When seeking out luxury, many of us have our own check-lists. Those dot points multiply if we talk hotels. But while some tastes are led by technology, sleek and shiny fit-outs or the presence of bespoke bottled cocktails, we seem to have neglected a different kind. No I'm not talking quiet luxury – a genre the internet is particularly fixated on right now – but old world luxury. The kind you find at Sir Stamford Circular Quay.
At a time when hotels have grown decidedly minimalist, Sir Stamford in Circular Quay acts as a portal into a world of plush comforts. But first, step beneath its charming red canopy entrance on Macquarie Street. Everything from the timber bannisters and Persian carpets to the softly lit chandeliers and sumptuous lounges echoes the sort of nostalgia only accessed in classic Hollywood cinema.
Wallpapered rooms come equipped with antique writing desks and beds so inviting, room service is not a matter of if but when. And when you're finally ready to come up for air, The Highlander Bar eases you back into the real world with a nip of Macallan 12 year old to get you in the mood.
Given its name, it should come as no surprise that the Sir Stamford is punctuated by English traditions. Have company? Why not take them along to Stamford High Tea for scones and Champagne? Otherwise, dinner is served with Singaporean flourishes; think satay and laksa.
So if its a staycation you're yearning for or some rest and relaxation, next time you're in Sydney slip into the Sir Stamford in Circular Quay for your dose of old world charm.
Speaking of English traditions, if you find yourself in London take this list of the best hotels the city has to offer. Otherwise, these are the places we stay when in Paris.