All rooms have views of Sydney Harbor; Grand Harbor Rooms overlook both the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge
The Chi spa, which uses local ingredients including bush honey, macadamia nuts, eucalyptus and lemon myrtle
The rooms’ deep soaking tubs—just one of the Shangri-La brand’s signature amenities
Cocktails at the trendy Blu Bar 36 on the top floor
What To Know
Expect business travelers
The airport is about six miles away; the hotel can arrange transfers for a fee
Parking on site
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Luxurious escape in the heart of the Rocks district, with a destination bar and restaurant, spa, and Sydney Harbor views
As far as real estate goes, it doesn’t get much more impressive than Sydney’s sky-high Shangri-La hotel, one of the city’s most unabashedly luxurious stays, smack in the heart of the historic Rocks district. The 36-floor tower soars over its neighbors and, consequently, delivers sweeping views of the city and harbor. Despite a whopping 563 rooms (all spacious and decorated in soothing neutrals), the hotel's service is always attentive yet inconspicuous. The dining and entertainment here is of equal caliber: top-floor Blu Bar is known for its mixologist-made cocktails and staggering city views, best followed up by a multi-course dinner at next-door restaurant Altitude. Also not to be missed: a rejuvenating treatment at CHI spa.
In the Area
Stays at Shangri-La put you in arm's reach of some of the city's best sights: Circular Quay, home to the iconic Opera House, is just a few minutes' walk away. For a real splurge (but an unforgettable experience), join a BridgeClimb tour, which lets you scale Sydney's storied Harbour Bridge for a unique perspective of the city. From Circular Quay, you can take a breezy ferry ride just across the harbor to Taronga Zoo, whose many enclosures housing native Australian wildlife (koalas; kangaroos; emus) are set against the Sydney skyline. Ferries also depart Circular Quay for Manly, a charming beach town that rivals Bondi with a killer stretch of sand and its fair share of waterfront restaurants and ice cream shops. Before departing, hit up Hugos for some quality pizza and sunset cocktails, then continue the party back in town at Hacienda Sydney, which pairs Caribbean-inspired drinks (Mai Tais; banana pisco sours) with open-air views of the Quay.