10 Best Hotels in Sydney With Harbor Views


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We review the best hotels in Sydney with harbor views. I have compiled a list below containing the best luxury hotels in Sydney with great harbor views. I list the ones I consider to be the best at the top.

1. Four Seasons, Sydney

The location doesn’t get any better than this. Iconic Sydney Harbor sits at the doorstep of this award-winning Central Business District Hotel, with historic The Rocks and Circular Quay right next door. Head out to explore the nearby shopping, outdoor adventure, and vibrant social scene surrounding the hotel, then meet back at Mode Kitchen & Bar for fresh, local cuisine and drinks at Grain.

But how about the view? Well, not all rooms have Harbour views, but the partial and full harbor view rooms offer stunning harbor views. If you decide to book a city view room you can still appreciate the magnificent harbor views all day long by adding club lounge access to your booking.

Most Four Seasons hotels don’t have club lounges, but a small number do, and the Four Seasons Sydney is one of these hotels. If you don’t have lounge access at this Four Seasons, there are still some nice complimentary club-style amenities that you can make use of, including complimentary overnight shoeshine and coffee and muffins in the lobby to “grab and go”.

One of the reasons to add on club lounge to your booking at this Four Seasons is the view. Lounge 32 is an exceptional club lounge on the 32nd floor with incredible views, and this is easily one of the best club lounges in Sydney. Exclusive privileges in this private lounge, reserved for guests with Lounge 32 access only, include an excellent breakfast, evening drinks, and a dedicated concierge, all overlooking the city and harbor.

Breakfast is served Monday to Friday 6:30 am – 10:30 am, Saturday and Sunday 6:30 am – 11:00 am, and breakfast includes a hot-and-cold buffet, with eggs cooked to order in the open kitchen. Throughout the day, freshly brewed coffee with teahouse baked pastries and gourmet snacks are available, and evening gourmet canapes are served 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Drinks available in the evening include premium spirits and sommelier-selected Australian wines.

A private boardroom is available for business travelers, and for everyone in the lounge, there is access to daily newspapers, magazines, and tablets, as well as complimentary garment pressing.

2. InterContinental Sydney

InterContinental Sydney is in the final phase of our $100m refurbishment program, which is due for completion by the end of July 2022. Nestled in Circular Quay, with unparalleled views, InterContinental Sydney has been an icon of choice for more than 30 years. Set within the beautifully restored 1851 Treasury Building overlooking the world-famous harbor, InterContinental unlocks Sydney’s essence.

Its exclusive Club InterContinental is Sydney’s only rooftop club with a wrap-around terrace and panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Upgrade to Club Level for access to the amazing Club Lounge with outdoor rooftop seating and panoramic views over Sydney Harbor. This lounge has arguably the best harbor views in town, with a gorgeous wrap-around balcony.

The club lounge is on level 28, with direct views of the Harbour and Opera House via floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounge is super stylish and modern in design, with a blue-grey wavy carpet design and cream and blue-grey furnishings that seem to reflect the harbor’s colors as the sun goes down.

Within the Club lounge, you will enjoy the following benefits: Early check-in and late check-out, room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability), daily buffet breakfast for up to two in-room guests, all-day light refreshments, complimentary Wi-Fi, twilight drinks, and canapes, complimentary wireless internet access, personalized Concierge, and business center facilities.

The location of this hotel is also excellent, close to Circular Quay and the ferries. It also has a decent gym and a great indoor pool for families. The InterContinental is right next door to the beautiful Botanic gardens (with bats that fly about in the evening – watch out for the poo… My mum was a target one evening and left the park with a special bat present on her anorak!).

3. Park Hyatt Sydney

The waterfront Park Hyatt Sydney offers a spectacular location on one of the world’s most beautiful harbors. Because it is on the waterfront you can book a room with an amazing harbor view. Its 155 guest rooms have a soft, residential feel, with neutral tones, mood lighting, and floor-to-ceiling windows that take full advantage of the views over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The spa transports you straight to dream time with luxurious treatments and steam rooms, as well as native spa products from the Blue Mountains. Relax in a cabana by the rooftop pool, then nosh on light fare in The Living Room before exploring Sydney Harbour.

4. Langham Sydney

The Langham Sydney is one of the smaller Langham hotels worldwide. It has a spa and a lovely swimming pool,and dramatic harbour views. From the marble-lined lobby adorned with chandeliers and local artwork to rooms and suites (there are 96 total) with expansive terraces boasting impressive city and harbor views, everything about this hotel is beyond opulent. Stop into the Observatory Bar for a signature cocktail like the Pink Rose.

5. Crown Towers Sydney

Crown Towers Sydney is opulent in every way. Rising more than 900 feet above the harbor, this gleaming glass-paneled hotel boasts a Michelin-starred dining venue, 349 luxuriously appointed rooms, and suites with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows offering amazing harbour views. There’s also a showstopping multi-level infinity pool, and a world-class spa with indulgent treatments like caviar facials and psammotherapy rituals. Not to mention iconic harbor views and an idyllic location in the up-and-coming Barangaroo Precinct.

6. Shangri-La Golden Circle

Perfectly positioned in the dress circle of Sydney Harbour, Sydney’s destination hotel and its luxurious glamour are enhanced by the panoramic views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Book a room with a view. Nestled in the historic Rocks District, Shangri-La Sydney features 564 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, and Horizon Club, Australia’s most sophisticated lounge.

The award-winning dining experiences provide authentic local flavors, with Altitude and Blu Bar on 36 unparalleled offering views. Shangri-La Golden Circle probably offers the best value Club Lounge in Sydney, but the club lounge doesn’t appear to offer views, unfortunately. Instead book a room with a view or spent time in Altitude and Blu Bar on 36.

7. Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Set back from the waterfront but close enough for great harbor views. The rooms are a decent size but uninspiring mix of greys, but the views are stunning if you get one. Book an Opera House View or Bridge View room for the best views. The views are stunning if you get one.

This is a decent hotel in a great location and is a good way to spend your Bonvoy points when in Sydney. The hotel is right next to Circular Quay with Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Rocks, and Sydney Opera house on your doorstep, plus it is just a 2 -3 minute walk from the Sydney Metro. There is also a decent gym, an indoor swimming pool, plenty of outdoor alfresco bars and eateries, and indoor options.

The club lounge or executive lounge here doesn’t have views but has a great breakfast and evening food. The executive lounge is on the first floor (floor 2) of the hotel, and it can be very, very busy. It’s practical but not like a luxury lounge and not comparable to our best lounge choices.

8. Ritz-Carlton Sydney

There is an impressive Ritz-Carlton planned for Sydney. Plans for a new 110-meter tall, six-star hotel at The Star Sydney are progressing after the NSW Government opened the door for the development application and approvals process for the project. It is, unfortunately, some way off even breaking ground.

Sydney’s new Ritz-Carlton Sydney hotel will soar above The Star at Pyrmont when it eventually opens so will offer fantastic views. Concept images hint at what we can expect when the Ritz-Carlton brand returns to Sydney after over a decade. The $500 million USD project will see the elite residences below the hotel rooms, with a shared Sky Lobby boasting a signature restaurant with stunning harbor views.

An adjoining ‘ribbon development’ will boast three amazing pools with views, two gymnasiums, a spa, and a wellness center. And expect an amazing Club Lounge when this hotel eventually opens.

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