Sydney has a few hotels that are about 20 minutes to the airport, some of which are even right downtown with views of the Sydney Harbour. I chose the hotels that were the best rated by their guests for price, amenities and service.

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Editor's Top 4 Picks

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Book from ~$144 CAD
Popular downtown Sydney hotel with harbour views, indoor pool and kitchenette suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, local calls
  • Guests found the staff friendly and accommodating
  • Guests enjoyed meals on site, along with the free breakfast
  • Many guests liked the rooms for being spacious and well equipped
  • Guests loved the location near the waterfront, boardwalk and restaurants
  • Good value at this hotel, according to many guests
Cons
  • Several guests thought that the hotel should offer free parking
  • A couple of guests thought that the room interiors were in need of updates
  • Parking costs $7 per night
Cambridge Suites is ranked # 1 out of 5 hotel properties in Sydney. It has well-appointed rooms that guests gave high marks (8.9/10) for, along with an on-site restaurant serving 3 meals per day and a roof-top patio with views of the harbour. It has whirlpool and sauna and fitness centre. It's only a 2-minute walk to downtown and 18-minute drive to the airport. Freebies include breakfast and Wi-Fi. Parking is extra ($8.05/day), but certain rooms include parking in their rates. It has nearby access to the boardwalk.
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Book from ~$199 CAD
Indoor pool, fitness centre, on-site restaurant, downtown waterfront location
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers praised the harbour views from their rooms
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • A couple of reviewers enjoyed the indoor pool
Cons
  • A couple of guests thought that the hotel interiors appeared dated
  • A couple of reviewers complained about limited parking
This hotel shows higher rates (on the days I checked) by comparison but has an indoor pool. It also has an on-site restaurant, plus lounge but comes in with lower rankings (# 3 out of 5) and ratings (7.8/10). It's located in downtown the same distance to the airport (18 minutes). It offers free parking and Wi-Fi in all room rates, but breakfast is free in some rates only. It offers views of the waterfront along with direct access to the boardwalk.
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Book from ~$176 CAD
On Hwy 4, guests praised cleanliness & staff, but concerns about dated interiors 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several reviewers found the beds comfortable
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers said that their rooms were quiet
Cons
  • No elevator (two floors)
  • Many guests found the room interiors dated and in need of renovations
  • A couple of guests complained that the dining room for the free breakfast was too small
Comfort Inn is my budget choice. It's the lowest priced hotel out of all five in Sydney on the day I compared. It offers free breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi. It's a little farther from downtown (2-minute drive or 20 minute walk) and it has no elevator, pool or on-site restaurant. It's ranked # 2 out of 5 properties with a 7.9/10 average rating.
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Book from ~$152 CAD
Sydney hotel attached to convention centre with harbour view, indoor pool and waterslide
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot & cold breakfast, parking, 24-hr coffee & tea, newspapers, pets stay free
  • Numerous guests praised their clean and well-equipped rooms
  • The hotel's breakfast was complimented for its quality and variety
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Attached by a pedestrian walkway to Membertou Trade & Convention Centre
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer

4 Other Hotels Close to Sydney Airport Nova Scotia

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Book from ~$139 CAD
Harbourfront location, indoor pool, free breakfast and on-site restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Many reviewers found the location central for exploring the Sydney area by car
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the indoor pool
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Several guests described the interior decor as dated
  • A few reviewers found their beds to be uncomfortable
Location
This hotel is located in Sydney and is around a 20-minute drive from the airport. The area around the hotel is mainly residential and the hotel sits across the street from the waterfront. 

Downtown Sydney is an approximate 5-minute drive away or a 30-minute bus ride on Route 10 via the Churchill Drive stop, which is a 2-minute walk away from the hotel.
Parking
Parking at the hotel is free for the duration of your stay. Extended parking of an additional day or two after check-out may be available. However, the hotel notes that they are not responsible for any vehicles left in the parking lot after check-out. 
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Book from ~$111 CAD
Pet-friendly Sydney hotel overlooks harbour with indoor pool and well-liked fine dining
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot/cold breakfast, parking, pet stays
  • Guests described rooms as clean and comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their professional and friendly service
  • Location was convenient to town and area attractions
  • Guests really liked the chef-made meals at the restaurant
Cons
  • No elevator to 2nd or 3rd floor
  • Some guests found the hotel tired and in need of maintenance
  • The free breakfast got mixed reviews
Location
This hotel is located in Sydney, and is an approximate 20- to 25-minute drive from the airport, depending on traffic. The area directly surrounding the hotel is residential, with one side facing the Sydney Harbour. 

Downtown Sydney is a 5- to 10-minute drive away and can also be reached by public transit on the Route 10 bus. The closest stop is Churchill Drive, which is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The ride into downtown Sydney takes approximately 30 minutes.
Parking
Free parking is available for the duration of your stay. The hotel is open to offering extended parking for an additional day or two after check-out, however, it is recommended to notify the front desk in advance if this is an option you are considering.
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Book from ~$111 CAD
Oceanfront, free breakfast, helpful staff, clean rooms, no bathroom toiletries
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the informative and friendly staff
  • The hotel's breakfast was complimented for its quality and variety
  • Several guests enjoyed their clean rooms and comfortable beds
Cons
  • A few guests reported no toiletries and noise transfer in their rooms
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Book from ~$137 CAD
Attentive customer service within a 10-minute walk of North Sydney Mall
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Guests were impressed with tasty, plentiful food at the on-site restaurant
  • Rooms were clean, according to guests
  • Reviewers felt staff were focused on guest needs
Cons
  • Guests felt that the furniture needed updating
  • Some guests complained about noisy air conditioning units

Tips For Staying Near Sydney Airport Nova Scotia

Location
Sydney Airport, also known as JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport (YQY), is located approximately 14 km or a 20-minute drive from central Sydney. The area around the airport is mostly residential and industrial business locations spread out along Great Lake Road. 
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Parking
Both daily and long-term parking are available at the airport. The rates, which include HST, are $6.50 per day and $39 per week.
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Getting Around: Driving
The airport houses two car rental companies, Avis and Budget. Car rental rates will vary depending on when you are travelling, however, the average rate is approximately $65 to $75 per day for a standard car rental. 

The route from the airport into Sydney is quite straightforward, with the main stretch of the drive along Great Lake Road. It will take approximately 20 minutes depending on traffic.
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Getting Around
City Wide Taxi is the main taxi provider for the airport. A taxi ride into Sydney will take approximately 20 minutes depending on traffic and the average fare is about $15 for a one-way ride. 
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Getting Around: Public Transit
There is a public transit system in Sydney, however, there is no direct route to the airport. The closest bus stop from the airport is located at Cape Breton University on a route called Route 1 - Sydney-Dominion-Glace Bay, and is an approximate 7-minute taxi ride from the airport. 

Bus fares depend on which zone you travel to. Most hotels in Sydney fall under one or two zones from the Cape Breton University stop. Estimated fares are between $1.25 to $2.50 for a one-way adult ride and $1 to $2 for seniors aged 55+ and children aged 5 to 12. Children 4 and under ride for free.
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Dining
There is one restaurant on site, Chef Todd's Catering and Deli, which serves an all-day menu as well as take-out options and an espresso bar. 
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