Best Places to Stay in Byron Bay (Hotels and Resorts)

Last updated: May 11, 2023

Where to stay in Byron Bay for your holiday? We have outlined the best places to stay in the Byron Bay area, from comfortable 3-star hotel accommodation to luxurious 5-star resorts.

While there may be lots of accommodation options in and around Byron Bay, it’s challenging to find a good hotel that fits your personal needs and is also in a great location.

We’ve done the research for you and have listed eight of the best places to stay in Byron Bay, from luxury hotels near the beach to budget motels in the centre of town.

Top 8 Byron Bay Hotels:

Hotel Details
Elements of Byron Luxury resort
Watermark at Wategos Luxury apartments
28 Degrees Byron Bay Luxury guesthouse
The 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 Byron Bay Hotels

Below is our list of recommended places to stay in Byron Bay, ranging from basic 3-star hotels to impressive 5-star resorts with all the facilities.

Prefer a hostel? We recommend the Byron Bay YHA, the best hostel in town.

1. Elements of Byron

Elements of Byron resort and spa in Byron Bay

Situated west of the Byron Bay city centre on 22 acres of beachfront paradise, the popular Elements of Byron Resort & Spa provides unrivalled 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.

While the beach may be right at your doorstep, the lagoon-style heated pool with a swim-up bar is an excellent 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.

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2. Watermark at Wategos

Watermark at Wategos in Byron Bay

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 sound system, an LCD flatscreen TV, CD & DVD player, wireless internet, and free on-site parking.

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3. 28 Degrees Byron Bay

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 a 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.

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4. The Cape Beach House

The Cape Beach House in Byron Bay

Situated opposite Clarkes Beach and Byron Beach Café, Cape Beach House is a contemporary and elegant bed & breakfast, a short stroll 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.

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5. Barbara’s Guesthouse

Barbara's Guesthouse in Byron Bay

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.

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6. Julians Apartments

Julians Apartments in Byron Bay

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.

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7. The Lord Byron

The Lord Byron in Byron Bay

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 a private balcony, free WiFi, air-conditioning, a 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!

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8. Hibiscus Motel

Hibiscus Motel in Byron Bay

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.

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Final Thoughts

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 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 decide 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:


Where to stay in Byron Bay (accommodation guide)


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