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Best Hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks to say goodbye 2021 and hello 2022

As I write this it’s really hard to imagine what New Year’s Eve 2022 is going to be like in Sydney.

We’re being told that by Christmas Australians will be able to travel out of the country again without special government permission (yes, our overseas friends, we haven’t been ignoring you, we just haven’t been allowed out to play).

And of course if we’re allowed to leave then that means more people will be able to come into the country too. Right now that feels like a foreign concept. Real life international travellers jetting back into Australia? It’s been way, way too long.

Personally I’m not counting my poultry before it’s incubated, as Moira Rose would say, and won’t really believe it until it happens. But if it does, oh boy will the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks be a great way to say seeyabye 2021 with a bang and welcome in 2022 with some sparkle.

While it’s too soon to know what restrictions will be in place for viewing the fireworks, we do know that once again Sydney won’t be having any 9pm family fireworks but there will be a midnight show.

With this (hopefully) being a return to international tourism in Sydney the top hotels are bound to book out for the big night, so the sooner you can snap up a room the better. But also be sure to book with free cancellation as you never know what our government will get up to with border closures.

But let’s hope for the best. And help you find the best Sydney New Year’s Eve hotel to start your 2022 right.

So which hotels should be on your wish list? Let’s take a look…

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Nestled between the two biggest stars of the night, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Park Hyatt is a prime location any time of year. Add in the New Year’s Eve fireworks and it’s no wonder this is one of the hottest hotels to be in.

This year the rooftop parties may not be going ahead, but you can still book in for one of their special New Year’s Eve dinners.

Park Hyatt Sydney New Years Eve Dinner Packages
Park Hyatt Sydney Opera Room, picture courtesy Park Hyatt

Shangri La Hotel, Sydney

With killer panoramic views of both the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House the Shangri La Hotel Sydney’s rooms with fireworks views get snapped up very quickly.

Keep in mind the 36th floor and the stellar vantage points offered by Altitude and Blu Bar are only for those who have booked and paid for a dinner reservation.

Sydney New Years Eve fireworks as seen from Shangri-La Hotel, image credit by Paul Reiffer

Of course, you don’t need to be staying at the hotel to sip champagne and dine in this prime location with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the spectacle outside. So if you miss out on a room you can always book in for a late dinner. Though how much sweeter would it be to head downstairs to your room rather than out into the night air to find your way home as the year begins? Little wonder their rooms go so quickly.

The Macleay

Talk about front page views, The Macleay’s rooftop is where the Daily Telegraph photographers have taken their Sydney New Year’s Eve photos for more than ten years.

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A mix of hotel rooms and serviced apartments, The Macleay in Potts Point looks out over Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and city skyline all laid out before you.

Guests who book Harbour View rooms also get access to that coveted rooftop position, and it’s so good the phone starts ringing on New Year’s Day with people trying to book for the next New Year’s Eve.

For the record, New Year’s Eve reservations open on the 5th of January and while they’re usually booked out by May I’m told it’s worth checking in as cancellations can happen. Who knows, you might just get lucky.

The Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney

Get the right room at Sydney’s Four Seasons and you can watch the fireworks over the Opera House from your bubble bath.

But don’t get any ideas about throwing a bubble bath party with all of your friends; this hotel is so hot on New Year’s Eve that public access is limited. Guests are given two visitor passes per room in case they’d like to invite someone up, and no, they won’t be replaced if you lose them so don’t try that old line.

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Keep in mind that the fireworks can only be viewed from the Full Harbour View Rooms. At the moment it’s too soon to tell what’s going to happen with access to Circular Quay for New Year’s 2022, so if you’re not booking a harbour view room check with the hotel first to find out the latest updates on whether you’ll be allowed to pop outside and look up at the fireworks.

Four Seasons Sydney Presidential Suite dining room
Four Seasons Full Harbour View Junior Suite, picture courtesy Four Seasons Hotel

Pier One Sydney Harbour

Right on the water and just on the west side of the Harbour Bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour is another top hotel with an enviable position.

Some rooms have private balconies where you can stand and look up at the bridge beside you, but if you miss out on a room with a view you can step out onto the pier and join the fireworks front row.

Pier One Sydney Harbour balcony image Jarrad Seng Sydney New Year's eve

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

On the Opera House side of Circular Quay in the middle of the action you’ll find the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour.

In years gone by when people could move freely at New Years some people camp out all day to be in front of the Pullman Quay Grand at midnight. An area that the hotel’s guests could pop in and out of as they pleased.

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This year it’s still too soon to tell what restrictions there’ll be on moving around Circular Quay, but those guests on the garden side should be able to find some viewing spots in the foyer and on the pool deck, while those with Harbour Bridge views from their room are unlikely to be going anywhere.

Pullman Quay Grand Quay Sydney New Year's Eve Fireworks

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

The Sir Stamford at Circular Quay’s rooftop is usually closed to hotel guests, but this is one of those times when exceptions can be made.

While they used to have more of a stand up and mingle sort of rooftop party, for New Years Eve 2022 the hotel will be hosting a sit down dinner paired with matching wines and of course sparkling wine for the fireworks. The New Year’s Eve at Sir Stamford dinner is open to guests and non guests who get in before it’s sold out.

As for staying at the hotel, some rooms look out onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge but guests who don’t have that winning view and prefer not to go for the dinner and rooftop option can pop outside to be close to the action when it’s fireworks time.

InterContinental Sydney

While the Sydney InterContinental’s rooftop lounge is usually prime fireworks real estate unfortunately for New Years Eve 2022 it will be closed for renovations so won’t be part of the fireworks fun.

But if you manage to get a room with a view, this is still a top Sydney hotel to ring the new year in. And if your room is facing the other way you’ll be able to slip outside to catch the action.

So there we have some of the best hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks.

If you’d rather find an Airbnb or private residence I have a whole other story covering you with gorgeous Sydney harbour view studios, apartments and penthouses.

Keep in mind if you’re going to be in Sydney for New Year’s Eve it’s one of the busiest times of the year, so it’s best to also plan ahead if you want to do any tours or maybe a champagne cruise on the harbour.

You can find all sorts of great things to do in Sydney here. So there we have it, some of the best Sydney hotels for fireworks magic on New Year’s Eve. But how about you? Have you had a wonderful New Year’s in Sydney and loved your hotel? If so do let me know and I’ll make sure to check them out for next year.

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