Since the Olympics were held in Sydney in 2000 travellers have been spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels. No matter what star rating you may prefer, chances are there will be plenty of options to choose from. This week we take a look a small but popular segment of that market, the five star hotel stay.

Hi there, I’m staying in Sydney for 4 nights in August. I’m thinking Sheraton in Park or Four Season/Club Rooms?? Any good advice would be appreciated

When it comes to 5 star hotel room pricing, it’s all about location location location. The closer a hotel is to the popular tourist spots; the more expensive it’s likely to be. Having a view rom your room of one of Sydney’s icons, such as the Opera House, can also help add to the price.

Four Seasons is my go-to brand. IMO Four Seasons Sydney is a massive weak link in the brand and not worth the coin. What’s your budget? If you can go with the Park Hyatt – you won’t regret it!

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Sheraton and Westin are both very good hotels. I prefer the exec lounge at Sheraton for better variety of food. Shangri-la club rooms are beautiful and they offer fantastic views of Circular Quay. Four Seasons is a bit tired, won’t be my first choice in SYD. Don’t bother with Hilton unless you need the stays to keep status.

With the view costing money at some places, often you can get better value by only having the view for part of the time, in the form of executive lounge access. The Shangri-La and Intercontinental are well known for their lounges offering an excellent vista. And during the day, you can enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee while soaking in the view.

If shopping is on the list of must do activities during your stay, then a hotel closer to that action may make better sense. The Sheraton on the Park and Pullman are both handy to the main shopping precinct while offering views of Hyde Park. Just a block to the north of Pitt St Mall you will also find the Westin, on Martin Place, another popular hotel with our members.

Depending on the time of year Sydney can be an expensive place to stay. Doing your research and understanding what each hotel offers can make the difference between an OK stay and a memorable one. Have you recently stayed in a Sydney 5 star hotel, share your experience HERE.

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