I chose this hotel because the location sounded ideal on paper: close to The Rocks, but just far enough away to avoid the noise and rowdies. Unfortunately I did not realise that it gets dark at 6, if not before. I did not feel comfortable about walking back to the hotel from the city after dark, so I went back to Walsh Bay early and found a few places to eat there in the evenings.
My heart sank when I arrived at the hotel and saw a sign announcing "beautification work", which was a serious euphemism, as it seemed to be major work, not just a lick of paint. Breakfast was rather spoilt by the noise of this work, and everything seemed to be provisional, with lots of plastic sheeting up everywhere. Fortunately my room was not close to the building site, but I would not really describe it as quiet, since there was a lot of noise from doors banging and suction-type toilets flushing in other rooms. The room was a good size, as was the bathroom, but I thought it could do with some element of colour to relieve the white walls (the only decoration was provided by some rather uninspiring black and white photos, and some nice indigo cushions).
Breakfast was good, although the service was a bit hit-and-miss. I ate in the restaurant on one occasion, and the food was excellent albeit pricey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection is ideally located on the magnificent Sydney waterfront close to the Southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Boutique in size, our hotel features 189 unique federation style rooms with contemporary chic furnishings. Located in the heart of the Rocks, our hotel offers the perfect accommodation for exploring Sydney or getting friends together for a special event or wedding. The Gantry Restaurant & Bar offers its guests the ultimate open air dining experience with full panoramic views of Walsh Bay. Our luxury Sydney Harbour hotel's accommodations also offer a smoke-free environment, valet parking and 24-hour security. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sebel Pier 1 Sydney
- Sebel Pier One Sydney Hotel Sydney
- Sebel Pier One Hotel Sydney
- Pier One Sydney
- Sydney Sebel Pier One