On the water, in the CBD or at the end of a seaplane ride – here are some of Australian Traveller’s favourite boltholes for getting the most out of the Emerald City if you are looking for a smaller, more boutique hotel
The Storrier Hotel
Opening its doors early in 2008, this art-inspired hotel is the first in a series of boutique hotels to be designed around the body of work of Australian artists.
The Storrier in Potts Point draws upon the designs of acclaimed artist Tim Storrier and his piece “Point to Point (Evening Blaze)”.
His other works are featured throughout the hotel, with the colour scheme extending all the way to the orange and black toilet paper.
With spacious, comfortable rooms, the scene is set in a beautifully refurbished Art Deco building a hair’s breath from Sydney’s famous Kings Cross. From $299-$410, www.thestorrier.com.au
Hotel Altamont Darlinghurst
Named after the Rolling Stones’ 1969 concert at Altamont Speedway, and frequented by Mick Jagger and other stars such as Madonna, the pet-friendly Altamont Darlinghurst is a budget alternative for the travelling sophisticate.
Friendly staff and great atmosphere form the soul to this funky boutique hotel, which maintains the class and vibe of its highly rated sister The Kirketon, but keeps its prices at an affordable rate. From $119-$139, www.altamont.com.au
Ravesi’s of Bondi is a truly hidden boutique hotel. Most of the patrons of the rowdy and less sophisticated bar and restaurant on the bottom two levels of the building on Campbell Parade don’t realise that one floor above them, travellers are resting. In total there are 12 rooms ranging from side views and beach views to the single split-level suite with its own entertaining balcony.
Unbeatable location, waking up to world-renowned Bondi. Just give the bar and restaurant downstairs a miss if you want a quiet night. From $240 – $495 www.ravesis.com.au
A 31-room luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Sydney, set among the city’s great shopping areas and the hectivity of George Street. An oasis awaits you inside the hotel’s doors, with very modern and spacious rooms with huge bathrooms. Upstairs from an upmarket watering hole, with Tank nightclub in the basement for those who want to kick on. From $350-$1150, www.merivale.com
A hotel that understands the importance of style, with sleek dark rooms, modern designs, a chic rooftop function centre nestled among the towering skyscrapers and a restaurant you’ll want to return to.
Located in the beating centre of Sydney on the corner of King and George Streets, an added bonus is the hotel’s Privilege Bar, under the heritage arches of the old bank vault. From $195-$415, www.theblacket.com
An apartment hotel right on Sydney’s waterfront at McMahon’s Point, within easy ferry ride of the CBD, Taronga Zoo, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Manly Beach and Watsons Bay. Fully equipped kitchens, restaurant delivery service, parking and waterfront heated swimming pool make the apartments a great home away from home, perfect for business travellers and families that want to cook for themselves. From $176-$455, www.harboursideapartments.com.au
Perched high above exclusive and scenic Whale Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Jonah’s is famous for its restaurant, magnificent views and stylish boutique rooms. These last are snug, with king-sized beds, ensuite jacuzzi, well-sized balcony (with five star views), plus the added bonus of block-out blinds for late lie-ins. Jonah’s Private is separate and more secluded for individuals or small groups. With food and wine as good as the views from the award-winning restaurant (which serves Mod-Oz cuisine and the freshest seafood available), Jonah’s is a favourite for seaplane visits from Rose Bay with Sydney Seaplane. From $499-$800, www.jonahs.com.au