Which Sydney Airport Hotel Should You Book?

There are no less than 15 choices for 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. 

Updated: 8 April 2020

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 sometimes 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, let’s try to work out the ‘best’ option.

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

These categories come into play when we determine the “best” hotel for your needs.

Sydney Airport has a flight curfew between 11pm, and at least 5am, so 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 more choice. Unlike many international airports, Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport 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 near the suburb of Wolli Creek and slightly to the south of the Domestic Terminal which is near Mascot train station. You might like to stay closer to the one you are departing, especially if you have an early morning flight; however, all of these hotels are a simple trip to the airport.

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 arrive late and have a short stopover. There are a couple of hotels on the grounds adjoining the terminals; however, there are no hotels located airside at Kingsford Smith Airport.

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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 car park, you are literally, as Rydges boasts, it is just 181 steps from the international check-in counters.

If you are a plane spotter or staying with kids, a runway view room at Rydges can provide hours of fun.

Family rooms, which have a queen bed and two single beds, are spacious, and they can also provide cots 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. They can book rooms for day use only if required.

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

Read the latest reviews and photos from Rydges on TripAdvisor

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

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 arrive 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 frequently and enjoyed the location. The long stretch of sand is the perfect antidote to a 14-hour flight.

Tip: Brighton Le Sands is full of dining options; among our favourites is Meet the Greek and Neptunes.

Pros: Every room has a balcony, lovely views out over Botany Bay and Lady Robinson Beach, a day spa, best swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) 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: wifi free only in public areas.

Maximum room occupancy: 4 people
Parking: $25 overnight
Shuttle: no official shuttle – Uber or other rideshare is your best option.
Where: Bayside Plaza, The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands

Novotel Sydney International Airport

Less than one kilometre from the international terminal, the Novotel offers comfortable modern rooms that are soundproofed to ensure a good night’s 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 a good choice for a meal or drinks.

Pros: Stay, Park and Fly package offers seven nights car parking, family suites (50sqm) 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
Parking: $25 overnight
Shuttle: $7 per person
Where: 20 Levey Street, Wolli Creek (walk west from the terminal over the bridge along Marsh Street)

Quality Hotel CKS Sydney Airport

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

Pros: Free Unlimited High-Speed wi-fi 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
Parking: $15 Overnight $10 Day use. $90 Weekly (7days and then $15 a day)
Shuttle: $7 per person
Where: 35 Levey Street Wolli Creek

Accommodation closest to the Domestic Airport Terminal 

Ibis Mascot Sydney Airport
In walking distance of the domestic terminal

These hotels are on the airport side of Joyce Drive, the main road the separates the airport from suburban 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.

Most airport shuttle services do not begin until 5 am, and if there are two of you, ride share will 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 hotel’s name 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. They serve breakfast.

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.

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.

Tip – The superior twin room is bigger than the family room, provided your kids will sleep in one queen instead of two singles.

Maximum room occupancy: 4 people
Parking: $35 overnight (sometimes this is discounted for arrivals later in the day)
Shuttle: $7 per person
Where: 5 Ross Smith Ave, Mascot

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, Wi-Fi 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

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 I would choose to be nearer to the small shopping area near the station for anything longer.

Mascot has a number of shops and cafes

There are lots of benefits in choosing this area, particularly that it is on a direct train line to the city. It also has a shopping and dining area with a variety of food options.

The Graphic Arts Club on Coward Street has affordable drinks and comfortable spaces to relax.

Transport in the area is excellent. 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.

From Mascot, train fares to the city are standard CityRail prices, and the trip takes 15 minutes. Also, ride share is easy 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 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
Parking: Park and ride packages with 7 or 14 days parking included.
Shuttle: $7 per person
Where: Cnr O’Riordan & Robey Streets, Mascot

Citadines Connect Sydney Airport (previously Felix Hotel) – 4 Star

Citadines Connect is one of the newer and more stylish airport hotels. The rooms are attractive, and I love the 1960s feel of the design. Their use of colour pulls them out of the standard airport hotel style and into something that feels a little special.

Spaces are bright and feel generous with splendid 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.

The reception area, cafe and bar area on the top floor. There is a self-service food area with sandwiches, salads, snacks and even panadol!

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
Parking: $20 per day (long or short term)
Shuttle: $7 per person
Where: 121 Baxter RoadMascot

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. There are 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
Parking: $30
Shuttle: on request
Where: 108-114 Robey StMascot

Travelodge Sydney Airport

Travelododge ge Sydney airpot
Everything you need for a short stay.

Travelodge Mascot, which opened in 2017, is a functional property with all the amenities you need for an overnight airport stay. It’s a good option for business travellers on a budget and overnight transit, but probably not suited 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 pretty with road works and industrial buildings the major attractions. No family rooms.

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

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
Shuttle: $8 (managed by Wilsons Parking next door).
Where: 289 King Street, Mascot

Pullman Hotel Sydney Airport

Bar area at Pullman Sydney Airport Hotel Australia
The bar at the Pullman is our favourite in the area

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 suitable rooms to share with anything but an excellent 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, no full-length space for jackets or dresses.

Maximum room occupancy: 4 people
Parking: $30
Shuttle: $7
Where: 191 O Riordan Street, Mascot

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

Holiday Inn Mascot Airport Hotel Sydney Australia
Large hotel with great airport runway views.

Large rooms and super friendly service make this a popular choice. I have used the conference facilities for several years and am always impressed by their attention to detail.

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 (450m), good kids packages – (Kids ages 12 and under stay for free when sharing their parents’ room and often meal deals).

Cons: Food can be hit and miss

Maximum room occupancy: 5 people
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
Where: Cnr O’Riordan Street & Bourke Road

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 12 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
Parking: $25
Shuttle: $7.00, first shuttle at 6.30 am
Where: 8 Jackson Drive, Mascot,

Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot 

Apartments with bus and train almost at the door.

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
Parking: $30
Shuttle: $7
Where: 17 Bourke Road Mascot

Branksome Apartment Hotel

Opening in mid-2017, this property offers 146 studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. The facilities are excellent, and the studios are spacious, and this is a great choice for families.

Unlike the properties near Mascot train station, these are closer to the Botany Road shopping strip, only 400m away.

There are buses to the city and several restaurants, shops, and services in the strip and the Tennyson Pub with great-priced meals.

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
Parking: $30 per day – on-street parking is sometimes available outside peak house.
Shuttle: $7
Where: 60 Robey Street, Mascot

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

There are a number of shops including a large supermarket at Mascot

Two suburbs or 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 of these.

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

We have covered almost every property near Sydney Airport, 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 visited every one of these properties and eaten in many of them. We don’t believe there is a single ‘best’ airport hotel but several depending on your needs.

Which Sydney Airport Hotels have day rates?
Rydges Sydney Airport, Pullman Sydney Airport at Mascot, and Stamford Plaza all advertise day rates, 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, Meriton Mascot Central, Branksome Hotel, Novotel Brighton, which has 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.

Check out our Guide to Sydney AirportTips for using the Airport train, or our guide to using Sydney’s OPAL travel card.

If you have decided that an airport hotel is not for you then why not take a look at our guide to the different areas in Sydney city and see which appeals.

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