Headed to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023? We give you the best hotels to book in the 9 host cities

Here’s our pick of the hottest hotels for you to check into if you’re travelling to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

Are you a soccer enthusiast who travels to watch a good game? Then, like the half-a-million other enthusiasts who have already bought tickets to attend the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand later this year, you’ll probably have plans to catch all or some of games too.

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International women’s football is growing in popularity. The FIFA Womens World Cup 2023 will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in July and August this year. Image: Shutterstock/A Ricardo.

For those who’re late to the party, the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup competition, the tournament that’s going to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand is scheduled to take place from July 20 to August 20, 2023. For the first time, the format is being expanded to 32 teams instead of 24, similar to the Men’s World Cup. The United States are the defending champions, having won the previous two tournaments.

If you haven’t already decided on the right place to stay in each of the cities, we did the groundwork to find the most luxurious hotel properties with the best access so all you need to do is go ahead and book.

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

The location: Hindmarsh Stadium (also known as Coopers Stadium) is receiving a 45 million AUD revamp ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. Considered by many to be the best football stadium in Australia, it boasts an immaculate playing surface coupled with an intimate ambience and great viewing.

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Ready for the best football stadium in Australia? Image: Courtesy Coopers Stadium.

It will play host to five FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 games, including four Group stage matches and one Round of 16. If you’re planning to catch one of them like the Morocco versus Korea Republic game at this stadium, you’ll be just five minutes from central Adelaide, a good neighbourhood to spend time in.

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The Oval Hotel is perfectly positioned in the heart of Adelaide at King William Road, on the Torrens Riverbank. Image: Courtesy the Oval Hotel.

The hotel: Located at the iconic Adelaide Oval sports venue, this hotel’s contemporary design and fabulous parkland views are complemented by its award-winning dining at the much-lauded Five Regions restaurant and the Bespoke Wine Bar & Kitchen. Besides, with Adelaide’s bustling CBD and parkland festivals on your doorstep, and world-renowned wine regions, tourist destinations and beaches just a little further afield, there’s a lot to explore from the Oval apart from the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

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The aptly named Cathedral Suite. Image: Courtesy the Oval Hotel.

Venue: Coopers Stadium | Property: Oval Hotel | Distance from the game venue: 5 kms.

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

The location: If you’re heading to the opening ceremony and match between New Zealand and Norway in Auckland’s Eden Park on July 20, 2023, take a moment to appreciate New Zealand’s largest, most iconic stadium, which has been home to Auckland cricket and rugby for over a century.
The hotel:
The harbour-facing Park Hyatt here is in Auckland CBD, just a few minutes’ drive away from the stadium. But you can also look forward to exploring the Kingsland neighbourhood, with its street art and fun vibe at the iconic Shooters Bar on New North Road, as well as craft markets, and vintage stores.

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The panoramic view of the harbour from the Chairman’s Suite. Image: Courtesy Park Hyatt Auckland.

Venue: Eden Park | Area: Kingsland | Property: Park Hyatt Auckland | Distance from the game venue: 5.7 kms.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The location: Lang Park (officially Suncorp Stadium) is a three-tiered rectangular arena with a capacity of 52,500. The next few months will see a stellar line-up of concerts at The Cauldron (as the locals call it) before the action heats up with the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 games. If you’re going to watch France versus Brazil here, you need to be close to the action.

The hotel: This luxury hotel, with arguably the best seafood restaurant in Queensland, is two minutes’ walk from the stadium, five minutes from the city centre, and 10 minutes from the famous Queen Street Mall. Other attractions nearby include the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Arts Theatre, the Treasury Casino, Gabba Brisbane Cricket Ground, and the city’s famous Story Bridge.

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Comforts of the MG Suite. Image: Courtesy Gambaro Hotel.

Venue: Suncorp Stadium | Area: | Property: Gambaro Hotel | Distance from the game venue: 0.6 kms.

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

The location: The Forsyth Barr Stadium, nicknamed The Glasshouse because of its covered construction, has hosted mega music concerts from the likes of Elton John to Ed Sheeran. Now, watch teams like Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Japan battle it out on ground at the Dunedin stadium, and make plans to visit the world’s only mainland albatross colony or spot rare, yellow-eyed penguins and fur seals if you’re staying longer. The Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Lamach Castle are interesting spots too.

The hotel: The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross is a heritage hotel on Dunedin’s High Street with easy access to superb shopping and dining and the city centre’s historic hub that is the Octagon.

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Right on Dunedin’s High Street, the hotel has the advantage of vantage. Image: Courtesy Scenic Hotel Southern Cross.

Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium | Area: Dunedin North | Property: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross | Distance from the game venue: 2.4 kms.

Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand

The location: The FMG Stadium Waikato, the spiritual home of rugby in Hamilton, is an impressive 25,000-capacity international sports stadium, which will play host to some exciting matches during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. The NZ Football Ferns will take to the field against Portugal in the first FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Play-Off Tournament match in Hamilton. The play-offs are part of a new competition introduced by FIFA and there will also be some fun friendlies with New Zealand playing against Portugal and Argentina.

The hotel: The Ramada by Wyndham Hamilton City Center on Victoria Street is a three-star property, but it does the job, being comfortable and just a few minutes’ walk from the games, the casino, and bars at SkyCity Hamilton, Hamilton Zoo, and Waikato Museum.

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Perfectly located and tastefully done. Image: Courtesy Ramada by Wyndham, Hamilton City Centre.

Venue: FMG Stadium | Area: Hamilton CBD | Property: Ramada by Wyndham Hamilton City Centre | Distance from the game venue: 2 kms.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The location: Catching Jamaica versus Brazil in action in August? The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (also known as AAMI Park) where you’ll be watching the game is a custom-built arena that has hosted many events, from high-profile rugby matches to major music gigs of the calibre of Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift.

The hotel: When you aren’t at the stadium, this perfectly located luxe property will give you access to everything from the historic Flinders Street station to a scenic stroll along the Yarra River, to the city’s vibrant China Town and Queen Victoria Market.  

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Everything is beyond the ordinary at this hotel, that thrives on pushing the boundaries from comfort to craziness! Image: Courtesy QT Melbourne.

Venue: AAMI Park | Area: Melbourne CBD | Property: QT Melbourne | Distance from the game venue: 2 kms.

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

The location: When they’re playing football instead of cricket at the Perth Oval, it’s called the Perth Rectangular Stadium (HBF Park). It will be hosting several Group Stage matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and is receiving a $32 million upgrade before the tournament. Expect new LED floodlighting, upgraded player and media facilities, pitch improvements, new player races and bench areas, and additional temporary seating for spectators.

The hotel: The charming property of COMO The Treasury is ensconced inside the State Buildings that mark Perth’s city centre, is the epitome of serene, light-filled luxury, offering an abundance of space, and delectable dining. Designer Kerry Hill’s work brings the serene touch while a team of conservation architects has helped preserve the grand Victorian-era facade.

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The Victorian facade of the hotel has been well preserved. Image: Courtesy COMO The Treasury.

While you’re here, you can check out the botanical garden at King’s Park, go back in time at the Bell Tower overlooking Swan River, and see interesting historic buildings such as the mint, St Mary’s Cathedral, and Fremantle Prison, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Western Australia.  

Venue: HBF Park | Area: | Property: COMO The Treasury | Distance from the game venue: 2 kms.

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The location: From the Australia versus Republic of Ireland kicking off the first day’s play at the Sydney Football Stadium (also known as the Allianz Stadium) just after the first match between New Zealand and Norway at Eden Park in Auckland on July 20, to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 final to be played at Stadium Australia (Accor Stadium) in Sydney on August 20, this Australian city will certainly hold your attention.

The hotel: We picked the best location to stay between the two venues. The Darling, a five-star boutique hotel and urban resort, oozes glamorous individuality, with stylish suites commanding stunning views of Sydney’s most stylish neighbourhoods and the Harbour Bridge. The in-room smart technology is an added touch of modern luxe.

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One of the magnificent Penthouse Suites at The Darling. Image: Courtesy The Darling at The Star.

Venues: Accor Stadium & Allianz Stadium | Areas: Darling Harbour | Property: The Darling at The Star | Distance from the game venue: 16 kms to Stadium Australia and 7 kms to Allianz Stadium.

Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

The location: Wellington Regional Stadium (also known as the Sky Stadium) is located on Waterloo Quay, a short walk from Wellington’s CBD. Enjoy a 650-metre stroll with harbour views on the elevated walkway that takes you directly to the stadium entrance, before you head to matches like Sweden versus South Africa.

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The Gallery Harbourview rooms weave art into your stay. Image: Courtesy QT Wellington.

The hotel: The arty rooms at QT Wellington, with quirky elements and playful patterns are the perfect starting point to explore this country’s ‘coolest little capital’. Nestled into rolling hills with a stunning harbour at its doorstep, downtown Wellington boasts a vibrant arts scene, boutique shopping, and unique spots such as the Weta Cave, Zealandia, Museum of New Zealand. They say Wellington enjoys more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York City, and its coffee and craft beer producers are internationally recognised. People-watch at bustling Courtney Place, take in the sights from scenic Mount Victoria, or do a night tour of Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.

Venue: Sky Stadium | Area: Waterloo Quay | Property: QT Wellington | Distance from the game venue: 2.1 kms.

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