Where to stay in Sydney: Five affordable boutique hotels
Sydney is home to a wide range of hotels for every traveller, from city-centre boltholes to chic hotels with rooftop pools - but often these come with a price tag. Fortunately for budget travellers, there are some affordable (and chic) options for cheap hotels in Sydney. We've picked five of the best bargain boutique hotels for everyone, including romantics, families and architecture buffs...
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Hotel Palisades, The Rocks
Offering eight quirky rooms that feature hand-painted wall murals as a reminder of your portside location in Old Sydney Town, Hotel Palisades boasts a tranquil setting to enjoy the surrounding views and a home-from-home feel. The rooms offer unique views over Sydney's skyline and the design pays homage to Hotel Palisade's rich past but with luxurious finishes to remind you of the comforts of modern day living. The jewel-box bathrooms are fitted with old-fashioned fixtures and indulgent products to ensure a luxurious experience. Rates start from $225 (£136) per night.
Cremorne Point Manor, Cremorne Point
One of Sydney's oldest hotels, this four-star AAA-rated boutique hotel in Cremorne Point offers the best views of downtown Sydney and the Harbour. Guests at Cremorne Point Manor can also hear the lions occasionally roar nearby at the famous Taronga Zoo. The hotel recently received a Certificate of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year from TripAdvisor and is located in an affluent, quiet area just a nine-minute ferry ride to the Opera House. For those who like a little luxury, the 29-bedroom hotel features a five-star Penthouse Suite, which takes up the whole of the top floor. Rates start from $125 (£76) per night.
Glenferrie Lodge, Kirribilli
Located in the lively Kirribilli area on the same street as the Prime Minister's residence, Glenferrie Lodge is one of the most affordable three-star hotels in the region and overlooks the Harbour. The Lodge just received its first Certificate of Excellence Award by TripAdvisor and features a stunning, large garden, which allows budget-conscious guests to bring food and drinks, and enjoy the outdoor setting. Most rooms have shared bathrooms and the lodge is one of the few pet-friendly hotels in New South Wales. Rates start from $79 (£48) per night.
The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale
Stretching across two iconic heritage-listed buildings, this 62-room boutique hotel was constructed with obsessive attention to aesthetics and concern for retaining the historic features of both buildings. Situated along Kensington Street precinct, The Old Clare Hotel offers a rich, varied history and architecture. Home to two restaurants from esteemed chefs Clayton Wells and Jason Atherton, the hotel is also an excellent spot for dining. Rates start from $251 (£152) per night.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay
Escape to this exclusive seaside oasis to enjoy a Yacht Club ambiance with a million dollar view - without the price tag. The beachside-chic Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel offers panoramic views of sparkling Sydney Harbour, perfect for family stays or romantic getaways. Watsons Bay has a serene ambience through the week and a vibrant social scene bustling with activity on weekends. The hotel features 31 beautiful rooms with views and serves up delicious seafood in the Beach Club. Rates start from $259 (£157) per night.