12 hotels with vivid views of Sydney’s CBD

By Dacia Thai,

Visiting Sydney? Then why not lap up the luxury in one of these centrally-located hotels with stunning CBD views – from nesting with the iridescent Opera House to observing the bustling Town Hall, we’ve found the best hotels to indulge in all the city lights or lap up all the harbour views from the comfort and privacy of your own room.

Opera House

Circular Quay

Four Seasons Sydney

The Four Seasons Sydney offers five-star luxury with views to envy. Choose one of the Harbour Rooms for unparalleled views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, or one of the City Rooms for the bustling Harrington or George Streets.

Four Seasons Sydney - room overlooking Circular Quay

But if you just simply want it all, the City Harbour rooms will be sure to suffice with both waterfront and skyline views.

Four Seasons Sydney - bathroom overlooking Opera House

For those lapping up the lights from the Four Seasons, be sure to book yourself into the the Pei Modern restaurant by Executive Chef Mark Best as well. Mark and his team have created a series of special Vivid menus on offer each night, with two courses for $49 or three courses for $59 per person.

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InterContinental Sydney

Don’t just visit Sydney’s icons – stay in one too! The rooftop Club InterContinental lounge has views to rival Sydney’s Pylon Lookout – and it’s no wonder, with the hotel situated within walking distance of Circular Quay itself. Intercontinental Sydney - balcony

Admire the sights from your own room or wine and dine from dizzying heights overlooking the harbour.

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For uninterrupted views of the Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay, book the Club room.

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Park Hyatt Sydney

The coveted location of this hotel – situated smack-bang between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge – says it all, really.

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Park Hyatt Sydney boasts exclusive front views of the world-famous Opera House, which you can enjoy from this beautiful harbourside sundeck:Or simply, allow the Opera House to accompany you to your crib.

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Darling Harbour

Hyatt Regency Sydney

If you love a bustling waterfront, you’re gonna love it here! Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows featured in the rooms, guests are ensured unobstructed water or city views.

Four Points by Sheraton - room

We recommend the Regency Suite King for the ultimate panorama of Darling Harbour, complete with a wrap-around balcony.

If you’re a fan of panoramic views and rooftops, you’ll be pleased to know you can satisfy your desires at the hotel’s rooftop bar, Zephyr. Here you can unwind on one of the comfy lounges, all the while taking in some stunning views of Darling Harbour. Grab yourself a made-to-order cocktail, and dig into some moreish bar snacks.

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Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

Novotel has long been an impressive icon in Darling Harbour’s skyline – so why not stay there too?

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Sweeping views of the harbour and of the city are accessible from the spacious rooms as well as from the restaurant and rooftop swimming pool.

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Hyde Park


Sheraton on the Park

Lush greenery is the view of choice for those opting for a stay at Sheraton on the Park. Situated by Sydney’s majestic Hyde Park, the spacious and light-filled rooms look out to Sydney’s Harbour Heads. Book your stay here to wake up to views of the famous St Mary’s Cathedral and to the city stretching far out to the horizon.

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Many of the rooms offer private terraces overlooking the park, but for those really wanting to up their game, choose The Royal Suite for an additional plush 5-metre-long window seat.

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Pullman Sydney Hyde Park

There are gyms and then there are fully-equipped gyms complete with spas overlooking the city skyline. For those who want this and more, the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park is the place to book your next city accommodation – it even boasts a spectacular rooftop pool where you can bathe under the stars and in the twinkling city lights.

Pullman Sydney Hyde Park - spa

From the rooms, you’ll be able to enjoy sights of eastern Sydney, Hyde Park or the CBD.

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Town Hall

Fraser Suites

For crystal-clear skyline views looking down onto George Street and the Queen Victoria Building, Fraser Suites is the accommodation of choice. The suites are housed in a 42-storey glass high-rise building, each featuring large opening windows.

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Offering downtown living in contemporary surroundings, the luxury serviced apartment is perfect for those staying a little longer in the city.

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Swissotel Sydney

From the Blue Mountains to the CBD, Swissotel’s Signature Skyline rooms boast impressive views from the 22nd to 25th floors of the hotel.

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Those daring enough can opt for the vertigo-inducing Balcony Room for unobstructed access to Sydney’s skyline.

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Martin Place

The Westin Sydney

The Westin Sydney offers both elegant Heritage Rooms within the historic General Post Office building as well as contemporary Tower Rooms in the modern high-rise section of the hotel. Those seeking city views should opt for the Tower Rooms, which are located from the third to the 31st floor.

Guests can opt for bird’s eye views of the CBD, such as from the dizzying heights of the Executive Suite:

The Westin Sydney - city panorama from room

Or if you’d prefer to keep your feet closer to ground, snuggle up to the city lights from the comfort of your bathtub.

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Broadway

Mercure Sydney

Just a hop and a skip from Central Station, the Mercure Sydney looks out onto the CBD skyline as well as the bustling Broadway area. To make the most out of your stay, book the Superior City View Rooms or the Deluxe Rooms for the best views out onto central Sydney.

The Mercure Sydney - George St View

And for those who need a bit of #fitspiration, both the gym and swimming pool are complete with awe-inspiring views of the cityscape.

The Mercure Sydney - Balcony View

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Potts Point

The Macleay

The Macleay comes with million dollar views of the Sydney Opera House – but without the matching price tag. One of the more reasonably-priced accommodation in Sydney with a view, the serviced apartments offer a number of Harbour View rooms as well as a stunning pool located on the first floor.

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Loved these hotels, but looking for a cheaper option? Our poor students’ guide to Sydney can fill you in on where to get the best views for minimum $$$. 

Have you stayed in any hotels with awesome Sydney views? Let us know below!

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