The unofficial capital of Australia has grown and developed over the decades to become one of the most glamorous cities on earth, and yet it still more than manages to retain that famously laid-back Aussie vibe. It’s also one of the most health conscious cities on the planet, it’s a place where vast green parks cut their way through skyscrapers and suburbs, you’ll find a smoothie bars nearly on every street corner and many a resident’s precious days off revolve around beach life or exploring nature like the nearby Blue Mountains or other national parks. With its glorious harbour serving as a wow-inducing focal point alongside its famous bridge and opera house, balmy temperatures, lack of pollution and spectacular coastline it’s no wonder life in Sydney induces envy in the rest of the world. Influenced by its collection of cool and creative neighbours and an ever-growing fondness to stand out from the crowd, there’s a collection of many beautiful and creative hotels to choose from here are 15 of the best cool and unique hotels in Sydney…
Ovolo Woolloomooloo – waterfront warehouse turned hip hotel
Situated on the historic Finger Wharf, the 5-star exceptionally rated Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a stunning warehouse conversion hotel closely situated in the heart of the popular Sydney Harbour neighbourhood. With an eclectic style that fuses soft Nordic woods with harsh industrial fitments and mismatched furniture, the Ovolo is incredibly stylish, yet comfortable at the same time. The playful theme at the cool and hip Sydney hotel continues into the bedrooms with quirky lighting and brightly coloured walls, or guests can choose to feel like a rockstar for the night and book into the INXS suite complete with its own free bar and vintage record player. The Lo Lounge offers an extensive booze list and light dishes, and you can take advantage of the hotels own Secret DJ app and take control of the music while you dine.
- Prices from ¢160 per night.
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The Urban Newtown – edgy, hip and experimental
Edgy and experimental, the 4-star highly rated Urban Hotel Newtown can be found in the bohemian suburb of Newtown that is hip and happening, but still within easy reach of the city’s main attraction. Describing itself as “post-apocalyptic” in style, the central atrium offers graffiti walls and chains hanging from the ceiling, as well as cleverly placed battered guitars and drum kits as the space itself is often used for live music events. Bedrooms at this stylishly quirky Sydney abode are softer with industrial designer touches and bold pops of colour, as well as kitchenettes and squeaky clean bathrooms. There is no bar or restaurant on site but the in-room minibars are well stocked and sometimes free, whilst the reception area offers muffins and sandwiches, although the surrounding streets have plenty of great bars and eateries for you to explore too.
- Prices from ¢95 per night.
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ADGE Hotel – chic and unique apartment hotel
A beautiful boutique hotel offering fully serviced apartments in the heart of the vibrant Surry Hills neighbourhood, surrounded by some of Sydney’s finest high-end fashion stores, gastropubs and bars. The 5-star exceptionally rated ADGE Apartment Hotel offers contemporary styling with polished concrete floors and an oversized psychedelic mural in the lobby, while the bedrooms at the modern and unique Sydney accommodation are light and airy and offer understated chic that sits perfectly atop of the Keith Haring-inspired carpet with multi-coloured neon stripes. They also offer fully equipped kitchens with laundry facilities, separate sitting areas and good size balconies. Japanese Raita Noda is located in the lobby, as is the Baccomatto Osteria, an Italian restaurant steeped in style.
- Prices from ¢170 per night.
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Hotel Palisade – upscale beauty near Sydney Harbour Bridge
Situated in the historic Miller’s Point, just beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the exceptionally rated Hotel Palisade is a thoughtfully restored harbour building that now offers stunning accommodation throughout. With checkerboard flooring, curved brass walls and plenty of vintage industrial touches the building remains close to its seafaring roots, while still offering sublime comfort and effortless style. Bedrooms are bright and airy and dressed in nautical colours with Sydney artist Neill Mallard’s seascape murals on the walls. The Public House is lively and popular, serving up craft beers and oysters with waterfront views, as well as a section of light dishes throughout the day.
- Prices from $110 per night.
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QT Sydney – one of Sydney’s most unique and creative boutiques
Offering an eclectic mix of interior styles, the 5-star exceptionally rated QT Hotel is one of Sydney’s coolest and quirkiest hotels, located in the heart of the city’s central shopping areas. Housed in an original 1920’s building, there are Art Deco touches throughout, mixed with over the top luxury styling and whimsical additions, making the QT a fabulous place to stay. Bedrooms offer unusual pieces of furniture and sumptuous bedding, whilst bathrooms are resplendent with slate and marble and oversized bathtubs. The lobby area will make you catch your breath with a huge wall of vintage luggage, and the art installations in the on-site Parlour Lane Cafe are epic. Guests can dine at the Gowings Bar and Grill with its ambitious menu, or take a drink in the Gilt Lounge. There is also a boudoir-themed spa, a Turkish barbers and a gym, as well as the fabulous addition of the QT Butler app that will attend to your every need.
- Prices from $130 per night.
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Watsons’ Bay Hotel – chic and funky beach club accommodation
Offering chic accommodation in a more tranquil setting on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, the 4-star highly rated Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is a classy, classical boutique beach hotel. With a New England vibe, the fun and funky Sydney hotel has the feel of an upmarket beach club and is perfect for those looking to stay just outside the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets. Bedrooms are beautifully appointed, with fresh white cotton sheets and plenty of nautical touches, whilst bathrooms are modern and contemporary. The Beach Club Bar is the perfect place to enjoy the views while sipping a Mojito, while the Sunset Rooms serves up burgers and Italian food in its beach-themed restaurant.
- Prices from ¢100 per night.
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Mantra 2 Hotel – cool and unique aparthotel
Located in the Central Business District, close to Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay, the 4-star highly rated Mantra 2 Hotel offers an impressive selection of studios and apartments with stunning views out across the city. All rooms are fully self-contained and offer premium linens, superfast broadband and cable TV, as well as kitchenettes and separate living areas. Decorated in a comfortable, modern style, this apart-hotel is perfect for those looking to stay downtown for longer. The sassy Sydney abode also offers the on-site Memento Bar & Kitchen that serves up a good selection of local food, washed down with an excellent Australian wine menu, and guests can also take advantage of the fitness centre and gym. The rooftop pool and spa is the perfect place to relax high above the city streets, and boasts panoramic views from every corner.
- Prices from $110 per night.
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Old Clare Hotel – arty upscale Sydney gem
In the up and coming area of Chippendale, the 5-star highly rated Old Clare Hotel is slap bang in the middle of this emerging creative hub, full of old industrial buildings that are being brought back to their former glory. The hotel itself was once the headquarters of a brewing company, and has been renovated to provide outstanding accommodation. Think exposed walls, high ceilings, and bespoke pendant lighting and you get the idea. The bedrooms are eclectic with plenty of repurposed furniture, but also somehow cool and uber chic with huge in-room bathtubs and impressive showers. Guests can dine at Automata, Silvereye or Jason Atherton’s Kensington St Social, or enjoy drinks on the rooftop bar or The Clare Bar in the lobby.
- Prices from $130 per night.
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Ovolo 1888 – uber-cool interiors in a converted wool store
Housed in a converted wool store, the 4-star exceptionally rated Ovolo 1888 offers uber-cool interiors and first class service close to bars, shops and attractions in Darling Harbour. Complimentary minibars, evening drinks and goodie bags are designed to get guests socialising and then hip Sydney hotel aims to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Bedrooms offer the kind of industrial styling that is befitting of the building, but are broken up with huge oversized wall murals and pops of colour throughout, while bathrooms are small but achingly cool. The onsite restaurant offers a complimentary happy hour on a daily basis, and serves a selection of well executed hot food and nibbles.
- Prices from $110 per night.
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Pullman Quay – upscale beauty on Sydney Harbour
Overlooking Sydney Harbour, The Harbour Bridge and The Opera House, the 5-star exceptionally rated Pullman Quay is an uber-luxe hotel offering fine dining and fully equipped apartment style accommodation. Located on Macquarie Street, one of the city’s most prestigious locations, the chic and contemporary Sydney hotel offers five-star service and style throughout. Suites are luxurious and beautifully appointed and include their own kitchens and living areas as well as grand marble bathrooms with spa baths. Guests can choose to dine at the glamourous Q Dining, a fine-dining establishment overlooking the harbour and the bridge, or sip cocktails at the in-house cocktail bar, Hacienda, one of the most popular bars in the CBD area. Exquisite style and service come as standard at Pullman Quay, undoubtedly one of the finest establishments in the city.
- Prices from $170 per night.
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Establishment Hotel – warehouse turned contemporary hotel
Located in the CBD, the 5-star highly rated Establishment Hotel is something of a resort destination for the hip and the trendy. Uber cool interiors combined with a wealth of dining and drinking experiences mean that you may never actually want to leave this highly regarded city centre hotel at all. Bedrooms are effortlessly chic and look like something out of a style magazine, whilst the huge marble bathrooms are simply separated from the sleeping quarters by frosted glass sliding doors. The chic and unusual Sydney hotel is also home to three of city’s top restaurants, three bars and its very own nightclub meaning that whatever you are looking for here in the city, you are certain to find it here.
- Prices from $110 per night.
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Veriu Broadway – hip boutique apartment hotel
Located in the trendy Broadway neighbourhood, the suites at Veriu Broadway are within easy reach of the CBD and other city centre attractions, as well as being surrounded by quirky eateries and vintage shops. Each of the suites at the trendsetting Sydney accommodation has a boutique hotel feel, but also offer their own cooking facilities and separate living areas. Each offering a different theme, they are all very stylish and well thought out, with the air of a contemporary upscale apartment in each. The hotel kitchen offers snacks and drinks, but you should explore the surrounding neighbourhoods to find unusual independent cafes, bars and restaurants to discover the real flavour of Broadway.
- Prices from XXX per night.
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1831 Boutique Hotel – trendy retro chic accommodation
A guest house style hotel on George Street, just a short walk from Chinatown, and Darling Harbour, offering oodles of style and individuality. Bedrooms at the 4-star highly rated 1831 boutique hotel are functional and fuss-free with oversized, wall mounted leather headboards and a sea of high thread count, fresh white linens, whilst bathrooms are clean and bright with rainforest showers. There is no restaurant on site, but there is a large comfortable lounge and terrace and cooking facilities are on hand for budget conscious travellers. Alternatively, step outside and explore the great bars and eateries available in this vibrant part of the city.
- Prices from $90 per night.
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Medusa – a tranquil and charming city retreat
A beautifully converted 1880s terrace house that now offers friendly boutique style accommodation in the eclectic neighbourhood of Darlinghurst. Home to some brilliant bars, restaurants and nightclubs, The 5-star exceptionally rated Medusa Hotel offers a quiet retreat from one of the most lively parts of the city. Thoughtfully modernised throughout, the hotel blends original Victorian features with rich leather furniture and brightly coloured walls to create a modern twist for this beautiful old building. Bedrooms are all painted a different colour and offer sumptuous bedding and clean soft lines, and with the owner Luke living there, the Medusa offers amazingly attentive personal service. There is no bar or restaurant on site, but both Darlinghurst and Potts Point are just a few steps away.
- Prices from $120 per night.
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Felix Hotel – probably the coolest airport hotel in the world
An airport hotel unlike any other – sophisticated, savvy and with more than a hint of the Golden Era of air travel. Packed full of fabulous retro touches, and with a carefully curated art collection on display everywhere you look, The Felix is an exceptionally cool and clever hotel located so close to the airport you can literally see the planes taking off and landing. Designed very much with digital nomads in mind, The 4-star exceptionally rated Feliz Hotel offers a friendly bar with a 1960s vibe, as well as a gym and a fantastic 24-hour Food Shop offering locally sourced gourmet dine and drink options. The Feliz is also home to Sydney’s one and only rooftop cinema.
- Prices from $80 per night.
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