Sydney’s Most Unboring Hotels

By Emily Usher
13th Mar 2016

best hotels sydney

When you live in a city as fabulous as this one, why would you ever want to leave? We’re all about the staycation, so look no further than your very front doorstep and book yourself in for a night or three at one of Sydney’s least boring hotels.

Primus Hotel Sydney


Dust off your flapper dress and step back in time at Art Deco inspired Primus Hotel Sydney in downtown Sydney. Having undergone a stunning heritage re-fit, the former Sydney Water Board headquarters is the last word in1930’s glamour, with towering ceilings, white marble flooring, soaring columns and plush velvet sofas… and that’s just the lobby! Sprawling across six levels, the five star luxury spot features a New York inspired rooftop complete with pool and bar, as well as super fancy restaurant ‘The Wilmot’, a decadent lobby bar and a state of the art gymnasium. Take advantage of the valet parking, and feel free to bring along your personal staff—the Presidential and Vice Presidential Suites even include a private butler room! 

The Old Clare Hotel


There’s a little bit of a buzz in the air around Chippendale right now, and we reckon it’s got something to do with the reopening of The Old Clare Hotel. Having undergone a major refurbishment in 2015, the 62-room hotel has introduced an eye-catching new look while still retaining its old school charm. Room features include reclaimed furnishings, freestanding baths and ginormous king sized beds, but the real jewel in the crown is the hotel’s Rooftop Pool and Bar. Kick back in the heated pool with a cocktail as you take in bird’s-eye views of the surrounding suburbs, then spend the evening at one of the hotel’s three delicious restaurants before finishing off the night at the super chill lobby bar. Keep your eyes peeled for news on their upcoming Day Spa, set to open in 2016.

QT Bondi


If you’re after luxury boutique accommodation coupled with panoramic beachfront views, then you can’t get much better than QT Bondi. Part of the new Bondi Pacific Complex, the 69 studios and apartments are literally a stone’s throw from the iconic coastline. Designed by acclaimed Aussie designer Nic Graham, the airy, open rooms are fitted with kitchenettes, living areas and balconies, letting you experience life as a genuine Bondi local, if only for a little while. Spend your days perfecting your surf technique and slip, slop, slapping on the sand, then settle in for some serious people watching over a couple of cold ones from the comfort of your private balcony. We could get used to this.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo


Following on from a cool $20 million refurb last year, the Ovolo Woolloomooloo is back to reclaim its position as one of Sydney’s hippest hotels. Situated on the gorgeous Woolloomooloo Wharf, the 100-room boutique hotel, bar and event centre is just a short stroll from Sydney icons such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The location might be perfect for those looking to channel their inner tourist, but with a nightly rate that includes continental breakfast, free mini bar, a daily happy hour with free-flow drinks and canapes, 24 hour gym and Apple TV, we’d be surprised if you manage to tear yourself away! Feeling flush? Book into the ‘Ultraroo’ penthouse and throw some shapes on the private dance floor before collapsing into the hammock to catch a movie on the ceiling mounted flat screen TV.

Ovolo 1888 

Darling Harbour

Located in the historic former Wool Stores, the remodeled Ovolo 1888 at Darling Harbour is the perfect blend of olden day charm and modern design. The team behind this latest refurbishment has thought of everything, recycling materials such as ironbark timber from the original building, and calling on local artist Jasper Knight to create floor-to-ceiling murals for the walls. Much like its sister hotel (the Ovolo Woolloomooloo), nightly rates are inclusive of heaps of generous perks, and rooms are quirkily themed—go all out and check in to the Bond-inspired room ‘Shaken’; a spacious private loft suite and event space, replete with a private entrance from the street, cocktail bar with cellar fridge, smart TVs and secret bedroom tucked away upstairs. 

Establishment Hotel


Part of the behemoth that is Sydney hospitality group Merivale, Establishment Hotel is luxury, boutique accommodation at its best. Made up of 30 achingly hip rooms plus a Penthouse Suite, start the day as you mean to go on with breakfast in the Gin Garden, then while away your afternoon flexing some plastic in Sydney’s shopping district. Positioned smack bang in the centre of the city’s buzzing CBD, the hotel is housed in the same building as some of Sydney’s finest bars and eateries, including est., Mr Wong and Palmer & Co. Stop by the concierge to make your reservation, then head back to your room to pop some corks before a long night ahead.

QT Sydney


Looking for a city break with a little bit of an edge? Check into the notoriously quirky QT Sydney. With a nod to Gothicism and Art Deco, attention to detail is front and centre at this theatrical celebrity haunt, where luxurious accommodation meets fun and flamboyance, and red wigged, leather clad staff are recruited for their zany personalities. Not one for the faint hearted, the hotel’s concealed location won’t prepare you for the pulsing energy that buzzes within its walls, but a cocktail or two at their late night venue Gilt Lounge will soon have you in the swing of things. Strap yourself in and prepare for the ride!

Image credit: Nikki To at Old Clare Hotel

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