Pier One Sydney Harbour
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This has to be the city’s most underrated hotel when it comes to Harbour Bridge views. We tried it firsthand and can guarantee it’ll take your breath away, along with $1499 per night if you book room number 214. It’s a stunning suite with a massive stand-alone bath overlooking the harbour and Luna Park.
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A 15th-floor suite with almost 180-degree views of Darling Harbour in a five-star Sydney hotel for $597 is, in our book, a bargain. Particularly, when it means dress-circle views of the water fountain, light and laser experience of Cockle Bay's Fantastic Oceans display during the Vivid season. Ask for room number 1591 – it offers the best Darling Harbour views in town.
Fraser Suites Sydney
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Any room ending with “06” on level 36 or above in this glassy high-rise is guaranteed to provide uninterrupted views of the Vivid displays at Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. It’s not as expensive as you might think – rates start at $340 a night.
Park Hyatt Sydney
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When it comes to Sydney Harbour and Opera House views, Park Hyatt gets the lion’s share. But it is room number 342 on level three where you want to be. With floor-to-ceiling windows and two private balconies, it frames the famous sails like no other hotel in the city. Of course, this privilege comes at a price – $1026 per night to be precise.
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Located on the 29th floor with unbeatable views of the bridge and the Opera House as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Australia Suite (room number 2900) is one of the most celebrated hotel rooms in the country. But if your budget doesn’t quite allow spending around $5000 a night, check into a Premium Opera House View Room. More precisely, book room number 2925 for a fraction of the cost (about $400) with pretty priceless views.
Four Seasons Sydney
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Another hotel room to break the bank – the Presidential Suite (room number 3406) perched on the top (34th!) floor of the Four Seasons for nearly $5000 a night. Also consider one of the Full Harbour Junior Suites, for which rates start at $674 a night. Ask for room number 3015 – located on the 30th floor.
Harbour Rocks Hotel MGallery by Sofitel
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There’s no dearth of hotel rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows in Sydney. But what about a suite with a rooftop terrace overlooking the harbour and Opera House? Just ask for the Harbour View Suite (room number 401) and be ready to pay about almost $4000 a night.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney
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The Pullman Quay Grand is another dark horse when it comes to Sydney hotels with harbour views – have you even heard of this one? Ask for the room 901, the Two-Bedroom Harbour View Suite, which comes with its own lounge and dining area as well as a fully equipped kitchen.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
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The newest hotel in the precinct, any room with a Darling Harbour view at this Sofitel will give guests front-row beds to the light show happening on the water below (splurge on a suite or luxury room if you want to watch the beams from the bath). It’s mere minutes’ walk to the restaurants and installations at Barangaroo, too. For pre-strolling drinks, mixologists in the hotel’s champagne bar have also created three technicolour cocktails based on Belvedere vodka to be served throughout the duration of the festival.
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
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There are two Novotels in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, so make sure you book the right one: the Murray Street location. While you’re at it, ask for the Loft Suite (room number 1017). Rates start at $339 a night – a small price to pay for sweeping Sydney skyline views and the flickering Cockle Bay splendour during Vivid season.
Sydney Harbour Marriott
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With nightly rates starting at $448, the Opera View room (room number 2505) at the Sydney Harbour Marriott with inspiring views of the Opera House is a veritable bargain.
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Enjoy 83 square metres of real estate complete with a separate living room as well as sweeping harbour and Opera House views by checking into the Executive Grand Harbour View Suite (room number 1507). From $743 a night.