6. Terminus Hotel
Ideal for bargain hunters
From dockers to partygoers, the Terminus Hotel has served everyone since pouring his first beer in the mid-1800s. But as the Pyrmont district fell into decline, one of Sydney’s oldest pubs was finally forced to close in the 1980s It was restored in 2018, with whitewashed walls and heritage details preserved. Only two bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms while the other guests share modern bathroom amenities with rain showers. The price is a bargain considering the location: browse the catch of the day at Fisherman’s Wharf, stop for a show at the Lyric Theater or stay for live music at the Tram Bar. Rooms: From AUD79 (£42).
7. The Ultimate
Ideal for astrologers
It’s written in the stars of this horoscope-focused boutique hotel in the heart of the CBD. The Ultimate offers guests a city guide based on their astrological sign, while a personalized astrology package includes a bespoke moon map and a private consultation with the resident astrologer. Each of the 95 rooms is light and bright, with exposed brick walls soothed by neutral tones and pops of colorful artwork. Let fate guide you to a bargain at the sprawling flea market across the road, or sample East Asian cuisine in bustling Chinatown, just around the corner. Rooms: From AUD129 (£68).
8. Sydney Park Hotel
Ideal for party people
Presenting itself as a “real pub” with charming accommodation, Sydney Park Hotel has just eight bedrooms, ranging from compact doubles to oversized kings, with a shared living room and fireplace. Downstairs, the pub’s kitchen serves well-prepared local specialties — think burgers and nachos — as well as dishes inspired by the owner’s Irish roots. There’s no shortage of wine bars, beer gardens and even more pubs in nearby St Peters either. Keep in mind that the layout of the building means there are no suites and guests share single-sex bathrooms. Rooms: From AUD89 (£47).