Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

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Pros

  • Located in Circular Quay, next to the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Partially housed in a beautifully preserved 18th century building
  • Luxurious lobby has a charming old-world ambiance
  • Contains one of Australia’s largest private collections of fine art
  • 8 fireplaces, 550 crystal chandeliers, and Georgian antiques
  • Classy, spacious rooms have beautiful marble bathrooms and lounge areas
  • Some have Juliet balconies offering lovely views of the Harbour
  • 1 acclaimed restaurant and 1 bar on-site

Cons

  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi (but free in lobby)
  • Dated decor

Bottom Line

The upscale Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Opera House. The hotel partly resides in a building that dates back to the 1800s -- and is currently listed in the National Heritage Register -- and its classically elegant façade and interior design reflect this history. The property is grand, to be sure, but it's also a bit past its prime. The spacious, bright rooms are charming and homey, with some lovely antiques, but the decor scheme is dated; the marble bathrooms are the clear highlight. The European style in the lobby and common spaces still impresses, however: In addition to Georgian antiques, eight fireplaces and 550 crystal chandeliers, the hotel also contains one of Australia’s largest private collections of fine art. The acclaimed on-site restaurant offers beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, while the stylish bar has a wide selection of high teas, wine and cocktails.

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 Location

Located on historic Macquarie Street in Circular Quay, across from the Royal Botanic Gardens and a short walk to the Rocks.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is located, as the name suggests, in Circular Quay, home to the ferry terminal on Sydney Cove, on the northern edge of the Central Business District. It's a central spot within walking distnace of The Rocks, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House, and sights in the Central Business District.

Sydney, the site of the first British colony in Australia, was established on January 26, 1788 -- a date that's still celebrated with festivities all over the country. Home to over four million people, the city has grown to become one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world. The state capital of New South Wales, it jumped into the international spotlight in 2000 when it hosted the Olympics. While it is mentioned alongside other major cities like London, Paris and New York, its vibe differs from the usual hustle and bustle of those metropolises. Sydney usually receives 300 sunny days a year, and the lifestyle is more slow-paced; though the people are classy and cultured, they're also laid-back.

From the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, to the fun Bondi Beach and Queen Victoria Building, Sydney is rich in historic landmarks, art and cultural institutions, wildlife and nature, gastronomic hubs, shopping centers and a vibrant nightlife scene.

  • 4-minute walk to Circular Quay ferry terminal
  • 7-minute walk to Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 8-minute walk to Sydney Harbour
  • 9-minute walk to The Rocks
  • 9-minute walk to Sydney Opera House
  • 9-minute walk to Royal Botanic Gardens
  • 15-minute walk to Hyde Park
  • 5-minute drive to Pitt Street Mall
  • 6-minute drive to Queen Victoria Building
  • 7-minute drive to Sydney Aquarium
  • 7-minute drive to Harbour Bridge
  • 7-minute drive to Darling Harbour
  • 9-minute drive to Sydney’s central business district
  • 11-minute drive to Powerhouse Museum
  • 14-minute drive to Bondi Beach
  • 16-minute drive to Taronga Zoo
  • 17-minute drive to Sydney Airport
  • 22-minute drive to Manly

 Bottom Line

The upscale Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Opera House. The hotel partly resides in a building that dates back to the 1800s -- and is currently listed in the National Heritage Register -- and its classically elegant façade and interior design reflect this history. The property is grand, to be sure, but it's also a bit past its prime. The spacious, bright rooms are charming and homey, with some lovely antiques, but the decor scheme is dated; the marble bathrooms are the clear highlight. The European style in the lobby and common spaces still impresses, however: In addition to Georgian antiques, eight fireplaces and 550 crystal chandeliers, the hotel also contains one of Australia’s largest private collections of fine art. The acclaimed on-site restaurant offers beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, while the stylish bar has a wide selection of high teas, wine and cocktails.

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Address

  • 93 Macquarie Street Sydney, NSW 2000

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Harbour Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 105
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Circular Quay, Sydney
Address: 93 Macquarie Street Sydney, NSW 2000
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