With Australia’s cities the quietest they’ve ever been, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hotels have introduced some great initiatives to entice guests back. Here are some of the best family-friendly places to stay in Sydney
1. FOUR SEASONS SYDNEY
This luxury hotel is the only one in Sydney to offer a deluxe tent for little ones to sleep in inside. The specially designed tent is suitable for children up to 12-years-old, and is set up to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep with a full-size single bed, themed linen and your child’s selection from the pillow menu. It’s included with all suite bookings of the Family Fun Package, which also includes an in-room kids’ movie with snacks, bath and welcome amenities, and breakfast for the whole family at Mode Kitchen (which just won a Chef Hat in the Australian Good Food Guide for the second year). Meanwhile, parents can have some in-room fun of their own with the hotel’s new cocktail trolley, which offers bedside cocktails, by Grain’s bartenders, in the comfort of your room, or a deluxe bathing experience followed by dinner (in your bathrobe, if you wish) with unrivalled harbour views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The spacious suites are located on the top two levels of the 34-storey hotel; book an Opera Suite or Full Harbour Suite for front-row seats to view the city’s iconic landmarks. A Children’s High Tea is also offered Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. It’s made in-house by the hotel’s Alain Ducasse-trained French pastry duo, Elliott Roussel and Quentin Zerr, with jam, from Elliott’s grandmother’s recipe book, served with the scones.
2. HYATT REGENCY SYDNEY
This Darling Harbour hotel is offering a (Re) Discover Sydney Package, which includes a pass per person to either Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, a Sydney Opera House Tour, Madame Tussauds or Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Cinema. It also includes one a la carte breakfast per person per night, in Sailmaker Restaurant, and a flexible cancellation policy. The hotel is also offering up to 50 per cent off the second room when traveling with kids under 12-years-old, and late checkout, subject to availability. It’s available for bookings and stays until December 30, 2021.
3. SYDNEY HARBOUR YHA
Kids will love exploring the ruins of convict and early colonial dwellings, including pubs, bakeries and corner stores, at Australia’s largest urban archaeological dig at the Sydney Harbour YHA. Located in The Rocks, the hostel has family rooms with ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning that sleep up to four, and a huge rooftop terrace with panoramic views over Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. Free tours of the remnants on the ground level are held every Monday at 10am.
4. OAKS SYDNEY GOLDSBOROUGH SUITES
This heritage-listed hotel in Darling Harbour was built in the 1800s and was once used as a wool store. It now offers self-contained apartments with Wi-Fi, an onsite gym, pool, room service, powered by Deliveroo and TVs with streaming capabilities.