Quay West Suites Sydney

When it comes to iconic views of Sydney Harbor, the five-star Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney has one of the best. In our research, this hotel ranked in several “Top 10 views of Sydney Opera House” articles and is well known for its luxurious amenities.

Located in the historic Rocks district, Quay West is an optimal home base while exploring Sydney’s CBD and Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Bridge, and so much more. Visit the Botanical Royal Gardens and Art Museum or the famous Pitt Street Mall. Close by are Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach, Darling Harbour, and the ferry terminal is a few blocks away for easy transport. We chose Quay West for the experience, location, and convenience.

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You are in the right place! Quay West Suites in Sydney doesn’t flash large signs at their entrance.

Driving in downtown Sydney is a little tricky. If you make a wrong turn just before the hotel, you’ll end up crossing the Sydney bridge and have an incredibly long detour before circling back. We looked at this positively and were happy we experienced driving over the bridge.

The hotel only has valet parking. Pull your car up to the front entrance, and an employee will meet you there. Even though they are slow to park the car, the valet is quick to bring them around.

Entering the lobby, we were pleased with the friendly staff, beautiful surroundings, and convenient check-in.

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The Sebel Quay West Suites lobby is welcoming with simple elegance. The staff greeted us with kindness and took care of all our needs.

Living & Dining Room

Entering our apartment-style suite, we stepped into a small entry hall. It was a perfect place to leave our luggage for a time and take pictures. There was a closet with a small safe and pool towels near the door. Passing several doorways, we quickly walked straight for the living room to see our main space with its views. We were very pleased with the size but especially blown away by the picturesque views.

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The living room was large and had windows expanding across the entire wall. There was plenty of space, even with the sofa bed extended.

Aside from comfortable lounge couches and chairs, a large desk, and a spacious dining table, the TV offered room service ordering and on-screen billing info. For an additional fee, wireless wifi internet is available. Large mirrors were strategically placed on the walls near this space, giving an allusion of larger size and showing off the harbor views.

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Soak in the views of Sydney Harbour while eating from your dining table or relaxing after a long day of touring.

The spectacular views of Sydney’s harbour, bridge, skyline, and Opera House is hard to beat! Including The Rocks, Circular Quay, and the many ships easily seen from our windows.

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The actual view from room #1706 can’t get any better in downtown Sydney! Worth the extra penny.

The fully equipped kitchen was relatively small but was part of the open floor plan, facing the harbor’s grander view. There was a microwave, mini-bar with coffee and tea appliances to use. We didn’t use the kitchen for more than toasting crumpets and storing some mini-fridge items because of our tight schedule. The extra space was appreciated for easy access and organizing our edible treats.

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The brightly colored, modern design, yet small-sized kitchen still met our needs while staying in the suite.

There were double mini-fridges stored within the kitchen, one filled with mini-bar items for purchase, and the other was empty for us to stock.

Room #1

Quay West offers one or two-bedroom suites. We chose the two bedrooms for our family of five, knowing there was a sofa bed in the living room.

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Two-bedroom suite at Quay West Suites in Sydney

This first room has a queen-size bed and two separate closets with bathrobes hanging in them. Several of the bedroom windows have great views, including one of the Harbour Bridge. The flat-screen TV was useful for winding down at night and catching up with local news. There is a bathroom located within its doors, making this room the master suite.

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Well-polished marble encased the brightly lit bathroom.

Overall we were pleased with the cleanliness of the room and the facilities. One of the bathrooms had additional wear on the tiles, but it was easy to look past. This bathroom had a phone and a drain in the center of the floor.

Room #2

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The second bedroom in the Two Bedroom Suite at Quay West Sydney.

This second bedroom was a bit smaller but had a king-sized bed in it. No TV in here. Only one window with views of the freeway and a harbor channel. The beds were extremely comfortable, and the sheets felt freshly soft.

The layered curtains were terrific. If we wanted a little privacy while still enjoying the views, we closed the sheer black panels. Behind those were blackout curtains. We had to drop those down once the window cleaning crew came to work on our windows.

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The second bathroom was a smaller, with a sink, toilet, and a shower

There was a smaller, second bathroom located in the hall between the two bedrooms. It was perfect for the boys to share with easy access to their room and pull out sofa. A bonus; the shower heads were tall enough for our 6′ 8″ (203cm) son to use comfortably.

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In-room laundry made it easy for us to pack light and wash our clothes at various points on our trip.

The laundry facility had a decent size washer and dryer, provided laundry detergent, an iron, and an ironing board.

The Indoor Pool

Not only did the Quay West have a colossal Roman-style indoor infinity pool, but they also had a gym, spa, and sauna.

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The Greek style indoor pool on the 23rd floor has stunning views of Sydney Harbour.
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The outdoor deck is a great place to relax and enjoy the view.
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Night time relaxing in the hot-tub at Quay West Suites. With 10pm closing, there is plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the warm pool and magnificent views.

The Quay West Suites had great views, was clean, had friendly staff, and was perfectly situated to enjoy walking around downtown Sydney.

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Quay West Suites located in The Rocks of downtown Sydney is the perfect location for visitors. It is the center, tallest building in this picture taken next to the bay.

Day & Night Views of Sydney Harbour

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Capturing the sunrise from our room at Quay West Suites in Sydney.
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The view at night was just as spectacular as the day. I spent a lot of time sitting at the window enjoying the view of the city lights dancing off the harbor.


  • If you are not familiar with the area, study the street map before arriving and be careful driving.
  • Leave the car at the front entrance and eventually someone will come out.
  • Need refrigerator space or not planning on purchasing the mini bar items? Call in advance and have them remove those items from the room.
  • Buy crumpets at the local market and pick up small packets of butter and Nutella from the restaurant, free of charge. Enjoying toasted crumpets and the views is a great way to start the day at Quay West.
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