Stay in the heart of Sydney Excellent location – show map

Located in the historic Rocks district, Rydges Sydney Harbor (formerly Holiday Inn Old Sydney) features a rooftop swimming pool offering views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge. It offers modern rooms featuring a bathtub in an private bathroom.

All rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and a work desk. Each room offers tea/coffee making facilities and your choice of soft or firm pillows.

Rydges Sydney Harbor is just 3 minutes’ walk from Circular Quay and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House are 15 minutes' walk away.

Guests can relax in the spa pool, or enjoy the sun on the rooftop terrace. The 24-hour reception is located in a magnificent 8-story atrium with a glass ceiling.

The Lobby Lounge and Bar offers café-style meals and an extensive range of Australian beers and wines. An a la carte breakfast is served daily in Playfair Terrace Restaurant.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

Rydges Sydney Harbour has been welcoming guests since Sept 25, 2009
Hotel chain/brand: Rydges

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.6)

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly-rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, American, Buffet


When would you like to stay at Rydges Sydney Harbour?

Sorry, reservations for more than 90 nights aren't possible.

Enter your dates to check availability.

Your departure date is invalid.

Check-in date
Check-out date
Approximate prices in USD for a 1-night stay
Loading dates...
Something went wrong – please try again later.
Something went wrong – please try again later.
Something went wrong – please try again later.
Something went wrong – please try again later.
Something went wrong – please try again later.
Something went wrong – please try again later.
Something went wrong – please try again later.

4 reasons to choose Rydges Sydney Harbour

  • Prices you can't beat!
  • Booking is safe
  • Manage your bookings online
  • The staff speaks English
Property questions and answers
Browse questions from guests for anything extra you want to know about the property

The property usually replies within a few days

Thanks! You'll receive an email as soon as the property answers your question.

Hotel area info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
Excellent location – show map
What's nearby
  • The Rocks Markets
    0 miles
  • Sydney Visitor Centre
    0.1 miles
  • Cadmans Cottage
    0.1 miles
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
    0.1 miles
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
    0.1 miles
  • Circular Quay
    0.2 miles
  • Roslyn Packer Theatre
    0.2 miles
  • Pylon Lookout
    0.2 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Pancakes on the Rocks
    0.1 miles
Top attractions
  • Sydney Opera House
    0.4 miles
  • Hyde Park Barracks Museum
    0.5 miles
  • Harbour Bridge
    0.5 miles
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens
    0.6 miles
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
    0.9 miles
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
    1 miles
  • Strathfield Private Hospital
    6.5 miles
  • Bicentennial Park
    7.5 miles
  • Sydney Showground
    8.1 miles
  • ANZ Stadium
    8.4 miles
Beaches in the Neighborhood
  • Sirius Cove
    2.1 miles
  • Athol Beach
    2.1 miles
  • Lady Martins Beach
    2.6 miles
  • Balmoral Beach
    3.3 miles
  • Milk Beach
    3.3 miles
Public transit
  • Train Circular Quay Station
    0.2 miles
Closest Airports
  • Kingsford Smith Airport
    5.7 miles
  • Illawarra Regional Airport
    54.2 miles
How to get to Rydges Sydney Harbour from Kingsford Smith Airport
    Public transportation
Missing some information? Yes / No
Great! Thanks for your response.
Thanks! You'll receive an email as soon as the property answers your question.
1 Restaurant On Site

    Playfair Terrace

    Food: Australian

    Open for: Breakfast, High tea

Travel Proud

Travel Proud

This is a Proud Certified property where you can be extra sure of a welcoming stay.

Amenities of Rydges Sydney Harbour
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Happy hour Additional charge
Food & Drink
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kids' meals
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Baggage storage
  • Dry cleaning Additional charge
  • Laundry Additional charge
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Room service
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key card access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
  • Convenience store on site
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Elevator
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
Languages Spoken
  • English
Missing some information? Yes / No
Great! Thanks for your response.
Thanks! You'll receive an email as soon as the property answers your question.
Sustainability initiatives
This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules Rydges Sydney Harbour takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 2:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


Until 11:00 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 13 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.


When booking more than 9 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Mastercard Visa Eftpos JCB Diners Club American Express Rydges Sydney Harbour accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please note the rooftop and pool area at the property will be closed on New Year's Eve night (31 December 2020).

Please note that there is a 1.5% charge when you pay with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card and a 3% charge when you pay with a Diners Club credit card.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

The New South Wales Government has issued a mandatory code of conduct outlining the rights and obligations of people either hosting or renting accommodations on a short-term basis, including a complaints process.

FAQs about Rydges Sydney Harbour

  • Rydges Sydney Harbour has 1 restaurant:

    • Playfair Terrace

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Rydges Sydney Harbour by:

    • Train 20min
    • Taxi 35min

  • Rydges Sydney Harbour offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Happy hour
    • Swimming pool

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Guests staying at Rydges Sydney Harbour can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.7).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Gluten-free
    • American
    • Buffet
    • À la carte

  • Rydges Sydney Harbour is 0.9 miles from the center of Sydney.

  • Room options at Rydges Sydney Harbour include:

    • Double
    • Twin/Double

  • Yes, there's a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Rydges Sydney Harbour on this page.

  • The prices at Rydges Sydney Harbour may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Check-in at Rydges Sydney Harbour is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.