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Explore your city: Sydney Staycations

It seems to be a common occurrence that tourists see more of your own city than you do. People travel from every corner of the world to lay eyes on the Opera House or iconic Bondi Beach. With these spectacular sights in our own backyard, a Sydney staycation can bring as much diversity and excitement as an overseas holiday.

Gawk at the Harbour Bridge, take in the vibrancy of Chinatown and treat yourself to a drink at a new trendy bar. A holiday doesn’t have to mean going away but merely an escape from your routine.

So what are you waiting for? Your own city awaits you.

Chippendale: The Old Clare Hotel

Occupying two iconic heritage-listed buildings – The Old Clare Hotel retains old charm in the middle of bustling Broadway. Located on Kensington Street in Chippendale, an up and coming arts and creative precinct of Sydney, The Old Clare comprises unique accomodation and facilities including an incredible rooftop pool. The hotel’s 62 luxe rooms follow a fresh and modern suite style with vintage furnishings for the perfect combination of old meets new. For lunch or dinner choose from one of the hotel’s restaurants, Automata, Silvereye and Kensington Street Social or head down to The Clare – the hotel’s rustic bar.

1 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008,
Prices start from $339 AUD
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Sydney CBD: QT Sydney

If you aren’t already familiar with QT hotels, it’s time to get acquainted. QT Sydney is located in the iconic Gowings and State Theatre buildings. The ‘design hotel’ packs in 200 rooms which are all crafted in a blend of Gothic, Art Deco, and Italianate influenced architecture and furnishings. Visit the Gilt Lounge for your pre or post dinner drinks with a variety of unique cocktails on the menu. Indulge for breakfast at the hotel’s Parlour Lane Roasters located on ground level in the hustle and bustle of the hotel’s entrance. For dinner, be sure to check out the Gowings Bar and Grill for a brasserie-style meal or seafood dish.

49 Market Street Sydney, NSW 2000,
Prices start from $440
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Surry Hills: Paramount House Hotel

This newly established, self-titled “neighbourhood hotel” is a top pick for a Sydney staycation located the heart of vibrant Surry Hills. Once the headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios; the boutique hotel pays homage to its heritage whilst showcasing the modern through its design and outlay. Think polished concretes, natural tones and, cool furnishings for a calming environment and escape from the busy inner city. Paramount House Hotel shares space with Golden Age Cinema, Paramount Coffee Project, The Office Space and Paramount Recreation Club which means your stay’s itinerary is already sorted!

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills 2010
Prices start from $240
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Coogee Beach: Airbnb Plus 

Perhaps your Sydney Staycation isn’t all about the glamour of staying in a hotel, perhaps you’re just looking for a home away from home with a little more spark? Well Airbnb have got you sorted with their launch of Airbnb Plus. Enjoy the comforts of home, your own kitchen and parking but with the luxuries only a hotel can provide. This beachside apartment in Coogee is a perfect example with its panoramic ocean views and spacious living space. What’s a real Sydney staycation without a view of the water? More info on Airbnb Plus and Beyond here!

Coogee Beach
Prices start from $192
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Bondi Beach: Hotel Ravesis

You’d be forgiven in thinking the accommodation options at Bondi are limited to the backpacker’s hostels but Hotel Ravesis is here change that. Being the only hotel on the Bondi beachfront with ocean views, it’s hard to beat. Located on the upper two floors of the classic beachside bar, the hotel exudes tropical vibes with soft pinks and greens. With only 12 rooms, the hotel is intimate and the attention to detail is impeccable. Be sure to check out the events at the downstairs bar for live music and DJs.

118 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach 2026
Prices start from $600
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The Rocks: Park Hyatt

Sometimes you can’t pass up a classic. The Park Hyatt is an iconic and internationally renowned Sydney hotel for good reason. With first class views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, it’s almost as though you’re experiencing the city through tourist eyes. The hotel occupies 155 rooms and suites inclusive of floor-to-ceiling glass doors and private balconies. An outstanding facility of this 5 Star Hotel is the exclusive rooftop pool and don’t worry, they’ve thought of everything – it’s heated during cooler months. The hotel’s restaurants, the Dining Room, the Living Room, and the Bar, showcase the country’s premium produce and luxurious dining experiences.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks Sydney, 2000
Prices start from $900
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Woollahra: The Hughenden Boutique Hotel

Located in the chic suburb of Woollahra, The Hughenden Boutique Hotel is where you’ll find a perfect luxury escape. The hotel hosts 32 suites, six of which are pet-friendly, all recently refurbished in a Victorian style. The Victorian Lounge, reading room and outdoor terrace act as your (more premium) comforts of home, whilst the hotel’s cafe and restaurant, 14 Queen, is a reminder of your well deserved getaway. Function spaces are also available for VIP events and weddings.

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14 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025.
Prices start from $174
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