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Last updated: 31 July, 2022
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

For a luxurious urban sanctuary which just oozes style and sophistication, look no further than The Langham.

Located in the historic ‘Rocks’ district, Sydney’s first European quarter, this hotel adheres to the old motto that small is beautiful, with just 98 immaculate guest rooms and suites; some with excellent harbour views.

Despite its modest size this regal property is packed with delights, such as the day spa, glamourous indoor pool and superb culinary offerings. Guests have the use of a tennis (a rarity in this part of town) and a famous pink London cab to whisk them around the city.

It’s a short stroll to Circular Quay, home to the Bridge and Opera House, and Sydney’s heart. The restaurants and bars of Darling Harbour and Barangaroo are a short hop the other direction.

Surrounding area

Although officially part of The Rocks, this section of Kent Street is residential and quiet. It’s not the most atmospheric of immediate surrounds, but the wider ‘Rocks’ area is thoroughly gentrified and packed with cafes, old school pubs and small boutiques. It’s unquestionably the nicest, most upscale part of the city centre, with sandstone buildings that glow in the sunshine.

Nearby Barangaroo, the old container port, has been transformed into a glittering business, food and entertainment hub, complete with waterside restaurants, bars, cafes, artisan markets and art spaces.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[0.5 miles]

A unique and unforgettable adventure offering breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour and fascinating historical insights; the city’s ultimate must-do. One of the world’s great bucket list experiences.

Best for ages: 8+ | £110 | 2- 3 hours

The Rocks

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[0.6 miles]

The Rocks – the birthplace of European settlement in Australia – is atmospheric, quaint, vibrant and packed with great things to taste, see, buy and explore.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

Sydney Opera House

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1.2 miles]

Magnetic, enchanting and still remarkably modern, this iconic Opera House is a must-see. Walk around the outside or book in for a guided tour or performance.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Justice and Police Museum

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[0.8 miles]

This small museum, set in two former police courts and a former police station, was the original legal hub at the time of the settlers. Today it preserves the history of crime and punishment in the city, with exhibits on famous criminals, collections of weapons and restored prison cells.

Best for ages: 6+ | £7

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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1 miles]

Every city has an aquarium these days, but this is a good one, and great for kids with specimens from the Great Barrier Reef.

Best for ages: 4+ | £32

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Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1.1 miles]

Anyone interested in Australian history should head to this fascinating museum that showcases and explores Australia’s naval war history, Aboriginal history and its white settler history. Don’t miss the fully-restored, 19th-century tall ship the James Craig.

Best for ages: 8+ | £12

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