Location is one of the most important factors when knowing where to stay in Sydney and finding the best hotels in Sydney CBD. Public transport isn’t the best and traffic can be grid locked at peak hours.
If you’re looking to know where to stay in Sydney, look no further. We’re dedicating this whole post the best accommodation in Sydney CBD so you can easily make a decision on where to stay in Sydney.
And fear not, we’ve included some of the best Sydney accommodation to suit all budgets. If you’re looking for a luxury Sydney CBD hotel, you’ll find it in this post, as well as mid range and of course budget Sydney CBD hotels as well.
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Where is Sydney CBD?
We’re dedicating our where to stay in Sydney post specifically to Sydney CBD Hotels. If you’re new to Sydney and have no idea what Sydney CBD even is, it’s an abbreviation for Sydney’s 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
and Central Station. We include all of these places in our Sydney CBD hotels
Choosing a CBD Sydney hotel comes with a price tag
and this is where you’ll find the most expensive hotels for your budget. Fear
not, we have indeed found some proper gems when it comes to finding the best
place to stay in Sydney CBD!
Sydney CBD hotels cost
We’ve broken this post down into three areas –
luxury, mid-range and budget options. Whilst Sydney CBD hotels are undoubtably
going to be more expensive than any other part of Sydney, we’ve determined the
following budgets per night:
Sydney Luxury Hotels: $400+
Sydney Mid-range Hotels: $300-$400
Sydney Cheap Hotels: $80-$250
Need to book a hotel fast? Here’s our top Sydney
CBD Hotel picks!
Starting off with the Park Hyatt Sydney hotel which has won so many
awards for being the best hotel in Sydney and also awards for the best hotel in
But it’s no surprise as this Sydney hotel location
honestly doesn’t get much better being right on the water at Circular Quay and
with views opposite Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Whilst it’s known as being one of the most
expensive and luxury places to stay in Sydney, it offers up exceptional
service, an iconic rooftop swimming pool and a world renowned deluxe spa.
The Sydney Park Hyatt recently refurbished their
high end suites to accommodate a more of an apartment style living within a hotel
which includes 24 hour butler service. It honestly doesn’t get much better if
you can splash out on this incredible hotel.
If it’s over your budget, go try out the day spa to get a sneak peak into how the other half live!
Park Hyatt in Sydney is renowned for being situated in the best location in the whole of Sydney. If you’re looking to stay in the best hotel in Sydney, this is it.
People who want THE best view of Sydney Opera House
from their hotel room, who are looking to impress or who generally stay in
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.
With over 200 rooms to choose from, a day spa which is open to the public as well as a men’s barber on site and an awesome restaurant, QT is the kind of hotel you don’t ever have to leave.
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 business (the restaurant and bar makes a great place for
meetings and couples looking for a stylish stay in the heart of Sydney CBD.
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
Having been renovated in 2015, Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney is a classic luxury hotel right in the heart of Sydney CBD which is within walking distance to everywhere within the city centre. With 565 rooms, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney is also home to CHI, an Asian inspired spa and health complex.
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
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.
Wooloomoolloo is just a stones throw away from the
Sydney Botanic Gardens and is famously known as being the location where
Russell Crowe owns a house.
On the wharf, you can literally roll out of bed to some of Sydney’s best restaurants including Otto Ristorante (amazing Italian) and China Doll (Asian).
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
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 350 sqm fitness centre complete with
a spa & wellness centre. Sounds like heaven right?
The Sydney Four Seasons 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. There are so many places to eat nearby, our top pick has to be Cafe Sydney but when you’ll get the knockout views at Four Seasons restaurant, Mode Kitchen & Bar, why would you ever want to leave?
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
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
Don’t forget to take full advantage of the pool and
gym facilities as well.
And of course, make sure you head to the bar which
has a wrap around balcony, perfect for capturing some awesome Sydney Harbour
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
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.
West Hotel Sydney is a beautifully designed
hotel, right near to new district of Barangaroo. The stylish hotel has 182
designer rooms to cater for people in Sydney on business.
We love the beautifully modern design of the hotel
and of course the attention grabber is the stunning atrium which has been
designed around the middle of the hotel.
The gym, Australian cuisine restaurant free wifi
make West Hotel an awesome Sydney CBD hotel to consider when you need to get to
meetings in the city.
West Hotel Sydney is located on Sussex Street in
Sydney CBD. It’s in the perfect location if you’re not fussed on Harbour views
and want somewhere that’s easy to get around the city in no time without having
to rely on transport.
The corporate traveller. They have specifically
created decent workspaces in your room so if you’ve got a lot on, you don’t
need to leave your room.
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 hotel has a wide range of restaurants,
including the award-winning Momofuku Seiobo and celebrity chef Luke Nguyen’s
Fat Noodle. Rock Lily Bar is also an awesome live music and an extensive
selection of tequilas.
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 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 (you can read about it here).
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.
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
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.
If you’re looking for other restaurant options, we
love Restaurant Hubert, Frankies Pizza and Mr Wong which are all just a couple
of minutes walk away.
Tank Stream Hotel is named after the famous tank
stream which was used by Aboriginals thousands of years ago and again by the
colonies when they first came over to Australia as their main water source.
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 station. 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
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
The Old Clare Hotel is a gorgeous renovated
boutique hotel with 62 rooms to choose from. It’s also built within two
heritage listed buildings and has superbly captured the history of the building
with a classic but modern twist.
We love the bar as well as the stunning rooftop
pool which is open to the public.
Make sure you check out some of the awesome art
galleries in the area as well as Spice Alley – a brilliant street dedicated to
some of Asia’s finest (and cheap) foods.
As we mentioned, The Old Clare Hotel has been
constructed from two heritage listed buildings – one being the Old Clare pub
and the other a brewery. Just imagine the stories to be told from these
Located on Kensington Street, The Old Clare Hotel
is just a stones throw away from Central Station (a 7 minute walk to be
precise). If you didn’t know, Central Station is Sydney’s main train station so
it’s easy to get around. The Old Clare Hotel have bikes you can rent if you
want to do your own exploring.
The Old Clare Hotel is the perfect hotel for a
romantic weekend away with your loved one or for friends looking for a hip
boutique hotel in the middle of Sydney CBD.
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
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
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 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 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
The Ibis is an Australian classic hotel chain,
perfect for the corporate types to families visiting Sydney.
The Mercure in 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
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
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
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.
Anyone wanting the luxury of staying right in the
middle of Sydney CBD with a fantastic hotel restaurant and bar.
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 truely 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, 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 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
Located in the heart of the city, 1831 Boutique Hotel is actually a great budget
Sydney CBD hotel option. With air con rooms, a guest lounge and a communal
kitchen you can get the luxuries of staying at a city hotel with the option to
cook your own meals.
1831 Boutique Hotel in Sydney is located on George
Street, one of Sydney’s main streets. It’s within walking distance to both
Central Station and Town all Station which makes it really easy to get around.
We think 1831 Boutique Hotel is perfect for anyone
looking for a cheap Sydney hotel in the city, and is even good for older
backpackers who prefer to stay away from hostels.
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. 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 located in Sydney CBD. You’ll be
able to walk to most places around the city 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!
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!
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.
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
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..