Going on holidays sure is tempting, especially after travel restrictions have been in place for so long! But with ever-changing social distancing restrictions and travel advice, planning to go overseas or even interstate can prove difficult. So, why not opt for a staycation in Sydney instead?
Our beautiful harbourside city really has so much to offer; beaches, coastal walks, a thriving foodie scene and a variety of new performances and exhibits opening up. So, where are the best places to stay for your staycation in Sydney? Ideally you want somewhere a little unique, yet well situated, so you’re in a good spot to be able to explore everything the city has to offer.
We’ve rounded up our pick of the best hotels in Sydney, so you can customise a relaxing staycation to suit your tastes, whether that’s a night of indulgence or a quirky experience you’ll never forget!
1. The Langham, Sydney
Ready to splurge? If you’re going to indulge, The Langham is the perfect place to do it, and it’s guaranteed to be worth your while. Conveniently located in The Rocks, The Langham is an easy walk to a multitude of Sydney attractions, bars, and restaurants, so you can have fun exploring the city during your stay.
At the hotel itself, however, you won’t run out of things to do! You can indulge in a spa session, have a massage, play a game of tennis, explore the breathtaking indoor pool, or simply relax in one of the many plush, art-deco-style rooms on offer. This hotel is also pet friendly – bonus!
Best for: Lovers of luxury
2. The Hughenden, Woollahra
This boutique hotel is located right in the heart of the Eastern suburbs, just a short walk to Centennial Parklands and Paddington. Visiting The Hughenden will feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Built in 1878, this hidden gem has an extensive history but has recently been renovated and restored to include all the comforts of home. Best of all, no two rooms are the same!
Explore the galleries in the local area or head to one of the local antiques stores. It’s also pet friendly and serves a delicious continental breakfast.
Best for: Art and history buffs
3. Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat
This eco-friendly luxury stay, just north of Sydney city in Mosman, will be one you won’t easily forget! If you’re looking for a staycation in Sydney that’s a little different, you won’t be disappointed at Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat.
Even the cheaper stays do come at a cost here, but they do also include access to the zoo, a guided tour, and complimentary breakfast for two. Best of all, you can catch a glimpse of a koala or two in the “Animal View Room”, which overlooks an enclosure of Australian animals.
Best for: Animal lovers
4. The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale
Newly renovated in 2015, The Old Clare oozes old-world charm and sophistication – with a modern touch. The rooms have been tastefully renovated to reconcile the old world with the new, and include all the modern comforts you’ll ever need – and even ones you don’t!
Take a lap in the outdoor pool, relax on the sun terrace or visit the acclaimed restaurant, Automata, located in the building. Or, if you prefer to get out and see the city, you’re in the perfect place; the hotel is located in Chippendale, smack bang in the middle of the city. Catch a show at the nearby Capitol Theatre or stroll down to Darling Harbour for lunch.
Best for: Unconventional explorers
5. The Medusa, Darlinghurst
Looking for a staycation in Sydney that’s a little different? Situated in eclectic Darlinghurst, The Medusa is a luxury boutique mansion-turned-hotel that originated in the 1880s. The hotel is a stone’s throw from some of the best bars and restaurants the city has to offer and an easy walk’s distance to the city centre.
The baby pink exterior and pool area is exceptionally “Insta-worthy”, and design aficionados will adore the pink wallpaper, patterned tiles, daring décor, and the richly painted walls.
Best for: Hipsters and design lovers
So, why go away in a different city when you can enjoy your own? Take advantage of everything Sydney has to offer and start planning your next staycation in Sydney. Or why not surprise your significant other with an extra-special night in one of the best hotels in Sydney?
Check out our favourite date ideas in Sydney here to complete your night.