Shangri-La Hotel Sydney Rating: 5.0 Pearls
With sweeping views of both Darling Harbor and Sydney Cove, the Shangri-La is one of the most desirable hotels in the city. With 563 rooms, the hotel may not be intimate, but THE Asian-inspired interiors are luxurious, and the large and bright rooms have big marble bathrooms complete with separate showers and soaking tubs. Amenities are extensive, and include a peaceful indoor pool, modern fitness center, and serene spa.
Blue Sydney - A Taj Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The unique Blue Sydney has 100 rooms and lofts with a posh style that mixes bits of the original industrial warehouse look with a chic, modern design. 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. The sleek indoor pool with an outdoor sun deck is the perfect place to unwind with your significant other after a day of seeing the sights.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The chic one- and two-bedroom apartment-style units look out over peaceful green gardens or the beautiful harbor, and have floor-to-ceiling windows; modern, minimalist decor; big kitchens; dining areas; and cozy living rooms perfect for curling up with your other half. Amenities include a peaceful indoor pool, a fine dining restaurant and a trendy bar, both with great harbor views.
Quest Potts Point Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Everything about the 70 rooms in the chic Quest Potts Point hotel is luxurious, but small. Bright, stylish rooms have tiny, but very functional kitchenettes, great for couples who want an intimate dinner without even having to leave the room. Bathrooms are floor-to-ceiling marble and have sexy fogged glass doors. One perk here is the rooftop terrace, full of seating for taking in the views, and the location in the King's Cross area is great for experiencing the bohemian culture and nightlife of Sydney.
Diamant Hotel Sydney Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The style throughout this upscale, 80-room boutique is trendy and contemporary; the lobby has plush, electric blue seating, and rooms have clean-lined, retro-modern furniture, dramatic headboards, and crisp white bedding. Convenient room amenities include iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and stocked minibars, convenient for a romantic night in. Some suites -- such as the courtyard suite -- feature private terraces and great views of the city.