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Where to Stay in Sydney
Sydney is the largest metropolis down under. Known globally as a trendsetting city for fashion, food, music, art and culture, the bustling urban area certainly caters to those looking for a swanky good time. Book a stay at a luxurious boutique in The Rocks district, a popular among tourists for its historic buildings and proximity to cultural attractions. Or live the high life in the Circular Quay, centrally located between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Or experience some of the best nightlife Sydney has to offer in the inner-city district of Kings Cross. If you’re looking to lie out on Sydney’s most popular urban beach, look for the best rates near Bondi Beach.
Sydney Hotel Tips
Because Sydney is in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s seasons are opposite of those of the U.S. That means when it’s winter here, it’s summer there, which means hotel prices tend to hit their peaks from the middle of January to the middle of April and again in the late fall. If you want to find low-priced airfare to Sydney as well as the cheapest reservation rates, you’ll want to book your stay during the months of May through August. However, because this is Sydney’s winter, the climate will likely be too cold to hit the beach.
Sydney also plays host to many large festivals, including the Sydney Festival, Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Biennale of Sydney. Because the city is such an international destination, you should call your desired hotel well in advance to ensure availability.
Sydney Hotel Recommendations
Book a room at The Grace Sydney Hotel and stay in one of the city’s most luxurious architectural gems. This restored Neo Gothic building dates back to the 1930s. It’s interior is a cool combination of classic sophistication and modern accents. Guests can make use of the rooftop fitness center that offers panoramic city views. There are three different restaurants onsite, including the contemporary Grace Café. The hotel frequently offers seasonal discount rates, so check online in advance for specials.
Get the royal treatment at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay. This lavish five-star hotel features a heated outdoor pool with sundeck that opens up onto magnificent city views. Walk through the hotel’s lobby and you’ll find hundreds of crystal chandeliers and authentic 18th-century antiques. The hotel’s critically acclaimed Dining Room not only provides guests with contemporary Australian cuisine, but it also sits across from the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Visitors who want to find affordable accommodations near some of Sydney’s top attractions have a number of budget hotels to choose from. In the popular Darling Harbour district, guests can book a stay at Aarons Hotel or Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments, a hotel that offers apartment-style lodgings.
Sydney offers visitors a number of transportation options. Most locals tend to travel by car, taking advantage of the city’s expansive system of roads and highways. If you find the task of driving in a foreign country daunting, you can always rely on public transportation. The city boasts a small light-rail system called the Metro Light Rail, which runs through part of the city and into the western suburbs. Tourists can also ride the Metro Monorail, which runs in a loop around the main shopping district and Darling Harbour. There are also ferries that run on Sydney Harbor and Parramatta River as well as an extensive downtown bus system.