While staying in Sydney for four nights at the beginning of our trip in Australia, we were looking for an affordable hotel room with a convenient location. The Hotel Stellar fit exactly what we needed! We arrived from our international flight very early on Sunday morning and after being admitted through customs, boarded the train to get to Central Sydney. The line goes right from the airport terminal to the Museum station, which is just a few minutes walk to the hotel. Upon arrival, we were greeted by an extremely helpful and pleasant front desk staff member. Although check-in was not until later in the day, the clerk stored our luggage and offered to call or email if our room was ready earlier than expected. The clerk also provided us a map of Sydney and helped to get us oriented and provided fantastic suggestions of how to spend the next few hours. We ended up taking the Sydney Explorer tour bus and grabbing lunch, at which point we received an email that our room was ready (around noon). This was so nice because at this point we were quite tired and in need of a refresh.
We were very happy with the rest of our stay. The train line from Museum station was very helpful to get around the city, but mostly we walked everywhere. The Opera House and Circular Quay were only a 20 minute walk away, as were most of our dinners. Even though our room was on the first floor, next to the elevator and facing the street, it was very quiet and we were able to get a good night's rest almost every night. Having the coffee shop right next door and connected to the lobby was also quite nice. We ate breakfast there two times during our stay and the food was delicious.
My only warning is that as these rooms are suites with small kitchenettes where people can cook, the smoke alarms are an issue. There are signs in every room about procedures that occur when the smoke alarm goes off, so it must happen fairly often. Unfortunately, on our last night everyone had to evacuate the building around midnight due to the smoke alarms (burnt toast, I believe). In fact, the Sydney fire department came out and had to inspect before we were allowed back in. This did not result in a good night's sleep, so if this is of a concern to you, you may want to pick a different hotel without kitchenettes. less