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Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney
Ranked #17 of 182 Hotels in Sydney
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

Stayed at Sir Stamford for a couple of nights with the family. This hotel is in a great location to explore Circular Quay and the Rocks. Since the location was great, we eat out and went to local attractions - museums, zoo, etc... The Breakfast buffet at Sir Stamford fare was standard fare from a nice hotel. We stayed in a suite, which had a very comfortable bed plus they provided a small bed from my 4 year old. The Staff was polite and professional. All in all, a very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2012

Dear Valued Guests

Thank you for taking the time to rate our lovely boutique hotel in Circular Quay with 5 stars. Sir Stamford is very child friendly and from Morris our cuddly lobby Wombat to myself - all 110 staff make an extra effort to greet and treat children as special future guests. We have high chairs and coss and lovely firm rollaways and can organise babysitting. The heated pool is an attraction, even in winter. Children especially seem to enjoy the room service arriving with their breakfast! We even do a childrens high tea - which seems to turn them into instant ladies and gentlemen as they enjoy 3 tiers of treats, napkins on their laps.

We have recently had several overseas families who have used our hotel as a base to explore the state - taking day trips to the Blue Mountains, drives up to Palm Beach to walk the to the lighthouse and and round trips to the beautiful hinterland to visit Bowral. They all commented that it was lovely to come back to the hotel, the large rooms and the fire welcoming them in the lobby.

We hope you return again soon.

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Heather Idoine
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

We stayed 4 nights in March, loved the charm and quality of the hotel.Excellent location in walking distance of Circular Quay, Opera House and the CBD.Small pool but just fine for a plunge to cool down.We stayed in a large suite with views of the botanical gardens, absolutely loved it, thank you !!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2012

Dear Valued Guests

We really appreciate reflective reviews that we receive from previous guests. Four nights is a good length of time to test a hotel and see that it delivers consistency and we are very pleased with 5 star rating. We have many New Zealanders on our team of 31 nationalities and they do love to look after our international visitors - especially our closest neighbours!

The heated pool on level 4 roof top is still being used, as the winter daytime temperatures are still in the 20's, but it would be fair to say the marble sauna is more popular. The hotel also has an in room massage service with very competent staff who bring their equipment into the room - very soothing after a long day shopping!

For international and interstate visitors there are several current shows like an "Officer and a Gentleman" and future shows like Opera Australias musical "South Pacific" that provide highlights for travellers looking for that something special during their city break.

Thank you again and return again soon.

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Reviewed 27 May 2012

My friend and I spent one wonderful evening staying in this gorgeous hotel. The location, near Circular Quay, was perfect for our lovely night out to the Vivid Festival...no transport worries, just a short stroll to the vibrant hustle and bustle of the Quay....and the beauty and tranquillity of the Botanic Gardens during the daytime.....what more could you ask for? The hotel foyer and lounge area had a definite 'wow' factor....very elegant and beautifully cosy with the heat from the fireplace. Our accommodation in a twin bedded room was lovely, beds and pillows were very comfortable and the bathroom was huge and for us had the 'wow' factor too! We both loved the balcony and gazed with awe at the view that we had......Sydney Harbour is always a beautiful sight to see. The staff were welcoming, extremely polite and courteous. For my friend and I staying in this hotel was an extravagance, but it was worth every cent...and we intend to save up and stay there at least once a year. If you intend going to any event at Circular Quay, stay at Sir Stamford....it's a lovely experience!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2012

Dear Valued Guests

We appreciate your choice of title "Absolutely Fabulous" as there are times we can imagine Patsy and Eddie, falling about laughing in one of our suites, ordering up room service and lounging around one of our 3 Steinway Grands. We are sure our team would be able to treat them in the manner that they are accustomed to - every guest here is a VIP.

Sir Stamford does offer a special experience and we are very pleased to learn that the extravagance was worth it. Choosing our hotel for Vivid was a very wise choice - as just around the corner on Circular Quay is the heart of the event. Next door the front of Customhouse buidling is my favourite light projection, but as you wander around all the way to Walshe Bay and back there are visual feasts tucked away on the cities fabuous foreshore.

PS - perhaps you should return for the Sydney Film Festival 6 - 17 June as one of the chosen venues is nearby at Dendy Opera Quays (two minute walk). www.sff.org.au

Kind regards and thank you again for your review
Heather Idoine
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

We stayed for two nights and really liked this hotel. We got a really good deal that included breakfast. Staff were very helpful and polite. The breakfast was lovely with buffet and cooked breakfast included. We also ordered room service and enjoyed the current singapore menu. Comfortable beds and excellent location, close to opera house and the Vivid festival. Also liked the size of the room and large bathroom with a bath which was great.The log fire in the front lounge is a nice touch. Have stayed in other Hotels in Sydney (mostly for business trips) that have cost more but are not as nice as the Sir Stamford. Very happy with our stay and will stay again in the future.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2012

Dear Valued Guests

Our Melt into Winter package is one of the best we have ever had. Prices are never as low as the cooler months in Sydney, especially the mid winter weekends. There are fewer "tourists" and yet the city is absolutely radiant with autumn leaves and mild days. Vivid Sydney opened on Friday and is so popular you could hardly walk the waterfront without a tripod tripping you up. It's certainly a visual feast and lots of quirky pockets of light displays. Sir Stamford is just around the corner from the absolute centre of it all on Circular Quay and if you ask for a Philip Street room - especially one with a balcony you will be treated to the light display projected on the newly opened Museum of Contemporary Art.

We hope you will choose our hotel for business as well, as we have a select group of regular corporates, who have negotiated rates with us that reflect their return business. Don't hesitate to call Angela King our Associate Sales Director 0401145353 for an introductory rate.

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Reviewed 18 May 2012

We ended up at the Sir Stamford via Hotwire after a last minute scramble following bailing out of a horrible "other" hotel in Sydney. And we couldn't have been happier. Excellent bed, absolutely fantastic shower and refined service. Even managed to sneak in a trip to the gym which was small, but adequate. The heated outdoor pool had a beautiful view over the city but alas we ran out of time to take a dip. The only thing I would note is that the AC system didn't seem to get the room really cold - but it was adequate. Overall an excellent stay in a great location and hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2012

Dear Valued Guest

Lovely to hear your stay at Sir Stamford made your Sydney Experience 5 star, after a bumpy start. Choosing the right hotel is so important and there are many factors to consider from size to location. Having a good nights sleep on an excellent bed is our core business and we appreciate you mentioning this feature of our boutique hotel. We hope you enjoyed our warm lobby, with our winter fire going. We do get lots of visitors even guests from the next door InterContinental, as Sir Stamford is a step back into Sydney's historical past . The whole of Macquarie Street is a historical walk from the Mint to the Opera House.

Once again thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 11 May 2012

This is going to be a repetition of some of my previous comments. My lovely princess and I stayed here again last week for two nights and were impressed that they continue with the high standard previously set. There are not many hotels where the General Manager will join you in the bar or lounge to make sure you are enjoying your stay - Heather (the GM) does.
We booked well in advance and got a good deal on a lovely room on the 10th floor overlokking the Botanic Gardens and down the Harbour. Be aware that if you book through a third party your booking might not be what you expect. Check with the hotel.
The location and price are the best in Sydney. The ferries, trains and buses are five minutes away and you can catach a train direct to the airport. The Opera Houes is about seven minutes walk and The Rocks about ten so location is prime.
Our room was ready early and Kylie (?) at reception made us very welcome.and we were able to unpack and go out for the morning. The concierge Cod showed us to our room and explained all the necessary equipment. We had lunch in The Bar (a haven in a busy city) and recommend the chicken wings - senational.
Be aware that all rooms appear to be different. Ours had a large bathroom with one sink but we have been in others with a "his and hers" sink. Plenty of hot water and towels will wash away the cares of the day. We had a king bed and a choice of pillows, the flat screen tv had all we needed. Remember that your luggage spends more time in the room than you!. Try drinks in The Bar and if Ronny is serving ask him about his kick-boxing skills.
Evening drinks in The Bar are very good with a wide choice and knowledgeable staff. The weather was warm so we enjoyed the roof top pool several times.
This hotel is not glass and concrete but has a nice warm log fire in the lounge and is full of antque furniture. The staff are not antique and will really look after you.
I would again wholly recomend this place and we will be back in November.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2012

Dear Valued Return Guests

Thank you again for your very astute comments and recommendations about the rooms, The Bar and of course our team members. Kylie, Kieran and Remy are all professionals and we thank you for recognising them. Tomorrow night we will be holding one of our regular fireside General Manager Guest functions - this small wine tasting gives us the opportunity to introduce guests to our management team and also hear about their personal preferences and most of all hear about their personal experiences in the city. We learn from our guests which restaurants are "hot" and which are not. From Est to Wildfire, Nield Street to Apollo we get real visitors reviews and use this information to remain up to date.

We do appreciate your loyalty and hope that with so many stays, you have joined our Senators Club? The details are on our website - it does have excellent discounts off food and beverage and can be used at any of the other 7 beautiful hotels in Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. I recently visited Stamford Brisbane and was so impressed with it's riverside location and amazing Kabuki Restaurant.

Return again soon.
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Heather Idoine
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

Stayed at the hotel for the first time and was amazed at how elegant the hotel is. The rooms had a lovely warm ambiance with old style characteristics which was inviting. We arrived late so decided to eat in the restaurant, where we had an amazing meal. Both my husband and i were surprised at the high quality and presentation of the food. The lamb shoulder is to die for; the meat just fell off the bone. With reasonable prices, we were delighted to eat and stay here and will return again. The only down side was the lack of variety of menu options but the dishes we had were superb. A must visit again. I would most defiantly recommend the restaurant and hotel to friends.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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SSCQManager, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2012

Dear Valued Guests

Sous Chef Joshua is over the moon regarding your review of the lamb shoulder as this is Josh's favourite dish from his new menu - it's slowly brasied for 5 hours. Josh has a new winter menu and he has been given a free hand to revamp old classics - simple well cooked meals. His favourite entree is the seared scallops on a cauloflower puree with lemon snow.... While there are many very expensive famous Australian restaurants all within 500 metres of Sir Stamford at Circular Quay our little Dining Room is a secret suprise that our guests discover is up there in quality and service.

Our Bar is also a lovely suprise, 1897 fittings, high ceiling and an excellent small wine list. Our new tapas menu will be revealed within the next week.

Tomorrow we have planned the tallest High Tea in the city (or maybe the world) a cancer society fundraiser to be held at 10.00am in our lobby - you can see photos on our hotel Facebook page.

Thank you again for your review and return again soon.

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Heather Idoine

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Address: 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
#17 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
#24 Business Hotel in Sydney
Price Range: $229 - $625 (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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