If you’re planning to head Down Under, Sydney is a must-see, and for many, it is high on the travel list. It’s vibrant, multi-cultural and the weather is pretty good year-round too. From beaches, zoos, aquariums, water sports and so much more, there’s no end to what you can see and do with kids. Make sure your stay is comfortable in one of our top picks for city dwelling. Here are our favorite hotels for a family vacation you will all enjoy.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour features apartment-style luxury accommodation overlooking either the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge and lively Circular Quay or the serenity of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Take a boat ride across Sydney Harbour via one of the nearby ferry terminals, or stroll across the Harbour Bridge. Their helpful team can guide you to Sydney’s numerous beaches or events on in Sydney. Keep an eye out for their school holidays deals too.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, 61 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, +61 2 9256 4000, www.pullmanquaygrandsydneyharbour.com/
A little further out of the CBD on the north side of Sydney Harbour, sits this gem of a property. With serviced, fully self-contained apartments, Harbourside makes a great base from which to explore the city. They have a range of studios, one and two bedroom apartments, each with views of either the harbour or Lavender Bay. You can also hire cots, high chairs, baby baths and more from reception to make your stay a little more comfortable. McMahon's Point ferry pier is at the doorstep, while the shops, restaurants and playground on Blues Point Road are within easy walking distance. There's also a swimming pool, with an incredible view, laundry facilities and complimentary car parking. What more could you ask for?
Harbourside, 2A Henry Lawson Ave, McMahons Point, New South Wales 2060, Australia, +61 2 9963 4300, https://www.harboursideapartments.com.au
Apart from its fantastic location in the heart of Sydney, Swissôtel scores points for its dedicated kids rooms. Depending on your children's age, an adjoining room will be set up with everything you might need for your stay. For babies and toddlers 0-5 they have cots, a changing station, play corner with age-appropriate toys, baby-friend;y amenties kits and even a bottle warmer. For older kids the rooms feature age-appropriate toys, DVDs, bed linen, books and a kid-friendly in-room dining menu. There's also a day spa and outdoor pool and plenty of fun to be had for the grown-ups too.
Swissôtel Sydney, 68 Market St, Sydney News South Wales, 2000, Australia, +61 2 9238 8888, https://www.swissotel.com/hotels/sydney/
The majestic Park Hyatt sits right on the harbor, with stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge at every turn. This luxury accommodation is conveniently located within walking distance of many Sydney attractions and family activities, including Circular Quay, The Rocks and the CBD. The hotel can organize day trips for you and the kids, or you can stay in and enjoy the rooftop swimming pool and a cocktail or two as the sun sets on that view.
Park Hyatt Sydney, 7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia, +61 2 9256 1234, https://sydney.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Located in the city centre, this hotel offers luxury, convenience and personal touches that add up to an amazing experience. Book a double room with two beds, or interconnecting rooms for bigger families and little guests will recieve their own bathrobes and age-appropriate amenities kits. A babysitting service is available on request, as are child-proofing kits, bottle warmers, cribs and kid-friendly room service menus. Their multi-lingual team can also help you book tours and activities during your stay.
Four Seasons Sydney, 199 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia, +61 2 9250 3100, https://www.fourseasons.com/sydney/
Meriton Suites are actually located all over Sydney - with 13 different locations across the city to choose from, they have all four corners of Sydney covered. With a selection of suites in different sizes, each with a full kitchen, laundry and separate living and dining areas, you're sure to find one that suits your clan. Each Meriton building is centrally located, close to shops, restaurants and entertainment. They provide tour information, maps and city guides to get you ready for your adventure.
Meriton Suites, https://www.meritonsuites.com.au/our-hotels/nsw/
A hotel with a bit of history, the Radisson Blu is set in one of Sydney's iconic sandstone buildings. There’s an indoor pool for the kids, a spa for mom and free internet for everyone else, and when you'r eready to explore the hotel is within walking distance of popular Sydney attractions like Circular Quay, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, 27 O'Connell St, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia, +61 2 8214 0000, www.radissonblu.com/en/plazahotel-sydney
This is one of the most prestigious hotels in the city. The Art Deco interior is perfect for families who like the finer things in life. With the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera house and Rocks district only a short stroll away, and easy public transport options, this is perfect for families looking to explore. There’s a stunning roof deck and pool which has a New York vibe, the cool kids (and dad) will love it.
Primus Hotel Sydney, 339 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, +61 2 8027 8000, www.primushotelsydney.com/
The Langham is a classic hotel in the heart of Sydney. Have a mother daughter afternoon tea as the boys head to the cricket, or relax as a family by the pool. There’s even a tennis court if you fancy a little family competition. Rooms come with either a view of the harbor or the city skyline. It’s also pet friendly, so bring the pooch if he needs a vacation too!
The Langham Sydney, 89-113 Kent St, Millers Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, +61 2 9256 2222, www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/sydney/
This is a beautiful hotel in the heart of the CBD. They regularly have promotions you and the kids will enjoy, with added extras like in-room movies and popcorn, or tickets l=to local attractions. Kids under 15 stay and eat for free, and their family rooms are perfect for four. There’s a beautiful piano bar and a buffet restaurant to feed your hungry brood, and you’re close to all of the tourist attractions including Darling Harbour, Chinatown and The Rocks Market.
The Grace Hotel Sydney, 77 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, +61 2 9272 6888, http://gracehotel.com.au/