Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Review – Family-Friendly Accomodation in Sydney

Watsons Bay family accommodation

Oh, how good is a room with a view?

And it must be said that Sydney Harbour was looking particularly gorgeous in the view from the lovely suite I stayed in recently at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

What a view to wake up to, gorgeous to go to bed too as well.


Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel view family accommodation

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel family accommodation
Not bad views in the middle of the day either.

Now then, I must get a grip and wrench my eyes away from the vistas.

Ok then, just one more… this was the view from the window of my room, looking south -west towards North Head. Sigh….

This 32-room hotel on the harbourside at beautiful Watsons Bay is certainly a place I’d recommend for families visiting Sydney (or even for Sydneysiders in search of a gorgeous staycation.)

Here’s why… the family loft rooms are really good. They are well set up with a king bed downstairs and twins singles up on a mezzanine level. So long as your children are old enough to be safe around mezzanines, these rooms are terrific.

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I especially loved the windows in the bathroom!

The second major reason why this hotel works well for families is simply location, location, location.

Watsons Bay has lots of cool kid-friendly things to do itself: Watson’s Bay Tea Gardens, the lovely beach, Robertson Park with its fenced playground, Doyles Fish Cafe, walks along the cliff tops, Watsons Bay Baths and more.

Check out our post on a walk from Watsons Bay: South Head Heritage Trail and Camp Cove Excursion.

Then too, Watsons Bay is close to Bondi and the other Eastern Suburbs beaches. The bustling busy city centre of Sydney with its musems and art galleries and more is easily accessible by ferry, and the journey is most beautiful.

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Back to the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. In summer time the hotel is all about sitting outside enjoying the views in the Beach Club – this used to be known as the beer garden when I used to come and enjoy beer, views and sunshine here in my 20s. Ah, happy memories…

Anyway, the interior dining room is the Sunset Room and it’s where I ate dinner and breakfast.

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It’s has the most lovely decor. Weddings and other functions are held here. How divine.

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There are actually several different types of accommodation. I was hosted in a Harbour View Deluxe King Suite, which I can highly recommend if you’re a mum in need of escape from family life.  I was and it did the trick nicely.

This room was just gorgeous, with a huge, elegant bathroom, comfy bed, heaps of space and the most gorgeous sliding shutters.

Sun streaming through shutters when I first woke up.
I slid back the shutters to reveal this view – glorious! (I set my camera to expose for the outside, so the room looks dark, but of course at the time, the room was light-filled and the outside looked really bright.)
Very calm colours comfy chairs, all very calming.
Our bathrooms at home look NOTHING like this.
One mum and her pyjamas and a king bed = great night’s sleep.
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A buffet breakfast is included in the room cost.
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Or you can pay a wee bit extra for a cooked breakfast. Yum.

What an epic post!

I’ll end up with a photo of my very favourite spot in Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, the comfy chair by the log fire. A winter wonder for chilly Sydneysiders.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel fireplaceCome summer, I’ll be outside in the Beach Club, but this chair by the fire was the perfect spot for some winter warming with the papers. 

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In the sumer, I must bring the kids here by ferry from Circular Quay – they would love that.

Is Watsons Bay a favourite haunt for you?

Does it bring back youthful memories as it does for me?

Happy travelling.



Grace Titioka Seana Smith Sydney BloggersI was a guest of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, and a very well looked after one.

Many thanks for the lovely room and for kindly shouting dinner for Grace from With Some Grace and myself. We really enjoyed our bloggy and twin-mum natterings in such lovely surrounds.

Dinner was yummy too!



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  1. says: Grace

    I still dream about how lovely our meal and conversation was that night!! And check out that bed and view!
    I’m going to drag Mr Surfer out there for quick childless dinner sometime soon!

    1. says: Seana Smith

      In the summer I will for sure get back over for dinner and to take photos of the Beach Club at sunset… and to have a swim at the Baths, I thought I might try that this time but chickened out – too chilly.

  2. says: Hotly Spiced

    What a beautiful part of the world and the hotel looks amazing. I too, would want to be seated next to that fire. I love the spacious rooms and the sunny aspect. It looks perfect for a weekend getaway xx

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Thanks Charlie, it feels a million miles from home rather than just across the Bridge and along a bit. We went to Jervis Bay at the weekend which was lovely but a four-hour drive each way… a city escape is much handier.

      1. says: budget jan

        Nope! On 1st Sept we head to Turkey and Cambodia, but we try not to fly further south than we have to (Brisbane) in order to fly north (from where we came), lol. We do love Sydney though. It was the scene of our first post children era holiday. We spent a week in Oxford Street. Now that would be a good post.

  3. We Often take holidays in Sydney during the Winter months. I have liked them on facebook and intend staying here when next we stay in good old Sydney Town.

    It looks like my kind of hotel and I know what you mean about the “beer garden” many wonderful memeories there too.

    1. says: Seana Smith

      It is a good idea, and we’re spoiled for choice. I’d love this spot for the summer.. am having a think about this summer as hubby is away over Xmas and not sure what to do… must discuss.

  4. says: Rae

    Now that’s what I call my style of accommodation. Just beautiful, thank you I will have a look next time I’m in Sydney. xxxx

  5. says: Johanna

    What a lovely hotel and I’ll definitely put it on my list for when I’m next in Sydney. Watson’s Bay also looks like a gorgeous location, and I like the idea of a ferry ride to the city 🙂

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Great to hear you are heading this way, I’m sure you’ll enjoy a meal at Watsons Bay and a walk around the beach.

  6. What a beautiful place to stay! I always try to stay in the Eastern Suburbs when I am in Sydney so I will have to start a pin board for gorgeous accomodation Ideas!!
    Thank you for sharing !
    LOVE the view Btw!

    1. says: Seana Smith

      I do love a night away from home.. and the Eastern Suburbs remind me of the early days here when I lived at Tamarama and was a barmaid – long ago and far away.

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