The colorful and quirky Medusa hotel reminds us of Soho in New York.
The Observatory Hotel
Combining boutique character with five-star service, this harbor-hugging hotel harks back to an era of gracious colonial charm. The cozy rooms are elegantly outfitted, the indoor pool lit by a canopy of tiny electric stars and the high tea is a rare treat. 89-113 Kent St., Sydney
Ravesi’s looks out across Bondi’s dazzling white sands from airy suites decorated in classic Aboriginal tones. Drift, a busy bar filled with beautiful people, sits beneath; the first-floor restaurant offers delicacies such as oysters prepared five different ways. Corner of Campbell Pde & Hall St., Bondi Beach
Exceptionally hip, Establishment is set in the heart of the city’s financial and shopping district. Party-goers love it, thanks to its drinking holes (one with a 42-meter marble bar), its restaurants (the best is est) and Tank nightclub. 5 Bridge Lane, Sydney
With its stylish timber façade and sleek décor, BLUE fits right into what is one of Sydney’s most fashionable locations (Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are said to have bought apartments in this luxury marina complex). Features include loft rooms, a seriously funky bar and a smörgåsbord of water’s-edge, high-end restaurants. 6 Cowper Warf Road, Sydney
Set in the heart of Darlinghurst, Sydney’s answer to Soho in New York City, the Medusa is snug, colorful, quirky and full of inner-city character. The rooms are individually decorated and the dog-friendly policy is unique among Sydney’s luxury hotels.267 Darlinghurst Road, Sydney