Last updated: October 4, 2020
We have outlined the best places to stay in Byron Bay, catering for different budgets, from comfortable 3-star hotels to luxurious 5-star resorts.
Tucked away in the far north of New South Wales, close to the Queensland border, Byron Bay is a popular beach-side town that attracts a great amount of tourists each year. Despite its growing popularity and influx of visitors over the years, Byron Bay has always been able to maintain its pleasant laid-back atmosphere.
While there are may be lots of options for accommodation in and around Byron Bay, it’s challenging to find a good hotel that both fits your personal needs and has a great location. We’ve done the research for you and have listed some of the best places to stay in Byron Bay, from pure luxury to budget hotels in the centre of town.
|Elements of Byron||Luxury resort|
|Watermark at Wategos||Luxury apartments|
|28 Degrees Byron Bay||Luxury guesthouse|
|Cape Beach House||Boutique B&B|
|Barbara’s Guesthouse||Relaxed guesthouse|
|Julians Apartments||Luxury apartments|
|The Lord Byron||Comfortable hotel|
|Hibiscus Motel||Comfortable motel|
Top 8 Places to Stay in Byron Bay
Below is our list of recommended places to stay in Byron Bay, ranging from basic 3-star hotels to awesome 5-star resorts with all the facilities.
Prefer an Airbnb? Check out these 5 top rated Airbnb spots:
- The Boat Shed
- Butlers At Byron
- Byron Central Apartments Deluxe Queen Loft
- Dove Studio with Garden Patio
- Byron Bay Bush Retreat
1. Elements of Byron
Situated west of the Byron Bay city centre on 22 acres of beachfront paradise, the popular Elements of Byron resort & spa provides unrivaled luxury in picturesque surroundings.
The resort consists of more than 100 private bungalows scattered around the property in a tranquil and natural setting. Each bungalow is spacious and beautifully designed with intimacy, convenience and eco-friendliness in mind.
Not only is the beach right at your doorstep, the lagoon style heated pool with swim-up bar is the perfect alternative. There are also several eco walking trails around the resort for you to enjoy.
Facilities also include an excellent restaurant that serves a variety of great food options and a comfortable lounge bar to relax with a signature cocktail.
And if you don’t have a car, not to worry, as the resort is connected to the Byron Bay town centre with a solar powered train service.
2. Watermark at Wategos
Facing Wategos Beach east of the Byron Bay town centre, the Watermark at Wategos provides self-contained luxury studios and apartments with frontage to one of Australia’s prettiest beaches.
All air-conditioned suites contain fully equipped kitchens, complete with Kleenmaid appliances and stone benchtops, comfortable outdoor entertaining space and queen-sized bedrooms.
Also included with each suite are a soundsystem, an LCD flatscreen TV, CD & DVD player, wireless internet and free on-site parking.
3. 28 Degrees Byron Bay
Perfect for couples, 28 Degrees is a private luxury guesthouse situated only a short two minute stroll from the heart of Byron Bay.
The guesthouse offers a small range of different types of luxurious rooms. The Private Plunge Pool room for example, includes a small pool, a private garden, an outdoor as well as an ensuite shower and king-sized bed.
Other rooms offer shared facilities such as a pool, gourmet kitchen, lounge and dining areas. Each air-conditioned room also includes free wifi, bikes, umbrellas and beach towels.
4. The Cape Beach House
Situated opposite Clarkes Beach and Byron Beach Café, Cape Beach House is a contemporary and elegant bed & breakfast, a short stroll away easy away from Byron Bay’s bars, restaurants and boutique shops.
Each air-conditioned suite in this family-operated guesthouse is individually styled with private ensuites, tea and coffee making facilities, kitchenettes, flat screen televisions and wifi.
Cape Beach House also features an outdoor pool, a sun deck and a comfortable open lounge area.
5. Barbara’s Guesthouse
Housed in a refurbished wood cutter’s cottage on a leafy street, Barbara’s Guesthouse is a comfortable and classy place to stay, minutes away from the beaches and the town centre.
All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, wardrobes, wooden floors, bedside tables, TV/DVD players and fresh towels and linen. All guests also have access to the pleasant outdoor areas and organic herb garden.
If you’re looking for a quiet little getaway that’s also close to the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay, Barbara’s Guesthouse may well be the perfect spot for your next holiday break.
6. Julians Apartments
Situated opposite beautiful Clarkes Beach, Julians Apartments offers luxury 4 star accommodation in one of the best locations in Byron Bay.
Follow the walking track to the Cape Byron lighthouse or enjoy a short stroll into town, all the highlights are easily accessible by foot.
Each apartment in this small complex of 12 offers a fully equipped kitchen and laundry, reverse cycle air-conditioning, comfortable living, dining and outdoor relaxation areas, television, WiFi and undercover parking.
7. The Lord Byron
Conveniently located along Jonson Street, a short 10 minutes stroll to Byron Bay’s main beach, The Lord Byron is a popular motel featuring a heated outdoor swimming pool and a full size tennis court.
Each room in this resort style complex comes with private balcony, free WiFi, air-conditioning, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
The outdoor tropical gardens feature barbecue facilities available to all guests. And Woolworths is just down the road!
8. Hibiscus Motel
The boutique-style Hibiscus Motel is centrally located right in the middle of town on busy Lawson Street, offering double rooms, twin rooms, two bedroom suites and small bungalows.
All rooms are spacious and are equipped with queen beds + single beds, flatscreen television, sofa, basic kitchen facilities and free WiFi. Each room also comes with free onsite parking.
Final Thoughts on Staying in Byron Bay
Byron Bay is one of the most popular seaside towns in New South Wales, if not Australia, outside the capital cities.
While there is lots of accommodation available in and around Byron Bay, it’s always recommended you book your hotel, or any other type of accommodation, well in advance. This holds especially true during busy periods, such as school holidays, public holidays and the summer months in December and January.
Before you make a decision on where to stay, make sure you have a good understanding of what is important to you. Some people prefer to stay close to the beach, while others prefer to stay a bit further away from all the action.
Once you’ve booked your hotel, be sure to read our other Byron Bay resources to help plan your holiday: