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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.
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.