Pyrmont guide.
The Darling is a brilliant Sydney hotel for friends who are having a holiday in Sydney. It’s the perfect location for anyone wanting to go to the casino or to enjoy the many restaurants and bars located in the precinct.
Mid Range Sydney CBD Hotels $300-$400
In this section you’ll find our top 10 mid-range Sydney CBD Hotels to consider. The prices tend to range between $300-$400 a night for a double room.
It might have the bells and whistles on it like the luxurious hotels but there’s a reason why when it doesn’t come with the same price tag.
It’s got a brilliant French/Japanese inspired restaurant called Le Petit Flot which serves up an excellent breakfast. The hotel also has a fantastic range of the latest free movies to watch in your room as well.
Twice a year you can enter a ballot to go down into the tunnels where the tank stream is now a drain to stop the city from flooding. It’s quite a remarkable hidden gem in Sydney to discover.
It’s a great mid-range Sydney hotel which is located right opposite Australia Square, a main hub for Sydney CBD and it’s just a stones throw from Martin Place train station too. It’s also just a five minute walk to Circular Quay.
Tank Stream Hotel is the perfect hotel if you have meetings in the city and don’t want to travel far. Although the rooms are slightly smaller than most hotels, it’s a good option even for couples who are visiting Sydney.
It’s the second time in this post we’re featuring another Ovolo Hotel because we love their quirky and modern designs.
This time it’s all about Ovolo 1888, a Sydney boutique hotel which is also known as Sydney’s Instagram Hotel. Located in another ex wool-shed, we love how the Ovolo Hotel Group have worked very carefully with the original features to keep some of it’s heritage.
Sydney based artist, Jasper Knight has made his mark throughout the hotel with his paintings featuring throughout. We love the modern touches of iPads and Apple TV in every room as well as the awesome breakfast Ovolo never disappoint.
Ovolo 1888 is located next door to the ICC Convention Centre which is perfect for anyone attending a Sydney conference. It’s also right on Darling Harbour and also next door to Pyrmont which has loads of awesome bars and restaurants to choose from – read our guide here.
Ovolo 1888 is a great hotel for corporates and couples.
Rydges World Squareis a fantastic hotel with exception service and attention to detail. We recently stayed here and loved it! It’s got all the mod-cons you’re looking for in a Sydney getaway, with soft, comfy beds, flat screen tvs, a mini bar and more.
The Sydney Cidery downstairs is a great option for drinks before heading out into Sydney for a night of exploring. But what’s more baffling, is how quiet the room is considering you’re in the middle of the city. You’ll get a decent night’s sleep here.
Located in World Square, it’s just a stones throw from Town Hall Station. the World Square shopping centre has plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, with China Town and Pitt Street Mall just a short walk away.
Business types looking for a stay in the middle of Sydney CBD, families and couples.
Harbour Rocks Hotel in Sydney is a fantastic mid-range CBD hotel, situated opposite the MCA in The Rocks.
The contemporary hotel ran by the Sofitel group features a library, fitness centres and a beautiful courtyard surrounded by plants.
Harbour Rocks Hotel’s Scarlett Restaurant is actually on the site of Sydney’s first ever hospital. The bar in the reception area serves up good coffee and and local wines.
As mentioned, Harbour Rocks Hotel is situated on Harrington Street which is right in the middle of the The Rocks. It’s a brilliant mid-range hotel because although it might not offer up the best harbour views, it’s cheaper than the other Harbour side hotels, but has a similar standard and quality as the rest.
Harbour Rocks Hotel is the perfect getaway for families and couples looking for a central Sydney hotel without breaking the bank.
Hotel Palisade is located in a stunning building in The Rocks. We remember when it was renovated and transformed into one of the best hotels in Sydney a few back in 2015.
Nestled inbetween the large building is dedicated to eight boutique hotel rooms. What we love about this hotel is the design concept as well as the cracking bar & restaurant. Make sure you go up to the rooftop bar, the views are incredible overlooking Sydney Harbour in a unique perspective.
Hotel Palisade used to be full of the maritime workers who spent their evenings drinking in this pub after a days working on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This building comes with a lot of history and we’re glad it’s been restored.
Hotel Palisade is located on Bettington Street which is right next door to Barangaroo Reserve. Make sure you pop over the road to The Lord Nelson, Sydney’s oldest pub and one of our favourites!
Hotel Palisade is the perfect Sydney hotel option for anyone who loves to eat and drink, enjoy amazing views of Sydney Harbour and be close to the action of the CBD.
Back when I worked for another company, I used to book in staff into this hotel all the time because it’s the type of home away from home so you can work in your room but also have the luxuries of an indoor heated pool and gym on site. It’s also a great option if you don’t want to eat out and prefer to do your own cooking because Sydney can become quite expensive if you eat our every meal.
Fraser Suites is located on Kent Street in Sydney, just a two minute walk to Town Hall Station.
We think Fraser Suites is a great all rounder. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a hotel apartment in Sydney.
Located next door to the ICC Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, the Ibis Darling Harbour is a fantastic mid range Sydney hotel option. Expect a buffet breakfast and restaurant and bar to choose from within the hotel. You’ll have easy access to plenty of restaurants and bars outside in Darling Harbour and Pyrmont areas.
The Ibis Darling Harbour is located right in the middle of the famous Sydney touristy area. You’ll be able to walk into the CBD within minutes and also check out the awesome restaurants around Barangaroo as well.
The Ibis is an Australian classic hotel chain, perfect for the corporate types to families visiting Sydney.
The Mercure Sydney is a great mid-range Sydney CBD hotel because it’s not only in an excellent location (it’s just a 4 minute walk to Central Station), it offers up all of the luxuries without the high end price tag.
The Mercure Sydney offers an awesome rooftop swimming pool with panoramic city views, a sauna, fitness centre and awesome restaurant called 818 Restaurant and Bar.
Sydney Mercure is a 10-minute walk from both Chinatown and Darling Harbour. ICC Sydney is just a 7 minutes drive away, making it a perfect place to stay.
The Mercure in Sydney is a fantastic mid-range hotel for corporates to families and tourists. With a tour desk in the hotel, you’ll be able to ask any questions you have about getting around and exploring Sydney.
The Fullerton Hotel in Sydney is the perfect mid range hotel next to Martin Place. This beautiful hotel offers up an a la carte restaurant and bar, fitness centre and rooms with city views. You can choose between the classic heritage listed rooms or a hotel suite which includes a kitchenette.
The hotel restaurant offers up a fantastic High Tea option from 12:00-18:00.
The Fullerton Hotel is located in a heritage-listed Sydney building which used to be the General Post Office.
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is best for anyone wanting the luxury of staying right in the middle of the CBD with a fantastic hotel restaurant and bar.
Cheap Sydney CBD Hotels $80-$250
If you’re looking for a cheap Sydney hotel, look no further. Here you’ll find our top 10 best cheap hotels in Sydney CBD which range average price from around $80-$250 a night for a double room.
Although it’s a YHA Hostel, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just for backpackers. We’ve personally stayed here and saw everyone from groups of men and women, to families and oldies staying here.
The rooms are basic but clean and you can choose ensuite if needed. If you’re lucky, you can get a direct view of Sydney Opera House from your window.
Breakfast is super cheap and basic like toast and cereal which is great if you’re on a tight budget, otherwise you can cook your own food in the shared kitchen.
The best thing about Sydney Harbour YHA is the rooftop. It’s so big, just you wait until you see the sunrise over Sydney Opera House, it’s truly magical!
Sydney Harbour YHA is actually built on top of one of the most important architectural sites in Sydney – where the first settlers lived. The entire hostel has been built around the site so you’ll be able to see it in person.
Sydney Harbour YHA is the only hostel in The Rocks area and it’s price to stay here really doesn’t get much better in Sydney.
Everyone looking for a budget friendly accommodation option in Sydney. I probably wouldn’t suggest corporates staying here because it is a hostel but it’s not noisy and you’ll get a decent sleep.
If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay in Sydney Central Business District, look no further. The Capsule Hotel is taking Sydney accommodation to another level. If you’re not fussed on space and literally just need somewhere to sleep without any frills on, the Capsule Hotel known as The Pod could be just the perfect place for you.
Inside the capsule you’ll get a safety deposit box, a luggage storage locker, USB plugs to charge your phone, a mirror, lights and another power point. If you go for the deluxe capsule, you’ll get a TV and towels too.
The Capsule Hotel is located on George Street above Century Bar. It’s a great Sydney CBD accommodation option if you’re looking for somewhere super cheap.
Backpackers, solo travellers and couples on a tight budget.
Hotel Harry is an old Aussie pub, turned Mexican themed bar and hotel with 20 rooms. The heritage listed hotel sits within Surry Hills and the CBD, just a stones throw from Central Station.
Hotel Harry is located on Wentworth Avenue in the heart of Surry Hills in Sydney Central Business District. It’s actually just a stones throw from Central Station.
This retro themed hotel is a great cheap place to stay in Sydney if you’re looking to party as it’s in an awesome area for bars and restaurants. Our top picks include Chin Chin and Nomad for food and Wild Rover, Soda Factory and Hollywood Hotel for drinks.
The Great Southern Hotel in Sydney is located again on George Street, near to Town Hall Station. Located in a historic 19th Century building, this cheap Sydney hotel offers up all of the basic amenities as well as a restaurant and bar, a tour desk to help you discover more of Sydney and a buffet breakfast.
Located on George St, Great Southern Hotel is an excellent Sydney cheap hotel if you need to be centrally located in Sydney CBD. You’ll be able to walk to most places around the the city center and being so close to China Town, you’ll be able to find a lot of cheap places to eat in Sydney.
Anyone looking for a cheap hotel in Sydney CBD. It also receives excellent reviews so this could be a great choice!
There’s a restaurant and bar on site including a buffet breakfast. What we love about this hotel is there’s a rooftop pool! I don’t think you’ll find a cheap hotel in Sydney CBD with a pool anywhere else!
Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central is located next Chinatown, less than 10 minutes’ walk from Darling Harbour and Sydney’s main shopping district. Many cafes and restaurants are on the doorstep.
It’s a great Sydney CBD budget option if you’re looking to stay in the middle of Sydney with access to a rooftop swimming pool!
Park Regis Sydney is an excellent cheap Sydney hotel located right in the heart of the CBD. With stunning views overlooking the city and out to the Sydney Harbour, Park Regis features a rooftop swimming pool, spacious rooms and even a 24 hour dry cleaning service – perfect for the corporate types.
Park Regis City Centre in Sydney is located on Park Street, just moments from Town Hall Station and Sydney’s Hyde Park. There are loads of restaurants to choose from within walking distance – we love The Grounds in the City for breakfast or lunch, Mamak for dinner or head to China Town for cheap Asian eats or Surry Hills for trendy bars and restaurants.
Park Regis City Centre in Sydney is a great budget hotel in Sydney CBD for everyone. It would suit corporates on business to families looking for a central hotel in Sydney.
Song Hotel in Sydney is one of the best value hotels in Sydney CBD. Formerly known as The Y Hotel, it’s been transformed into an awesome budget friendly hotel with a bar and restaurant on site.
With 153 rooms to choose from, the stand out is the Australian female wing which features 9 rooms in honour of some of the great Aussie female celebrities. Some of these celebs like Bindi Irwin even had input into how her room has been styled. And it gets better, you can buy the artwork in the hotel and a portion of the sale goes to charity!
Located on Wentworth Avenue and the corner of Oxford Street and Hyde Park, Song Hotel is situated right in the middle of Sydney CBD.
Song Hotel is the only hotel in Sydney with a profit for purpose which means their profits go towards the YWCA in Australia.
Song Hotel is an awesome hotel for anyone looking to stay somewhere with a bit of character in Sydney. The hotel comes complete with even hostel rooms for backpackers and decent sized rooms for couples.
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