Sydney, Australia, has a population of just over 4 million people, but the city receives an astounding 7.7 million domestic overnight visitors annually and another 2.6 million international overnight visitors. This city is bustling with activity, and they understand hospitality like no other particularly when it comes to luxury getaways. Visitors can choose from numerous 5 star hotel deals in Sydney, many of which are clustered in and around The Rocks, which is the birthplace of modern-day Sydney. Circular Quay, which sits at the foot of the CBD and provides convenient access to the Botanical Gardens, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and public transportation.
Pampering five-star hotels in Sydney include both small boutique hotels that offer the best amenities and personalized service and large hotels with on-site dining facilities, pools, spas, gyms, spectacular views of the skyline and harbour, and hundreds of rooms. Rates, amenities and even deals can vary dramatically.
BLUE Sydney is one of the more popular five-star hotels. Located on the wharf at Woolloomooloo, BLUE Sydney is just a 15-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk to the CBD, dining, shopping and the harbour. Rooms start at $248 a night for a pier view and rise to $1,000 a night for a loft suite with a marina view. Its bar has been named as one of the world’s top 10, and the hotel offers its guests a fitness center, dining, indoor pool and spa.
The Intercontinental Sydney is a five-star hotel with historical significance. It was built on the site of the first Government House and still features the Treasury Building’s original façade. Each of its more than 500 rooms offers a beautiful view of the city’s skyline, Sydney Harbour or the Royal Botanic Gardens. The hotel’s amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, an executive retreat, fine dining on-site, a wrap-around terrace and a heated indoor pool. The Australian Hotel Association has named the Intercontinental Sydney its “Favourite Australian Hotel”, and room rates range from $342 to $450 a night.
Sheraton on the Park is centrally located directly across from Sydney’s renowned Hyde Park. This hotel has a comfortable, contemporary design with a classic feel and more than 550 rooms. Amenities include a rooftop pool, spa, fitness center, jogging path and a 900-seat conference center. Sheraton on the Park’s rooms range from $224 to $1,499.
Booking early is generally the best way to get good deals. Travellers who wait until the last minute to book their rooms are more likely to have to pay the rack rates, or full room rates. However, using aggregator sites can help you sift through hundreds of hotels and deals to locate the best ones even if you wait until the last minute to book. Check several different aggregator sites, or contact the hotel directly and ask them about their available deals.