New Hotels in Sydney 2023 and Beyond
It’s been a while since we covered new hotels in Sydney and I am pleased to say the last two years have seen some fabulous new properties open their doors in the harbour city. We have toured, eaten at or stayed in almost all these hotels, so I can share my thoughts with you today.
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We update this list of the newest hotels in Sydney including those in the pipeline regularly, so stop by next time you are planning a visit. We have also listed future openings for those of you who like to plan ahead.
Keeping your eye on new hotel openings also has the benefit of perhaps scoring a great opening special deal too.
I love staying in newly opened hotels, and while I have not stayed in all of these as yet, I have done site inspections so I can share my thought on the pros and cons of each property here and help you make the right choice for your stay.
New Hotels in Sydney City Centre
Sydney’s newest 5-star heritage property
For over 100 years, the gorgeous sandstone building on the corner of Bridge Street was home of the NSW Department of Education. As someone who visited those offices many times, it’s hard not to wander around in awe of this stunning makeover. Boasting 192 guest rooms and one-bedroom suites, Capella Sydney also offers spacious public areas filled with beautiful artworks and lux furnishings. This is a fantastic- addition to Sydney 5-star hotel list.
With three dining options, Brasserie 1930, McRae Bar, bar named after the original architect and Aperture with its seven-metre-high green wall you see a nod to the past and a totally modern reuse of the spaces.
Facilities also include a 20m heated in door pool, a gym with high quality Technogym fitness equipment,
Who should stay here? The spacious rooms will appeal to anyone wanting a luxury escape in walking distance of the Opera House. Perfect for a staycation so you have time to enjoy the top notch facilities.
Nearby: You are minutes from Circular Quay and the city’s icons. The Royal Botanic Gardens and Theatre Royal are within walking distance.
What we love: Capella’s focus on quality art is fabulous. The green wall that features 70 different local plants brings the outside in.
Where: Bridge Street Sydney entry is via Farrer Place- just a few minutes from Circular Quay
Brand: Capella Hotel Group
The Porter House Hotel Sydney
Boutique heritage style with fabulous in house dining
One of the most recent openings in Sydney, Porter House Hotel mixes heritage style with modern design very successfully.
The 121 hotel room hotel occupies 10 floors in a brand new tower that has been developed next to the 1870s heritage-listed Porter House. On offer are class and superior rooms and junior suites. The hotel also features a rooftop garden, heated pool and fitness centre.
Connected to the heritage Porter House via a walkway you have easy access to the hotel’s exceptional food offerings. The space between the buildings features the largest mural in Sydney, a 335-square-metre work, “Ripples and Droplets” by Maria Fernanda Cardosa.
The original building, Porter House, began life as the Dixson & Sons tobacco factory and warehouse,and by the end of the century housed furniture manufacturer WW Campbell & Co and George Johnson & Sons Leather merchants. The building has been carefully restored to retain its original features and you can see glimpses of the building’s history scattered around the walls of the spaces.
The three in-house dining venues make The Porter House Hotel a fabulous choice for foodies. At street level you have Henry’s bread and wine, all day dining with a croissants and sandwiches during the day Charcuterie, cheese and a great Ruben if you have more of an appetite.
The elevated service levels and inspired menu created by Executive Chef Emrys Jones combine to make Dixson & Sons one of the best hotel restaurant meals we have had in Sydney in a very long time.
Then you have Spice Trader, a dark, moody space that is perfect for pre or post dining drinks. The cocktail list includes fresh takes on many of your favourite drinks and we loved the $10 mini cocktails that allow you to try new flavours without having to commit to a full size price tag.
The staff are more than happy to suggest something new for you to try based on your favourite flavours. We put them to the test, and they hit the mark both times, creating a negroni with native spices for me and a new take on a caipirinha for my partner.!
Who should stay here? Foodies will love the quality onsite dining, great choice for a staycation for locals and well located for travellers visiting the city.
Nearby: Capitol Theatre, Hyde Park, Chinatown and CBD shopping
What we love: The inclusion of items found in the redevelopment of the property brings the building’s story to life. The mix of old and new has been executed very well. The heated outdoor pool, although small
Where: Bathurst Street, Sydney
Brand: Accor MGallery
Kimpton Margot Sydney
Art déco beauty
While the outside of the building may not leave much of a lasting impression, once you step inside the new Kimpton Margot Sydney, the building comes to life.
A modern boutique hotel with buckets of personality.
With gorgeous one of a kind botanical murals by local artist Jessica Le Clerc on the walls of each of its 88 guest rooms, this beautiful hotel is a welcomed addition to Pyrmont.
The classic art déco features of what was once home of the Sydney Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board have been treated well and the heritage listed building has a strong 1930s vibe.
The 172 rooms are generously sized, (from 32m²74m²) with plush furnishings and loads of creature comforts like Nespresso machines, Chromecast, Bluetooth speakers, yoga mats, lounge seating and a work desk in all rooms. This luxury hotel also offers one-bedroom spacious suites.
The property features a 24-hour fitness centre that offers quality equipment, including a rowing machine, Life Fitness treadmills and summit trainers and an assault air bike. If you prefer to get your exercise in the great outdoors, there is rooftop yoga and free bicycles for you to head out and explore the city.
Nearby: Short walk to Darling Harbour, Pitt Street Mall, Hyde Park and Oxford Street for bars and nightlight. We love Alpha Greek restaurant just on the next block.
What we love: The hotel offers a daily Social Hour, where guests gather in the lobby for complimentary drinks between 5-6pm. They also have no surcharge for pets!
Where: 339 Pitt Street, Sydney
The Aiden is a well located boutique hotel perfect for anyone wanting to enjoy a short break in Sydney. What won me on my visit was the attention to detail. Give me a pillow menu and a great quality bed and you are halfway there. Add a Dyson hairdryer and a Nespresso machine and I just might move in.
The hotel bar stocks a range of Australian beer, wine and spirits, many from Sydney based producers. An in house breakfast is available and guests can help themselves to still or sparkling Moda water that is available on each floor.
Overlooking Pyrmont Bridge and Darling Harbour, you are within walking distance of attractions, food and entertainment. The International Convention Centre Sydney is just a few minutes’ walk away.
There was a time Pyrmont had little to offer travellers, but today it’s home to a vibrant inner city community and well connected to all the city offers by bus, train, and ferry.
Who should stay here? If you want a comfortable space to relax after a day of sightseeing and a chance to enjoy a really local experience, this is a brilliant choice. Best suited to couples and singles. Good working space downstairs for digital nomads.
Nearby: Lyric Theatre, Sydney Fish Market, The Star Complex with Casino and fine dining
What we love: The modern rooms at Aiden Darling Harbour have well thought out floor plans, the use of local suppliers from the drink offered at the bar to the tour operators recommended. This is a fantastic way for guests to experience Sydney.
Where: 45 Murray St, Pyrmont
Brand: BWH Hotel Group.
A by Adina
Stylish design with the comforts of home
Adina has six properties in the Sydney CBD, one at the airport and two in the eastern suburbs offering visitors plenty of choice. The brand new A by Adina Apartment Hotel on Hunter Street offers studios, one and two-bedroom apartments.
A superb choice for a longer stay in Sydney. The rooms have floor to ceiling windows helping create a feeling of space. Balcony and patio rooms are also available if you want some outdoor space.
All the guest rooms feature kitchenettes with some offering convection microwave oven, induction stovetop, cookware, cutlery, dishwasher and bar fridge, and an espresso coffee machine.
Among the properties facilities are a stylish bar, Dean and Nancy, an indoor heated pool, a 24-hr fitness centre, perfect to help fight off jet lag.
Almost opposite Wynyard Train Station with the light rail less than a minute a way the hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring the city. You can walk to Sydney Harbour in just a few minutes, you are also in the middle of the Sydney CBD.
Who should stay here? Great for couples and those who want a base for exploring the city. Probably not my first choice for families with young kids. Also perfect for a staycation with Dean and Nancy, meaning you don’t need to leave the hotel if you don’t want to!
Nearby: Hotspots, including Shell House, Mr Wong, Bar Totti and the brand new Hinchcliff House in Quay Quarters, are all just minutes away. Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets are across the road.
What we love: This new apartment hotel has included kitchenettes that allow you to prepare a meal for a low key night in. Leisure travellers will enjoy the location, close to the Sydney Harbour.
Where: 2 Hunter Street, Sydney
Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour
Sitting just 2 blocks from Darling Harbour on the city side, the Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour opened in 2021. The hotels’ 152 guest rooms are a decent size and have floor to ceiling windows which add to the feeling of space.
What we love: This is a pet friendly property and has a rooftop pool. However, they should probably update the pool images on some of the advertising, they is still showing artists’ renders which have it looking substantially larger and may cause disappointment.
Nearby: You are less than 5 minutes from Darling Harbour and the trams on George Street
Where: 58 Bathurst Street, Corner Sussex Street Sydney
Check out our guide on Where to eat in Darling Harbour
This special occasion property leaves you wanting nothing more.
Who needs a room when you can have a villa? Crown Sydney offers 22 villas along with its 300 plus rooms. Add 14 sort after restaurants and it’s easy to see why the property is referred to as Sydney’s first six-star hotel. Top dollar here will get you Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge views, $330+ spa treatments and a vacation that leaves you wanting for nothing.
The outdoor infinity pool is the best in the city and the hotel also offers a tennis court and state-of-the-art gym. Everything you need to work off the calories you will no doubt consume staying here!
Who should stay here? Honeymooners, milestone birthdays, and staycations to remember.
Nearby: You are less than 5 minutes from Darling Harbour and the trams on George Street
What we love: This is a destination hotel worthy of the view it offers. There is seriously no need to leave the building unless you want to.
Where: 1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
Little National Hotel
Funky space perfect for digital nomads
There is a lot to love about The Little National, particularly in the public areas. This hotel in Central Sydney is a brilliant choice for business or solo travellers with excellent transport connections. You literally get off the airport train and within 2 minutes, you are in the hotel foyer.
You will find much of the city’s key locations are within walking distance, including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and the International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) and Town Hall. Added bonus: the walk to Barangaroo is undercover almost the entire way.
The guest rooms are compact 17m²square metres to be exact, but they feature a Super king bed and while its arrangement butted between two walls might seem strange, it will amaze you how comfortable they are.
The property features a fitness centre with state-of-the art Technogym equipment, a great workspace and a guest only rooftop bar and even a free guest library.
Who should stay here? For digital nomads or business travellers, it’s hard to find better facilities.
Nearby: Bar Totti and the dining options on Ash Lane are just a few minutes’ walk away. Check out the new bar at Shell House’s Sky Bar for a 10th Floor Fizz and some rock oysters with finger lime!
What we love: The shared workspaces are spacious and you have access to complimentary Nespresso coffee, T2 tea, sparkling and still water all day. The rooftop lounge and rooftop terrace are places you will want to spend extended time in.
Where: 26 Clarence Street, Sydney
Ace Hotel Sydney
One of the most anticipated hotel openings in Sydney this year is that of USA based Ace Hotel Groups’ first Australian offering.
Now open in Surry Hills, the brand is known for its funky vintage fit outs with record players and acoustic guitars in guest rooms.
This boutique hotel includes 264 rooms, including accessible rooms, and one and two bedrooms suites, a rooftop bar and restaurant, gym,
Nearby: Single O Coffee on Reservoir St is just 4 minutes walk away. NOMAD (Middle Eastern restaurant) is around the corner. Central train station 600m.
Where: 49–53 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney
New Hotels in Sydney: Comparison Table
Ok, if you are struggling to remember all this here is a quick list by location and features
|Capella Sydney||Circular Quay||Indoor||No||Check Price|
|The Porter House Hotel||City South||Outdoor||No||Check Price|
|Aiden Hotel||Pyrmont||No||No||Check price|
|A by Adina||Wynyard||Indoor||No||Check price|
|Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour||Darling Harbour||Rooftop||Yes||Check price|
|Crown Towers Sydney||Barangaroo||Rooftop||No||Check price|
|Kimpton Margot Sydney||City South||Rooftop||Yes||Check price|
|Little National||Wynyard||No||No||Check price|
|Ace Hotel||Surry Hills||No||No||Check price|
Not sure which area of Sydney will suit you best? Check out our very detailed guide to the different parts of the city.
Hotels in Sydney that Opened 2017-2019
A number of hotels opened before Covid but with two years of reduced travel have seen fewer guests than expected.
- Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Central Park (2018)
- The Fullerton Hotel Sydney – Martin Place (2019)
- Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (2017) – amazing rooftop infinity pool
- West Hotel Sydney (2017)
- SKYE Suites Sydney (2018) – Kent Street City
- Veriu Green Square (2019)
Travelling on the cheap? Check out our guide to the Best Budget Hotels in Sydney 2022.
Hotels in Sydney Due to Open in 2023- 2025
There are a couple of new hotels opening over the next 12 months. We will track them here and let you know when we have been able to check them out.
Sydneysiders have been watching the W take shape for several years. Sitting on the site of the old Imax Theatre, this curved glass structure has already made a huge impression on the Darling Harbour skyline. When it opens in October this year I have no doubt its two store rooftop bar and its infinity pool with harbour views will be the talk of the town.
This large luxury hotel will offer 585 rooms and serviced apartments, a heated infinity pool, a day spa, and a gym.
Where: Bang in the middle of Darling Harbour – perfect for events at the ICC and well connected to the city centre.
When: Due to open in October 2023
Sitting above Sydney’s City Tattersalls club just steps from Pitt Street Mall, this brand new hotel will be the second Hotel Indigo in Australia.
Where: Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street Sydney
When: Due to open in early 2025
TFE Collection Surry Hills
We don’t know too much about this new boutique property that will be a feature of the redevelopment of the Surry Hills shopping village other than it will feature a rooftop infinity pool, something in short supply in the harbour city.
This render of the property reminds me very much of their Brisbane property the Callie As soon as we hear more we will update you.
Where: Cleveland, Crown and Baptist Streets Surry Hills
When: Early 2024
Brand: TFE Collection
Waldorf Astoria Sydney
Australia is getting its first Waldorf Astoria in 2025! Featuring 179 guest rooms and 41 suites over 28 floors with views to Sydney Harbour it’s sure to make a big impact on opening.
Where: One Circular Quay – 1 Alfred Street Sydney
When: Mid 2025
Brand: Hilton Astoria
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Main image credit: Capella Sydney Credit: Timothy Kaye