Park Hyatt, Sydney
Unbeatable Opera House views are a major selling point at this glass-fronted low-rise hotel, which sits right at the waterfront of Dawes Point (with direct views to Bennelong and those iconic, swooping roof peaks). Of the 158 rooms, the obvious choices are those with vistas and private balconies from which to enjoy them (identifiable by the categories with “Opera” in their names—Opera Kings, Opera Deluxe Twins). But all rooms are spacious, and share the same luxe, if understated, interiors—with cream-colored leather lounges; beds with padded headboards; and accent furnishings in brushed chrome, blond wood, and glass. The harbourkitchen&bar, with its mod-Oz menu and enormous harbor-view windows, is one of the district’s most popular tables; from the rooftop pool you can gaze up at the Sydney Harbour Bridge almost directly above. Circular Quay, with its ferry terminals, cafes, shops, and numerous buskers, is just a few minutes’ walk away.
Rooms to book: If you can’t spring for an Opera-view room, go for a City/Harbour King. Although these don’t look directly onto the Opera House, they have lovely water views and balconies.
Insider Tip: Want to relax before turning in at night? The Ikula Spa’s steam room and sauna are open round the clock.