Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
Situated beside Sydney Cove, the Sir Stamford hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens. Partially housed in a 19th-century government office building, the hotel evokes old-fashioned glamour with eight fireplaces, more than 500 crystal chandeliers, and a collection of antiques from the Louis XV and Georgian eras. The 105 guest rooms are designed in neutral tones with mahogany furniture, wall-to-wall marble bathrooms, and in most rooms, private balconies overlooking the harbor, opera house, or botanical gardens. The restaurant serves seasonal Australian cuisine, while the bar hosts afternoon tea and occasional live music.