"Koala-ty" Family Time: 15 Of The Best Family Hotels In Sydney

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Taking the whole family for a vacation can be a lot of work, especially when it comes to finding a hotel and reliable transportation. It’s certainly not easy to find a good hotel with children-friendly amenities and a good location. But in Sydney, you can find many family-friendly hotels, at great locations across the city. The best thing is that a lot of them are budget friendly too! Below is a list of 15 of the best hotels in Sydney!

Tip: Most hotels in Sydney charge for Wi-Fi (it’s usually not free). If you need free Wi-Fi, your best bet is McDonald’s and Starbucks.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on March 23, 2024.

The Rocks

1. Pier One Sydney Harbour (from USD 162)

Pier One Sydney Harbour is a 5-star hotel located in Hickson Road in Walsh Bay, known as the cultural hub of Sydney. The historic building dates all the way back to year 1912, and has now been transformed into a stunning boutique hotel with spacious rooms.

Each waterfront room is decorated in a nautical theme, with exposed beams, and a vibe that’s inviting for your kids to roam about and play pirate. Treat yourself to ultimate luxury and breathtaking waterfront views of Sydney Harbour.

The hotel is right next to Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge, which means you’ll get breathtaking waterfront views. It is also within easy walking distance of public transport. A variety of shops, restaurants, and local bars are just steps away.

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2. Holiday Inn Old Sydney (from USD 82)

Standing in the heart of The Rocks is the heritage-listed Holiday Inn Old Sydney hotel, with amazing Harbour Bridge and Opera House views.

This brick-fronted hotel is a perfect home-base for families wanting to see the famous sights of Sydney. It’s a short walk from the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (4 minutes), Sydney Harbour Bridge (5 minutes) and the Circular Quay train station (7 minutes).

Families can opt for the Standard Twin rooms with two double beds, which sleeps 2-4 people comfortably. Each room features a flat-screen TV, a desk, mini fridge and tea making facilities. If you are looking for something else to do, there’s the rooftop swimming pool and hot tub, and on-site restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Central Business District

Sydney Tour Guide

Jo Henwood

Jo Henwood

Jo Henwood has been a Tour Guide since 1998, working primarily as a site Guide and Education Officer in many heritage sites around Sydney, building a rich understanding of Sydney’s history and culture, particularly around the Harbour. Jo is passionate about sharing stories about Sydney’s history, leading her own walking tours in Windsor and Liverpool, and women’s history tours of Sydney. Jo is an Accredited Storyteller with Australian Storytellers, an accredited Professional Guide with the Institute of Australian Tour Guides, and a member of Interpretation Australia and the Australian Folklore Network. She coordinates the Australian Fairy Tale Society. Jo’s qualifications include BA (Library Science), Tour Guiding Cert III, Grad Dip Museum Studies, Grad Cert Gifted Ed, and M. Cultural Heritage.

Tours by Jo

3. Mantra 2 Bond Street (from USD 110)

Mantra 2 Bond Street is a high-end, modern hotel. Its excellent location right in the Central Business District makes it just an easy walk to all the major attractions you and your family might want to visit.

The hotel offers a wide variety of spacious accommodations, from studios and apartments to suites and penthouses. The rooms have a cosmopolitan vibe to them, and most come with washers and dryers, fully equipped kitchens, stereo systems, and private balconies, everything you look for in an actual home.

If you feel like taking a dip, head to the luxurious rooftop pool, which has a stunning panoramic view of the area.

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Mantra 2 Bond Street

Address: Cnr Of George And Bond Streets

4. Swissotel Sydney

At first glance, Swissotel Sydney is just like any other business hotel. But don’t let its looks hinder you from booking this for your family vacation. Many of the hotel’s features are actually catered towards families.

You can book the specific “Kids Room”, which comes furnished with kid-size desks, colorful linens, toys and baby toiletries. It even has a special menu of DVDs with kid-friendly titles! Outside the rooms, the hotel also has facilities like the fitness center and spa for parents to kick-back at, and the outdoor heated pool for the kids to jump into.

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Swissotel Sydney

Address: 68 Market Street

5. Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel is a great home base if your family wants to experience what Sydney has to offer without traveling too far out. Housed in an art deco-style building, this hotel is a mere 14-minute walk from the iconic Sydney Opera House, and 3 km (1.9 miles) away from the happenings of Darling Harbour.

For a family of four, book the Superior King which comes with two double beds. The hotel can also arrange for a crib or high chair for your room upon request. Plus, they have babysitting services as well, so parents can take some time off for a while.

Just in case you are too tired of sightseeing, there are other facilities within the hotel you can enjoy, including restaurants, a sleek bar, a fitness centre, and a library.

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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Address: 61-101 Phillip Street

6. Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney (from USD 166)

The 5-star Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney boasts an enviable location. It is walking distance from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Sydney Aquarium, and the Sydney Observatory, all the attractions your entire family can enjoy.

The recently-refurbished rooms (in 2015) are given a modern and posh vibe, but still feel homely. Room amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffee making equipment. With the on-call babysitting and doctor services, Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney takes thoughtfulness to a whole new level, allowing parents with young children to escape to relaxation at the Amora Day Spa at ease.

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7. Central Railway Hotel (from USD 63)

If you’re on a budget, yet still want to stay in the comfort of a convenient location, Central Railway Hotel is the one to book. It is close by to all the attractions if you are keen on local events, such as the Allianz Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground.

Central Railway Hotel was refurbished in 2013, and given a nice and clean, contemporary furnish in each room. Plus, all of the studios in the hotel has its own kitchenette, complete with a fridge, microwave, toaster, and utensils - you won’t have to eat out if you don’t want to! For entertainment, you can access the free in-room Wi-Fi, or catch a movie on the flat-screen television.

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Darling Harbour

8. Novotel Sydney On Darling Harbour Hotel

If you stay at the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, you’ll be spoiled for choice with nearby attractions such as the Sydney Aquarium, IMAX Theatre, the Powerhouse Museum, and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Instead of booking multiple rooms, the Loft Suites and Junior Suites are recommended for families. Both suites are super spacious and come with comfortable bedding with soft pillows, so you can be assured of a peaceful night’s sleep after a full day of exploring. Plus, the rooms offer breathtaking waterfront views of Darling Harbour and the city skyline, what’s not to like?

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9. Mantra on Kent

Mantra on Kent sits in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, offering visitors a stylish and contemporary home away from home. It’s set on a bustling city street, and is just a 10-minute walk from Darling Harbour and a short 2.4 km (1.5 miles) from the Sydney Opera House.

All the contemporary apartments come with a kitchen fully-equipped with stove, oven, refrigerator and microwave, so feel free to whip up a nice meal for the family. Other nice touches in the units include laundry facilities and a living and dining area. Also, you don’t have to pay for Wi-Fi in the room!

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Mantra on Kent

Address: 433 Kent St

10. Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour (from USD 122)

Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour is an upscale boutique hotel in a circa-1888 building, less than 10 minutes’ walk from the Sydney Fish Market and the Harbourside ferry station on Cockle Bay.

Ideal for family with teenagers (they will be impressed!), the industrial-chic rooms at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour feature exposed-brick walls, period windows and colorful art pieces by local artist Jasper Knight. Book a Junior Suite or a higher category room if you are staying with the whole family. Cots are free upon request, and extra beds for 12-year-olds and under cost 50 AUD (37 USD) a night.

Packing tip: No need to waste luggage space for your books and iPods! Each room in Ovolo comes equipped with an iPad! Sweet.

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Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

Address: 139 Murray Street, Pyrmont

Hyde Park

11. Pullman Sydney Hyde Park Hotel (from USD 103)

Located right opposite the verdant Hyde Park, the upscale Pullman Sydney Hyde Park Hotel is a short 9-minute walk from the Town Hall train station, and 2.4 km (1.5 miles) from the Sydney Opera House.

All rooms are big enough to sleep 4 guests, and are polished and decorated with pops of colour, giving it a stylish and contemporary feel. They also come complete with homely appliances such as microwaves, toasters, and tea and coffee making machines. If you feel like having a swim, head to the rooftop pool which acts as an awesome lookout to the city as well.

The friendly atmosphere and professional staff will make a difference to your stay here at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park Hotel. Babysitting services are available for an additional charge.

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12. Apartment Hotel - The 150 Apartments

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Just a block away from Hyde Park, The 150 Apartments by Apartment Hotel is right in the heart of the cosmopolitan side of Sydney. You won’t be short of things to eat as well, with the countless restaurants and cafes just nearby.

A modern nine-story apartment complex with a funky orange hue, this arty accommodation was designed by world renowned architects Engelen Moore. At The 150 Apartments, you get to choose between two types of apartments (Premium or Superior). Each apartment has two bedrooms and features fully-equipped kitchens. Other room amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, and washer/dryers. Some have private balconies or terraces, with a great view of the park.

Apartment Hotel - The 150 Apartments

Address: 150 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst Sydney 2010

Price: from 221 USD

Contact: +61 1300 246 835

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13. Hyde Park Inn (from USD 85)

Hyde Park Inn is an excellent hotel that offers quality family accommodation across the street from Hyde Park. You’ll not only be blessed with an amazing view of the park and Sydney Harbour, but also be spoiled by the convenience of your location! Cross the street and your kids can play around the fields, or take an easy walk to the Town Hall railway station and the Sydney Opera House.

The bright, colorful and modern rooms are a delight to stay in, featuring free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and a full-fledged kitchen if you’d like to whip up a simple breakfast or have a small dinner party.

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Hyde Park Inn

Address: 271 Elizabeth Street

Circular Quay

14. InterContinental Sydney (from USD 258)

InterContinental Sydney is set in a beautiful, classic 19th-century building. Its location in Circular Quay makes sightseeing a breeze, with the Sydney Opera House at just an 11-minute walk away. There are lots of excellent restaurants, cafes, and ice cream parlors within the area too, so you won’t have to travel far for good grub.

The rooms are fully equipped with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges, and baby toiletries and coloring books are available upon request. And if anyone needs to let off some steam, just head up to the heated indoor pool for a dip.

Tip: if you have a big family or want to stay in extra comfort, opt for the Australia Suite on the 29th floor - the largest hotel room in Sydney!

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InterContinental Sydney, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

15. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (from USD 156)

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a vibrant and elegant property, as one might expect from this establishment. It’s situated just a stone’s throw away from Sydney’s shopping and business centres, and some of the best cafes and restaurants are within the neighborhood as well.

The rooms are furnished with mahogany, and the marbled bathrooms offer breathtaking city and harbour views. If you’re traveling with young children, you can request for childproofing kits and bottle warmers. Cribs or extra beds can be arranged as well.

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Kick back with the family Down Under

With so many amazing family-friendly hotels, you’ll only be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing an accommodation. You won’t go wrong with any of the 15 conveniently-located hotels above, especially if you need a base to explore the famous attractions Sydney has to offer.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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