A Stylish Staycation: The Best Hotels to Visit in Sydney

Even if Sydney is your own backyard, a city staycation is an ideal excuse to catch up on some much-needed pampering and leisure. Boasting some of Australia’s top landmarks, attractions and fine-dining, a Sydney city stay is perfect for both exploring as a tourist in your own city or escaping into an environment of luxury and opulence. If you’re in need of escaping from the real world, these are the best hotels to rest your head at on your next city stay.

Housed in the former General Post Office building, the Fullerton Hotel in Sydney is packed with heritage charm. Exuding old-world elegance, this five-star hotel is located in the heart of Sydney and is close to Darling Harbour and the Sydney Opera House. Guests can enjoy the grandeur of this historic building in the light-filled lobby where you can have Fullerton’s signature afternoon tea. Tower Premium King Room, start from around A$465 per night.

Image: Fullerton Sydney

Another Sydney hotel that exudes classic luxury is Sir Stamford at Circular Quay. Overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens and sitting just a stone’s throw away from Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House, Sir Stamford is the perfect place to enjoy Sydney’s iconic landmarks. Or you can leave the city exploring for another time and opt for indulging in an afternoon high tea or sipping on your favourite dram at the Highlander Whisky Bar as you let stress and worry melt away. The Presidential Suite at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay starts from around A$2,000 per night.

Image: Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

Escape to secluded luxury within cobbled streets and heritage buildings at The Langham, Sydney. Located in The Rocks district, The Langham offers incredible harbour views, a 20-metre indoor pool and luxury dining experiences so you can truly indulge and relax on your city staycation. One Bedroom Suites start from around A$808 per evening.

Image: Langham, Sydney’s indoor swimming pool

As Sydney’s only Forbes five star boutique hotel, The Darling is a luxury accommodation with a difference. Offering personal panoramas of the harbour and bathrooms equipped with Balmain Paris Hair Couture amenities, The Darling is where you got to catch up on luxury R&R. You can also slip away for a proper pamper session at one of Sydney’s most luxurious spas. Prices are available upon request.

Image: The Darling Spa

Describing themselves as part Art Deco masterpiece and part heritage theatre, the QT Sydney is a contemporary luxury hotel. Located between the Queen Victoria Building and the Sydney Tower, guests can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy stylish dining at the brasserie-style Gowings Bar & Grill or the authentic Italian restaurant Parlour Cucina.

Image: Parlour Cucina

This article originally appeared on Fancy

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