Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is home to quality high tea. I know a few people who have enjoyed the high tea experience here in opulence and luxury. Beautiful sandwiches and scones to say the least. The decor is old school yet elegant. You would be forgiven for thinking that you're in a castle of luxury. The perfect backdrop is enjoyed.
Image courtesy of the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel website.
The demographic of this hotel would be most suited to history connoisseurs and those who appreciate anything antique. The decor is welcoming. The porter usually stands outside in the traditional hotel uniform greeting you at the door.The tasteful lobby awaits. It is great to see stunning old school decor with a modern twist. All the clocks are in Roman numerals. That kind of vibe is enjoyed here.
I was fortunate to have stayed at this hotel. The first time I stayed here was when I needed to escape from home in order to study for an important uni exam. The strategy worked. The hotel is on the quiet end of historical Macquarie Street.
Views from inside the front entrance of the hotel.
My room had that elegant decor with French doors opening to a mini-balcony. I had views from Circular Quay. The cabinets were really antique: a combination of brown and gold. The brown desk in the deluxe room was also elegant. The air conditioning settings weren't a problem. Beautiful and smooth bed spread with traditional white hotel linen was also enjoyed.
The rooms are definitely comfortable. The marble tiles in the bathroom, just stunning. The bathrooms are spacious. The rooms make way for a relaxing experience despite having to be rather productive. Next time, it would be great to stay here as a treat, without having to do any work. The experience would certainly be more enjoyable.
There are no problems with checking in if you check in a couple of hours before the standard check in time of 3pm. As I was checking out, an interstate visitor on business wanted to check in early, and it proved to be quite a challenge.
At the time I stayed at this hotel, it was in the cooler winter months. The month was June, and it was too cold to use and enjoy the rooftop pool.
From this hotel, you are right opposite the domain and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As you leave the hotels entrance, turn to your right, and you're close by to the State Library of New South Wales. Sydney's hub of arts and culture is only a short walk up the hill. Furthermore you're close to Sydney's legal precinct and Hyde Park which is your gateway to Darlinghurst and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Furthermore, as you're leaving the hotel when you turn left from the entrance, walk down the hill and you find yourself right near Matt Moran's Aria Restaurant and the Sydney Opera House in front of you. Next door to that, and to your right are the Royal Botanical Gardens. Great glimpses of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are enjoyed. As the hotel is in the Circular Quay area, you're situated right hear the ferries and some great places to eat out at along the waterfront. On the other side of the hotel side of Circular Quay, the Overseas Passenger Terminal and the newly renovated Museum of Contemporary Art are nestled near great bars and restaurants as your gateway into The Rocks.
Your heading said best high tea. It would have been nice to see a few photos of the high tea spread to see what they're offering as well as the price. Would have also liked to know what sort of tea they serve, etc. Thank you. :-)