The Best City Hotels in Australia and New Zealand in 2016

Courtesy of The Langham
Photo: Courtesy of The Langham

Choosing the right hotel when visiting a major city can be a daunting task, as the range of options is often vast and varied. To help identify the very best urban stays in Australia and New Zealand, T+L asked our readers to rank their favorites based on facilities, location, service, food, and value as part of our World's Best Awards survey. Three Sydney hotels found their way to our top five. At the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, guests raved about the location. It’s situated within walking distance of the Sydney Opera House and is easily accessible by public transit — great for those who want to explore the full breadth of the city. The Langham, Sydney recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and it paid off — guests in the survey were impressed by the luxurious accommodations. And readers loved the views from the Park Hyatt Sydney. In Melbourne, the Grand Hyatt Melbourne is exciting readers, as well as The Langham, Melbourne, which offers guests the opportunity to stay outside the busy business district and experience the rich arts and culture scene that Melbourne has to offer. Not to be outdone, Grand Hyatt provides visitors group classes in their health and fitness center, as well as a sumptuous indoor swimming pool, steam room, and tennis court. Read on for the full list.

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No. 5: Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, Sydney

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
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Score: 88.17

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No. 4: The Langham, Sydney

the langham sydney
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Score: 88.85

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No. 3: Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Grand Hyatt Melbourne
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Score: 89.20

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No. 2: Park Hyatt Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney
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Score: 90.55

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No. 1: The Langham, Melbourne

Courtesy of The Langham
Courtesy of The Langham

Score: 90.91

This 388-room property sits near the Yarra River and is a great alternative to other hotels found in the Central Business District. The location is perfect for those looking to explore: it’s surrounded by the Arts and Leisure district and is also within walking distance of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Past visitors rave about The Langham's fantastic cuisine and the welcoming staff. One went so far as to say that it was “the finest hotel we’ve ever stayed in.” The on-site Chuan Spa offers a variety of therapies inspired by traditional Chinese medicine. The indoor saltwater pool is another plus.

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