Sydney CBD hotels offer some of the most highly coveted views in Sydney. The harbour itself is amongst the most admired natural waterways in the world. A lovely playground for swimmers, divers, kayakers and more, Sydney Harbour is most easily recognised by the white sails of the Opera House, which rise up from its turquoise waters, and the Harbour Bridge, which spans its length. Hotels with a harbour view allow you to enjoy the busy foreshore first thing in the morning and go to sleep with the glittering lights of Sydney’s skyline in the distance. Sydney CBD hotels located in The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Chinatown and Hyde Park offer the best views of the Harbour and the best access to Sydney’s top destinations.

Sydney CBD view from Darling Harbour
Lights on in Sydney CBD.

Locations & Rates for Hotels In Sydney CBD

The Rocks

The Rocks is Sydney’s oldest historic district. Filled with art galleries, historic landmarks, cosy pubs, museums and fun souvenir shops, The Rocks has something for everyone. A hotel located in The Rocks can range from $135 a night to more than $1,500 a night and will offer a spectacular view of the harbour and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Darling Harbour

It’s all about being in the middle of the action in Darling Harbour. This trendy location offers some of Sydney’s favourite tourist attractions, including Sydney Aquarium, the Chinese Garden of Friendship and Sydney Wildlife World. Dine at King Street Wharf or Cockle Bay Wharf, and catch a movie at Darling Harbour’s enormous IMAX screen. Accommodations here range from a very budget-friendly $80 per night to more than $450 per night.


Colourful restaurants and noodle bars, discount shops, Paddy’s Markets, lively clubs and busy theatres are all hallmarks of Sydney’s vibrant Chinatown. Just a 15-minute walk from Circular Quay, Chinatown is convenient to some of Sydney’s top destinations and is one of the area’s most popular entertainment districts. Accommodations in Chinatown include backpacker’s hostels, hotels and furnished apartments and fit all price ranges.

Hyde Park

One of Sydney’s most impressive green spaces, Hyde Park was originally a racecourse. Today, it is home to a life-sized chess set, fountains, tranquil pathways and a World War I War Memorial. This lush setting is home to several hotels at various price points, all of which offer convenient access to Sydney’s harbour and CBD.

If you want your Sydney holiday to be all about the frenetic nightlife, spend it in Chinatown. If you want to take a step back in time, check out The Rocks. Go exploring in Darling Harbour, or catch up on your rest and relaxation in Hyde Park. You can have so many different types of holidays all within view of the same beautiful harbour: Sydney Harbour. Start planning your Sydney accommodation and getaway today.