Where to Stay in Byron Bay: 17 Best Luxury to Backpacker Accommodation Ideas

Wondering where to stay in Byron Bay in the Northern Rivers and unsure which accommodation options are best for you? With so many hotels to choose from, I’m sharing the best Byron Bay accommodation from luxury options right down to backpacker hostels.

As Byron Bay attracts a mixture of tourists, accommodation options can vary massively for this popular New South Wales town. After visiting the region for the last 20 years, I’ve seen some places last the test of time that are still thriving and attracting visitors to this beach town.

In this comprehensive guide, we reveal the top hostels to hotels in Byron Bay, each promising a distinct experience, superb amenities, and the warmth of Australian hospitality. Whether you’re dreaming of a romantic retreat, a family adventure, or a solo escape, Byron Bay’s best hotels, are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Luxury Byron Bay Accommodation

1. Hotel Marvell

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While there’s so many Byron Bay hotels to choose from, opt for the only five star hotel in the region, The Mavell. Located in the middle of Byron Bay CBD, it will be hard to compete with this beautiful hotel which features a rooftop pool and bar to watch the sunset over looking the beach. Pure bliss!

What makes it special:

  • First 5 star accommodation in Byron Bay
  • Exceptional ground floor restaurant – Bonito
  • Beautiful rooftop pool and cocktail bar

2. The Lord Byron

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Located in the heart of Byron, The Lord Byron is a new hotel within a tropical setting on the outskirts of town. Choose from an apartment or hotel rooms, and enjoy the hotel pool and spa.

What makes it special:

  • 500m from the centre of Byron Bay which is close enough but further enough away for peace and quiet.
  • Options for an apartment or hotel room to suit your family.

3. Crystalbrook Collection Resort

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Immerse yourself in the tranquility of a 45-acre subtropical rainforest at The Crystalbrook Byron. The resort’s spacious suites provide a serene sanctuary with floor-to-ceiling windows that invite the outside in. The resort is a celebration of nature, featuring walking trails, an infinity pool blending seamlessly with the surrounding flora, and a spa that sources local ingredients for its treatments. We’ve been inside this resort and it honestly feels like you’re submerged in nature here.

What makes it special:

  • The resort offers complimentary yoga classes in an open-air pavilion.
  • A fine dining experience awaits at the on-site restaurant, which emphasises local produce and seasonal menus.
  • The environmentally conscious design includes solar energy and rainwater harvesting systems.

4. Elements of Byron

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At Elements of Byron, luxury and eco-consciousness go hand in hand. The resort’s villas dot the landscape, offering beachfront views or forest seclusions. Indulge in the beach club vibe with private cabanas and an adults-only pool, or take the solar-powered train to explore Byron’s eclectic town center.

What makes it special:

  • The fire pit on the beach provides a cozy end-of-day experience.
  • A wellness centre with a range of holistic treatments and yoga classes.
  • An app for guests that controls everything from lighting to room service.

5. Raes on Wategos

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Raes on Wategos is an iconic beachfront boutique hotel, known for its unique blend of opulence and relaxation. Each of the seven suites boasts bespoke furnishings and artworks, creating an environment of exclusive luxury. The on-site restaurant serves gastronomic delights, while the spa offers treatments tailored to rejuvenate and inspire.

What makes it special:

  • A location revered for its spectacular sunsets and whale watching opportunities.
  • The hotel’s curated art pieces and decor, which reflect Byron’s cultural vibe.
  • An in-room iPad loaded with a selection of music and reading material.

6. The Bower Byron Bay

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The Bower Byron Bay combines modern New York City style with the quintessential laid-back Aussie beach feel. It’s a collection of individual and sophisticated hotel rooms, suites, and cottages around a central circular pool. The minimalist design is complemented by lush landscaping and an intimate atmosphere.

What makes it special:

  • The circular mineral pool is designed for relaxation and is chemical-free.
  • Customised bicycles for exploring the town and nearby beaches.
  • The Bower’s signature aesthetic, which features locally crafted furniture and artworks.

7. The Villas of Byron

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The Villas of Byron invite guests into a private world of luxury. Each villa is an enclave of tranquility and grandeur, with both indoor and outdoor spaces to unwind.

  • Features: The villas boast private heated pools, spa baths, and tropical gardens for the ultimate in privacy and seclusion.
  • Signature Experience: Opt for their ‘Villa Dining’ experience, where a personal chef prepares a gourmet meal in the comfort of your villa.

8. Beach Suites Byron Bay

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Beach Suites provides the perfect blend of luxury and the Byron beachfront experience. Its modern studios and penthouses offer a sophisticated retreat for those seeking a plush escape.

  • Features: Floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and fully equipped kitchens enhance the sense of luxury.
  • Signature Experience: The penthouse suites offer private rooftop pools and panoramic views of the Byron Bay coastline.

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Byron Bay

9. The Atlantic Byron Bay

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The Atlantic Byron Bay invites guests to experience the local surfer’s lifestyle without sacrificing comfort. This Insta worthy hotel meshes tropical gardens with guesthouses that have a coastal chic decor, providing a social yet private atmosphere.

What makes it special:

  • The proximity to Byron Bay’s renowned surf breaks.
  • Stylish communal spaces, including a fire pit and outdoor kitchen.
  • The laid-back vibe is complemented by surfboard hire and a cozy outdoor lounge.

10. Byron Sunseeker Motel

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Located a bit away from the bustle of the town centre, the Byron Sunseeker Motel is ideal for those seeking a quiet retreat. The motel offers a range of room options, from standard to family units, all surrounded by lush gardens.

  • Features: Spacious rooms with kitchenettes and an outdoor swimming pool offer a slice of comfort and convenience.
  • Must-Do Experience: Relax in the BBQ area for an Aussie cookout after a day of sun-soaking at the nearby beaches.

11. Aabi’s at Byron

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Aabi’s at Byron is an adults-only retreat that focuses on providing a tranquil and luxurious experience at a reasonable price. The contemporary architecture and minimalist design set the stage for a serene getaway.

  • Standout Features: An outdoor saltwater pool and lush tropical gardens create a peaceful oasis.
  • Must-Do Experience: Enjoy the calmness of the adults-only policy, ensuring a restful and quiet environment throughout your stay.

Best backpacker hostels in Byron Bay

12. Wake Up! Byron Bay

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The renowned collection of Wake Up! hostels continues up the East Coast with Wake Up! Byron Bay. Although the location of this hostel is a little further out than others, it’s a popular choice with backpackers.

What makes it special:

  • Award winning boho inspired hostel with a resort-style accommodation with an outdoor pool.
  • Located opposite Belongil Beach, enjoy the free activities including yoga, bike hire and more.

13. Surf House Byron Bay

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Perfect for travellers who prioritise experience over extravagance, the Surf House is a stone’s throw away from the waters and within walking distance of the vibrant heart of the town. The hostel’s architecture blends beachfront chic with modern practicality, offering both private and shared accommodations.

What makes it special:

  • The hostel is housed in a historic building with a rooftop terrace boasting panoramic views of the bay.
  • An in-house cafe and bar serve as social hubs, perfect for making new friends from around the world.

14. Byron Bay YHA

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Part of the reliable YHA network, Byron Bay YHA provides a comfortable and social atmosphere that’s perfect for solo travellers or groups. Located in the heart of town, it’s a stone’s throw away from the beach and local nightlife.

  • Standout Features: Enjoy the hostel’s spacious common areas, outdoor pool, and BBQ setup.
  • Must-Do Experience: Make new friends during one of their regular pizza nights or group outings.

15. Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay

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If you’re looking to mix relaxation with social vibes, Aquarius is the place to be. Offering a range of dorms and private rooms, it’s known for its lively bar and communal spirit. This is a long standing backpacker hostel that’s been in Byron Bay for at least 20 years!

  • Standout Features: The hostel boasts an on-site bar and restaurant, a large communal kitchen, and a pool area perfect for cooling off after a day in the sun.
  • Must-Do Experience: Participate in their trivia nights or open mic events to showcase your talents and mingle with fellow travellers.

16. The Arts Factory Lodge

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A haven for creative souls and bohemians, The Arts Factory Lodge is a funky hostel that encourages guests to “live life outside the square.” Set in a lush tropical setting, it’s a long standing hostel that doubles as a community of like-minded individuals.

  • Standout Features: Dorms, teepees, and private rooms are on offer, alongside a plethora of workshops from drumming to yoga.
  • Must-Do Experience: Dive into the artistic vibe by joining the nightly jam sessions or the hostel’s famous talent shows.

17. Backpackers Inn

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Located directly on Byron Bay’s stunning beachfront, Backpackers Inn on the Beach is the go-to for ocean lovers. This hostel offers a true beachside experience with its laid-back atmosphere and beach volleyball court.

  • Standout Features: The hostel provides direct beach access, surfboard rentals, and a sunny outdoor courtyard.
  • Must-Do Experience: Gather around the fire pit for some evening storytelling and star-gazing.

Things to do in Byron Bay


Now you’ve decided where to stay in Byron Bay, check out our Best Things To Do In Byron Bay Guide, where we break down all of the hidden gems, places to visit and much more. Here’s a couple of things you really need to put on your list:

Kayak with dolphins

Book this kayaking with dolphins tour which is one of the most popular things to do in Byron Bay. This legendary tour will take you right out into the ocean and if you plan the trip between June – November, you might see some humpback whales as well.

Skydive in Byron Bay

One of the most popular places to skydive in Australia is in Byron Bay. The views are jaw-dropping, so make sure you pre-book your skydiving experience before you come to town because they get booked up in advance.

Visit the many Byron Bay waterfalls

With so many waterfalls in Byron Bay to visit, let a local show you all of them for an adventure like no other in a Byron Bay waterfalls and hidden gems tour.

Tick off the best Byron Bay restaurants


Considering there are so many new restaurants in Byron Bay at the moment, check out our ultimate Best Byron Bay Restaurants guide so you can enjoy the amazing food on offer. Some of our personal favourites include:

Lilium Cafe – a 45 minute drive into the Byron Bay hinterland will bring you to a stunning organic cafe you need to make the effort to visit.

Karkalla – a beautiful fine dining restaurant concentrated on native Indigenous ingredients is absolutely amazing.

Pixie – one of the best Italian restaurants we’ve been to in Australia. It’s so so good!

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