A Room With A View
Pier One Sydney Harbour offers guests unparalleled luxury, combining comfort, design, and a million-dollar view into one spectacular Sydney hotel experience.
If you’re planning on a trip to Sydney, there’s no doubt you’ll be heading to Circular Quay. Circular Quay is one of Sydney’s best tourist regions which is home to the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House as well as being the port for ferry rides to nearby gold sandy beaches and other attractions like Taronga Zoo.
The views over the harbour are stunning, both in the day with the blue sky providing a bright backdrop for the opera house’s sails, and into the evening, when the lights of the city skyline, the bridge, and Luna Park light up the sky. With the multitude of waterfront dining options, along with a close proximity to Sydney’s cultural hub of The Rocks, Pier One is in a perfect spot for those wanting to maximise their Sydney experience.
With seven waterfront suites which were only revealed last year, guests can stay on the harbour, and enjoy the sights all night long from the comfort of their lounge room, bed, or even bath.
Apart from the suites, a number of the other rooms on offer in the hotel offer guests a waterfront view, and for those whose rooms don’t offer a waterside view, the downstairs restaurant is located right on the water to offer the waterfront experience to any of the guests.
The hotel itself has been decorated with the harbour theme in mind. Rough wooden beams line the halls, and mark the entrance into the suites, and the white walls are contrasted with the blue of the sky and harbour creating a bright, airy and beachy atmosphere. There are 189 rooms available in Pier One, of different sizes and featuring various amenities to suit all guests. Despite the size of the hotel, all staff we encountered were professional, warm and friendly, and happy to accommodate any request.
We spent the night in one of Pier One’s Harbour View Suites, located on the top floor of the hotel. Having been to Sydney countless times, I have rarely been as speechless as I was when walking through the suite and taking in the view and feeling like I was perched over the water.
The suite has certainly been designed with the view in mind. Huge glass windows provide an incredible view over to Milson’s point, where the Harbour Bridge stretches over to and where you can clearly see the iconic Luna Park. Out to the right of the suite you can catch a view of the Opera House and from all rooms you can see the stretching arch of the Harbour Bridge. Countless ferries, speedboats and show boats cruise past and we spent a couple of hours simply enjoying some wine from our room, and watching the sites as the sun started to set. Depending on which way your room faces, you will either catch the sunset itself, or at the very least, a stunning reflection of the setting sun on the water.
Our suite was very generously sized, with separate living area featuring a lounge, table and wet bar on which is perched a couple of nice touches such as a widescreen television, Nespresso coffee machine and Bose iPod/iPhone dock. The bedroom again was huge and beautifully designed, with king sized bed with a pop-up TV built into its base, and again, floor to ceiling windows to provide all night views of the Harbour.
The ensuite bathroom is separated by sliding doors and features a modern double vanity, gorgeous egg shaped bathtub (big enough for two), and a separate shower with dual rain shower heads and multiple body sprays set into the walls for a pretty awesome shower experience.
A large range of appelles apothecary spa and bath products are provided for use, expanding on your typical shampoo, conditioner and body wash offerings and also providing a fizzy bath bomb, bath salts, and even bath caviar to choose from; another example of the extra efforts put in. Despite this, the view again was the best feature; it’s pretty awesome to take in the sights whilst you’re showering or enjoying a relaxing bubble bath.
A short walk from the hotel you have a range of waterfront dining options available, as well some amazing restaurants you’ll find in The Rocks. The central location at circular quay also means that nowhere in Sydney is out of reach, with comprehensive public transport options including the train, ferry and buses at your fingers.
The hotel also has its own restaurant and bar on the ground floor, which enables guests to dine on the balcony which is perched over the water and soak in the views and whilst we would encourage people to explore some of Sydney’s amazing culinary delights, the food is reasonably priced at the restaurant and is obviously convenient for those wanting a hassle free dinner. Food ordered at the restaurant may also be eaten in the privacy of your own room for no extra charge.
We arrived at the hotel relatively late in the evening, so after settling in we enjoyed a bottle of sparkling wine and soaked in the view as the sun started to set. We then went for a wander around circular quay and enjoyed dinner before returning to our Harbourside haven and enjoying a warm bubble bath before we turned in for the night. A good night’s sleep later and we were ready to head on our way. The espresso coffee was very welcome to kick start the day, and again, hotel staff were absolutely lovely and helpful as we checked out.
For those wanting to splurge and enjoy a night of absolute luxury in the heart of Sydney, I would certainly recommend a suite in Pier One. You’ll be well looked after, be close to all the action, have all the creature comforts you could want, and, best of all, you’ll have arguably the best view in the city.
For more photos taken during our stay visit our flickr album.