One of Sydney’s most iconic suburbs, Bondi is a slice of paradise in the form of a 1-kilometre glimmering beach strip that is home to some of the world’s best waves. It has evolved from a laid-back, bohemian surfer scene into a tremendous hub of vibrant dining and world-class shopping, attracting backpackers from all over the world.
Nowadays, Bondi’s hip beach vibes blend resplendently with a big city energy, and its stunning accommodation options reflect this unique co-existence. From quaint seafront boutiques to high-end luxury resorts, here are the best cool and unusual hotels in Bondi, Australia (in no particular order)…
1. QT Bondi – an ultra-hip designer hotel that offers an artistic vibe and Instagramamble moments
Sprinkled with the hip spirit that makes Bondi so popular, QT is laid-back, attractive, and not afraid to show it. From the quirky pastel palette to the charming beach extras, the hotel is characterized by a carefree, frisky tone.
Upon entrance to the grand lobby, you will be greeted by a large central mural by Australian artist Shaun Gladwell, and a bright and colourful space embellished with beach-inspired imagery and pops of turquoise.
The guestrooms are bedecked with trendsetting amenities, including free access to current cinema movies, and stunning bathrooms topped with twin basins, rainwater shower heads, and bespoke curved bathtubs.
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2. The Blue Hotel Bondi – a cool, trendy and fun hotel perfect for Millenials and Gen Zs
Designed to appeal to an emerging style of traveller, the concept behind this stunning Bondi gem combines the abundant luxuries of a 5-star serviced resort with the comforts of home.
A restful haven for tech-savvy visionaries and entrepreneurs, the modern digital elements transcend the distinctions between social, professional, and cultural, fuelling them into a unique compendium of well-being.
Through its seamless blend of productivity and interaction, The Blue Hotel sets out to inspire a sense of adventure, and boasts 33 refined guestrooms decked out with modern accessories sharing a nod to urban living.
This digitally mediated retreat offers fully online check-in, and an in-app chat where guests can take advantage of a supreme, personalized service.
3. Bondi Beach House -a cute coastal boutique B&B with quirky details within walking distance from Bondi Beach
Inviting you to take a deep dive into the pure spirit of Bondi, this coastal boutique has been welcoming artists, surfers, holidaymakers, and the occasional Hollywood A-lister since the 1950’s.
Beautifully restored and refreshed, Bondi Beach House is the ultimate home from home to kick back and unwind, a mere two-minute stroll from the iconic waves of Bondi Beach.
The quirkiness of the vintage furniture and lighting choices, as well as the curated art collection, add a historic touch to an environment otherwise depicted by its modern, plush décor.
Each room features a distinctive character and is equipped with crafted oak bedframes and all-new organic mattresses, topped with beautiful French linens and hand-thrown ceramics.
4. Hotel Ravesis – an iconic historic hotel with trendy contemporary interiors that offers an adult-only accommodation
Featuring a pub, bar, restaurant and bottle shop, Hotel Ravesis is housed in a landmark four-story Art Deco building.
Its iconic arched windows have been painted in flamingo pink, and the interior design has been inspired by the coastal spirits of Cuba and Miami.
The open, breezy feel is complemented by bold artwork and large potted plants, and enriched by uninterrupted vistas of the beach. Each one of the 12 rooms is unique, and fitted with Mid-century furnishings upholstered in natural fabrics, with calming, neutral tones offset by bright splashes of colour.
A sustainably sourced Mediterranean-style menu curated by executive chefs features at the property, accompanying a seasonal signature cocktail and wine list.
5. Hotel Bondi – a chic charming beachfront boutique hotel located in the heart of Bondi Beach
Adding a dash of fresh charm to a building steeped in heritage beauty, here we have a breezy option for the modern jet setter. Hotel Bondi is characterized by its bright furniture and features many plants allowing the quintessence of nature to suffuse the eclectic ambiance.
Established in 1919, a recent refurbishment has seen the historic façade offset by a contemporary light aesthetic, welcoming guests to a graceful hospitality experience.
Each of the 37 guestrooms encompass the Bondi style through vivid hues and modern amenities, and boast either private or communal balconies with stunning views.
At the heart of the hotel is the fabulous Bistro offering a handcrafted seasonal menu, and a beer garden which has become vibrant, character-fused watering hole.
6. The Baxley Bondi – a contemporary and trendy homely hotel based in a leafy residential area
A boutique accommodation graced with a fresh new concept, this Hamptons-inspired retreat provides a luxury environment to the budget-conscious traveller, and boasts a prime location mere steps from the world-famous Bondi Beach.
The Baxley’s curated design and thoughtful amenities make it a perfect choice for a beachside getaway while offering a variety of room sizes enhanced with locally sourced botanical accessories, premium linens, and kitchenette facilities.
The hotel lives and breathes the area’s communal nature through its partnerships with local initiatives and community projects, and serves as a charming hub for locals, jet setters, and adventurists alike.
7. Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach Sydney – a cool and sleek aparthotel housed in a pastel-colored building
Located within the suburb’s newest and most vibrant dining precinct, these stylish, self-contained apartments are just footsteps from the shores of the pristine beach.
An eye-catching sandstone wall exposes the Mid-century inspired furniture in the lobby, forming an inviting space to kickstart your Bondi vacation.
Other design elements intended to set a relaxed tone include drop pendant lighting, bold carpets, and shades of blush pink.
The property boasts 111 apartments equipped with a quaint living area and a balcony, as well as two comfortably sized bedrooms where geometric-patterned cushions and asymmetric furniture add a flash of artistry to an atmosphere of refined opulence.
8. Miss Baker’s Boutique Accommodation Bondi – a colorful, kitsch, and fun party aparthotel to stay in Bondi
Brimming with luxury fixtures in a streamlined design, this graceful boutique complex combines a sense of modernity with eccentric décor.
The funky foyer greets you with a feeling that you’ve wandered into an exclusive art gallery, and in guestrooms, the sleek, industrial trappings coalesce with plush bedding and high-end amenities designed to soothe the soul.
Each unit comes with a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a well-appointed kitchenette with its very own dining area. A short 100 metre stroll takes you directly to the sandy shores of Bondi, meaning you can revel in the beautiful coastal charm with the utmost convenience.
9. Beach Road Hotel – an unpretentious eclectic hotel ideal for a relaxing stay
Owing to its supreme location across from a variety of artisan cafés and just a few minutes’ walk from the beach, the 23-room Beach Road Hotel caters to the modern, budget-conscious jetsetter seeking a stress-free experience.
An on-site family-friendly bistro with an outdoor beer garden provides a charming space to tuck into globally inspired cuisine as you connect with like-minded travellers.
There is always something to do here, whether that means hours of friendly competition on the pool tables, taking part in trivia Tuesdays, or listening to house DJ’s set the scene for an eventful Friday night. The hotel also boasts Bondi’s best-stocked drive-through bottle shop!
10. Lofty Loft in Bondi Beach – easily one of the coolest apartments to stay in Bondi perfect for Millennials and Gen Zs
Overlooking Bondi’s trendiest commune, this New York style loft is perched at the top of an iconic building, and is located a five-minute walk from the illustrious beach.
Sitting atop some of the best cafés, bars and restaurants in the area means a lazy stroll downstairs puts you in the midst of a dazzling social scene, yet this high-ceilinged loft provides a peaceful sanctuary to rest afterwards.
Flooded with light all day, you can simply chill out on a bean bag or among the plants on the balcony, as you soak up Bondi’s unique charm.
The loft is appointed with a plush sofa, traditional furnishings, and embellished with modern touches adding an elegant flair to your epic vacation.
11. Ultimate Apartments Bondi Beach – a casual boutique aparthotel that provides great amenities
A budget-friendly alternative to other high-end boutiques in the Bondi area, Ultimate Apartments boasts 44 fully furnished studio apartments, each equipped with kitchenettes.
The property features a private car park, and a graceful pool area and sun terrace unhindered by shading trees, designed for optimum tanning. Ultimate Apartments is connected to the rest of Sydney by a bus stop right outside the property, also putting the best of Bondi right at your fingertips.
Nestled in a quaint residential village, during your stay here you will be pleasantly detached from the bustling downtown, yet conveniently surrounded by many wine shops and artisan boutiques.
12. Bondi 38 Serviced Apartments – an unassuming aparthotel close to popular attractions
Combining understated luxury with an unrivalled location on Bondi Beach’s main drag, these fully furnished apartments provide a great base for either a short, romantic getaway or a longer-term residency.
Many feature breathtaking panoramas over Australia’s most iconic beach and exude a sense of coastal chic through sleek and streamlined trappings. The walls are ornate with Bondi-inspired artworks, while floor-to-ceiling windows reveal sprawling ocean views.
The property is conveniently situated in the midst of many exquisite restaurants, however, if you are craving a homely night-in, the in-room kitchens are both stylish and well-resourced. Another prominent feature of these apartments is the bathrooms, which boast honeycomb black tiles, expansive showers, and amenities by Aveda.
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