This is the Oz city that has the cream of the crop when it comes to sights. After all, the Harbour Bridge and Opera House are pretty much national symbols. But let's face it; Sydney does cover a lot of ground. All those districts, each adding an intriguing piece to Sydney's puzzle, are widely scattered up and down the North and South Shores. It's hard to know where to start.
And if you're coming here to say, whether for business or pleasure, finding the perfect hotel, in the best location, can be something of a headache. But here at expedia.com.au, we've done the hard work for you. We've run around the top hotel districts in the 'Harbour City', and picked out the best of the bunch, when it comes to hotels and accommodation.
Of course, most people start their hotel search in the centre of Sydney town, in the CBD (Central Business District), where the towers soar and the sights grab your attention. Many of its glittering towers are home to some sleek and classy hotels, too. There are also several excellent, and rather chic, hotels to be found along the stylish, older boulevards of the CBD.
With first-class service though come first-class prices, so travellers may prefer to step out of the central district. And there are plenty of great hotel districts that are also well-located, but with a tad less on the price tag. Darling Harbour, just to the west is a case in point. Here there are several large modern hotels – including the city's largest – well integrated into its entertainment facilities.
And if you want to be right next to the premier sights of Sydney, you won't get much closer than by staying at a hotel in The Rocks. This area sits literally under the Harbour Bridge, with some superb views out over the harbour. This is real old-school Sydney, with hotels as full of character as the local Sydneysiders, who still pack its pubs. And most are less pricey than those of other central districts.
Business travellers on a budget will find some great accommodation options in the Inner West area. It's close to the town's business buzz, with good, mid-priced hotels, and excellent eateries. This area is also known as one of the more diverse and liberal parts of the city, with its easy-going atmosphere, and has a scattering of budget hotels, suiting Sydney-bound backpackers.
South Shore is where most of the well-known Sydney attractions and hotel districts lie. But Sydney has a North Shore too, and some of the best beaches – like the surfer's heaven of Manly Beach – are to be found here. The Northern Beaches district is a real favourite, especially with travellers looking for accommodation that's a bit more open to sea, sand and forest.
Both Manly Beach and Palm Beach are home to small, smart five-star hotels, though of course you'll also you'll find cheaper beach-side hotels and apartments here. There is also some very pleasant accommodation sitting in out-of-the-way bush areas, just outside these resorts. From city-slicking, to family fun, to surf-watching – Sydney really is a city that has it all.