As Sydney Airport has the largest number of departures to international destinations, many travellers from all over Australia need to fly into Sydney to connect with overseas carriers. Examples are Canadian Airlines to Vancouver, Aerolinas Argentinas to Buenos Aires, Lan Airlines to Santiago and Air Tahiti Nui to Papeete.
Staying near the airport the night before an international flight can make all the difference in avoiding stress caused by unforeseen situations such as delays in connecting flights, lost luggage or traffic jams.
The hotel is located less than 1km from the domestic terminal (if you’re travelling light you could easily walk) and 3km from the international terminal.
What we like
The proximity to the airport is certainly a big plus. The check-in service is geared towards travellers; reception staff are proactive in arranging wake-up calls and airport transfers. For $6 per person, a shuttle service leaves every 30 minutes (from 5am to 1035pm) to both terminals.
What we don’t
The lighting in my Superior room was rather dim. And I found searching through my suitcase in the dark annoying. There was no overhead lighting, just a desk lamp, a floor lamp and bedside table lamps.
The Superior room I stayed in was spacious and had two very comfy double beds. I slept soundly as rooms are fitted with double-glazed 8-mm thick windows to block out aircraft noise.
Deluxe rooms offer a few more extras including a complimentary full buffet breakfast and fresh fruit, Earlsley & Windsor bathroom toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and complimentary bottled water.
Also on offer is a complimentary shoe buffing service and complimentary laundry pressing for two items of clothing.
All 315 guest rooms have individually controlled air conditioning, direct STD/IDS dialling, colour television and in-house videos, minibar, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and high-speed internet connection ports.
The Stamford Suites are the top of the range with spacious dining and entertaining areas, two bathrooms, dressing rooms and master bedrooms with walk-in robes.
The other guests
The hotel caters for a mixture of business and leisure travellers.
The food and drink
The Grove Restaurant has a Seafood Buffet for $55 (Sunday to Thursday). You pay $10 extra on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Lobby Bar is open until late and puts on a Traditional High Tea (3pm to 6pm daily) where waiters bring around three-tiered stands with freshly baked scones, homemade preserves and thick double cream, gourmet finger sandwiches, pastries and cakes. And for those looking for a snack after 11pm, the in-room Night Owl menu has a reasonable selection of fare including club sandwiches, gourmet sandwiches, burgers for $18 and Malaysian chicken curry with fried rice for $24.
What to do
The hotel has a rooftop lap pool, gymnasium, sauna and spa.
The bottom line
Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport, Cnr O’Riordan and Robey Streets, Mascot, Sydney.