Sydney Hotels


Harbour Rocks Hotel


At a Glance


  • great location near harbor
  • ultra-stylish refurbishment
  • unique courtyard in the city


  • heritage rooms could be larger
  • Wi-Fi is an additional charge

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Harbour Rocks Hotel Review

Formerly a wool-storage facility, this four-story hotel was treated to a total redesign and refurbish in 2012 following its rebranding as an Accor McGallery property, which is a select portfolio of distinctive and individual hotels in Australia. Built in 1887 and converted into a hotel in 1989, the 59-room property has been stripped back to its foundations, exposing its original sandstone and brick. Everything is new from the carpets, beds, furniture, TVs, lighting and bathrooms, however, it retains its historical character and the bar (Eric's) and restaurant (Scarlett) are named after a pair of ill-fated lovers—a sailor and the madam of a brothel that stood next door to the hotel site in the late 19th century. The new lobby resembles a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves lined with old tomes, historic photos grace the walls, and the cozy bar doubles as the check-in counter. Five room types range from heritage rooms to the top-floor harbour suite with glorious views of the Opera House. A lovely new inclusion is the courtyard terrace on the ground floor, filled with greenery and bathed in natural light.

    Hotel Details

  • 57 rooms, 2 suites.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 01-15-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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  • Room  

    What a view

    Harbour Rocks made our weekend, from the moment we arrived the very attentive staff went out of their way to make us comfortable. Having not been to Sydney for quite some time, they were able to help with directions and recomendations during our stay. We stayed in the amazing Penthouse, where from the loungeroom and privarate spa we had great views of the Opera House. We will deffinately be returning very soon.

    by Maeson, 1/29/07
  • Room  

    Great Staff & Location

    Really lovely clean Hotel with great atmosphere and very helpful and friendly staff. Cute Restaurant who do great cooked breakfasts.
    Close to all the sites, Harbour Bridge, Opera House and local transport. Staff happy to organise our tours for us, as they are very knowledgeable of the area and best tours for us.
    Would definitely stay again, felt right at home here

    by Renie1, 1/8/07

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