The quality of the service is a real testament to the number of stars held by the Sir Stamford Hotel.
The staff are tactful and the service is seamless; something that separates the good hotels from the great.
As I make my way through the hotels open sesame doors I am greeted by an array of friendly staff, just dying to take my bags and jacket.
The hotel is opposite the Botanical Gardens and is a two second walk from all the harbour has to offer.
Some of Sydney’s finest dining and bars are also just a stumble a way, making for a prime location.
The smell of burning wood lingers in the lobby and I have to remind myself that it’s actually another beautiful, warm day in Sydney.
Small groups of business people gather casually around a fireplace making for a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere.
Think candy stripped lounges, large wooden cabinets filled with decadent china, Persian rugs, a stunning chandelier at the centre and a welcoming stuffed wombat over-seeing all the goings on.
Tasteful and European with just a hint of aussie quirkiness.
The Sir Stamford boasts one of the largest private art collections in Australia making it somewhat of an adventure discovering various pieces throughout the hotel.
The ratio of grand piano to guest is also very high.
A second lobby, located on the third level, continues the theme of old world charm and is an added bonus for those residing in one of the hotel’s suites.
Various board games are scattered on tables around the room, along with an extensive collection of books, artefacts and of course another piano.
The treasure hunt continues.
I steal myself away and wander through to my room or should I say rooms.
As I walk through the living area of the generously sized suite, I am welcomed with my very own entrance music.
The classical notes echo throughout the rooms; a nice touch.
The tasteful decor is simple and time-honoured but makes me feel right at home.
There is an abundance of comfortable lounges to relax on.
Having both a powder room and an ensuite gives me even more options.
The wall to floor marble in both is grand and the fittings are appropriate to the vintage of the styling.
The presence of a neatly placed bath also excites me.
There’s just something slightly more luxurious about hopping out of a bath, rather than a shower, into a freshly fluffed robe.
The spaciousness continues through to the bedroom which provides plenty of room to sprawl out my suit case, something of a must for those who don’t pack light (ahem).
The quaint balcony is perfect for a breath of fresh air and some natural rays.
By this time, it feels to be vino o’clock so I venture down to the hotel bar.
Forgoing the wine and opting for an espresso martini was definitely a decision that paid off.
Yet another piano of the grand type sits in the corner of the room, making me feel like it was about time that I take up the instrument and burst into song.
The ambience in the bar is jovial but measured.
I can imagine Sir Stamford himself; scotch in one hand, cigar in the other pondering important Sir-like business.
As far as breakfast is concerned you can take the option of either a continental or full buffet, otherwise you may order off the menu.
Plenty of cold meats, cereal, yoghurt, pastries and bread are yours for the taking as well as a particularly impressive array of fruit.
For those who like to enjoy their first meal of the day in the comfort of their bed, that is also catered for.
However, the dining room itself is another one of the hotel’s magnificent spaces and should be enjoyed at some stage.
The Sir Stamford also specialises in a traditional high tea if you’re feeling indulgent.
Other facilities provided include a fitness and pool area with a large sun-deck where you could easily lounge an afternoon away.
Four function rooms are also available catering to everything from weddings to conferences.
It is easy to see why the hotel is highly favoured among those who are seeking faultless service, classical European styling and elegant spaces to curl up and lose yourself in a book or to talk all important business with colleagues.
If you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades I would definitely recommend getting into bed with Sir Stamford.
Sir Stamford Circular Quay
93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia