Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

100 Murray St., Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales, 2009, Australia

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Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
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Satisfaction Very Good
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 24% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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  • Families80
  • Couples77
  • Solo79
  • Business63
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    Sydney's Waterview Hotels.


    If you are a water addict like myself and want good views of Sydney Harbour or the beach, here is a list which contains all of Sydney's hotels with excellent water views.

    1. Park Hyatt - Rocks - comes with a hefty price tag. Fab views of the Opera House and harbour.

    2. Quay Grand Apartments - Circular Quay - These apartments have fantastic views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    3. Pier One Sebel - The Rocks - This hotel is perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour minutes from The Rocks district and Circular Quay.

    4. Sir Stamford - Circular Quay - This traditional gem has wonderful views of Sydney Harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You do however have to ask for them, otherwise you will get the Botanical views.

    5. Star City Casino - Darling Harbour. The hotel have terrific views of Darling Harbour but again you do need to ask for direct Darling Harbour views.

    6. Blues - Wooloolmooloo - Perched on the waters edge just 5 minutes from the CBD.

    7. Four Seasons - CBD - Have terrific harbour views but mostly are on the higher level floors.

    8. Quay West Apartments - These apartments have excellent views especially from the higher level floors.

    9. Shangr-la - The Rocks - Super views of the harbour from their higher level floors.

    10. Novotel - Darling Harbour - Waterfront location offering great harbour views.

    Unique Quality: NORTHERN SUBURBS

    1. Harbourview - North Sydney - lovely harbour and Sydney Harbour views. Ask for higher level floors.

    2. The Sebel - Manly Beach - Directly across the road from Manly Beach. Super views of the beach. Ask for direct beach views not side views.

    3. Manly Pacific Hotel - Manly Beach - Situated across the road from Manly Beach. Ask for direct beach views not back views.

    4. Jonah's - Whale Beach - Gorgeous small hotel with stunning beach and cliff views.


    1. Swiss Grand Hotel - Bondi Beach - Fabulous location with direct beach views.

    2. Hotel Bondi - Beachfront moderately priced hotel with sea-views.

    3. Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel - Coogee Beach - fab beach views.

    4. Rydges - Botany Bay - excellent airport hotel with beautiful views of Botany Bay.

    6. Crowne Plaza - Coogee Beach - Terrific beach

  • Just the best spot...


    Back in Sydney over the weekend before flying back to HK so decided to stay in Darling Harbour rather than be stuck in the city centre. DH is where all the al fresco waterfront restaurants and bars are and there is always lots of events or entertainment happening. Indulged us a bit and opted for a Harbour View room for $295 but well worth it to wake up to the sun and a beautiful outlook. A big hotel (500+) rooms but very helpful staff and terrific little business centre; high speed internet and wireless too which is a real plus. The seafood buffet on the Saturday night was great value and we hoed into a ton of smoked salmon, oysters and crab – all you could eat. Finished off with coffee in the lounge bar (called Liquid…one day hotels will get a bit more creative with their outlet names!) which had a terrace overlooking the harbour and city. All in all a very pleasant way to weekend in Sydney.

    Unique Quality: Sensational location right amongst everything, views from Harbour rooms are great, nice terrace overlooking Darling Harbour for breakfast and drinks

    Directions: Overlooking Darling Harbour, easy cab ride from airport or shuttle, monorail to CBD

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    Exceptionnal location


    I usually prefer smaller hotel but this one was very convenient about its Sydney's location.

    This 525 rooms hotel is very well located in Darling Harbour with great city views. My room was clean, spacious with all standard equippements. You could reach within a short walk the Aquarium, IMAX, shopping, the Powerhouse Museum, Maritime Museum Chinese Garden and lots of restaurants, cafes and clubs. Just to the front of the hotel there is a monorail stop to travel around.

    At the hotel you will find a restaurant, a lounge bar, a gaming lounge, a swimming pool, an outdoor private closed parking and a fitness center .

    You could easily rent a car from the hotel to do a day trip excursion as I did to the Blue Mountains.

    Unique Quality: Very well located in Sydney center. All main attractions are easily reachable within a short walk.

More about Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

Liked Novotel Darling Harbour a lot

by TripAdvisor Member brinny

We stayed at the Novotel Darling Harbour on 2 separate occasions during our OZ trip and liked it a lot.
We booked online the first time and could only get a 10th floor Pyrmont view room which is at the back of the hotel with a view over rooftops.
On our second stay at the end of our holiday we booked a harbour view room--although the first room we were given had a view it wasnt so good but when we returned to Reception to enquire if there was a room with a better view we were given a huge room with a terrific view so its worth asking.

This is a big bright tourist hotel in a great position right on Darling Harbour just behind the restaurant/shopping complex.
We thought it had a really buzzy atmosphere, good rooms and excellent breakfast.
What we will remember though as well as the great harbour view room is the service we got from Reception re changing rooms and more especially from the Concierge (called Sodif )who was amazingly helpful via email about our plans for New Years Eve even though at the time of helping us we were not staying at the hotel and werent due to stay until Jan 4th.

Highly recommended for travellers who are happy to be a little further from Circular Quay ,We also thought Darling Harbour had better restaurants than Circular quay although admittedly we didnt go to the expensive ones there.

Darling Harbour

by lindyz

Many hour, days, weeks can be spent here - there is indeed something for everyone!

Darling Harbour would have to be Sydneys most popular leisure and entertainment waterfront destination.

These are just a few of the things you can do here:-

40 restaurants, 30 bars and numerous cafes
IMAX Theatre
Outdoor parks and playgrounds
National Maritime Museum
Powerhouse Museum
Chinese Friendship Gardens
Star City Casino
Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Sydney Entertainment Centre
PLUS many shops and places to stay.

We have stayed at the Novotel Darling Harbour and I have also stayed at the Medina Darling Harbour. There are some great shows at the Star Casino - I have seen The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

There is also the ever-popular Monorail to get you around. It does a continuous loop through Darling Harbour and Central Sydney.

Excellent value

by TripAdvisor Member Smith_P&L

We stayed here for two nights (25th and 26th September 2006) in a room with a Harbour View and we were not disappointed. The view from our window was nothing short of spectacular during the hours of darkness.
The monorail stops just outside for easy access to the shopping centres of Darling Harbour and the hotel is close (within walking distance) to many other attractions and good restaurants.
We only had one meal in the hotel (breakfast on our second morning) but my husband maintains that it was better than other Novatel Hotels he has stayed in in Europe.
The entrance to the hotel gives the appearance of being in the centre of a large car park and is not very picturesque but can be forgiven for the views afforded over the water at higher levels.
The staff were friendly and helpful and the room was clean, of adequate size and comfortable.
We were moving on to stay with relatives so our stay here was short but I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel as a base camp for Sydney.
One thing to remember is that there is a second Novatel Hotel near to Darling Harbour which is set back slightly from the harbour - make sure you choose the one with the views!


by TripAdvisor Member expectant customer

I walked into my room for the first time, to see the night lights of Darling Harbour opposite. A really great view that I remember this hotel for. You can get the overhead railway from nearby, and so get around Sydney very easily from here.
Drink in the bar was fine, looked at the great view while sipping a cold beer.
The room itself was comfortable, a good bed so a good nights sleep. Laundry service efficient and good.
Reception generally OK, good internet access with about 5 PC's in an Internet room.
Breakfast was a busy affair, a busy hotel. I could not really fault it, maybe just avoid peak times.
Did not try: Gym facilities, dinner in the hotel.

something special..

by TripAdvisor Member johnn

came here after 3 nights in the rocks district, had a beautiful harbor view room, reception staff was very welcoming and effective at getting us through the business end to our room on the 8th floor, room was very clean and ready for us. would definitely recommend this location and hotel to everybody, right across a walkbridge is the harborside mall, with a great variety of restaurants and bars located right outside, really enjoyed the waterfront grill..

Terrible water pressure

by TripAdvisor Member physioT

We stayed here for one night and won't be coming back for more. The water pressure in our first floor room was terrible. It was slightly better than a dribble. A garden hose would have done a better job! I also stood in the shower for about 2-3 minutes before I had decent hot water.

On a more positive note, this hotel had great block-out blinds, so that my husband and I slept in till 9:30am. Pure bliss!

Fabulous location.

by TripAdvisor Member Elainedavies

Just got back from a month touring of Oz and wanted to review the Novotel.
I would certainly recommend anyone staying there to ask for a harbour view because the view is spectacular from the room. We didnt pay for a harbour view, but just asked for an upgrade when we arrived and got one without any problems.
Staff here were very helpful and rooms very clean and tidy. Above average.
The pool was small and a little dirty to be honest.
The cooked breakfast a little cold but continental breakfast wasa good choice and reasonably priced.
Great location though and really didnt have any complaints.

Forum Posts

Alternative to Novotel Darling Harbour

by batavia_rose

dear members,

i am looking for an alternative to the novotel at darling harbour where i have been staying during previous visits. as far as i can remember there are lots of good hotels in the rocks are. i do not really like the novotel because it's too "business-like" and hectic. the only reason why i kept returning there was only because it's right on darling harbour.

who has information for me (from personal experience) about any good alternative hotel, starting at USD 120.-?

highly appreciated!


Re: Alternative to Novotel Darling Harbour

by lou31

Hi Jo,
Friends and I stayed at the Metro Apartments, Darling Harbour. Not sure exactly what sort of accomodation you want but these are fully self contained units. See my travel page for Sydney. Two storied units, balcony and fantastic view. They are on the cnr of Sussex and King sts and within walking distance to The Rocks, Chinatown, Paddy's Markets, Cockle Bay etc. And the famous pub where Mary Donaldson met Prince Frederick is right accross the road!

Re: Alternative to Novotel Darling Harbour

by colin_bramso

Most of the hotels in Sydney are mainly business oriented, about 80% of their guests are business people through most of the week.
One that has a different feel is in The Rocks, it's now called Old Sydney Holiday Inn. That has a more relaxed style about it. I've got the details on my Sydney page Tips.

Re: Re: Alternative to Novotel Darling Harbour

by llauraa

Hi there - there are loads of hotels overlooking Darling Harbour ( both sides ie City and Pyrmont) and for $US 120 which would convert to say ....$160-170 AUS depending on the current rate would get you something nice. Depends on what time of year also. You could check out the Four Points can be about $220 but sometimes for longer stays or midweek specials it comes right down. It is lovely new and modern hotel right on Sussex and yes just up the road from the Slipp Inn and Cockle Bay - walking distance and Darling Harbour. You could go to and they all sorts of lists of hotels there. Ps even if you dont stay at the Sheraton, go for the seafood buffet lunch - to die for!! Try Pyrmont - there are so many apartment complexes there and it is right on the Harour also- just the other side, across the footbridge - also try StarCity - the casino there. Sorry I dont have personal experience there - just a suggestion

Re: Re: Alternative to Novotel Darling Harbour

by swings

Hi Jo,
Check out Everything is listed on a big chart; you can see hotel names, star-rating, prices/dates available, etc.... They charge $3.30, I think, per reservation, which isn't very much, really.

Good luck!


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Address: 100 Murray St., Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales, 2009, Australia