Situated at the harbour end of Macquarie Street, guests can enjoy the very essence of early Sydney town.
Sydney’s Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, as befits its name, has ‘high social status’ according to the New South Wales Government. This is the reason that this fine old hotel, in a building dating back to the 1800s, is listed with the National Heritage Register.
But, as with many truly great hotels around the world, it is much more than an historic building. The Sir Stamford resists the urge to treat its guests with condescension. Your welcome will be both warm and genuine as the hotel staff set about satisfying your every need. Such hospitality, sadly, has become increasingly rare in modern day ‘egalitarian’ Australia where Jack has been legislated to be as good as his master, resulting in service which often involves your waiter wishing to be your best mate, while forgetting to bring the water.
So it is refreshing to take a step back in time as you enter the quietly elegant lobby of the Sir Stamford, sink into an antique sofa in front of the open fireplace, and find a café latte has been discretely placed on the 18th Century Louis XV side table.
Situated at the harbour end of Macquarie Street, guests can enjoy the very essence of early Sydney town. Harking back to the days when Lachlan Macquarie, the new colony’s fifth governor, gave former convict architect Francis Greenway (the man on the ten-dollar note) full rein to create the iconic sandstone buildings which characterise colonial Sydney. It is a short walk from the front door to Greenway’s Hyde Park Barracks and St James Church, as well as other major sandstone edifices including The Sydney Hospital, State Library of New South Wales, Parliament House and St Mary's Cathedral.
The discreet ambience of the lobby flows unimpeded into ‘The Breakfast Room’ with gold, olive and navy patterned carpet absorbing the chink of silver and china, and wood panelled walls a reminder of times past.
A corner table offers fine views across Macquarie Street to the Botanic Gardens, Government House and Mr. Greenway’s stunning horse stables which now house the NSW Conservatorium of Music.
A stay at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is not cheap. Nor should it be. This fine old hotel offers an experience unmatched anywhere else in the Harbour City. Adjacent to one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, with views of the deep emerald sea, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, opposite the Botanic Gardens and a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and a line-up of Sydney’s finest buildings, the location is unbeatable. Add in a level of service from days past, Moet et Chandon high tea and in-room massages and you have a very special package.
But most enjoyable of all has to be the chance to simply sit in the lobby or ‘The Bar’, taking tea or sipping something even stronger, and gazing out the windows of Sydney’s ‘highest social status’ street. Ahhhh… a satisfied sigh.
Where else would you be?
Kaye Fallick stayed as a guest of Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
93 Macquarie Street Sydney
Ph +61-2 9252 4600
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