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Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney
Ranked #15 of 179 Hotels in Sydney
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

This hotel is wonderfully situated opposite the Botanical Gardens and walking distance from pretty much all the sights: the Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Town Hall, Darling Harbour etc. The outdoor pool (small but warm) was a great amenity. We found the reception staff efficient but not particularly friendly, and there seemed to be a lack of information; for example I have read on another review that there was an area with free wifi, but we were not told about this. Our room was spotlessly clean and spacious, but soundproofing was poor: we could clearly hear conversation from the room next door, and were disturbed at night by this. We would also have preferred a solid door to the bathroom - the louvred one gave little privacy. I've awarded four stars because of its location - if I could have, I'd have given it three and a half.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Angela K, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2014

Dear SueJ1960,

Thank you for your review after your recent stay at the Sir Stamford.

I am glad that you enjoyed the location of the Hotel, perfect for our guests looking for the Opera House, Circular Quay, Botannical Gardens and access heading North of the city.

I am dissapointed to read that you were not aware of the complimentary internet access in the Hotel Lobby and Business centre and I will be sure to speak with the staff about this.

Kind regards,
Angela King
General Manager

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Reviewed April 6, 2014

I've stayed here more than once, very enjoyable , great spacious rooms and views of the park. However the TV selection is strange, no CNN news. No free wifi in your rooms only in foyer and it is slow. Superbly comfortable beds - a fruit tea would be a nice addition in our room.. After the Opera or any late night show the bar closes early... We did manage a drink by the open fireplace..but only just! Surely a supper menu could be offered until midnight?
Concierge staff very helpful. I will return.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank KiwiGranNewZealand
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Angela K, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2014

Dear KiwiGranNewZealand,

Thank you for your lovely review after your recent stay at the Sir Stamford.

I am glad that you continue to enjoy your stays with us at the Hotel. We are always aiming to increase our levels of service to our guests and I will look into the closing time of the Bar after the shows at the Opera House.
The Hotel keeps a very good record of what our guests preferences are so please feel free to contact me directly so I can ensure your profile is updated to include fruit teas and a package with internet.

We do encourage our guests to make bookings (even if they are only tentative) in our Dining Room and Bar so we can be sure to have the space for you to enjoy your pre show dining or night cap in the bar.

I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards (a fellow Kiwi)
Angela King
General Manager (angelaking@sscq.stamford.com.au)

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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Iconic property and helpful staff were the highlights of our stay. The rooms are amazing. If budget allows, get a room with a balcony overlooking the botanical gardens or opt for a higher up room for views of the harbour. Having buffet breakfast as part of the package was very awesome idea.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank Elite_traveler_927
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Angela K, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2014

Dear Elite_traveler_927,

Thank you for your kind words after your recent stay at the Sir Stamford.

Our staff are our greatest asset and a very special part of the service that we offer. Our rooms with the balconies are wonderful rooms which allow our guests to enjoy the vibrancy and fresh air of Sydney whilst relaxing in our large spacious rooms.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards,
Angela King
General Manager

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Reviewed April 3, 2014

we are traditional stayers at the Intercontinental due to Platinum status however after being unbooked and provided no assistance we elected to try the Stamford as my wife and i had a beautiful stay there some years ago and we thought that it would be worth a shot
Well we could not have been more impressed - the first impression was provided by the most hospitable staff all the way from the front door through to the front desk staff and bellman.
i had forgotten how wonderful this Hotel was and we have now cancelled our Easter break at the Intercontinental and are booked in for two nights from the 9th f

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Angela K, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2014

Dear 373RESQ,

Welcome back to the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay.

I am glad that you have taken the opportunity to return to the Hotel and that we were able meet your every need.
As a valued guest, please enquire with our staff during your next stay about our newly launched loyalty programme Peakpoints... This will reward you for staying with us and you can also redeem your points in our Hotel or any other Stamford Hotel.
Be sure to review our website for rates and packages as we are always reviewing these to best suit our guests needs.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the Hotel.

Kind regards,
Angela KIng
General Manager

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Four of us -- two couples -- landed early and arrived at the hotel well before check in time. We were tired after a long flight from LAX. The hotel had a bellman bring all our bags up to the health club where we were able to shower and change before heading out for an afternoon walking tour. Then they took our bags back down to the storage area. When we returned our rooms were ready and our bags had already been delivered. The concierges were extremely helpful getting us a last minute booking on a Blue Mountain excursion and other tips. Our rooms were large and pleasant. The location iis great. Walking distance to the opera house, waterfront and the Rocks area. Totally recommend this wonderful hotel.

Room Tip: ISome rooms have fireplaces. Ask for them if you wish.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Angela K, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2014

Dear Portcruiser,

Thank you for your recent review and kind words about our Hotel.

I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and that our Concierge team were able to assist you with their high standards or service after your early arrival to the Hotel. Where possible we will try to have the rooms ready for our guests, however, sometimes this is not always possible.
Troy and our concierge team can assist with storing of bags and bookings of tours.

The Hotel offers many lounge areas for guests to relax or during our winter months relax in front of the fire whilst utilising our complimentary internet services in the Hotel Lobby.

Kind regards,
Angela King
General Manager

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Being well-travelled but unable to get away for the past 6 years, we needed to celebrate this 5 night 'special holiday with friends'... in style! Sir Stamford at Circular Quay ticked all the right boxes..... ambience, friendliness, service, comfort, cleanliness, lovely big rooms and a great view across to the Botanical Gardens. We received an enthusiastic welcome, every request was met with a smile and nothing seemed to be too much trouble! The choices for their continental breakfast were so good we didn't need lunch! Room service was fast and the meal delicious!
We were delighted to receive a complimentary bottle of bubbly upon arrival to celebrate our anniversary 'in style'! Many thanks, Sir Stamford, it was a lovely touch!
As it was one of Sydney's 'wet' weeks we didn't get to use the pool, but the close proximity to the Rocks and Circular Quay enabled us to utilise a lot of the attractions Sydney has to offer. This included 'Madama Butterfly' (the Handa Opera on the water) on Wednesday which was spectacular even though it rained....heavily...
We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to our friends and will be staying at Sir Stamford Circular Quay next time we are in Sydney.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Nana109244
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Angela K, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2014

Dear Nana109244,

Once again Happy Anniversary from the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay.

I am glad that we were able to tick all the boxes for you during this special time. I am glad that you were able to enjoy the Opera on the Harbour (even with all the rain).... Perhaps you may return to enjoy The King and I or even Opera in the Domain.... What a perfect location!
The Hotel is the perfect location for Opera related evenings and we even encourage our guests to enjoy dinner served by Heather and her team in the Dining room before they head out. When arriving be sure to ask about our Pre theatre dinner menu or for those who would like to enjoy something sweet after the show.... pop into The Bar for our Sweet Encore.

I look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Kind regards,
Angela King
General Manager

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Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I had a pre cruise 2 night stay mid March This charming old world Hotel was everything we expected and more. Our Delux King room was spacious, well appointed and exceptionally clean. Having arrived on a rainy Sunday afternoon the staff in the bar went out of their way to accommodate us for an impromptu decision to partake in high tea, even though they were fully booked.
Overall The Sir Stamford exceeded our expectations and I have already recommended this Hotel to friends who are going to be staying in Sydney shortly. We too would also choose the Sir Stamford again when visiting Sydney.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Angela K, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2014

Dear Martene70,

Thank you for you recent review of our fabulous Hotel.

Our staff are one the main reasons our guests return time and time again. We take special notice of all of our guests arriving and ensure we can make their stay as perfect as they would expect.
Doing things out of the ordinary for our guests is something our food and beverage staff excel in.... whether it is a special occasion for you or something particular you would like us to cook for you.... the staff will try their very best.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards,
Angela KIng
General Manager

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Address: 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Sydney
#2 Family Hotel in Sydney
#7 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
#15 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
#24 Business Hotel in Sydney
Price Range: $215 - $545 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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