12 BEST Boutique Hotels in Sydney to Stay in 2024

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Boutique hotels in Sydney have become increasingly popular for travellers seeking a more immersive, intimate and personalized stay.

For each of the boutique Sydney hotels options, they offer a unique concept and vision that reflects the overall character, cultural diversity and relaxed atmosphere that Sydney as a whole collectively provides.

In this guide I have narrowed down all the boutique Sydney hotels options to specifically the 12 BEST Boutique Hotels in Sydney to Stay in 2024, including all the necessary information about each one to help you decide which one is best for you.

Also in this guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay in Sydney, popular tourist attractions in Sydney, useful things to know when travelling to Sydney and links to other guides I have written which you might like to check out.

12 BEST Boutique Hotels in Sydney to Stay in

Quick picks: 3 best Boutique hotels in Sydney

Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in Sydney

Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Langham Sydney

The Langham Sydney

  • One of the best luxury hotels in Sydney with panoramic views
  • Stylishly decorated rooms, mahogany furniture, lavish marble bathroom
  • Exceptional personalized service for guests
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Best Mid-Range Boutique Hotel in Sydney

Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Rydges Sydney Harbour

Rydges Sydney Harbour

  • Convenient location minutes from Circular Quay
  • Stunning views of Sydney Harbour
  • Superb all round comfort and service
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Best Budget Boutique Hotel in Sydney

Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Ultimo

The Ultimo

  • Stylish modern accommodation in a heritage building.
  • Central location next to Chinatown, Darling Harbour and main public transport.
  • Pet friendly courtyard rooms are a standout feature.
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12 BEST Boutique Hotels in Sydney

In a world where travellers are seeking more personalized, fun experiences, it makes sense why there has been a huge rise in bookings for specifically boutique hotels in Sydney.

Whether you’re on a short stay in Sydney, a romantic staycation or in Sydney for an extended time; you are spoilt for boutique Sydney hotel options that will cater for all kinds of travellers and trips planned.

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In Sydney, you will find boutique hotels strategically placed across the entire city network; from downtown inner city, to the outer city suburbs and neighbourhoods and even along the beach.

While picking a hotel in the inner city seems appealing as you will be close proximity to major experiences, sights and tourist attractions in Sydney, I recommend staying in one of the nearby neighbourhoods. This will allow you to immerse yourself in the local community, explore the wide cultural diversity, vibrant hot spots and trendy districts; which will in turn allow for a more authentic Sydney experience.

I have compiled a list of 12 boutique hotels in Sydney, which I highly recommend.

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Medusa Hotel

Medusa Hotel is a mid-range boutique hotel located in Darlinghurst of Sydney’s Inner East, the most popular nightlife area in the city. This location is conveniently a few minutes walk away from Kings Cross Train Station or 5-10 minute drive from all major sights and Tourist attractions in Sydney.

This hotel offers 18 individually designed rooms, ranging from cozy single rooms to lavish suites, that are styled with contemporary artworks and chic furnishing.

Each room comes equipped with all necessities to assist with your stay, including a flat-screen TV, free toiletries, small kitchenettes, a desk and private bathroom.

One of the most popular features of Medusa Hotel is that it is a pet friendly hotel.

Hotel Class – Mid-Range

Star Rating – Three Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Medusa Hotel
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Medusa Hotel
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Medusa Hotel

Crystalbrook Albion

Crystalbrook Albion hotel is located in the heart of the vibrant neighbourhood of Surry Hills in Sydney City Inner East. It is only a 10 minute walk to central station and nearby tram stops.

This hotel has been built in a heritage listed building dating back to 1903, which used to be a school convent but was later turned into a modern-luxury boutique hotel in 2018.

The hotel consists of a variety of guests rooms, each influenced by 1920’s and 1970’s interior styles with its selection of art installations, unique furnishings, and stylish decor elements.

You get everything you need for a comfortable and personalised stay, including a 24 hour desk team to provide individualised service, as well as necessities provided in each room such as air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries and robe.

A highly appealing feature to many guest is the hotels commitment to sustainability; whereby they use no plastic, innovative use of technology to reduce use of paper and they partner with amazing organisations such as Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.

Hotel Class – Luxury

Hotel Rating – 5 Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Crystalbrook Albion
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Crystalbrook Albion
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Crystalbrook Albion

Rydges Sydney Harbour

Rydges Sydney Harbour is an amazing boutique hotel located in prime location at the historic precinct, The Rocks, next to Circular Quay.

When you stay at this hotel, you are only within a 15 minute walk away from major tour attractions in Sydney, such as Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

The hotel has its own bar and lounge with an extensive range of Australian beer and wines. Breakfast is served daily in Playfair Terrace Restaurant within the hotel.

There is a rooftop terrace with pool, spa, outdoor lounges for relaxation and picturesque views of Sydney Harbour.

Hotel Class – Mid-Range

Star Rating – Three Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Rydges Sydney Harbour
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Rydges Sydney Harbour
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Rydges Sydney Harbour

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is located in a highly exclusive nook of the Eastern Suburbs along Sydney Harbour. Depending on traffic you are about a 20-25 minute drive from main CBD or alternatively a 30 minute ferry to Circular Quay.

This boutique hotel is perfect for those wanting a coastal-luxury kind of stay, away from the busy CBD. This privileged location invites guests to indulge in leisurely strolls along pristine beaches, explore historic landmarks, stunning coastal walks and relax in tranquility right on their door step.

Watsons Bay, Sydney
Watsons Bay, Sydney

This Hotel offers a range of bespoke rooms, including king rooms, king suits and loft suites, with some offering unmatched panoramic views of the breathtaking Sydney Harbour.

Each room has been individually designed with a contemporary flair and coastal elegance, which offers an overall personalized and luxurious experience. The interiors are infused with chic nautical vibes, which captures the essence and sophistication of Sydney Harbour seaside.

The venue also has its own popular waterfront restaurant, which offers a menu that celebrates locally sourced ingredients and an on site bar, allowing for some fine wine and dining with one of the best views and backdrops in Sydney.

Hotel Class – Luxury

Star Rating – Four Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

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Spicers Potts Point

Spicers Potts Point is one of the most beautifully elegant boutique Sydney Hotels, located in the fashionable neighbourhood of Potts Point in Sydney’s Inner East.

The location of this hotel allows convenience of close proxmity to fashionable shops, trendy cafes, restaurants and bars and only within 2km away from major tourist attractions in Sydney.

Spicers Potts Point has been built in an 1880 Victorian Terrace House. The hotel houses 20 stylish rooms that have been meticulously crafted to provide a refined luxury.

The hotel offers world class amenities such as a guest bar, garden court yard and even a private meeting room. The hallmark of this hotel is their exceptional personalized service, whereby the staff ensures that every guests are met with warmth and needs attended to instantly.

Hotel Class – Luxury

Star Rating – Five Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Spicers Potts Point
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Spicers Potts Point
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Spicers Potts Point

The Old Clare Hotel

The Old Clare Hotel is a stunning, luxury boutique hotel located in Sydney’s inner city South, conveniently only a five minute walk from Central Station and in close proximity to Haymarket, Chinatown and Darling Harbour.

This Hotel boasts a great range of luxurious rooms and suites, with each one featuring elegant furnishings and necessities such as air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle and a private bathroom.

This hotel overall has been carefully designed with a combination of contemporary, modern aesthetic and historic architecture, providing a perfect blend of the old and new.

The Old Clare Hotel offers other high-end amenities, such as exclusive restaurants with five star quality food and a rooftop pool and bar with stunning views of the city.

Hotel Class – Luxury

Star Rating – Five Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Old Clare Hotel
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Old Clare Hotel
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Old Clare Hotel

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202 Elizabeth

202 Elizabeth is a five star boutique hotel located in Surry Hills within the city’s Inner East; less than 10 minutes walk from central train station and around the corner from a wide selection of trendy cafes and culturally diverse restaurants.

The hotel offers 38 rooms that range from smaller, more intimate rooms to larger suites. Each room has been uniquely personalized with its own chic contemporary aesthetics. Adding to the extra level of personlization to the rooms are their own names, such as ‘The Surry’, ‘The Sussex’ and ‘The Oxford’.

Each room features a desk, private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries, flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Selected rooms also boast a balcony with amazing Sydney Skyline views. The hotel also has it’s own restaurant and bar and rooftop terrace.

You can further expect world class personalized service from the staff, whereby the property has a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service.

Hotel Class – Luxury

Star Rating – Five Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - 202 Elizabeth
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - 202 Elizabeth
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - 202 Elizabeth

The Ultimo

The Ultimo Hotel is a fantastic boutique hotel option to stay in without breaking the bank. Whilst it is more on the budget side for Sydney boutique hotels, it is one of the best options for location and conveniency to all major sights and tourist attractions in Sydney. It is right next to China Town and very close proximity to Darling Harbour, Central Train Station and tram stops.

The Ultimo Hotel is a testament to Sydney’s commercial heritage, whereby it has been built in an old warehouse originally constructed in 1911. In 2016 it was renovated and transformed into a hotel that blends contemporary design with its heritage-listed charm.

The hotel features 95 thoughtfully curated stylish and modern rooms, ranging from cozy single and studio rooms, to larger queen and single rooms perfect for couples or families; whilst also boasting pet-friendly courtyard rooms.

There is a rooftop terrace that offers panoramic views of the Sydney skyline and also provides an intimate space to unwind and enjoy a beverage. The Hotel also has its own onsite pub and restaurant. Alternatively, guests have easy access to an array of authentic Asian cuisines and trendy eateries in Chinatown, as well as a wide selection of dining options in Darling Harbour nearby.

Hotel Class – Budget

Star Rating – Four Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Ultimo
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Ultimo
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Ultimo

The Langham Sydney

The Langham Sydney is, in my opinion, the most luxurious, sumptuous and elegant of all boutique Sydney hotels, and luxury hotels in Sydney as a whole. It is located in The Rocks, just a 5 minutes walk from Darling Harbour, 10 minute walk to Circular Quay and around the corner from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Langham Sydney offers a wide selection of meticulously designed styled rooms and suites featuring mahogany and plush furniture, lavish marble bathroom, flat-screen TV and unmatched stunning views of Sydney Harbour.

The hotel offers an array of on site world class facilities. There is a lavish swimming pool, fitness centre with a sauna and a wellness and spa centre and tennis courts.

The culinary and dining experiences offered at the Langham Hotel is unmatched with any other of the boutique Sydney hotels. Their signature restaraunts ‘Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood’ and ‘the immersive Palm Court’ each showcase the diversity and richness of Sydney’s culinary scene. The Observatory Bar offers unique cocktails and the finest shared style food.

Hotel Class – Luxury

Star Rating – Five Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Langham Sydney
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Langham Sydney
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - The Langham Sydney

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Ovolo Woolloomooloo is one of the most unique boutique hotels in Sydney, located at Woolloomooloo Wharf, along Sydney Harbour. It offers a unique blend of contemporary modern and historic design.

This hotel provides options for private and loft suites style rooms, each including a mix of luxurious and contemporary furnishings, free minibar, free WiFi and a LCD Smart TV. You will also get unmatched views of Sydney Harbour or cityscape right from your window.

Ovolo Wooloomooloo boasts many five star amenities, such as a fitness wellness centre, swimming pool, as well as your own personalized valet laundry and dry cleaning service.

One of the hotels proudest on-site facility is its own renowned ‘Alibi Bar & Kitchen’, an award-winning plant-based restaurant, with a five star culinary experience.

Hotel Class – Luxury

Star Rating – Five Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Ovolo Woolloomooloo

QT Sydney

QT Sydney is an amazing five star boutique hotel, conveniently placed in the heart of the city. It is right next to the main shopping district of the city, only a few minutes from Town Hall Station, tram stops, as well in close proximity to all other major tourist attractions in Sydney.

This hotel offers a range of chic and eclectic designed rooms that each has bold and dark aesthetic colour palettes and designer furnishings, together creating an overall clean and vintage look. All rooms offer luxurious bedding, a sofa, private bathroom, desk and tea/coffee making facilities.

QT Sydney provides guest with a range of artful amenities, including the luxurious ‘spaQ’ and its range of revitalizing treatments and also world class dining options – Gowings Bar & Grill serving contemporary and elegant cuisine and The Gilt Lounge, which offers a sophisticated setting for cocktails.

Hotel Class – Luxury

Star Rating – Five Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - QT Sydney
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - QT Sydney
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - QT Sydney

Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel

Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel is a modern-luxury hotel perched on the stunning shores of Coogee Beach in the Eastern Suburbs. This boutique hotel is a perfect option for guests wanting to stay along the beach and are therefore seeking options for luxury hotels in Sydney along the seaside.

The hotel itself closely resembles a retreat with an overall coastal chic aesthetic design. The interiors have been meticulously designed to reflect the laid-back beach vibes and overall Sydney coastal lifestyle, combining this with a taste of boutique elegance.

Coogee Beach, Sydney
Coogee Beach, Sydney

Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel features an array of spacious and beautifully appointed rooms. Each room comes with all the necessities for a pleasant stay, such as air-conditioning, free WiFi, TV, a refrigerator and a private bathroom. Rooms come with balconies that provide unobstructed stunning views of the ocean and Coogee Bay area.

The hotel has a rooftop terrace, perfect for relaxing and unwinding with the best views of the ocean. It also features three bars, a beer garden and a night club.

Hotel Class – Mid-Range

Star Rating – Four Stars

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Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel
Boutique Hotels in Sydney - Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel

What else does Sydney have to offer?

As well as planning for where to stay in Sydney, you should also consider the wealth of things to do, including experiences and tours you can book, to enrich your overall stay.

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Things to know before travelling to Sydney

Best time to visit Sydney – In my opinion, the best time to travel to Sydney is around October-November or March-April. The climate is still warm in these times of the year and you will avoid the summer holiday period for the local Sydney population.

Pack a broad mix of clothes – Sydney is a highly diverse area with a vast variety of things to do and see, such as walking adventures, restaurants and beaches, which therefore each require a suitable type of attire. You must also consider that the climate in Sydney is subtropical all year round, meaning it fluctuates consistently from dry to wet periods. Plan appropriately for all of this.

Cost to travel – I highly recommend you set yourself a strict, yet flexible budget when travelling to Sydney. The cost of living expenses in Sydney, and therefore the cost for travellers is highly expensive.

Book accommodation well in advance – Sydney is a highly visited and tourist city, whereby accommodation in most popular places can book out well in advance. Hostels in particular for backpackers in Sydney can be booked out for many months ahead. Plan your stay in Sydney well in advance to ensure you get to stay at your preferred choice of hotel.

Transport in Sydney – Sydney has a great transport network in place, offering a variety of ways to get around, including trains, buses, trams and even ferries. Consider getting an Opal Card for easy and cost-effective access to all modes of public transport.

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Summary – Best Boutique Hotels in Sydney

I hope you enjoyed reading this in-depth travel guide on the 12 BEST Boutique Hotels in Sydney to Stay in 2024.

From this article, you would have learnt that Sydney offers a huge array of boutique hotel options that each offer their own unique and personalized touch of elegance, design and luxury.

These selected Boutique Hotels in Sydney are perfect for anyone staying in Sydney and looking for a more intimate, personalized and luxury kind of stay.

If you have any questions about boutique hotels in Sydney, where to stay in Sydney or any general questions about travelling to Sydney, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

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