Shangri-La Hotel Sydney Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Due to its location in The Rocks, a charming, historic area within walking distance of the Central Business District, this exclusive hotel is popular among business travelers. The large and bright rooms have high-tech amenities, work desks with comfy chairs, and big marble bathrooms complete with separate showers and soaking tubs. The hotel has two bars and two restaurants, one on the 36th floor that is a destination restaurant in Sydney. Amenities are extensive, and include a peaceful indoor pool, modern fitness center, and serene spa, perfect for unwinding after a long day of work.
BLUEHotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This luxurious boutique boasts 100 rooms and lofts with posh, nautical style, as well as iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and well-stocked minibars. Though the hotel is popular among all types of travelers, there are some features especially convenient for the business visitor including large, elegant work desks in every room complete with several power outlets, and a small fitness center. The hotel’s hot spot, WaterBar, is an impressive cathedral-meets-warehouse lounge with an extensive food and cocktail menu, stylish seating, stunning high ceilings and an overall ultra-cool ambiance. It’s a bit removed from the Central Business District, but the area is a popular dining destination, near high-end restaurants and bars.
Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This bright, contemporary luxury hotel has a convenient location for business travelers in the Central Business District, just south of The Rocks and Circular Quay. The minimalist rooms have minibars, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and (in some) beautiful harbor or city views. The hotel has two trendy restaurants and two bars, a tiny fitness center, a small but contemporary spa, and an attractive indoor pool. The conference spaces and meeting rooms are well-equipped and can be adapted to the company’s needs in terms of seating arrangements, catering and technology.
Swissotel Sydney Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Business travelers wanting to stay in the Central Business District will find the luxurious Swissotel to be a great pick. The 359 rooms are what you'd expect from an upscale chain – contemporary, comfortable and spacious, with high-end amenities such as flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars, brand-name toiletries, and electronic safes. Executive level rooms come with extra perks, including free breakfast, nightly drinks, and Wi-Fi. JPB restaurant offers Australian cuisine in a fine dining setting, while the Crossroads Bar is a stylish, casual place for high tea, cocktails and light snacks after a long day of meetings.
Pullman Sydney Hyde Park Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Located just off Hyde Park in Darlinghurst, the Pullman is an upscale, business-oriented property with many meeting spaces and a business center. Common spaces feel posh -- the lobby exudes class and sophistication with fresh orchids, marble floors, and a cozy guest lounge -- and the rooms have chain-like contemporary decor, with bright accent walls, high-tech amenities, and stylish artwork on the walls. The kitchenette amenities, including microwaves, coffeemakers, and toasters, are a bonus, especially for longer stays. The classy Windows on the Park restaurant, with its beautiful views of Hyde Park, is worthy of a luxury hotel, as if the rooftop pool with great city views -- but the fitness center is small, and there’s a fee for Wi-Fi.
Diamant Hotel Sydney Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Situated outside Sydney's Central Business District near Rushcutters Bay Park, Diamant Hotel is an upscale, 80-room boutique. The style throughout is trendy and contemporary, and rooms have clean-lined, retro-modern furniture, dramatic headboards, crisp white bedding, and large, comfortable work desks. Convenient room amenities include iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and stocked minibars. Some suites -- such as the courtyard suite -- feature private terraces and great views of the city. Guests have free access to the big and bright Anytime Fitness gym, but there is no on-site restaurant or pool.