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11 Best hotels near Darling Harbour, Sydney

Times are tough for travellers. But with the world preparing to reopen in 2021, we're here to keep you dreaming and planning for your next adventure - whether that's a staycation or flying off to parts unknown. Until then, we've got the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates to keep you up to date and ready to go.

Dreaming of your next trip to Sydney? Within walking distance to tens of restaurants, bars, shops and public transport, Darling Harbour makes for an incredible place to stay. Accommodation options range from five-star luxury with spectacular views to budget-friendly backpacker hubs. Read on to discover the best hotels near Darling Harbour for your next Sydney staycation.

The best hotels near Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour waterfront

Please note: Travel restrictions can change at any time. Before you book your trip to Sydney, consult your local government websites and the NSW Government website for the latest information on travel advice and border closures. Many hotels have modified their services and amenities to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, impacting some services and facilities like fitness centres, pools, and dining.

Each of the hotels we’ve featured have been editorially chosen and score a 4.5/5 or above in the Skyscanner cleanliness rating. Learn more about how to choose a hotel stay during the pandemic in our article, how to book with confidence as travel returns.

What are the best hotels near Darling Harbour?

  1. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
  2. Swissotel Sydney
  3. The Darling Hotel Sydney
  4. Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
  5. Fraser Suites Sydney
  6. Novotel Sydney Darling Square
  7. The Grace Hotel
  8. Adina Apartment Hotel
  9. The Pod Sydney
  10. Sydney Harbour YHA
  11. Megaboom City Hotel

The best luxury hotels near Darling Harbour

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Best hotel in Darling Harbour for modern luxury

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour does luxury à la Française with its Champagne Bar, French amenities and décor. The 590-room hotel overlooking Darling Harbour hosts spectacular views of the city skyline, best seen through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Other standout features include an infinity pool, modern gym, bars, onsite restaurant, and proximity to the Convention Centre.

Swissotel Sydney

Best central Sydney hotel near Darling Harbour

In between Darling Harbour and Hyde Park, Swissotel Sydney is within walking distance of iconic sights like the Royal Botanic Garden, the Sydney Opera House, Hyde Park and a variety of shopping centres. At this five-star stay, each room is modern, clean, and well lit thanks to gigantic windows. The Signature Skyline rooms are the pick of the property, offering views of Sydney’s CBD skyline and the Blue Mountains. When a day of sightseeing is done, you’ll want to head to the rooftop pool for a bit of relaxation under the sun.

Sydney Harbour Bridge near Darling Harbour
Sydney Harbour Bridge, a 30-minute walk from Darling Harbour

The Darling Hotel Sydney

The best luxury hotel near Darling Harbour for a romantic getaway

The Darling has mastered the art of blending opulence with comfort. Think ambient lighting, jewel toned décor, plush beds and impeccable views. Room features include floor-to-ceiling windows, Nespresso machines, modern art pieces, wet bars, spacious bathtubs, and lounge areas depending on the room type. If you want to splash out, check into the Penthouse room, where each room is outfitted with an entertainment area, full kitchen and wraparound windows to take in panoramic views.

Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

The best luxury hotel near Darling Harbour for creative travellers

The Ovolo 1888 isn’t afraid to stand out with its bold colours and unique architecture. Though the vibe may seem to err on the urban grunge side (the building was formerly used as a wool store), the hotel’s offerings score five stars. The Ovolo 1888 offers a few room types, with its smallest size catering to solo travellers. Families and friend groups will want to take a peek at its larger rooms, including an option that sleeps up to ten guests. Each stay includes breakfast, internet, an in-room mini bar, all day snacks, and a swag bag of goodies.

Fraser Suites Sydney

The best luxury serviced apartments near Darling Square

If you’re wanting to check into a place that can quickly feel like home, Fraser Suites Sydney offer serviced apartments with an element of luxury. Suites range from studios to three-bedroom duplex suites, all decked out with tasteful art pieces and wide windows. This makes it an ideal option for groups or families who want privacy along with the highlights of a full service hotel. Onsite, enjoy the indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna.

The best midrange hotels near Darling Harbour

Novotel Sydney Darling Square

The best hotel near Darling Harbour for business travellers

Clean, modern and centrally located, Novotel Sydney Darling Square is within walking distance to iconic sights like Chinatown (some rooms overlook the Chinese Gardens), the Australia National Maritime Museum, and Sydney Harbour. Business travellers to Sydney can take advantage of the hotel’s meeting and conference rooms, and squeeze in a workout at the onsite gym or swim laps at the heated indoor pool. If you’ve come with kids in tow, the hotel also offers a paid babysitting service and has family-friendly room options.

Sydney Harbour, best places to stay
Darling Harbour is within walking distance of Sydney’s major highlights

The Grace Hotel

The best hotel near Darling Harbour if you love architecture

Built in the 1920s, the Grace Hotel is a refreshing departure to the oftentimes bland hotel aesthetic. The building itself is a Sydney icon, a nod to the Neo-Gothic era of architecture. Inside, the design takes on a more modern identity when it comes to décor and features. There are a range of recently refurbished rooms and suites available—all with wifi, entertainment systems, tea and coffee makers and an in-room safe.

Adina Apartment Hotel

The best serviced apartments near Darling Harbour

With some of the best views in Sydney, Adina Apartment Hotel is a great pick for families, groups, and travellers who want access to a full kitchen during their stay. Each apartment comes with the gamut of cooking essentials, laundry facilities, and dining area. Adjoining rooms can open to one another if needed. Tens of bars and restaurants, theatres, and the Star Casino are just a few steps away.

The best budget hotels near Darling Harbour

Sydney Harbour YHA

The best hostel near Darling Harbour for solo travellers

Stay in Sydney’s historic precinct, the Rocks, for iconic views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour, and the CBD skyline. It’s also a great place to make friends through hostel hosted activities like guided kayak trips, surf lessons, and walking tours. Hostel highlights include a colourful communal area, terrace and kitchen. Dorm rooms are basic with bunk beds, and private rooms are also an option.

Group of three women holding surfboards
Learn to surf in Sydney

The Pod Sydney

The best budget hostel near Darling Harbour

Simple, affordable and clean, The Pod Sydney is a popular hostel for travellers who want to stay central without having to pay for the privilege of doing so. There are mixed and female dorm rooms available, as well as basic double rooms. Each bed comes with a reading light, privacy curtain, linens, and guests have access to a communal kitchen, dining room and entertainment lounge area. Consider this an affordable hub for having fun.

Megaboom City Hotel

Best centrally located budget hotel near Darling Harbour

Megaboom City Hotel is just a short walk away from the bars and restaurants of Darling Harbour, Sydney’s CBD, and Sydney Harbour. Rooms are small and tidy, offering a comfortable place to sleep in between adventures out. Each stay comes with a TV, mini fridge, desk, wardrobe, and coffee and tea making station.

Sydney Harbour YHA - near Darling Harbour
Sydney Harbour, a 20-minute walk away from Darling Harbour

With so many hotels to choose from, there’s no reason not to stay in Darling Harbour. A piece of advice? Ask the receptionist at check-in if there are any available rooms with views of Darling Harbour itself.

This article was last updated on 8 July 2021. Be sure to check the current travel restrictions on Health.gov.au as well as the NSW Government website before your trip for the latest travel advice.

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