Which Sydney Airport Hotel is best for you?

There are no less than 15 choices when it comes to Sydney Airport hotels, in fact, accommodation near Sydney Airport has become much more popular in recent years, and the landscape has changed a lot!  With nearby dining and shopping options and fast connections to the city staying in accommodation near Sydney Airport is no longer on the don’t list. 

We have covered every single property outlining the pros and cons of each. After years of living in Mascot and now living a little south of the airport near Botany Bay, we have watched all this development take place. We don’t believe there is one ‘best’ airport hotel but rather several depending on your needs. Read on for our honest take on your best options in staying near Sydney Airport.  

Who should choose to stay near Sydney Airport?

It’s a pretty well-known fact that airport hotels are not the first thing that pops into mind when you are looking for somewhere to stay but there are times when staying near the airport is a good option.  For example, booking an airport hotel can be a good idea;

  • if you are in Sydney for a short stopover before travelling on
  • if you live too far from the city to drive in for your early morning flight
  • if major events in the CBD have pushed prices out of reach

So if you have decided you want to be near the airport for a night lets try to work out the ‘best’ option for you.

Best it depends on your perspective.

  • do you want the best hotel for families,
  • for business travellers,
  • for transport access,
  • for lux rooms or for least $$$

All of these categories come into play when we determine the “best” hotel for your needs. Another thing worth mentioning is that Sydney Airport has a flight curfew between 11 pm and at least 5 am meaning no overnight aircraft noise.

 

How to choose your Sydney Airport hotel

Over the last few years, quite a lot of new hotels have opened near the airport. At last count, there were 13 hotels and several serviced apartment properties here giving you quite a bit of choice. Unlike many international airports Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, as it is officially known, is located less than 30 minutes from the centre of the city. The suburbs of Mascot and Green Square are full of cafes and restaurants meaning you won’t be too far from good food.

Sydney Airport has two terminals

The International Terminal is located near the suburb of Wolli Creek and slightly to the south of the Domestic Terminal which is to the north located close to Mascot train station. You might like to stay closer to the one you are departing from depending on your flight time; however, either can be reached easily from any of these hotels.

Things to consider when choosing an airport hotel

  • Is there good transport to the airport/city?
  • Does the hotel offer a free or paid airport shuttle service?
  • Is there an onsite restaurant (and how expensive is it?) are there any other dining options?
  • Is the property suitable for kids if you are travelling with your family?
  • Will you earn status points from your airport or hotel membership?

Hotels at the Sydney Airport Terminals.

If you are travelling internationally on a very early morning flight proximity to the terminal might be important to you, especially if you are arriving late and have a short stopover. There are a couple of hotels located in the grounds adjoining the terminals however there are no hotels located airside at Kingsford Smith Airport.

Accommodation at the International Terminal

Rydges Hotel Sydney Airport

This large hotel with over 300 rooms is perfect if you need somewhere to sleep before a very early morning flight or a very late night arrival into Sydney. Located in the airport carpark, you are literally, as Rydges boasts just 181 steps from the international check-in counters. If you are a plane spotter or staying with kids book a runway view room for hours of free fun.

Family rooms, which have a queen bed and two single beds, are spacious and cots can also be provided for smaller rooms. A substantial buffet breakfast is available at the on-site restaurant. There is a fitness centre with a gym, a business centre and free wifi.

Pros: Barista coffee from 4.30am, large well furnished and soundproof rooms, free shuttle to the domestic terminal, onsite bar and restaurant. Rooms can be booked for day use only if required.

Cons: The restaurant closes early even on weekends. Many rooms have views of the car park.

Maximum room occupancy: 5 people

Parking: $50 but confirm prices before booking as it can be costly if not pre-arranged.
Where: 8 Arrivals Court, Sydney International Airport

Read the latest reviews and photos from Rydges on TripAdvisor or check prices for Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Properties near the International Airport Terminal

The airport and the city skyline from Lady Robinson Beach Brighton le Sands
The airport and the city skyline from Lady Robinson Beach Brighton le Sands

Novotel Brighton Beach

If you are arriving before dark or have a late morning or early afternoon flight, this is a good choice as the location offers the rather pretty Brighton beach for a dose of the outdoors.  There are plenty of restaurants nearby to eat. It’s a little further from the airport but still less than 10 minutes by Uber. I have stayed here on several occasions and enjoyed the location. The long stretch of sand is the perfect antidote to a 14-hour flight.

Pros: Every room has a balcony, lovely views out over Botany Bay and Lady Robinson Beach, day spa, best swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) of any of the airport hotels.  Some offers include parking for up to 9 days while you are travelling. There are indoor and outdoor pools and free kids club.

Cons: guest rooms and public areas need updating (refurbishment is in progress apparently), wifi free only in public areas.

Maximum room occupancy: 4 people

Where: Bayside Plaza, The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands

Parking: $25 overnight
Shuttle: no official shuttle – uber or other ride share is your best option.

Tip: Brighton Le Sands is full of dining options, among my favourites is Meet the Greek and Bondi Pizza.

Check the photos and reviews on TripAdvisor or check the current prices here.

If you can get this property on sale, it is a reasonable choice, but I would not pay full rates until the renovations are complete.

Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport / Novotel Sydney International Airport

Less than one kilometre from the international terminal the Mecure, soon to be Novotel, offers comfortable modern rooms that are soundproofed and perfect for getting a good nights sleep. The property has been refurbished and looks great.  You can walk to Wolli Creek train station in about 10 minutes for fast travel to the city.  The Saint George Rowers Club is within walking distance and is worth a look for a cheaper meal and drinks.

Pros: Stay, Park and fly package offers seven nights car parking, s family suites (50sq m) can sleep two adults and three children or 4 adults and one child, two onsite restaurants.
Cons: none in particular

Maximum room occupancy: 5 people

Where: 20 Levey Street, Wolli Creek (walk west from the terminal over the bridge along Marsh Street)

Parking: $25 overnight
Shuttle: $7 per person

Check the reviews and photos on TripAdvisor or the best  prices on Hotels Combined

Quality Hotel CKS Sydney Airport

This motel styled property has recently been refurbished and offers good value for money. It is walking distance (10mins) to Wolli Creek Station and shops with a range of dining options. The biggest draw here is the parking making it a good choice for locals going on short holidays.

Pros: Free Unlimited High-Speed WiFi, refurbished rooms with new beds (king, king single and queen size)

Cons: no elevator so you need to lug your bags upstairs unless you request a ground floor room, dining options have minimal hours.

Maximum room occupancy: 4  people

Where: 35 Levey Street Wolli Creek

Parking: $15 Overnight $10 Day use. $90 Weekly (7days and then $15 a day)
Shuttle: $7 per person

Check photos on TripAdvisor or look for current prices.

Accommodation closest to the Domestic Airport Terminal 

Ibis Mascot Sydney Airport

These hotels are on the airport side of Joyce Drive, the main road the separates the airport from the suburb of Mascot. They are virtually in the car park of the airport. You can easily walk to these hotels as long as your bags are manageable. Be aware that most airport shuttle services do not begin until 5 am and if there are two of you rideshare will generally be cheaper.

Ibis Budget Sydney Airport

Hotel Ibis Budget Sydney Airport is a 200 room property less than 1km from the entry. They were wise to put the word budget in the name of the hotel because this is very much an entry level property, like a good quality private hostel room. There is fast food (McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme) at your doorstep to complete the budget theme.

Pros: Accessible rooms and family rooms with four beds are available. Breakfast is served.

Cons: No phones, or hairdryers, limited things to do within walking distance. The $7 shuttle charge is pricy when you consider you can take the airport train from Mascot for $8 and be surrounded by cafes and shops. The main road runs to the side of the hotel.

Maximum room occupancy: 4 people

Where: 5 Ross Smith Ave, Mascot

Parking: $35 overnight (sometimes this is discounted for arrivals later in the day)
Shuttle: $7 per person

If all you want is a place to lay your head, this is fine, but it would not be my choice unless I just needed to sleep for a few hours between flights. My Tip – The superior twin room is bigger than the family room provided your kids will sleep in one queen instead of two singles.

Check the reviews and photos on Tripadvisor or find the latest prices here

Mantra Hotel Sydney Airport

Right next door to the Ibis and also on the airport perimeter and just a 15-minute walk from terminal 2, this 136 room property is a decent step up from the Ibis budget property. Only two years old, the rooms are a reasonable size and all feature king size beds and much better bathrooms than the Ibis.

Pros: Fast food adjoining and on-site dining, 24-hour dining

Cons: no family rooms, wifi is only free in the lobby – you need to join their loyalty program to access free internet in your room, 17 minutes walk to Mascot train station make travelling to the city a bit of a hassle.

Maximum room occupancy: 4 people

Parking: $35 overnight
Shuttle: $7 per person

Where:  3 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot

Check reviews and photos of the Mantra on TripAdvisor or find the prices here.

Hotels close to the Domestic Terminal and Mascot

 

You will find the most extensive choice of Airport Hotels clustered between the Domestic Terminal and Mascot Station. The hotels closer to the terminal are fine for overnight stays, but for anything longer I would choose to be nearer to the small shopping area near the station.

There are lots of benefits in choosing this area, chiefly is that it is on a direct train line to the city and has its shopping and dining area with a variety of food options. There is also a local club, the Graphic Arts Club, on Coward Street that has affordable drinks and comfortable spaces to relax.

Transport to the area is good. The 400 bus from the airport will drop you on Coward Street within a few minutes walk of most of these properties saving you an airport station access fee, however as this station is also owned by the operators of the airport stations the fare from the airport terminals is only $8.

Once you get to Mascot train fares to the city are standard CityRail prices, and the trip takes 15 minutes or so. Also, loads of Ubers in this area as it’s so close to the airport they hang about here waiting for work.

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel

One of the original airport hotels Sydney’s Best Airport Hotel as awarded for seven consecutive years by Skytrax the Stamford Plaza is a short walk north from the domestic terminals T2 & T3. This is a well-appointed 4* hotel. Tip: Ask for an upper-level airport view room.

Pros: pool and fitness centre, use of lounge after check out that has shower facilities, seating and internet access, free wifi for up to 3 devices for direct bookings

Cons: the property is a bit lacklustre given the range of newer properties closer to the station and shops. The location is halfway between the shops and the airport; for this alone it would not be my first choice.

Maximum room occupancy: 2 people

Where: Cnr O’Riordan & Robey Streets, Mascot

Parking: Park and ride packages with 7 or 14 days parking included.
Shuttle: $7 per person

You can view photos of the property on TripAdvisor or check the current prices

Felix Hotel Sydney Airport – 4 Star

The Felix is one of the newer (2017) and more stylish airport hotels. The rooms are attractive, and I love the 1960s feel of the design. The use of colour pulls them out of the standard airport style hotel and into something you feel a little special in. The reception area, cafe and bar are on the top floor. There is a self-service food area with sandwiches, salads, snacks and even panadol!

Spaces are bright and feel generous with great views of the airport; the lights look very pretty at night too. There is an outdoor “cinema” which is a great way to relax, particularly on warm nights, although the large heater looks like it would do a fine job in the winter.

Pros: Interconnecting family rooms, free wifi, 24-hour food store (a little $$$), 24 hr gym, well-priced breakfast, self-check-in available, Netflix and USB on TVs, pet-friendly rooms are available

Cons: none other than you are not in a particularly pretty part of town.

Maximum room occupancy: 2 people (unless booking interconnecting family rooms)

Where: 121 Baxter RoadMascot

Parking: $20 per day (long or short term)
Shuttle: $7 per person

You can view photos of the property on TripAdvisor or check the current prices

Quest Serviced Apartments Sydney Airport

Quest was one of the first apartment hotels at the airport opening seven years ago; however, they have been refurbished in recent years and certainly look bright and fresh these days. They have studios, one and two bedroom apartments. If you can get a reasonable price here, it is indeed satisfactory, but it would not be my choice.

Pros: complimentary breakfast items, laundry facilities, gym, free wi-fi, some pets are allowed (inquire before booking)

Cons: for me, the location is the biggest drawback, it’s kind of in the middle of no man’s land, not at the airport, not at the station.

Maximum room occupancy: 5 people

Where: 108-114 Robey StMascot

Parking: $30
Shuttle: on request

You can view photos of the property on TripAdvisor or check the current prices.

Travelodge Sydney Airport

Travelododge ge Sydney airpot

Travelodge Mascot, which opened in 2017, is a functional property with all the amenities you need for an overnight airport stay. It’s a is a good option for business travellers on a budget and overnight transit but probably not suited in my opinion to a more extended stay. The staff are helpful and with the Pullman, just a few minutes walk away you can access their food and beverage offerings easily

Pros: Free wifi for all, laundry facilities, 24-hour room service, great customer service, their staff went way out of their way to help me sort out my day.

Cons: The area surrounding the hotel is not very attractive with road works and industrial buildings the main attractions. No family rooms

Where: 289 King Street, Mascot

Maximum room occupancy: 3 people

Parking:$25 per day (or $7 if you leave before 6 am) offered in the adjoining Wilson’s car park next to the hotel. It can be possible to find street parking nearby if you arrive in the evening.

Shuttle
: $8 (managed by Wilsons Parking next door).

Tip: Patchett Pies is just around the corner and is the perfect spot to indulge in this classic Aussie treat.

You can view photos of the property on TripAdvisor or check the current prices

Pullman Hotel Sydney Airport

Bar area at Pullman Sydney Airport Hotel Australia

This is the best 5-star property in Mascot and my among my favourites if it fits your budget. The hotel opened in 2016 and has 226 rooms including studios and executive suites. Windows are double glazed and keep the rooms quiet. The bathroom is open plan, and the separate toilet has a frosted glass door meaning these are not good rooms to share with anything but a very good friend 😉 The bar is impressive and has a great range of Australian offerings.

Pros: 24-hour excellent gym, quality dining, 24 hr room service, 11 accessible rooms, executive lounge, in-room Nespresso machine

Cons: in room wifi charges unless you are an Accor member ($10 per day is ridiculous), some people don’t like the open plan bathroom, I found the closet space odd full-length length space for jackets or dresses.

Maximum room occupancy: 4 people

Where: 191 O Riordan Street, Mascot

Parking: $30
Shuttle: $7

You can view photos of the property on TripAdvisor or check the current prices

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

Holiday Inn Mascot Airport Hotel Sydney Australia

Large rooms and super friendly service make this a popular choice. I have used their conference facilities for several years and am always impressed by their attention to detail. The location just 450 m from Mascot Station and 300 m from the 400 bus stop. The rooms are large and clean; they were renovated in 2014and are well maintained.

The hotel has a bar with casual dining and a restaurant (that is not always open). There are several restaurants a short walk away, and it is easy to take a cab to foodie hotspot the Cannery or the Grounds of Alexandria.

Pros: a 24-hour gym, proximity to transport and shops, good kids packages – (Kids ages 12 and under stay for free when sharing their parents’ room. Up to four kids ages 12 and under eat free any time of the day at the restaurant).

Cons: food can be hit an miss

Maximum room occupancy: 5 people

Where: Cnr O’Riordan Street & Bourke Road

Parking: stay and park package that includes leaving your car while you are on holiday and includes up to 15 days parking and a shuttle to the airport.
Shuttle: $7

You can view photos of the property on TripAdvisor or check the current prices

Best for longer stays or travelling to the centre of the city.

Meriton Serviced Apartments 

These apartments are located in a large development directly across the road from Mascot train station where you can jump on a train and be in the city in 10 mins.

Pros: Large rooms, comfortable beds, well furnished, laundry facilities, full-size supermarket and shops on site.

Cons: the pool is shared with the residential apartments and can be busy at times. Many rooms look out over construction or other peoples balconies.

Maximum room occupancy: 2 people

Where: 8 Jackson Drive, Mascot,

Parking: $25
Shuttle: $7.00, first shuttle at 6.30 am

You can view photos of the property on TripAdvisor or check the current prices

 

Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot 

These apartments are less than 250m from Mascot train station and very well positioned with the bus stop around the corner.

Pros: fully equipped kitchens, with dishwashers, balconies, gym, washing machines.

Cons: wi-fi is limited to 500mb per day.

Maximum room occupancy: 5 people

Where: 17 Bourke Road Mascot

Parking: $30
Shuttle: $7

You can view photos of the property on TripAdvisor or check the current prices

Branksome Apartment Hotel

Opening in mid-2017 this property offers 146 studio, 1 and two bedroom apartments. The facilities are excellent, and the studios are spacious, and this is a great choice for families. Unlike the other properties that are nearest to Mascot train station, these are closer to the Mascot strip shops on Botany Road, a short 400m away. There are buses to the city and several restaurants, shops and services in the strip along with the Tennyson Pub with affordable meals and beers.

Pros: indoor and outdoor  swimming pool, a separate children’s pool,  24-hour gym, children’s playground, laundry, rooms sizes with two bedrooms of 70sqm, 24 hr room service

Cons: The rooms are not double glazed, and it can get noisy with all the traffic on the main road nearby

Maximum room occupancy: 5 people

Where: 60 Robey Street, Mascot

Parking: $30 per day but street parking is possible depending on the time of day.
Shuttle: $7

You can view photos of the property on TripAdvisor or check the current prices

Sydney Airport Accommodation Map

I have sorted all the properties above into four categories:

Pink– Top choices – These are the properties I would choose
Green – Good options – my second level mainly due to their location
Blue – Family choices – these are the best suited to families in my opinion
Purple – Budget choices – best value for money.

Parking at Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has notoriously expensive parking, locals complain endlessly about the cost of picking up family and friends. It is possible to pre-book parking at the airport itself for approx $54 a day or book one of the independent long term parking issues

Long Term Airport Parking

It can be cheaper to leave your car at the airport for a week than take a cab each way from home. While some hotels offer Fly and Drive or Park and Stay packages depending on the rates these long term parking services may be better value for money. All include a free shuttle to either terminal and require a booking to get these rates.

Wilson’s Parking (Space Shuttle airport Parking)  – $15 per day

Park and fly – charged on\calander day basis $80 for a weekend and $145 for a week. This service is top-rated because they offer a high level of security and a very efficient shuttle service.

Sydney Airpark – $50 a day or $120 for ten days. – one of the cheapest for 1 and 2-week bookings

Air Travel Parking –  $15 per day and free shuttle

Park on King – $15 per day, $117 for a week self-parking (more for valet)

Where to Eat in Mascot and surrounds

Two suburbs just a short drive from Mascot Alexandria and Rosebery are local foodie hotspots so if you fancy a meal away from your hotel jump in an Uber and head to one.

Some particularly well-known options are

  • The Grounds of Alexandria
  • Blackstar Pastry
  • Gelato Messina
  • Three Blue Ducks
  • Bourke Street Bakery

Check out our map for all the suggestions and their websites.

Questions and answers about Sydney Airport Accommodation

Which Sydney Airport Hotels that have day rates?
Rydges Sydney Airport, Pullman Sydney Airport at Mascot, and Stamford Plaza all advertise day rates being available although it is best to contact them directly. Ibis budget overnight rates may be cheaper if you are looking for a place to sleep for a few hours.

Which Sydney Airport Hotels can sleep, five people?
Quite a few! Branksome Apartment Hotel, Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport, Quest Serviced Apartments Sydney Airport, Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport / Novotel Sydney International Airport, Rydges Hotel Sydney Airport

Which Sydney Airport Hotels have swimming pools?
Only a handful of these hotels offer swimming pools including; Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport, Mertion Mascot Central, Branksome Hotel, Novotel Brighton, which has the addition of a 4km sandy bay.

Which Sydney airport hotels have the best Accessible rooms?
It is hard to beat the Rydges at the International Terminal. They have 12 Superior Queen Accessible rooms – Check this review from Have Wheelchair will travel. All hotels listed have some accessible rooms.

Which Airport hotel is best for families?
Branksome Apartment Hotel and Novotel Brighton are the two hotels near the airport that best cater to children. See their individual listings above for more information.

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