413 Bourke Street,
T 8353 8200
Simon and Susanah Page, who also founded the group Sublime, created this amazing hotel where if you stayed there you would be the only guest. Call it, behaving like a rock star, because you’ll have access to a plunge pool, hi-tech gym, recording studio, and if you choose, a butler, record producer, and masseuse.
229 Darlinghurst Road,
T 9332 2011
If you love cool, then you’ll enjoy this modernist boutique hotel in one of the most stylish areas in town. Minimalist interiors and mirrored hallways make the space look bigger; discreet local artwork adorns walls and stairways. But if you stay here, you’ll most likely just be using to room to sleep, as the super hip area will have you out at all hours.
5 Bridge St,
T 9240 3100
This hotel is almost a secret. In a discreet side lane entrance off of the busy George Street, you’ll find this intimate and cool place. The decor is a mix between contemporary and antique, and while you will not have a great view, its in the city and close to virtually everything, and at night you can enjoy the hotel’s four discreet bars, nightclub, and fine dining.
18 Springfield Avenue,
T 9358 1533
This hotel has built quite a following over its 16 years in business. It probably has something to do with the amazing service you’ll get, an amazing roof garden with barbecue and amazing views of the city, and chic rooms decorated with artwork and mid-century furniture. In order to save money, you can use the kitchenette found in every room, or apply for a residency to see what it’s like to be a true local.
6 Cowper Wharf Road,
T 9331 9000
This was once the W, but Taj Hotels bought it in 2006. The interiors are chic and the hotel bar called Atrium is the perfect place to start or end your night. And if you want to get in some relaxation, check out Spa Chakra inside the hotel, as well as the beautifully designed pool.
KATHRYN’S ON QUEEN
20 Queen Street,
T 9327 4535
If you want to have the run of a beautiful Victorian house with modern facilities and great hospitality stay at Kathryn’s. The breakfast is filling and delicious, and the house is virtually empty throughout the day, so you’ll truly feel like you’ll have the house to yourself.
118 Campbell Parade,
T 9365 4422
Outside of the beautifully designed interiors, the best thing about staying here is being able to throw open your balcony doors and take in the sea air and beautiful views of Bondi Beach. Out of the sixteen rooms, only two lack outdoor spaces. Its very noisy at night as there is a swinging bar downstairs.
7 Hicksville Road,
T 9241 1234
You’ll be blessed with the most amazing location. With views overlooking the harbour, you’ll almost feel as if you are on a boat.
267 Darlinghurst Road,
T 9331 1000
Another chic hotel in the hip Darlinghurst area. This was originally a mansion built in the early 20th Century. Now, with only 17 rooms, each with different designs, you’ll feel a part of the artistic community around you.
Surrey Hill is an up and coming neighborhood, where you’ll find amazing architecture and a melting pot of people. The Alba Penthouse is the newest addition to the Contemporary Hotels group. This two-bedroom apartment has a large terrace and plenty of breathing room. You’ll be close to amazing new restaurants, cafes and galleries, and in the building complex, you’ll have access to a pool, gym, and sauna.