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Recommended accommodations in Sydney


Sydney
Harbour Rocks Hotel, 34-52 Harrington Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000
It's hard to get excited about the Harbour Rocks. Despite its enviable Rocks location and heritage-listed building, there's just something uninspiring about the property.
So why recommend it? If you can't get in the Russell, the Harbour Rocks does offer a great location for the money. There's nothing wrong with it -- rooms are clean and comfortably furnished. And there's a restaurant and a bar. You can just do better in Sydney for less. There's no elevator, but a porter will get your bags to your room for you.
Phone:  02.8220.9999
Fax:  02.8220.9998
Email:  reservations@harbourrocks.com.au
Web:   www.harbourrocks.com.au/
Doubles from:   220AUD

Observatory Hotel, 89-113 Kent Street, NSW 2000
This lovely, impeccable property gives the Ritz Carlton a run for its money. It's slightly less expensive, yet it offers every amenity, including CD players, an indoor pool, and a state-of-the-art health club.
Phone:  02.9256.2222
Fax:  02.9256.2233
Email:  email@observatoryhotel.com.au
Web:   observatoryhotel.orient-express.com
Doubles from:   380AUD

Park Hyatt Sydney, 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW 2000
There's not a better located hotel in Sydney. Jutting out into the harbour from the Rocks, the hotel looks across the water to the Opera House. The hotel itself has much to commend it, but it's very expensive for Sydney. Stay here only if you're willing to pay for the breathtaking vista.
Phone:  02.9241.1234
Fax:  02.9256.1555
Web:   sydney.park.hyatt.com
Doubles from:   515AUD

Ravesi's on Bondi Beach, Hall Street and Campbell Parade, NSW 2026
This art deco boutique hotel is strictly for beach lovers. Bondi, Sydney's most famous beach, is popular and lively -- which means noisy at night. Stay here only if you want beach culture in spades. The restaurant is the best in the neighborhood. It's about a half-hour bus ride to the city.
Phone:  02.9365.4422
Fax:  02.9365.1481
Email:  reservations@ravesis.com.au
Web:   www.ravesis.com.au
Doubles from:   125AUD

Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000
For those who want views but don't want to pay for the Park Hyatt, the Shangri-La is a good choice. Located in the Rocks next to the Harbour Bridge, the hotel offers great vistas, particularly above the 20th floor. The 36th floor Horizon Bar puts the entire city at your feet, and there's a very good Japanese restaurant.
Phone:  02.9250.6000
Fax:  02.9250.6250
Email:  slsn@shangri-la.com
Web:   www.shangri-la.com
Doubles from:   295AUD

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, 93 Macquarie Street, NSW 2000
This former Ritz Carlton is better than most. And it's a brief walk to just about everything you want to see. It's the nicest place in town, without a doubt. And much less expensive than the Park Hyatt, though it doesn't have the views.
Phone:  02.9252.4600
Fax:  02.9252.4286
Email:  sales@sscq.stamford.com.au
Web:   www.stamford.com.au
Doubles from:   220AUD

The Russell, 143A George Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000
This is one of our favorite places to stay in Sydney. Its terrific Rocks location (across from Circular Quay), friendly service, and charming atmosphere practically ensure a wonderful stay. The fact that it's also one of the best values in town is the icing on the cake. Room sizes vary quite a bit, so be precise when you make reservations. The restaurant is excellent in its price range and the roof garden has great views of Circular Quay. You'll need to reserve this one well in advance.
Phone:  02.9241.3543
Fax:  02.9252.1652
Email:  info@therussell.com.au
Web:   www.therussell.com.au/
Doubles from:   140AUD