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 project’s development application and approvals process. It is, however, some way off even breaking ground, so in the meantime, what are the best Marriott-branded hotels in Sydney?
These are some of the best hotels in the world in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio. They usually offer a club lounges to boot, so do look out for this hotel on your next trip to Sydney, and in the meantime, you might want to have a read of the best club lounges in Sydney to help you make your decision.
Marriott has merged with Starwood, so their hotel portfolio includes The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Westin, W Hotels, EDITION, Sheraton, and the Four Points by Sheraton as well as Marriotts, JW Marriotts, Courtyard by Marriott, and more. Executive lounge access is a perk afforded to top-level Platinum Elite members.
If you are a top-level Platinum Elite member, you should get free lounge access at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay. Worth mentioning, if you spread your wings beyond the Marriott brand, there is an excellent Four Seasons hotel in Sydney, the Park Hyatt is right next to Circular Quay in an unbeatable location, and the InterContinental Sydney has a decent club lounge.
1. Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
This hotel has a great club lounge with impressive food and an outdoor balcony overlooking the park. This hotel is part of the Marriott Bonvoy chain, so you can earn and burn your Marriott Bonvoy points here, and it is, in our humble opinion, the best Marriott Bonvoy hotel in Sydney, at least until the Ritz-Carlton comes on the scene.
The Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park is right across the street from Sydney’s Hyde Park and, conveniently, right next to the St. James metro stop. It is around a 20-minute walk from Circular Quay for the Opera House and ferries to ship you around the harbor.
Book a Sheraton Club Room at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, and enjoy the hotel’s executive club lounge on Level 21. The nicest thing about this lounge is the views of Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, and Sydney’s Harbour Heads, as well as the complimentary breakfast and extensive evening snacks.
Rooms here have been recently refurbished, and the bathrooms are particularly nice, making this the top Bonvoy hotel choice in Sydney. The hotel also has a large gym and spa on the top floor. The location of the Marriott Sydney, reviewed below, is arguably better, but the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park is an excellent Marriott.
If views are a dealbreaker, you must book the Sheraton and its club lounge over the Marriott and its club lounge, as the Marriott club lounge doesn’t have the views, plus the outdoor section of the Sheraton lounge and the sheer quality of food make this hotel a great choice.
Book the Sheraton Grand via our concierge for extra benefits and your usual loyalty and point benefits.
2. Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay
Bonvoy hotels in Sydney also include the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay. This is a decent hotel in a great location and is a good way to spend your Bonvoy points in Sydney if the Sheraton outlined above doesn’t work for you. The hotel is right next to Circular Quay with Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Rocks, and Sydney Opera House on your doorstep, plus it is just a 2 -3 minute walk from the Sydney Metro.
This is not an ultra-luxury hotel, but do try to get an upgrade to a bridge view or an Opera House view if you can. The rooms are a decent size but uninspiring mix of greys, but the views are stunning if you get one. There is also a decent gym, 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, so busy at breakfast that it can be hard (but not impossible) to find a seat. The ambiance is a little refectory, with a vast dining area and a lounging area.
3. Ritz-Carlton Sydney
Sydney’s new Ritz-Carlton Sydney hotel will soar above The Star at Pyrmont when it eventually opens. The development has been designed by architectural firm FJMT, with company director Richard Francis-Jones saying, “our vision is for a beautifully sculpted architecture that will seem to grow from the great sandstone of Pyrmont.”
Newly released 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.
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