Best Hotels in Australia
Waking up to a view of the Sydney Opera House or the white-sand beaches of northern Australia: whichever your preference, there's a hotel down under ready to pamper you. And that's great news, since you'll likely travel more than 7,000 miles to reach Australia.
Many of the continent's top hotels are being renovated, and you'll find buttoned-up service, whether you're looking to stay in action-packed cities or retreat to an elegant country estate with a fireplace. Read on for all of Australia's best hotels, as selected by T+L readers in our annual World's Best Awards survey.
No. 1 The Langham Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
One of the most livable lodgings in Melbourne is this popular, 25-story 387-room riverside hotel. An attractive alternative to the Central Business District hotels, the English-style Langham opened in 2005. It’s handily located at up-and-coming Southbank near the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Crown Casino entertainment complex, another hotel's neighbor, features restaurants by some of Australia’s leading chefs including Neil Perry and Guillaume Brahimi. The 11,410 square-foot Chuan Spa, features treatments inspired by the traditional Chinese garden, as well as an indoor salt-water pool (ideal for Melbourne’s famously fluky weather).
No. 2 Park Hyatt, Melbourne, Australia
This well-rounded 20-story hotel near Fitzroy Gardens downtown stands out for its Art Deco–style interiors and a top-notch spa; rooms in the aptly named Cathedral wing overlook St. Patrick's Cathedral. At Radii restaurant, Chef Paul Wilson Jean-Christophe Tomasi serves top-notch Mediterranean-style dishes.
No. 3 Lilianfels Blue Mountain Resort & Spa, Katoomba, Australia
Positioned on a bluff in southeast Australia’s Blue Mountains National Park, Lilianfels is a country house built in 1889 that has been converted into an 85-room resort and spa, set on two acres of English-style gardens. The proper British aesthetic continues inside: guest rooms, many with gorgeous views of the Jamison Valley, are filled with overstuffed furniture and antique floral prints. In the cream-toned lounge, you can hang out by the fireplace and take in an equally panoramic view while enjoying a steaming cup of jasmine tea, fresh scones, and homemade jam.
No. 4 InterContinental, Sydney, Australia
Just south of Sydney Harbour, the InterContinental hotel is adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens and only a 10-minute walk from the Opera House. Rising from the sandstone façade of the 1851 Treasury Building, the hotel houses a total of 509 rooms and 28 suites, each decorated in warm neutral shades with deep purple accents. Many rooms have built-in window seats with panoramic views of the harbor, although the most impressive vantage point is the rooftop club lounge. Additional amenities include a salon, a health club with an indoor pool, and two restaurants serving modern European and international cuisine.
No. 5 Park Hyatt, Sydney, Australia
Park Hyatt Sydney offers a prime location, directly across the harbor from the Opera House and a walkway’s width from the water. Top-floor suites and redesigned rooms are all part of the head-to-toe renovation of this landmark waterfront, which reopened in February 2012. Opera King rooms feature classic 20th-century furniture (such as Eames) and look out on the Opera House.
No. 6 Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, Australia
34 floors of polished, updated rooms and public spaces, plus the city’s largest outdoor pool and rooms with panoramas of both the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Wednesday through Saturday nights, live jazz performers play in the cozy hotel bar (try a signature martini while you listen).
No. 7 Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, Australia
Glass-and-concrete skyscraper featuring a grand three-floor lobby, along the harbor. Executive Level Opera House View rooms get you the vistas and Executive Lounge access.
No. 8 The Westin, Sydney, Australia
Former post office building with skyscraper annex in a central downtown location. It’s the city’s best hotel for business travelers, with plenty of executive-level amenities, while fitness buffs will love the workout rooms for their state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
No. 9 The Westin, Melbourne, Australia
Swirling grand staircases, posh chandeliers and the scent of white tea make a big first impression when you enter the Westin in Melbourne’s business district. The 400-square-foot rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, and both the wellness center and a 24-hour business center are at your service—just one example of how the hotel mingles business and pleasure successfully.
No. 10 Reef House Resort & Spa (formerly Sebel Reef House), Palm Cove, Australia
Breezy 69-room resort with three pools, a great spa, and an Asian fusion restaurant, between the rain forest and the reef in a beachside village just north of Cairns. Brigadier rooms 105–117 all face inward, overlooking the pools.