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Statues of Hindu deities watch over the pool at this gorgeous contemporary complex, making a nice change from the Buddhas that typically swarm around Byron...
Surry Hills & Darlinghurst
Providing a clever boutique twist on the ubiquitous apartment hotel, the Adge offers 12 idiosyncratic but extremely comfortable two-bedroom apartments, all bedecked in garishly striped carpets and colourful retro fri...
A little piece of paradise sidled up to 600 hectares of fauna. Luxuries include a pool, tennis court, restaurant and day spa. Extras include a pristine rainforest aroma and resident birds and lizards.
An oasis in the desert, this rambling historic motel with an enchanting riverside garden has eclectic rooms with antique furniture and an array of good and bad artwork.
Bed and breakfast
These two charming cottages, overseen by the equally charming Richard and Pat, make a fine alternative to the motels elsewhere...
Cleverly straddling the divide between boutique and business, this new hotel offers thoughtfully planned and stylishly executed spaces...
4.5 star hotel
The classy rooms here have an old-world style wedded to an impeccable attention to detail and stylish modern bathrooms. There's also an excellent restaurant.
Behind the austere brick exterior of this popular 200-bed hostel are dorms and family rooms that are comfortable, light-filled and spotlessly clean...
Circular Quay & The Rocks
Any qualms about the unhostel-like prices will be shelved the moment you head up to the roof terrace of this singular, custom-built YHA and see Circular Quay laid bare before you...
City Centre, the Domain & Chinatown
There's a lot to be said for staying in a serviced apartment, not least the ability to be able to wash your smalls whenever the need arises...
Forget their most famous project, Wembley Stadium, Meriton is known in Sydney as the builder of swanky but soulless apartment complexes...
The newest and best of the Meriton chain's mid-priced apartment blocks, the Campbell St incarnation offers roomy studio and one-bedroom units with plenty of mod cons (including laundry facilities) but no views.
5 star hotel
This flashy joint aims to impress, from the soaring atrium lobby to the spacious double rooms overlooking Capital Hill...
Located in the centre of Kingston's popular cafe and restaurant strip, the York is an excellent choice for business travellers and families...
This business hotel offers rooms, 1- and 2-bedroom suites and access to leisure facilities at the neighbouring Realm Hotel. The decor of the rooms and suites is bland, but all are well set-up and pleasantly light...
3 star hotel
Kings Cross to Potts Point
This double-fronted 1930s house hides a great midrange surprise; extensively renovated in 2007, the compact but tidy rooms still look brand new. The rooms towards the rear of the building are larger and quieter.
4 star hotel
The main wing of this busy business hotel occupies a 1927 National Trust–listed building very close to the War Memorial...
Right on Manly’s ocean beach, this midriser has a dated corporate vibe but is a million miles from the city’s business hustle...
Right on the park, this relaxed place offers studio rooms with kitchenettes, deluxe rooms with balconies and full kitchens, and some two-bedroom apartments. All have flat-screen TVs with cable access.
Bondi to Coogee
At the time of research Bondi's grand dame had shed her Barbara Cartland–esque pink wrap and was in the process of an extreme makeover, creating two larger rooms out of every three 1920s shoeboxes...
The upstairs apartments at this somewhat characterless block opposite Flynn’s Beach have sea views and those downstairs have a small terrace; all sleep between four and six people and are clean and bright.
A great location near Hyde Park (equidistant between Museum Station and Central Station) plus clean, comfortable and well-set-up rooms with basic kitchenette mean that this is a compelling choice, particularly if you...
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