The Best Hotels and Accommodation with views of Sydney Harbour
Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with its iconic beaches and skyline. It's also home to some of Australia's best-known landmarks like the Sydney Opera House & the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Can you imagine waking up to a breath-taking view of the Sydney Harbour from your hotel room?
I have compiled a list of the finest hotels in Sydney that boast magnificent harbour views. From luxurious five-star hotels to quaint boutique lodgings, these accommodations promise to make your stay in Sydney nothing short of amazing.
Unfortunately these views come with a price so there won't be any budget hotels on the list, however the immediate suburbs surrounding the city do have some great BnB and small boutique hotels for far less per night. Check the end of this article for suggestions that are slightly away from the harbour.
Read on to find the best hotel in Sydney with harbour views for your next city stay.
Hotels On Circular Quay With Harbour Views
Circular Quay is Sydney city's main transport hub. Ferries run from Circular Quay to many locations around the harbour. The Harbour Bridge, Opera House and historic Rocks are are also in Circular Quay. There are more than a few Circular Quay hotels with harbour views and here are the best.
The Pullman Quay Grand
Experience Ultimate Luxury and Stunning Harbour Views at Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
For those looking for a luxurious stay in Sydney, the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney offers everything you could want and more. Overlooking Circular Quay and located in the heart of the city, this hotel is just a short walk from iconic attractions such as the Opera House and The Rocks.
Luxurious Apartments with Harbour Views
The Pullman Quay Grand Sydney features luxurious apartments with spacious living areas, gourmet kitchens, spa baths, and private balconies offering stunning views of either the harbour or the Royal Botanic Gardens. Each modern, self-contained apartment boasts elegant black and white décor, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and laundry facilities, separate lounge and dining areas, and at least one flat-screen TV with a DVD player and cable channels.
Indulge in Fine Dining and Cocktails
At Q-Dining, the hotel's restaurant, floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of Sydney Harbour while you indulge in modern Australian cuisine and an extensive wine list. The hotel's bar, Hyde Hacienda, provides a botanical retreat away from the city, serving Cuban-inspired cocktails and snacks, and boasting more incredible harbour views.
Exceptional Amenities and Service
Guests of the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney enjoy an array of exceptional amenities, including an onsite indoor pool, a hot tub, and a 24-hour front desk with valet parking. Regular ferries from Circular Quay to Manly, Luna Park, and Taronga Zoo are also available, making it easy to explore the city and beyond.
For a truly unforgettable stay in Sydney, the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney is the perfect choice. With luxurious apartments, exceptional dining and drinking experiences, and stunning harbour views, this hotel promises an experience you'll never forget. Book your stay today and start experiencing the ultimate in luxury and relaxation.
Expect to pay around $1000 per night for an apartment with a harbour view. Garden view apartments are around $600. These prices are for a weekend stay.
Shangri La Sydney
Experience Unforgettable Luxury at Shangri-La Sydney
If you're looking for a luxurious stay in Sydney, look no further than the Shangri-La Hotel. Wake up each morning to breath-taking views of the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, or Darling Harbour. With a day spa, fitness centre, and indoor pool at your disposal, you'll be spoiled for choice at this exceptional hotel.
Historic Location in the Rocks
Located in the historic Rocks area, where Europeans first settled in Australia in 1788, the Shangri-La Sydney offers an enviable location just 5 minutes' walk from both the Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Whether you're looking to explore the city or simply relax in luxury, this hotel is the perfect choice.
Luxurious Rooms and Amenities
The rooms at the Shangri-La Sydney are designed to provide the utmost comfort and convenience. After a day of sightseeing, you can relax in the bathtub of your lavish marble bathroom. All rooms include free Wi-Fi and an iPod dock, as well as fluffy bathrobes and slippers. And with stunning views of some of Sydney's most iconic landmarks, you'll never want to leave your room.
Luxurious Spa and Wellness Facilities
For those looking to relax and rejuvenate, CHI, The Spa offers a luxurious escape in its private spa suites, with a range of body treatments and massages on offer. The hotel also offers a hot tub, sauna, and sun deck so you can make the most of your stay.
Award-Winning Dining and Drinking
The Shangri-La Sydney is also home to some of the city's best dining and drinking experiences. The award-winning Altitude Restaurant features magnificent views of the harbor, while the New York-inspired Blu Bar on 36 is the perfect spot for a creative cocktail. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends, the hotel has got you covered.
With its luxurious rooms, some of the best views of the harbour and exceptional spa and wellness facilities, the Shangri-La Sydney is the perfect choice for those seeking an unforgettable stay in one of the world's most vibrant cities. Book your stay today and start experiencing the ultimate in luxury and relaxation.
Expect to pay around $600 per night for a room with a harbour view. Darling Harbour view apartments are around $450. These prices are for a weekend stay.
Pier One Sydney
Experience Luxury Waterfront Accommodation at Pier One Sydney Harbour
Located right beside the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour is built on the water with its own private pontoon and panoramic Sydney Harbour views. This unique federation-style accommodation offers a truly unforgettable stay in Sydney.
Luxurious Rooms and Suites
All rooms and suites at Pier One Sydney Harbour feature contemporary décor with a nautical theme, providing a stylish and comfortable setting for your stay. Each room or suite includes a flat-screen TV and a minibar, while some accommodations also feature a spa tub and a sofa bed. Situated almost directly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, some rooms have lovely little decks with great views over the water.
Located in the heart of Sydney's historic Rocks precinct, Pier One Sydney Harbour is within a 15-minute walk of a range of shopping and dining options. It's also just a 5-minute walk from the Sydney Theatre Company and Rocks' cafes and nightlife.
With the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens just a 20-minute walk away, you'll never be far from all that this vibrant city has to offer.
Fine Dining and Magnificent Views.
You can have a fine dining experience at The Gantry Restaurant & Bar along with magnificent views of Sydney's waterfront right from your table. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends, this restaurant provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable meal.
For those seeking a luxurious waterfront stay in the heart of Sydney, Pier One Sydney Harbour is the perfect choice. With its unbeatable location, stylish rooms and suites, and fine dining experiences, this hotel promises an experience that you'll never forget. Book your stay today and start exploring all that Sydney has to offer.
Expect to pay around $500 per night for a bridge view room and slightly less for a room with no view. These prices are for a weekend stay and this hotel is almost under the bridge so it doesn't have wide views of the harbour. The location is the trade off.
The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Experience Ultimate Luxury with Panoramic Views at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
For those seeking ultimate luxury and stunning views in Sydney, the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney offers everything you could want and more. Overlooking Sydney Harbour and located in the CBD and the historic Rocks, this luxury hotel features luxurious rooms with panoramic views over the iconic Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay.
Luxurious Rooms with Highest Quality Amenities
All rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney have been carefully designed and subtly furnished with the highest quality amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The Deluxe Full Harbor Room and Four Seasons Full Harbor King Rooms both provide unobstructed views of the harbor, offering the best views of Sydney's harbor. Each room offers an LCD TV, slippers, and Christian Lacroix toiletries. Chinese tea can also be provided in the rooms upon request.
Unmatched Dining Experiences
Guests can enjoy modern Australian dishes made with quality local and seasonal produce at Mode Kitchen & Bar, or indulge in a selection of cocktails, wine, local beer, and craft spirits at Grain Bar. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends, these dining options provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable meal.
Exceptional Amenities and Services
Guests of the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney enjoy an array of exceptional amenities, including a state-of-the-art 350 square yard fitness center, a therapeutic spa and wellness center offering skin treatments and relaxing massages, and a swimming pool. Complimentary access to Lounge 32 is also available for all guests in a Four Seasons Full Harbor King room and signature suites. Chinese speaking staff are available on-site to assist you, and Union Pay credit cards are accepted. Airport transfers are also available upon request.
For a truly unforgettable stay in Sydney, the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is the perfect choice. With luxurious rooms, unmatched dining experiences, exceptional amenities and services, and panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, this hotel promises an experience you'll never forget. Book your stay today and start experiencing the ultimate in luxury and relaxation.
Expect to pay around $550 per night for a full harbour view room and around $420 per night for a room with a city view. These prices are for a weekend stay and are (I think) some of the best prices in relation to the view you get. Look for the Deluxe Full Harbor King Room when you book.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Experience Modern Luxury with Stunning Harbour Views at Park Hyatt Sydney
For those seeking modern luxury and stunning views in Sydney, the Park Hyatt Sydney offers everything you could want and more. Overlooking Sydney Harbour and located between the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, this hotel promises a one-of-a-kind experience.
Luxurious Rooms with Stunning Views
The hotel offers several types of rooms including suites with views of Sydney Harbour; each has floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto private balconies overlooking either Circular Quay or The Rocks district below. As you walk into your room, you'll immediately notice the luxury furnishings, fittings, plush carpets, and designer lighting that are standard in all Park Hyatt Sydney rooms. Each room features floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto private balconies, offering stunning views of Sydney Harbour. Modern bathrooms offer complete flexibility, with the choice of remaining private from the main bedroom or transforming into an open-plan design.
Unmatched Amenities and Services
Guests of the Park Hyatt Sydney enjoy an array of exceptional amenities, including a heated pool where you can spend the day tanning, a spa and wellness center where you can treat yourself to a pampering session, and a fitness center for those more energetic guests. The hotel's dedicated team of butlers provides 24-hour personalized service for all guests, ensuring that your every need is taken care of. It offers guests an array of amenities including an pool, 24-hour gym, steam room and sauna as well as fine dining options at Vue de Monde Restaurant. Specially commissioned paintings and artwork by Australian artists are on display throughout the hotel, adding to the modern luxury and unique experience of your stay.
With one of the best roof top pools in Sydney, The Park Hyatt offers you the chance to swim or sunbake with a opera house views! Who could ask for more.
Located less than a 6-minute walk to The Rocks and a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay, Park Hyatt Sydney is situated in the heart of Sydney's most iconic attractions. And with Sydney International Airport just 25 minutes' drive away, getting to and from the hotel is easy and convenient.
For a truly unforgettable stay in Sydney, the Park Hyatt Sydney is the perfect choice. With luxurious rooms, unmatched amenities and services, unbeatable location, and stunning views of Sydney Harbour, this hotel promises an experience you'll never forget. Book your stay today and start experiencing the ultimate in modern luxury and relaxation.
Expect to pay around $1300 per night for a harbour view room (no Opera house in this view) and around $1500 per night for a room with a full harbour and Opera House view. These prices are for a weekend stay. Phew – I'm having heart palpitations!
Experience Historic Luxury with Iconic Harbour Views at InterContinental Hotel Sydney
For those seeking historic luxury and iconic harbour views in Sydney, the InterContinental Hotel is the perfect choice. Housed in a 19th-Century building in Circular Quay, near The Rocks, this 5-star hotel overlooks the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, promising stunning views and a unique experience.
Luxurious Rooms with Stunning Views
All air-conditioned rooms at the InterContinental Hotel have views of the city or the harbour, offering a truly unforgettable experience. Each room includes satellite TV and a mini-bar, ensuring that you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
Located in the heart of Sydney city, the InterContinental Hotel is just a 2-minute walk away from Circular Quay Ferries, convenient for those who need to travel across Sydney Harbour or enjoy one of Sydney's famous whale-watching tours. The Royal Botanic Gardens are less than a 5 minute walk away via Macquarie Street, offering a beautiful natural escape from the city.
A New Era of Luxury
The InterContinental Sydney has recently undergone a $120 million refurbishment, elevating guest rooms and public spaces to a new era of luxury. From the moment you step inside, you'll notice the attention to detail and dedication to providing an exceptional experience.
For a truly unforgettable stay in Sydney, the InterContinental Hotel is the perfect choice. With luxurious rooms, unbeatable location, and stunning views of Sydney Harbour, this hotel promises an experience you'll never forget. Book your stay today and start experiencing the ultimate in historic luxury and relaxation.
Expect to pay around $600 per night for a harbour bridge view room, about $650 per night for an Opera House view and around $410 per night for a room with a city view. These prices are for a weekend stay.
The Sebel Quay West Suites at Circular Quay
Enjoy 5-Star Luxury Apartments with Stunning Harbor Views at Quay West Suites Sydney
For those looking for 5-star luxury apartments in the heart of Sydney, Quay West Suites Sydney is the perfect choice. Located in the historic Rocks precinct, this hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Circular Quay, where you can see the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
Luxurious Apartments with City or Harbour Views
Quay West Suites Sydney offers apartments with either city or harbor views, ensuring that you have the best of both worlds. Each apartment comes equipped with a fully equipped kitchen and separate living and dining areas, providing you with the perfect home away from home.
Sydney International Airport is just a 30-minute drive away, or you can take a direct train from Circular Quay Train Station, which is just an 8-minute walk from the hotel.
Recreation and Dining Options
The property's recreation level features a sunken Roman-style heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, and gym with a sun deck that showcases breathtaking views of Sydney Harbor, including the Harbor Bridge and Opera House. The Quartier Bistro & Bar, located on the mezzanine level of Quay West Suites Sydney, offers a chic yet relaxing French dining experience along with room service. The Quartier Bar is adjacent to the restaurant and is perfect for cocktails and share plates.
For a luxurious stay in the heart of Sydney, Quay West Suites Sydney is the perfect choice. With stunning city or harbour views, fully equipped apartments, unbeatable location, and exceptional dining and recreation options, this hotel promises an unforgettable experience. Book your stay today and start experiencing the ultimate in 5-star luxury and relaxation.
Expect to pay around $800 per night for a full harbour view apartment and around $500 per night for a apartment with a city view. These prices are for a weekend stay and these are apartments so if you ate at home a few times you could save on restaurants.
Hotels With A View Back To Sydney City
Sometimes the best views are from a little further away. These hotels might not be in the city centre but the views are amazing and the city is only a nice walk or a short ferry or bus ride away.
Sofitel Darling Harbour
Experience Iconic Views and World-Class Facilities at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Looking for a unique and unforgettable stay in Sydney? Look no further than the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. With amazing views of the Sydney skyline and an array of world-class facilities, this hotel promises a truly exceptional experience.
Location and Accessibility
Located just a stone's throw away from the International Convention Centre and a short 10-minute drive from the Sydney CBD, the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour offers easy access to some of the city's most popular attractions. Circular Quay, home to the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, is just 2.4 kilometres away from the hotel. You could choose to walk for 30 mins through the city to circular quay or a little longer to walk around the harbour, past Barangaroo and down through the rocks.
The elegant rooms at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor are equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Each room features a flat-screen Smart LED TV and free Wi-Fi, allowing you to stay connected even as you take in the Darling Harbour views. The bathrooms are fitted with top-quality finishings to ensure a luxurious and relaxing experience.
Fine Dining and Rooftop Bar
The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour boasts a restaurant offering fine dining in a contemporary setting, as well as three bars including the rooftop pool bar, where you can sip a drink while enjoying panoramic views of the city. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious meal or a refreshing drink, the hotel has got you covered.
Meetings and Events
For business travellers, the hotel offers ten meeting rooms, including the Magnifique Ballroom which can accommodate up to 450 people. Whether you're planning a large conference or a small meeting, the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has the facilities and expertise to make your event a success.
Relax and Rejuvenate at Sofitel SPA Darling Harbour
No stay at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is complete without a visit to the hotel's luxurious spa. With seven spacious treatment rooms, including two award-winning suites designed by Pike Withers, you're sure to find the perfect treatment to help you relax and rejuvenate. The spa also features an infrared sauna and a guest relaxation lounge, ensuring that you leave feeling refreshed and revitalized.
Expect to pay around $900 per night for a harbour view room (includes Club Millesime Access) and around $550 per night for a room with a darling harbour view or you could get a room with a city view for around $425 per night. These prices are for a weekend stay.
Experience a Heritage Stay with Stunning Views at Hotel Palisade
If you're looking for a unique and historic stay in Sydney, Hotel Palisade offers everything you could want and more. Located inside a heritage building at the top of Millers Point overlooking the harbor, Barangaroo reserve, Walsh Bay, and surrounds, this hotel promises stunning views and a one-of-a-kind experience.
Lovely Rooms with Modern Amenities
The rooms at Hotel Palisade are designed to be modern in style while maintaining the heritage feel of the building. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station, and some units feature a seating area for your convenience. Certain rooms even include views of the sea or city from your private balcony, providing a truly unforgettable experience. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a shower, and extras include free toiletries.
Located just 700 m from the Overseas Passenger Terminal and 800 m from Circular Quay, Hotel Palisade is situated in the heart of Sydney's most iconic attractions. Whether you're looking to explore the city or relax with stunning views, this hotel offers the perfect location for your stay. Circular Quay is a 7 minute walk down Argyle Street and you can get anywhere you want in Sydney from there.
Free WiFi and More
Hotel Palisade offers free WiFi for all guests, ensuring that you're always connected during your stay. And with Kingsford Smith Airport just 5.6 mi away, getting to and from the hotel is easy and convenient.
Their roof top restaurant and bar has a great sharing menu and fabulous views out over the bridge and city.
For a truly unique and historic stay in Sydney, Hotel Palisade is the perfect choice. With lovely rooms, stunning views, unbeatable location, and free WiFi, this hotel promises an experience you'll never forget. This is probably the most affordable hotel on the list so book your stay today and start exploring all that Sydney has to offer.
Expect to pay around $480 per night for a suite with harbour views and around $280 per night for a room with no view. These cheaper rooms are also much smaller than the suites. Look for the Regi James or William Bennetts suites with Balcony when you book. These prices are for a weekend stay and in my opinion, are AMAZING value both for the balcony, view and location.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Experience a Beachy Getaway at Watsons Bay Hotel
Convenient Location A Ferry Ride From The City
While the Watsons Bay Hotel offers a peaceful retreat from the city, it's still within easy reach of some of Sydney's most popular attractions. The hotel is just a 20-minute drive from famous Circular Quay and 7.5 miles from central Sydney. There are multiple restaurants and cafe's close by including Dunbar House, Eastern Bay Thai and the Vaucluse Yacht Club. This is probably one of my favourite hotels in Sydney. If you are working, its possibly not the best option but if you are on vacation, the short 30 min ferry ride to the city is an amazing way to start your day.
For those looking for a peaceful beachy escape in Sydney, Watsons Bay Hotel is the perfect choice. Located just a 2-minute walk from Watsons Bay Baths, Camp Cove, and Hornby Lighthouse, this waterfront hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Stylish and Comfortable Rooms
The air-conditioned guest rooms at Watsons Bay Hotel are designed to provide both style and comfort. Equipped with flat-screen cable TV and tea/coffee making facilities, the rooms offer everything you need for a comfortable stay. You can choose from either King rooms or suites and also choose rooms with views or a room without, depending on your budget. The spacious rooms are decorated in a beachy style and are well furnished with everything you could want, including streaming services like Netflix on the TV. The king suite or the loft rooms offer a balcony with a Sydney Harbour view. The private bathroom offers free toiletries, a hairdryer, and even a bathtub, ensuring that you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
Amazing City Views
Guests at Watsons Bay Hotel can enjoy stunning views of the city skyline and Sydney Harbour from the property. Whether you're relaxing in your room or enjoying a meal at the hotel's restaurant, you'll be able to gaze out at one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. The small sandy beachfront is perfect for a swim, or if you would like a more private beach, you can walk about 7 minutes up Cliff Street to Camp Cove Beach.
This is a small beach that 9 homes have direct access to, but don't stress – there are no private beaches in Australia. All beaches are public and the homes that line the sand only own their own block and not the beach access. You can also walk about 4 mins south to Watsons Bay Baths, a fully enclosed swimming spot.
With its stylish and comfortable rooms, stunning views, and convenient location, Watsons Bay Hotel is the perfect choice for those seeking a beachy getaway in Sydney. Book your stay today and start exploring all that Watsons Bay has to offer.
Expect to pay around $500 per night for a suite with a terrace and harbour view and around $310 per night for a king room with no view. These prices are for a mid-week stay – this hotel is VERY difficult to get into over a weekend and is often booked out for months. Maybe consider booking in here for a few nights during the week and then heading into the city over the weekend.
Tours You Might Like In Sydney
There is SO MUCH to see and do in Sydney but these are my top 3 recommendations for our Harbour City. The Blue Mountains one is not cheap but they are amazing to see and it is very worthwhile if you have time. Don't forget to book your bridge climb tickets early. They can only be booked through the Bridge Climb Website and it is something everyone should do.
Best Harbour View Hotels In Sydney
If you're looking for the best hotels with harbour views in Sydney, these are the places to go. They have great service, amazing locations and some of them even offer free breakfast!
I know its my home country, but Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There is heaps to see and do and you should allocate at least a week to Sydney and surrounds. Of course these hotels with harbour views Sydney will also allow you to stay in your room and take in that magnificent harbour whenever you like.
Other Areas To Stay In Sydney
If you are looking for something a little more affordable, try these local suburbs on the map search below.
It is centred on Potts Point, however try Pyrmont, Woolloomooloo or Darlinghurst to stay close to the city. Alternatively try Balmain (a very short ferry ride away) or venture over to Manly to cross the harbour on a ferry. Glebe is one of my favourite locations as is Haymarket but you may have to search for apartments to find something in those suburbs. Also while you may notice the Potts Point is next door to Kings Cross don't fret. The Cross isn't what it used to be and Potts Point is lovely.