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Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney
Ranked #15 of 175 Hotels in Sydney
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Hotel”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

We recently stayed at the Sir Stamford for four nights following a cruise from New Zealand to Australia. This hotel certainly lived up to all the good reviews we had read before booking. It is in a very central location and if we had travelled lighter and were younger we probably could have walked from the cruise terminal as it was pretty close. We loved being near the Wharf and enjoyed an excellent fish supper one night sitting outside of one of the many restaurants. We also walked to the Opera House and took a tour which was excellent. Our room was a de luxe one bedroom which was lovely very roomy with a huge bathroom in marble. The heated pool although small was lovely to relax at the end of sightseeing. It was in a very nice terrace with comfortable sun beds and there were always plenty of towels in the gym. We didn't use the gym but it seemed very well equipped. The reception staff I dealt with Danielle and Elaine were very pleasant and helpful and the concierge a young French guy I'm afraid I didn't get his name was especially helpful in trying to book a meal for us in the revolving restaurant of the Tower. We didn't have breakfast in the hotel for us it seemed a little pricey especially as we don't eat much at that time but we did find a cafe just down the road to the right which was excellent and very reasonable. We did have the evening meal in the hotel restaurant on our last night and it was exceptionally good the food was superb and the waitresses lovely, efficient and very friendly. In the reception area wi if was free for half a hour a day but you could also use the business centre which had two computers free of charge. This hotel was an excellent place for us to stay on our first visit to Sydney as it wasn't too far from the places of interests. We really enjoyed the meal at the top of the Tower. The Sea Life centre was great and the trip back to the Wharf on the Ferry was lovely under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and passed the amazing Opera House. We had a lovely day at Manley which is definitely worth a trip on the ferry if you have the time.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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TimothyBuckton, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, 4 April 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you for yourfeedback regarding your recent stay at Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

We have taken all feedback on board. This helps us improve our service.

We do look forward to having you back at Sir Stamford.

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

As a person who travels a lot, i find it hard to be surprised by hotels these days, but this hotel was really comfortable and elegant. The staff were also very friendly; the rooms were very comfortable and worth the money.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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TimothyBuckton, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, 4 April 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you for yourfeedback regarding your recent stay at Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

We have taken all feedback on board. This helps us improve our service.

We do look forward to having you back at Sir Stamford.

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Tim Buckton
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Tacoma, WA
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We spent four nights at Sir Stamford prior to a cruise. The room they gave us looked out west over the Harbor and Botanic Gardens. It was very comfortable for the two of us and all of our luggage. Did I mention the air conditioning? (as Sydney was very warm.) The concierges and front desk personnel were very helpful. The hotel is literally one and a tiny half bock to Circular Quay, making it an excellent location for exploring Sydney. Drink and appetizers in a very historic bar and breakfast in the dining room proved convenient. There is a little outside pool and deck area for outdoor relaxation. Very pleased to have stayed here.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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TimothyBuckton, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, 4 April 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you for yourfeedback regarding your recent stay at Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

We have taken all feedback on board. This helps us improve our service.

We do look forward to having you back at Sir Stamford.

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Tim Buckton
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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

Lovely building but not a luxury hotel experience

When you have to ask twice to have a filthy dirty wardrobe shelf cleaned it sort of takes the pampered feeling away. Rooms have highly restricted views with much higher surrounding buildings. Sound insulation none existent - we could even hear the clicking of the pedestrian crossings from our ninth floor room and traffic noise was very intrusive. When you catch a big cockroach in your room and report it to the front desk, only to be asked "have you opened your balcony door because we do have a problem with those", you probably know this is not the quality hotel it purports to be.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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TimothyBuckton, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, 4 April 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you for yourfeedback regarding your recent stay at Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

We have taken all feedback on board. This helps us improve our service.

We do look forward to having you back at Sir Stamford.

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Tim Buckton
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2014

this is a jewel among Hotels. Spacious well appointed rooms and public places. Excellent dining room (particularly for breakfast). We had a balcony overlooking the Royal Botanical gardens which provided a lovely view.. Centrally located with a most helpful and professional staff

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank BillzoB
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TimothyBuckton, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, 4 April 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you for yourfeedback regarding your recent stay at Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

We have taken all feedback on board. This helps us improve our service.

We do look forward to having you back at Sir Stamford.

Kind Regards

Tim Buckton
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Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2014

The staff in this hotel, especially the concierge staff were brilliant, so friendly and helpful, they couldn't be faulted, they went out of their way to help us with trips etc. The hotel itself is comfortable and rooms are large with great marble bathrooms, shower not so great though. I don't really have any other real criticism of this hotel except to say I think that they could provide free internet in the rooms as it is quite an expensive hotel and I would have expected this to be free. The pool area on the roof was very quiet when we were there and it was also nice and warm with lovely soft towels in the changing area and a sauna. The hotel is in a brilliant location 2 minutes from Circular Quay. The breakfast is varied and plentiful, if a little expensive, but then we did find Austraila expensive generally. Worth it though!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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TimothyBuckton, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, 4 April 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you for yourfeedback regarding your recent stay at Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

We have taken all feedback on board. This helps us improve our service.

We do look forward to having you back at Sir Stamford.

Kind Regards

Tim Buckton
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Hawera, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Just checked out of the Sir Stamford after my 10th stay (at least)...always a little sad to leave. This very special gem is more like an English country home with a warm, country home welcome. The staff quickly know you by name and are always eager to go out of their way to do what they can to make your stay special. Many of the staff are New Zealanders, and one or two come from our part of New Zealand, so you do indeed feel amongst family. The rooms are superbly comfortable (whether you have a suite or a superior or deluxe room), each a bit different, with many overlooking Circular Quay (and the cruise terminal) and the rest overlooking the gardens on the other side of Macquarie Street. The Bar is one of my favourite places in Sydney to hang out, whether for drinks with friends or a bar-type dinner -- especially if you feel a bit 'fooded-out' after a cruise or too much restaurant food. High Tea is an experience to linger over and savour. Close to everything, the Sir Stamford is the only place I will stay in Sydney. It is like coming home, something I value especially when I am traveling alone on business. With its wonderful, warm and highly professional General Manager and Staff, the Sir Stamford is just simply ....like coming home. Thanks, guys -- see you again soon!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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TimothyBuckton, General Manager at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, 4 April 2016
Dear Guest,

Thank you for yourfeedback regarding your recent stay at Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

We have taken all feedback on board. This helps us improve our service.

We do look forward to having you back at Sir Stamford.

Kind Regards

Tim Buckton
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Property: Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney
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
#15 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
#24 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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