For a city that prides itself on its beaches, Sydney lets visitors down when it comes to hotels overlooking the waves. Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is an oceanfront property in the eastern suburbs that isn’t new, but it has had a massive tart-up.
The upgraded rooms have a beachy feel with photos of the local area on the walls. Not that you’ll be paying attention once you pull back the curtains – just outside is the bay, with Wedding Cake Island at its heart.
It’s an easy commute into the CBD, but there’s plenty around Coogee to keep you busy, including long walks and good snorkelling. The hotel even has two restaurants: Shutters (top), with its Miami vibe, and Estate Taqueria.
Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is located at 242 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034.
You can also take the 373 bus from St James Station, Elizabeth St to Carr St opposite Berwick St.
Double rooms start at AU$200; ocean-view rooms with balcony from about AU$245.