Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel in Australia

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Updated: November 23, 2020

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Review of Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel.

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection – Beautiful hotel in a historic building by the pier.

This hotel was crafted within a converted warehouse on a pier almost underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Hence, the hotel maintains the original structure, with rooms featuring wooden beams, steel pillars, and ironwork across the ceilings. The lovely standard rooms, with their polished floorboards and marble-top desks, provide an ambiance rarely experienced in city-center high-rises. On the ground floor, double doors open to a private patio. The rooms on the upper floors offer more color and a different layout, and interconnecting rooms are available for families. A harbor-side path from The Pier One finishes at the renowned Sydney Opera House and passes The Rocks (for cafés) and Circular Quay (for trains and ferries).

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection – The Basics

  • Location: Hickson Road, at the northern end of The Rocks.
  • Guests: Seems primarily designed for couples and small groups of holiday goers.
  • Pets: Allowed in ground floor rooms for A$90.
  • Views: Of the thin bay from both sides, but far better in the suites on the upper floors.
  • Wi-Fi: Free for all guests.
  • Parking: Available for A$55 per day.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 8298 9777
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: pieronesydneyharbour.com.au

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection – Amenities

  • Pool & Spa: Not expected or provided in this heritage-listed boutique hotel.
  • Fitness Centre: Free access to the well-equipped Aspire Fitness gym alongside.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: The Gantry Restaurant & Bar features an award-winning chef and vast menu, with plenty of options for vegetarians • The Kerrigan is a casual café/bar with a heavenly waterside setting, and specializes in grilled meat and seafood
  • Lounge/Bar: The Pier One Bar is trendy and popular for its harbor-side setting and fancy cocktails.
  • Breakfast: Included in some hotel rates.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection – Rooms

  • Room Types: Admiral Suite • Harbour View Balcony Suite • Walsh Bay Suite • Harbour View Suite • Hickson Suite • Waterside King Room • Heritage Superior or King Room
  • Smoking Rooms: By Australian law, smoking is forbidden within hotel buildings.
  • Best Room: The Admiral Suites offer divine views across the harbor from the floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies.

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    The Rocks is heaving with superb places to eat and drink, including:

  • Wild Ginger Dining & Bar – Refined Thai restaurant specializing in seafood, with superb views.
  • Caminetto – Pasta, pizza, veal, and wine, particularly intimate and romantic.
  • Quay – Multi-award-winning, with modern cuisine and sublime views.
  • Harbour View Hotel – Friendly pub with affordable meals.

Local Transportation

  • Less than 10 minutes on foot to Circular Quay, with a train station and ferry terminal.

Pier One Sydney Harbour – The Hotel

Hotel Pier One's Location

The hotel is based in the original wharf building.

Hotel Pier One is near a Renovated Wharf

The hotel is based in a heritage-listed building along a renovated wharf, so the original structure remains, including the exterior of the hotel and layout of the rooms.

Pier One Hotel is located in an old Warehouse

Built within the original warehouse, many rooms feature old beams, pillars and ironwork.

Relaxing Harbourside Cafe and Bar

There’s nothing better than to relax at the harbourside café/bar.

Outdoor Cafe/Bar at Hotel Pier One

Views across the harbour from the outdoor café/bar are stunning.

Popular Cocktail Bar at Hotel Pier One

The cocktail bar is popular, if only for the jaw-dropping harbour views.

Hotel Pier One is located in an old, renovated Building

Renovated with an old building, the hotel windows are usually small.

Pier One's Stylish and Spacious Rooms

All rooms are very stylish and spacious, and maintain their original features such as beams and ceilings.

Pier One's Stylish and Spacious Rooms

Most Standard Rooms are large enough for two double beds.

Hotel Pier One's Colourful Rooms

Some rooms feature a splash of colour, but there is generally too much white throughout.

Best Views are from the Admiral Suites

The Admiral Suites on the top floor offer the best harbour views.

Pier One is near Sydney Harbour Bridge

At one of the northernmost tips of the southern part of the harbour, the hotel is almost under the base of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Pier One is near Sydney Harbour Bridge

The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge dominates the area.

Hotel Pier One is located near the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Just outside the door of the hotel looms the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which can be admired from almost anywhere this side of Sydney.

Hotel is close to the Sydney Opera House

Dominating the immediate area is the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Iconic Sydney Opera House at the harbour

The famous Sydney Opera House dominates the skyline around the harbour.

Hotel Pier One is located near Circular Quay

The hotel is a five-minute walk from Circular Quay, home to many upmarket hotels and cafés.

Pier One is near Circular Quay and The Rocks

A path from the hotel leads 700m to Circular Quay, which has a train station, bus stop and the city ferry terminal.

Pier One Located near the Sydney Opera House

From the hotel a delightful walking path (about 1.4km) leads to the Sydney Opera House, via Circular Quay and The Rocks historical area.

Excellent transport options at Circular Quay

Circular Quay is also a transport hub for local buses and trains, and home to the ferry terminal with services all over the harbour.

Old Sydney Town in the The Rocks

As the original site of old Sydney town, The Rocks is home to many old buildings.

Delightful eateries at The Rocks

There are plenty of alluring cafés and bars around the Rocks area, such as the Munich Brauhaus, for German beer, food and music.

Lovely cafes at The Rocks

Only 250m from the hotel via the harbourside walking path is the historic Rocks area. Many of the old buildings have been converted into delightful cafés, such as the Caminetto Italian restaurant.

Lovely old buildings around Hotel Pier One

The streets of Sydney just south of Circular Quay are dotted with lovely old buildings, some renovated into posh hotels.

Classy shops in Queen Victoria Building

Only two train stops from Circular Quay, the Queen Victoria Building offers plenty of classy boutiques and charming cafés.

Shopping at popular Paddy's Markets

Take a train to Central Station (three stops from Circular Quay), from where it’s a short walk to Paddy’s Markets, home to hundreds of indoor stalls selling everything and anything.

Magnificent harbour views from ferry to Manly

From Circular Quay (700m away), ferries leave about every 30 minutes to other magnificent places like Manly Beach and Watsons Bay.

Magnificent views from ferry ride to Manly

On the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay, the views of the city skyline are magnificent.

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