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The Best Boutique Hotels In Sydney In 2024

By Sammy Preston

A suite at Ace Hotel Sydney, one of the best boutique hotels in Sydney

Hotel options in Sydney/Eora might have been pretty limited once upon a time, but these days our hotel scene is absolutely thriving. If you're looking for a boutique hotel in Sydney—a hotel with unique personal touches, a cool lobby bar, and thoughtfully designed interiors—you've come to the right place. 

Think reimagined breweries, heritage-listed beauties, and Palm Springs-inspired oases. All of these boutique stays are close to Sydney's best restaurants, bars, and shopping precincts too, which means you're immediately in for a great time whether you're staycationing or visiting. Keep scrolling for Urban List's favourite boutique hotels in Sydney. 

The Best Boutique Hotels In Sydney In 2024

412 Pitt Street, Haymarket Hotel Morris

Boutique hotels Sydney Hotel Morris
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Once Australia's tallest hotel, Hotel Morris has been reinvented for a new era, reopening its doors in 2023. The breathtaking heritage-listed Inter-War Palazzo style building was designed by Virgil Dante Cizzio and the new Hotel Morris is a nod to this Italian heritage. Each of the 82 rooms features accents of the hotel's signature ruby-red velvet as well as custom furniture, Calacatta and blue Roma marble, brass details, and bold amber onyx stone finishes. 

Downstairs, Bar Morris is the hotel's all-day diner and slick wine bar. Helmed by rising star chef Rosy Scatigna (ex-Shell House Dining Room), fill up on Italian-style blend of bread and focaccia called Panfocaccia, snacks like cheesy Nduja madeleine filled with guanciale, and larger plates like a juicy flank steak with "Café de Morris" butter. 

At Hotel Morris, you're also in the hustle and bustle of Haymarket, close to Sydney's iconic Chinatown, as well as the Capital Theatre, Central Station, and World Square. 

47-53 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney Ace Hotel Sydney

Boutique Hotels Sydney Ace Hotel Sydney
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An impossibly cool party vibe, great food, and a stunning fit-out: Ace Hotel Sydney sure does live up to the boutique hotel brand's reputation. Sydney is the 10th location for Ace and the first in Australia. Built into a former brickworks building on Wentworth Street in Surry Hills, rich design features (by Melbourne-based Flack Studio) play a huge part in the experience.

Most rooms are cosy, but sweeping ceilings, sleek fixtures, plush king-sized beds, and window seats built for lounging make up for the lack of space. If you are prepared to upgrade, the suites are where it's at with sweeping views of the city, u-shaped lounge areas, free-standing tubs, and signature Ace touches like in-room Rega turntables and D’Angelico acoustic guitars. 

While Surry Hills' best restaurants are at your doorstep, Ace Hotel's rooftop restaurant Kiln is excellent, and the lobby bar is one of our favourite spots for a martini. 

21 Oxford Street, Paddington Oxford House

You'll find Oxford House (or, OH! for short) straddling Oxford Street in the heart of Paddington. It's a prime location for some of Sydney's best shopping, cafes, restaurants, and bars, as well as being close to the CBD and close enough to beaches like Bondi and Tamarama. That said, you may not want to leave Oxford House, thanks to its sunny courtyard pool, poolside bar, and all-day diner. 

The Palm Springs-inspired hotel features 56 light and bright rooms and suites, each adorned with cool accessories, like custom Double Rainbouu bathrobes (the Double Rainbouu boutique is across the street), Marc Newson crockery, Grown Alchemist hair care, and retro Marshall amp-inspired speakers.

Larger suites have lounge areas and balconies too and if you're here to party, we highly recommend popping next door to El Primo Sanchez for margaritas and dancing on tables. 

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills Paramount House Hotel

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Once the offices of Paramount Picture Studios and the home of Hollywood’s Golden Age in Sydney, these days Surry Hills' spectacular Paramount building is home to the Paramount House Hotel. Enter via the bustling Paramount Coffee Project cafe to find one of 27 lush hotel suites. 

Designed by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture, rooms are fitted out with accents of Japanese timber, poured concrete and silvery terrazzo, matched with muted emerald carpets, indoor plants, caramel leather couches, and French linen. We especially love rooms with sunny breakfast balconies and the huge square-shaped tub made of honey-coloured timber.

At your fingertips are the Paramount building's other impressive tenants: a basement cinema and underground bar (Golden Age Cinema), chef Mat Lindsay's wine bar (Poly), a rooftop gym and health club (Paramount Recreation Club), Sydney's most beautiful co-working space (The Office Space), and some of our very best coffee (Paramount Coffee Project). 

1 Kensington Street, Chippendale The Old Clare

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Built into two heritage-listed buildings from the former Carlton United Brewery on Broadway, The Old Clare will charm the pants off any design-savvy travellers or staycationers. Some rooms are slick, modern lofts, others occupy the former brewer’s HQ where the board of directors would meet to discuss, well, we can only assume—beer.

In the Showroom Suite, your super king-size bed is backed by an original timber bar restored from the brewery building, while the enormous C.U.B Suite is located in the former boardroom, complete with original timber panelling, parquetry floors, and even the restored executive men's washroom.

Expect vintage designer furniture, high ceilings, beautiful bathtubs, and trendy amenities like Maison Balzac fragrances. There's also a rooftop pool and bar and you're smack-bang in the middle of one of Sydney's best eat streets too. 

339 Pitt Street, Sydney Kimpton Margot

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From West Hollywood to Amsterdam and Tulum, the Kimpton brand is loved around the world for its design kudos, locally-loved restaurants, and top-tier friendly service. Built into the former Sydney Water Board building on Pitt Street, Sydney's Kimpton Hotel is no exception to the rule.

From the breathtaking lobby, complete with original crimson Scagliola pillars, fresh botanicals, plush velvet loungers, and a gin-inspired fragrance, to the stunning Art Deco rooms, and revival of Luke's Kitchen restaurant from Sydney's much-loved chef and restauranteur Luke Mangan—there is a lot to love.

Art takes centre stage at Kimpton Margot, with some 600 original pieces peppered throughout the nine levels and 172 spacious rooms. There are Lekker bikes to borrow in the lobby for city cruising; a nightly social hour in the pretty lobby includes complimentary cocktails, a rooftop pool, a private wine cellar available to book for events, and a pet-friendly policy too.

21 Little Albion Street, Surry Hills Crystalbrook Albion

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Once a nun's convent built back in 1903, this charming Surry Hills guest house mixes old with new across 35 rooms in leafy Surry Hills. Beautiful, curious details are everywhere, from the grand staircase to the original artwork and custom furniture peppered throughout. 

There is a little rooftop terrace that peers out across the city lights, and the penthouse suite (“Big Albion”) has a freestanding bath, four-poster bed, and gleaming gold tiles. Other rooms on offer include fly-in, fly-out “Crash Pads”, “Cosy” and “Classic” rooms, and larger “Master” rooms with baths and plush bay windows. 

Instead of a bar or restaurant, you're encouraged to use the communal kitchen as your own. Crystalbrook Albion has a 24-hour honour bar system, meaning you can mix your own cocktails, grab a bottle of wine or some snacks, kick back in the bar or head to the secluded rooftop whenever you please.

212 Riley Street, Surry Hills ADGE Hotel + Residences

Boutique Hotels Sydney - ADGE Hotel Surry Hills
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The bold ADGE Hotel + Residences joins the handful of eclectic Sydney boutique hotels in the Surry Hills area following a $65 million transformation. The hotel and rooms are awash with bold colours, eclectic furnishings and plenty of personality, with a colourful large-scale mural by Adrian Hing and abstract neon sculpture by Anna Varendorff greeting guests and setting the tone for a vibrant, art-filled experience.

Rooms feature bold carpets, pod-style bathrooms, retro SMEG fridges and Nespresso machines, and are the result of collaboration between Tzannes and Team 2 Architects, with interiors by SJB.

On the dining front, beloved cafe Soul Deli has relocated to the hotel’s lobby, serving its Korean-influenced menu of hearty breakfast and lunch dishes like Korean fried chicken-topped buttermilk hotcakes. Come evening, ADGE Hotel + Residences is also home to Raita Noda Chef's Kitchen, where eight guests at a time can dine on an intimate ten-course omakase experience.

202/210 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills 202 Elizabeth

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This 38-room, dog-friendly boutique hotel in the heart of Surry Hills is a stone's throw from the neighbourhood’s restaurants, bars, and theatres. 

Fitted out in a simple modern style over six levels by interior designer Lisa Madigan, 202 Elizabeth is splashed with works by Australian artists and designers, including Ash Leslie, and Lean Timms. Furniture is by Sarah Ellison, Rachel Donath, and McMullin & Co, as well as curated vintage and one-off pieces—no two guestrooms are the same.

Room features include large balconies, rain showers and bathtubs, luxury robes, and a complimentary mini-bar, and the hotel also boasts a peaceful courtyard and open-air rooftop space overlooking Central Station. A Handpicked Wines tasting room, which will also be a coworking space for guests, is set to be launched in the coming months, too.

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