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“Classic hotel in a great location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney

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Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia   |  
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Ranked #9 of 184 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Classic hotel in a great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in February. We had a deluxe room on the 3rd floor. It was very spacious and clean and the bathroom was huge. We like English antiques and found the main lobby area lovely, but thought some of the furnishings in our room looked a bit tired and there were cracks around the edge of the toilet room floor. Also, there was not enough lighting in the room, just table lamps. Definitely time to add recessed lighting.

There was a beautiful lobby area on our floor, but it was always empty. If it had free internet access like the main lobby below, it would get used. Also, the same several day old newspapers were left out on one of the tables. I suggest placing current newspapers there every day, to make it more inviting to sit and read there.

The concierges were very helpful. They told us about the free shuttle bus around the CBD, recommended and booked a great restaurant for dinner, told us how to access the walk to the bridge, and suggested other places to walk too.

And finally, this hotel is in the perfect location near the Opera House, the ferries, the botanical gardens, and the Circular Quay area.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Valued Guests

We are very pleased that you enjoyed our boutique 105 room hotel and in particular that our Concierge provided very good information for your recent stay in a deluxe room on our 3rd floor. This particular floor has wonderful large lounge with 2 of the hotels finest chandeliers in it that are my personal favourites as they feature deep blue glass. Indeed this area is used by special groups when we have a delegation in house or a family group. The hotel is often requested for high fashion locations and the third floor lounge has been chosen several times recently for it's classic look.

We do like your recommendations and thank you for suggesting these to us. Listening to our guests is key to remaining one of Sydney's top ten hotels. Thank you again for taking the time to post your review.

Kind regards
Heather Idoine
General Manager

PS Concierge would be happy to show guests the 3rd floor lounge as there is only key access in our lifts to guests room floor.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Friendly reception, nice spacious rooms, very clean, excellent service, great continental breakfast, great night sleep. We were amused by the chandelier in the toilet!
Would stay there again as we had a good experience there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Valued Guest

A classic review, which perfectly sums up our beautful boutique hotel experience. We thank you for taking the time to share your five star rating.

Kind regards
Heather Idoine
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights in a Deluxe King room. The room is very spacious with the most comfortable bed and pillows we have ever found in a hotel. There is a little balcony with opening doors which is a nice touch compared to other city hotels where you feel a little trapped in your room. Bathroom was large with separate toilet. The ambience of the hotel is relaxed, with beautiful antique furniture. The pool area is amazing for a city hotel. The pool is heated, there are deck chairs, tables and lovely plants around the area making it feel more like an apartment style setting than a hotel pool. The gym is well equipped.

The staff are friendly and helpful, without being cold and detached as you find in big hotels. We didn't dine at the hotel as there are so many restaurants and cafes around the area so we decided to get out and about a bit. We normally don't use public transport, but did this time to get around and out to a concert at Moore Park, and it is so easy to access from the hotel. Ferries, buses and train all 5 minutes walk away.

As we are from Sydney we drove in and used the hotel carpark. You do get discounted parking for $25 a day.

This is a lovely hotel and would definitely stay again if we are going to the city. For overseas travellers it is a perfect location with personal service you wouldn't get at the bigger chain hotels.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Valued Sydney Guest

We loved your review, it is wonderful to hear from a Sydneysider how relevant Sir Stamford is to access local transport (especially for concerts out at Moore Park) and how well the hotel was rated as an overall experience (especially from a local). Our deluxe rooms are a nice upgrade and they do feature our special mattress topper that provides great bed comfort among other benefits such as room size.

We sincerely appreciate your comments.

Kind regards
Heather Idoine
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We wanted a boutique hotel and Sir Stamford ticked all the boxes. Stayed 4 nights ahead of a cruise. The location was terrific and we preferred the continental breakfast- which was beautifully presented. I swam each morning in the rooftop pool. Where else could you enjoy that alone in a city centre hotel? We took advantage of the additional food and beverage credits. The food was very good and we sampled the Australian microbrews in the bar. The staff were ever helpful, thoughtful and courteous- whatever their role. The Hotel even graciously looked after our luggage while we had a few final hours in Sydney before our flight. We were so impressed, I have written this review in the airport departure lounge. Many thanks to all the staff for a lovely 25th wedding anniversary stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Valued Guests

Choosing the perfect hotel for a 25th Anniversary is very important and we are very pleased we ticked all your boxes. Our summer special did offer some enticing credit options for guests and we are pleased you used yours in our lovely Bar and Restaurant. You obviously did your research well - our hotel website does list all our current specials.

There are just 8 hotels in the Stamford Hotels and Resorts Group, these were all hand picked by our owner who chose to manage our hotels and build a luxury brand within Australia and New Zealand. There are several group packages that are unique to our company and provide excellent value for travellers from Celebration to Romance and Seduction.

On behalf of our team, hank you again for choosing Sir Stamford at Circular Quay.

Kind regards
Heather Idoine
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stopped here as part of our honeymoon and from the moment that we entered the hotel till the moment we left we could not find a fault. The hotel is smaller and less glitzy than some of the major chain hotels but is so much more friendly. Our room which overlooked Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House was beautifully furnished and superbly serviced.
The position of the hotel is brilliant and you can be on circular quay or in the opera house or in the botanical gardens in minutes.
Both The Bar and the Dining Room serve beautiful food and drink. Breakfast is served in the Dining Room and is excellent.
The staff throughout the hotel could not have been better.
The whole place exudes class and quality.
It was so good we have booked to go again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Honeymoon Guests

We do look forward to your return. We are delighted that the hotel was to your satisfaction and that the friendliness of the staff was highlighted. While we are very proud of our fine art collection and the style of our heritage hotel, we are very aware that it is staff that provide the personal touch.

Some of our rooms have beautifully framed views of the Harbour Bridge, however the hotel is so close to Circular Quay (where the first Colonial Fleet landed) so all guests can easily meander from the Opera House to the Rocks, even walk over the bridge. The entrance to the Cahill pedestrian stairs are only 200 metres and this walkway is very good for photographers.

Thank you again for chosing our boutique 105 room hotel as part of your honeymoon.

Kind regards
Heather Idoine
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

beautiful hotel,nice staff very friendly,lovely room and so close to circular quay, well worth the stay breakfast was buffet style as much as you wanted no queuing, and cocktails were delicious in the evening served by a lovely italian waiter who chatted happily to us 2 old frustrated women haha

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Dear Valued Guests

We do thank you for awarding our 105 room boutique city hotel with five stars. We have over 30 nationalities among our staff members including several very charming Italians and when they get the opportunity they all do love to chat to guests about the city and their travels.

Kind regards
Heather Idoine
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This hotel is situated around corner from Circular Quay and Opera House, short walk into city centre. Beautiful, grand and welcoming rooms, with very friendly staff made our 2 night stay not long enough. Will only stay here in the future and would recommend to others.

Room Tip: Not really suitable for children..choose room overlooking Quay.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear Valued Melbourne Guest

We do appreciate your 5 star review and your description of our "Grand and Comfortable" hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Having friendly staff, who show passion and go the extra mile is one of the missions of the Stamford Hotels and Resorts Group and we try our very best to recruit and train people who love the city, the hotel its' style and heritage and anticipating the needs of our guests. We are pleased that their friendliness shone through during your recent two day stay.

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Heather idoine
General Manager
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Address: 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Sydney
#6 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
#7 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
#23 Business Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney 5*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay offers 105 generously sized, well appointed hotel guest rooms, including 15 hotel suites, the majority of deluxe rooms and suites feature French doors opening onto Juliet Balconies, which overlook the Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay, Sydney Conservatorium of Music or the Royal Botanic Gardens. Significant fine art collection featuring 18th Century Louis XV and Georgian antique furniture, Staffordshire ceramics, French marble urns, Persian rugs and hundreds of hand cut chandeliers. The hotel itself partly resides in a stunning 1897 historic Health Department Building. Open fireplaces in winter and the pleasure of a roof top swimming pool in the summer. A fully equipped gym complete with a sauna. Famous for High Teas, Sir Stamford at Circular Quay has excellent one bedroom suites and one of Sydney's largest Presidential suites complete with a Steinway baby grand piano. ... more   less 
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