Pier One Sydney Harbour
Another harborside haven, 189-room Pier One Sydney Harbour boasts views of the dramatic Sydney Harbour Bridge and historic Luna Park funfair opposite, illuminated magically at night. It's a stone's throw from the Sydney Theatre Company's wharf base—an ideal location for thespians. It's also in walking distance of atmospheric old quarter the Rocks and new park Barangaroo. Breezy rooms and suites have nautical-inspired design touches, like wicker chairs and whitewashed wood panels. If outdoor seafood lunches on the pier appeal, head for The Gantry Restaurant & Bar at the hotel. Money no object? Then book into one of the four top-tier Harbour View Balcony Suites, some of Sydney's finest overwater suites with private decks. This one-off hotel is part of the Marriott's Autograph Collection of distinctive properties.