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ADGE Hotel + Residences | Image: Supplied

15 Best Boutique Hotels in Sydney

If you are looking to stay somewhere upmarket on your next trip, this list of boutique hotels in Sydney will give you some inspiration. More than just a place to rest your head, a quality hotel has the potential to make your stay in Sydney even more memorable. Sydney is brimming with boutique hotels, old and new, that are reshaping the hotel landscape. The modern quirky decor, contemporary vibe, gourmet food and personal service are just a few of the reasons why you should forgo the usual hotel chains and step into the world of contemporary uniqueness. And if that’s not enough, some are even pet-friendly for those who can’t bear to part with their four-legged friends. Here are the best boutique hotels Sydney has got on offer.

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1. QT Sydney

  • Address: 49 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Phone: +61 2 8262 0000
  • Price: from A$220

When it comes to cool hotels in Sydney, look no further than QT Sydney. Flush with 200 guest suites, out-of-towners and locals alike can soak up the Sydney nightlife from the hotel’s prime location right in the centre of the commercial district. The selective room décor pays homage to its historic location amongst the Gowings and State theatre buildings and is guaranteed to leave an impression.

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QT Bondi | Image: Supplied

2. QT Bondi

  • Address: 6 Beach Road, Bondi NSW 2026
  • Phone: +61 2 8362 3900
  • Price: from A$147

One of the fanciest hotels you’ll find in Bondi Beach, the QT Bondi promises opulence and glamour within its 69 oversize apartments and studios. All rooms are designed by renowned Australian designer, Nic Graham, and feature at their poshest end the Gould suites. Take in the city views from your personal balcony, relax on the king-sized bed, and take advantage of all the creature comforts that you can expect from this lush boutique hotel.

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Ovolo Wooloomooloo | Image: Supplied

3. Ovolo Wooloomooloo

  • Address: 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
  • Phone: +61 2 9331 9000
  • Price: from A$208

This 5-star hotel on Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Wharf, offers old charm with modern technology. The Ovolo’s sleekly designed rooms are fitted with modern furnishings like iPad, Smart TV and plush luxurious bedding. Just a 15-minute walk from the Sydney Opera House and close to the Royal Botanical Gardens, you’ll never fall short on things to see and do.

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Pier One | Image: Supplied

4. Pier One

  • Address: 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Sydney NSW 2000
  • Phone: +61 2 8298 9999
  • Price: from A$218

Nothing says “I’m in Sydney” like views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge. Built on the water, Pier One mixes eclectic federation style decor with modern contemporary. The Harbour View Suite offers a lavish room with warm tones and exposed wooden beams, plus full views of Sydney Harbour. Head down to the Pier and pop into The Kerrigan, where you can pick and taste all the good stuff and sample the local beer.

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Watson’s Bay Hotel | Image: Supplied

5. Watson’s Bay Hotel

  • Address: 1 Military Road, Watsons Bay Sydney NSW 2030
  • Phone: +61 2 9337 5444
  • Price: from A$237

Just a few kilometers outside the city, Watson’s Bay luxury boutique hotel has got the beachy vibes covered.  The waterfront location alone makes in one of the best boutique hotels Sydney has to offer and features view of the city skyline as well as Sydney Harbour. Sun, seafood and relaxation are all on the agenda, especially at the Watson Bay Beach Club. Fill up on sashimi tasting plates and sip on lavish cocktails in the beach clubs expansive outdoor space.

ADGE Hotel + Residences | Image: Supplied
ADGE Hotel + Residences | Image: Supplied

6. ADGE Hotel

  • Address: 222 Riley Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
  • Phone: +61 2 8093 9888
  • Trading hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
  • Price: from A$199

If you’re looking for cool hotels in Sydney with a boutique vibe, ADGE Hotel’s boutique apartments are sure to satisfy. After recently undergoing a $65 million transformation, the hotel features 93 creatively designed guest rooms with bold carpets, pod-style bathrooms, SMEG fridges and Nespresso machines. Inside, you’ll find eccentric decor and graffiti wall art littered throughout, with the colourful yet tastefully designed rooms serving a welcome change from the usual cookie-cutter chains. The services are above and beyond what one would expect, from the welcoming cheese platter to the personal grocery shopper, the attention to detail is what really sets this boutique hotel apart from the others.

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The Terminus Hotel | Image: Supplied

7. The Terminus Hotel

  • Address: 61 Harris Street, Pyrmont Sydney NSW 2009
  • Phone: +61 2 9692 0301

Recently reopened after a 30-year hiatus, The Terminus Hotel in Pyrmont has been restored and rebuilt to boutique perfection. A former pub, the 170-year-old building’s history is intertwined in the design of the hotel’s interior, maintaining some of its original features. Terminus boasts nine sleekly designed rooms offering comfort and function with historic charm and all the amenities you need.

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Larmont Boutique Hotel | Image: Lancemore

8. Larmont Boutique Hotel

  • Address: 14 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point Sydney NSW 2011
  • Phone: +61 2 9295 8888

In the heart of Potts Point, Larmont Boutique Hotel Sydney offers one of the best luxury boutique experiences in the avant-garde hub of the city. If retail therapy and restaurants are your idea of a perfect getaway, Hotel Larmont is perfectly situated just minutes from the best shopping strips, cafes, bars and restaurants.

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9. Hotel Ravesis

  • Address: 118 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
  • Phone: +61 2 9365 4422
  • Price: from A$218

For some summertime glamour look no further than Hotel Ravesis. The flamingo pink art deco style hotel is the perfect spot for a beachfront stay and offers two floors of unique boutique rooms with wrap-around terraces and ocean views. You won’t even have to leave the hotel for a night out. Chef Peter Streckfuss has you covered at the indoor dining area and a late-night club area has DJs and events happening most weekends.

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10. Paramount House Hotel

  • Address: 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills Sydney NSW 2010
  • Phone: +61 2 9211 122

Housed in the former headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios, Paramount House Hotel offers urban glamour in Sydney’s Surry Hills. Each room pays homage to the building’s history; exposed brick, reused timber and artefacts found on site have been incorporated into the design. It’s perfectly situated close to Oxford Street along with its bars, shopping and nightlife making it one of the best boutique hotels Sydney has to offer.

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Image: Hotel Palisade

11. Hotel Palisade

  • Address: 35 Bettington Street, Millers Point Sydney NSW 2000
  • Phone: +61 2 9018 0123
  • Price: from A$153

Hotel Palisade’s tranquil setting and luxury-style boutique rooms ensure an indulgent and unique stay. Just a 10-minute walk to Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay, it’s perfectly located for those who want to be near the centre of the city but not directly in it. Rooms are designed with a nod to Hotel Palisade’s rich past with meticulous attention to detail.  Hand-painted murals by Sydney artist Neill Mallard are featured in every room and lend to the nautical theme captured in the design.

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12. The Ultimo

  • Address: 37 Ultimo Road, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Phone: +61 2 9281 5555
  • Price: from A$95

If you’re after something really different, The Ultimo is one of the first astrology-themed hotels in not just Sydney but the world. 95 rooms in this heritage-listed building, offer comfort and luxury, but also a travel guide on things to do, see and eat all based on your star sign. This hotel is really designed with the modern traveller in mind and is a great place to use as a base for exploring the city. Not only that The Ultimo is perfectly situated to discover and explore Sydney’s Chinatown.

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The Old Clare | Image: Supplied

13. The Old Clare

  • Address: 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale Sydney NSW 2008
  • Phone: +61 2 8277 8277
  • Price: from A$248

Newly renovated in 2015, The Old Clare is a remodelled watering hole of the old beloved Clare Hotel. Situated in trendy Chippendale, it’s a hotel trying to stand out from the rest. It spans over 2 historic buildings, the Old Clare and Calrton Brewery Administration building, and boasts 62 rooms, seven of those in boutique style. The seven boutique suites are all differently designed with styles ranging from stylish and cozy to opulent and lush. With three new restaurants and a rooftop pool and bar, you’ll never run out of things to do.

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14. Medusa

  • Address: 267 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst Sydney NSW 2010
  • Phone: +61 2 9331 1000
  • Price: from A$99

Just a short walk to Kings Cross Station and Sydney’s Oxford Street, Medusa Hotel is one of the best boutique hotels Sydney has on offer. The carefully curated unique rooms at Medusa offer comfort, privacy and some pretty spectacular surroundings. Want to bring your pet? Medusa includes several dog-friendly rooms along the private courtyard.

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15. Hotel Harry

  • Address: 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills Sydney NSW 2010
  • Phone: +61 2 8262 8800

For something a little different, Hotel Harry sits in a century-old Victorian building in Surry Hills’ vibrant artistic hub. The old architecture is married to the modern contemporary style of the rooms. The location alone makes it one of the best boutique hotels in Sydney; just a short stroll to pretty much anywhere in Sydney including the Opera House, The Rocks Precinct, Botancial Gardens, Oxford Street and more.

Alternatives to Sydney Boutique Hotels

If you’re looking for other things to do in and around Sydney, we’ve got you covered with some of the options listed below. You can also check out our list of fun things to do in Sydney. If you’re looking for a more specific cuisine, check out our list of burgers or ramen restaurants. If you’re full, we can also help you with your search for the best rooftop bars or show you the best Sydney museums.

How Man of Many Chose the Best Boutique Hotels in Sydney

With an editorial team based in Sydney, Man of Many has had the unique opportunity to directly experience the atmosphere of the best spots in Sydney. It is also based on our experience, in-depth research and customer reviews of boutique hotels in Sydney. As expert journalists who guide people between competing products and services, we have provided our independent opinion in formulating our selections. You can review our editorial policy here surrounding how we maintain our independence in our editorial reviews.

Boutique Hotels in Sydney FAQs

What is the best boutique hotel in Sydney?

A truly international city, there are a number of great boutique hotels in Sydney. For more arthouse options, recently renovated spots such as The Old Clare Hotel and The Terminus are terrific options, however, you can’t beat QT for its diverse range of locations.

How expensive is a hotel in Sydney?

You can find quality hotel rooms in Sydney for as little as $80, ranging all the way into the hundreds. For the most part, hotel rooms generally hover around the $180-$250 mark, however, will increase at peak period such as New Years, VIVID and the NRL Grand Final.