Five-star hotels, beach-side pads, boutique rooms - hotels in Sydney fulfil a variety of wish lists...
Sydney hotels can be found all around the city, with the best five-star hotels offering extras such as harbour views alongside excellent hospitality and opulent surroundings. Sydney's luxury hotels are mostly found in the desirable Rocks and Darling Harbour areas. As well as the CBD (Central Business District), these are great areas in which to stay as you will have easy access to most of the main attractions.
You will find budget hotels and mid-range accommodation in these highly-prized districts, though the best will be booked up well in advance so be sure to secure your rooms early. If a small budget is dominating your decision, consider staying a little further out of central Sydney - public transport is frequent and cheap. Car hire is also available in Sydney and is a good option for adventurous travellers.
As a big city, the international brands are well represented. Check in at hotels from the likes of Ibis, Hilton, Best Western, Sheraton, Shangri-La, Wyndham, Swissotel, Travelodge, Mercure, Novotel, InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Four Points, Courtyard, Crowne Plaza and Adina.
Of course the beaches are a massive draw for visitors, so if this is your holiday priority, look at hotels near the sands of Bondi Beach, Manly Beach and Coogee Beach.
Some of Sydney's distinctive neighbourhoods host boutique hotels, budget rooms, backpacker hostels and every other kind of hotel in between. Paddington is a nice area filled with cafés and shops, and Surry Hills also attracts visitors looking for a stylish stay. Market-filled Haymarket, also home to Chinatown, is close to Darling Harbour and the CBD, and is worth considering as it has a good mix of hotels across all budgets.