Since opening in September 2012, the QT Sydney Hotel is a go to for anyone looking for a scene (locals flock to the bar and restaurant, too). A $75 million renovation transformed two of the city’s iconic buildings — the historic Gowings Department Store (now the name of the hotel’s restaurant) and the former State Theater — into a 200-room art hotel. The facades have been restored to their former glory, while inside there’s a mix of original features, art installations, and quirky design inspired by the history of both buildings.
Blue Sydney is a 100-room luxury property that stretches along the Wharf at Woolloomooloo Sydney. The interiors of this historic wharf building retain some character, with parts of the original machinery remaining, while the guest rooms have been given an urban loft-style makeover. But it’s not just the creature comforts that make Blue a must stay, the views of the Sydney Harbour and city skyline are also spectacular.
Kirketonis a 40-room boutique hotel located in vibrant Darlinghurst, Sydney’s central restaurant, bar, and nightclub district. Red-carpeted hallways with mirrored walls give this place a clubby feel. The guest rooms are a bit on the small side but are contemporary and comfortable. If you’re looking for a short, well-situated stay amid the city bustle, Kirketon is a good option.
The Darlingis an art-filled property that opened in 2011 on the edge of Sydney Harbour. The 171 spacious rooms, spread over 16 levels of an inverted glass tower, have floor-to-ceiling windows with knockout views to Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains beyond. The contemporary interiors incorporate wood paneling, subtle patterns, and neutral tones with accents of plum and purple. Key amenities include an infinity pool, a luxury 16-room spa, and Sokyo, a contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar. For high rollers, the hotel is linked to the glitzy Star Casino.
Cover image: Sydney Harbour Bridge – Courtesy of Abcd Gonzales