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Where to Stay in Sydney?
Sydney Harbour divides the city and there are a huge number of attractions on the south shore. Here visitors will find the city centre and iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House. There is accommodation to suit all budgets in Sydney, from cheap hotels and hostels to deluxe options with harbour views. The waterfront area around bustling Circular Quay is Sydney Harbour’s hub and is packed with bars, restaurants and attractions including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Royal Botanic Gardens. South of Circular Quay is the city centre and the area known as the Central Business District (CBD). The city centre is home to numerous restaurants, hotels, shops and attractions including the Museum of Sydney, the Australian Museum and the Sydney Tower. It’s also where you will find lively Chinatown. The CBD is a popular choice for business travellers, while there is a concentration of more affordable choices in and around Chinatown. To the west of Circular Key is The Rocks. This is the city’s historic heart and has some very attractive – and pricey – places to stay.
Sydney Accommodation Options
This cosmopolitan city offers visitors a huge choice of accommodation. There are all the international chain options you would expect, as well as smaller hotels, b&bs and pubs with rooms. Traditionally, pubs offered very good value for money, and while many still do, they are no longer the sole domain of the budget traveller. Many have been stylishly refurbished and have enviable locations. If you are on a tight budget, the city has some excellent hostels offering dormitory accommodation. Holiday apartments are increasingly popular, especially for families and those on longer stays.
Sydney Hotel Recommendations?
The deluxe Shangri-La Hotel has 563 rooms and suites, each with harbour views. It also has a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and spa. There is a choice of restaurants, bars and lounges. For something with a bit more history, The Lord Nelson Brewery in The Rocks is Sydney's oldest licensed hotel. It has nine rooms and some have ensuite bathrooms, while cheaper rooms have shared bathrooms. The antique-filled Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is well positioned for sights such as the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour. It has an outdoor pool and elegant restaurant.
Transport in Sydney
Sydney Airport is located 8km from the central business district (CBD). There are a number of car hire companies at the airport and each terminal has a taxi stand. Bus services and shuttles also connect the city. Airport Link is a train service which runs regularly to the city; it takes around 13 minutes.