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Park Hyatt

The Rocks

The luxury den. She's just gone through a $60 million facelift and the outcome is a Park Hyatt hotel that's up there with the world's best. The location on the harbour is unbeatable and the service is exceptional. Whether you head there for scrambled eggs, a gourmet burger or just a snack, the Dining Room must be done on any stay. Sure, the place has a $500 price tag, but if you want the ultimate Sydney experience where you have uninterrupted views of the Opera House from your bed then this is it.

The Darling

Pyrmont

Hold the chips. Sydney's newest hotel has been worth the wait. Yes, it's in a casino and it's in Pyrmont, but don't hold that against the Darling, which is all about contemporary design and the latest in-room technology. The Darling boasts one of the city's best hotel pools and brilliantly, it's minus any kids which comes complete with poolside cocktail service. In the lobby, great classic cocktails are to be had, while The Star's top restaurants are just a skip away.

Establishment Hotel

Sydney

Love nEst. Tucked away down a back laneway, you'll have to forgive the cabbie when he needs GPS to find where you're supposed to be resting your head. Located at the back of the grand Establishment bar, Establishment Hotel is quite possibly Sydney's most underrated boutique hotel thanks to its stylish rooms, impeccable service, pure cotton linens and a fantastic concierge desk that really can get you whatever you want. Yes, even a finely crafted mojito in bed.

Blue

Woolloomooloo

Blue wonder. Down in Woolloomooloo, the poor folk at BLUE Sydney still can't shake the W Sydney tag (this hotel opened as a W hotel just before the Olympics before being bought by India's Taj Hotels a few years later), but that's not a bad thing. The place oozes style, sophistication and has more than an ounce of sex appeal. And you can bet W wish it was still one of theirs. Have a martini in the Water Bar before enjoying the high-ceilinged rooms with views over the Botanical Gardens.

Diamant Hotel

Potts Point

Kings Cross gem. When you check in, do whatever you can to try and score an upgrade to the Diamant's penthouse, an oversized three-bedroom apartment that has spectacular views over Sydney Harbour and a fantastic gourmet kitchen. If you don't stay up top, you'll still enjoy the hotel's cosy rooms for their design, comfortable beds and large LCD TVs.

Medusa

Darlinghurst

Puppy love. The Medusa is one of Sydney's original boutique hotels and to this day remains to this day one of the city's best, thanks primarily to love and attention proprietor Terry Schwamberg has given this huge Victorian terrace. You'll find early-2000 designed rooms that have retained their style, while the hotel is also pet friendly remarkably, one of the only boutique hotels that still is nowadays.

Kirketon

Darlinghurst

Cocktail haven. Tucked away at the back of The Kirketon is Eau de Vie, a bar that has taken the cocktail world by storm over the last 18 months, winning a swag of Time Out gongs for classical cocktails and refined, friendly service. Like the back bar, the hotel is similarly stylish in its design and more than impresses with its service and Darlinghurst location.

Vibe Hotel - Rushcutters

Rushcutters Bay

Skipper's palace. Just a few minutes down the hill from the action of the 'Cross is Vibe Rushcutters, a hotel that rates highly for its prime waterside Rushcutters Bay location a hop across the park from Sydney's home of sailing, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. You're also a two minute walk from Maurice Terzini's Neild Avenue restaurant and bar and don't be surprised if you take home the Vibe chillout CD that's playing when you walk into your designer room.

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