Sydney, Australia

Pier One Sydney Harbour

Rates from (ex tax)$138.16

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD191.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Jet-set jetty

Setting

Under the bridge

Tucked away below the jet-black girders of the iconic bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour hotel’s turn-of-the-century jetty has been artfully restored. Soaring ceilings, exposed timber beams and an elegant neutral palette lend this urban bolthole a refined atmosphere and subtle nautical flair that extend to its harbour-view rooms and on-trend kitchen.

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A Lady on the Pier sundowner each on the deck

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

189, including 18 suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $138.16 (AU$174), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD191.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast. Choose from cooked-to-order waffles and omelettes, or healthy options from the self-service fridge. Buffet breakfast, AU$38 a person; Continental, AU$28; half price for under-12s.

Also

Indulgent massages, facials and exfoliating treatments can be arranged in-room. Work up a sweat in the marine breeze: daily Pilates and boxing classes take place on the pier from Monday to Friday.

At the hotel

Lounge, free WiFi in public spaces (AU$9.95 a day for in-room access), Pilates and boxing classes, private pier. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, organic Appelles Apothecary & Lab toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Inspired by sweeping harbour views, rooms have a quiet nautical elegance. Marble-top tables, timber beams and leather chairs offset an understated palette of creams and greys. Waterside rooms have Walsh Bay views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. All the suites are luxurious – expect day-beds, in-room tubs and an eyeful of Sydney's icons – but for true indulgence book the Harbour View Balcony Suite: you’ll find an indoor-outdoor bathroom and private deck jutting out over the pier.

Packing tips

Embrace the casual seaside vibe with deck shoes and pedal pushers.

Also

The hotel has four wheelchair-accessible rooms.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are allowed on the ground floor (but not the Gantry), and in some Waterside King, Twin, and King Deluxe rooms with direct pier access, on request, for AU$60 a stay. Dog bowls and sleeping mats are provided, and food can be ordered round the clock. See more pet-friendly hotels in Sydney.

Children

Welcome. Cots for under-5s are free. Some rooms (Heritage Deluxe, Waterside Deluxe, Walsh Bay Suite and Hickson Suite) have a double sofa bed for two under-12s or one older child (AU$30 a night a child). The restaurant can rustle up child-friendly meals.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel sources its food from local producers and farmers, recycles grey water, and uses eco-friendly light bulbs and a saltwater cooling system.

Food and Drink

Photos Pier One Sydney Harbour food and drink

Top Table

In warm weather, tables spill out onto the deck; the ones by the windows have year-round hypnotic views of the harbour.

Dress Code

Easygoing jeans or bright and breezy dresses – anything goes.

Hotel restaurant

From its broad, weathered parquet to the dramatic display of crustaceans at the seafood bar, the Gantry harbours a sense of theatre. Having taken up residence in the open kitchen, chef Joel Bickford makes the most of freshly foraged and locally sourced produce. Expect a deft, colourful take on contemporary Australian cuisine: squid paired with radish and beach plants, mulberry duck and mysterious desserts perfumed with violet and liquorice.

Hotel bar

The Gantry Bar’s zinc-clad centrepiece is a beacon for cocktail lovers: masterful mixologists skillfully wield mortars, shakers and home-brewed syrups for the Smithiest drinks in town. Local mussels, Sydney rock oysters and beetroot home fries make fine amuse-bouches. Sip on a Lady on the Pier – vodka, pink grapefruit, lemon myrtle and elderflower – or take a chilled beer out onto the deck.

Last orders

The Gantry stays open from breakfast at 6.30am to the last cheese course at 10pm. Sip on post-prandial digestifs until midnight.

Room service

Guests can order from the restaurant menu during opening hours, after which a light bar menu is available.

Location

Photos Pier One Sydney Harbour location
Address
Pier One Sydney Harbour
11 Hickson Road Walsh Bay
Sydney
2000
Sydney
Australia

Planes

A 30-minute drive away, Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport serves international and domestic flights. Taxis are readily available at the airport rank, or you can hire a car if you want your own wheels.

Trains

From Circular Quay station, a 15-minute walk away, there are direct trains to the airport and the CBD. A taxi from the hotel costs around AU$10.

Automobiles

You’ll easily find taxis in front of the hotel. If you’re planning on exploring further afield and have your own wheels, valet parking will set you back AU$50 for 24 hours; on-street parking costs from AU$4.40 an hour.

Other

Hop off your yacht at the pier but don’t dilly-dally – skippers only get a 15-minute slot. Or swap sea legs for buns of steel: bicycles are available for hire from AU$1.40 an hour.

Worth getting out of bed for

Make the most of Sydney’s airy walkways and set out on foot: steps by the hotel lead up to the base of the bridge. Head south on George Street towards The Rocks, a historical neighbourhood packed with popular restaurants and lively pubs. Daily water shuttles to Taronga Zoo run from Circular Quay, but the hotel can also arrange a private boat transfer from the jetty for a truly spoiling koala-cuddling experience. The Sydney Opera House’s soaring shells and scintillating programme are a gentle 20-minute stroll away. If you’re after even loftier pursuits, book a knuckle-biting tour and climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

Local restaurants

If you really can’t get enough of those glittering harbour views, book a table at O Bar & Dining (+61 (0)2 9247 9777), a glam watering hole with panoramic views from its perch on the 47th floor. Healthy, zesty flavours take centre-stage in market-sourced nibbles and hearty mains: sample shellfish boudin, flash-grilled meats and fragrant ancient grains. The Cut (+61 (0)2 9259 5695) has the whisky-and-cigars allure of a New York steakhouse: start with the steak tartare and segue to a monumental côte de boeuf (you might want to skip the dessert). Nearby Mr Wong (+61 (0)2 9240 3000) is an award-winning Cantonese eatery dishing up incredible dim sum in a sprawling two-level space.

Local cafés

A 10-minute walk from the hotel, The Cava makes a good breakfast stop, with a special section on the menu devoted to avocado toast.

Local bars

Exotic cocktail joint Cruise Bar (+61 (0)2 9119 1849) has unbeatable views of the Opera House; Japanese whisky, holy basil and Sichuan peppercorns give the tipples here a seductive Asian twist. Clean-lined, monochrome Ivy is a hangout for Sydney’s bold and beautiful: upstairs, Pool Club (+61 (0)2 9254 8088) has post-dip private cabanas and DJ-spun tunes.

Reviews

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Georgia Hopkins

Anonymous review

My bed feels even more king-size than usual. I have so much room to stretch out, yet I still feel cosy as I stare up at the dark timber beams and lofty ceilings above me. Everything here is light, bright and very inviting. If I look out of the windows to my left, all I can see is water. And the odd yacht. I feel very nautical all of a sudden. In fact, I swear the room is actually moving. Could this be a boat, perhaps? A cruise ship? I can’t quite be sure. But what I do know is, whatever I’m on, it seems to be working for me…

‘This’, it turns out, is boutique hotel Pier One Sydney Harbour – a former cargo wharf and passenger terminal turned hip hideaway, sitting pretty beside Sydney’s glittering harbour. So no, it’s not a ship; but yes, my room was definitely rocking in rhythm to the footsteps of slowly roused guests as they trudge down the corridor outside. The Harbour Bridge towers above the hotel, the Opera House peeks at it from around the corner and gaudy Luna Park shines brightly from the other side of the harbour: Pier One couldn’t scream ‘Sydney’ louder if it tried. It’s the perfect little pit stop for an outta-towner.

The hotel has a suitably impressive entrance (sparkling views of the water, wood-panelled walls, steel aplenty, and a natural colour palette), made even more enticing by the free and almost-obligatory glass of champagne offered on arrival. I mean, really, does anyone ever say no to that?

The re-design of this hotel has been carefully and thoughtfully considered, staying true to the style of the heritage building it once was. The place offers a true sense of calm. We stay in a Waterside King Deluxe Room overlooking Walsh Bay, and I would be lying if I said I didn't run straight in and jump on the deliciously soft, linen sofa that sits under the big windows. The freestanding bath tub is a pretty nice little touch as well. The suites at the north end of the hotel have the best views of the harbour, but I must admit, we also have a thing for the rooms on the lower floor. These rooms, believe it or not, are saved for you and your ‘fur-baby’. Yep, thats right, they are indeed dog-friendly, with dark-washed floorboards swapped out for carpet, and big, private terraces that open up onto the wharf. Smart, really! No accidents here.

For eating and drinking, the rather fancy dining space (with Chef’s Hat-winning food), is presided over by head chef, Joel Bickford (formerly of an equally wonderful restaurant south of Sydney called Biota Dining). He offers a cryptic-sounding menu (perhaps even a little too fancy for the hotel itself…), with items such as: ‘pig’s head with prune, purple mustard and mulberries’ and ‘duck with malt, mead, sour pear and perilla’, we find it a little hard to decipher what exactly will end up on our plate… It’s a sunny night, so we opted to sit outside on the water’s edge, under the stars, rather than inside the somewhat stuffy restaurant. Pretty hanging lights sway above us, and the smell of smoked meat from the hotel’s food truck on the pier makes us even hungrier for our meal. It’s good – really good – and Jess, our waitress, is super-sweet. We feast on the Wagyu beef, and free-range chicken; share oysters to start; split trout on rye with yoghurt dressing; and snack on a caprese salad. The dessert, however, is the best of all – we’re talked into it, and thank goodness: a passionfruit curd-custardy thing with yuzu sauce.

Brekkie the next morning is served in the same restaurant space (or in your room, if you can’t peel yourself out of that king-size bed). There’s plenty of healthy stuff on offer – cold, hot or what-not – and you can sit out on the pier if you prefer. The coffee is ok, but what with so many awesome specialty coffee shops in Sydney, we save our morning fix for a cute café in Surry Hills or down in Bondi instead. We love getting up early for yoga on the pier; or sunrise walks around the harbour – past all the shiny Sydney sights – to the Botanic Gardens. You’d be crazy not to stop at the iconic Boy Charlton pool for a heavenly swim. Cutting laps alongside Sydney harbour before breakfast? Yes please. There’s a gym, and it’s a decent size and full of weights; if weightlifting’s your game, you are sorted.

At Pier One Sydney Harbour, you really get a taste for harbour life. And that’s Sydney in a nutshell really: water, sunshine, good vibes. And with so many iconic landmarks on your doorstep, it’s a no-brainer for anyone visiting this harbour town for the first time.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Pier One Sydney Harbour’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The hotel's location- close to the harbour and The Rocks. The room was lovely and spacious with two areas which was perfect for us and our two boys (11 and 9). Fantastic breakfast. Great dinner at Cuts Bar and a Grill, Argyll Street, The Rocks. About a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

Don’t expect

A pool, which would have been the icing on the cake.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Dec 2016

We loved

The room and the hotel itself. Go to Tapas Vino, a very good tapas bar.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Nov 2016

We loved

The beautiful, pared-back, gorgeously styled rooms. We stayed the the 'Walsh bay suite' and it was really spacious with a lovely living area with great harbour views. The hotel has great accessories including Nespresso and beautiful toiletries. About an 8 minute walk to Cirular Quay/Opera house etc. and great pubs nearby. The Cycle Bar is a cool family run business serving up great breakfasts.

Don’t expect

It's not the dream hotel for traveling with kids as our 11 and 12 year old children shared a sofa bed, but compared to many other boutique hotels in central Sydney it was good value and much cheaper on Mr & Mrs Smith than other sites.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Oct 2016

We loved

The position of the hotel is fabulous, right under Sydney Harbour Bridge and an easy walk to the dock for harbour boat trips. Recommend the fast catamaran to Manly beach and then walking around the bay to Shelley beach, for lunch at the Boathouse.

Don’t expect

The room was a bit tired, but renovations were in progress.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

The location. Recommend visiting The Lord Nelson. 10/10

Don’t expect

A late bar

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

We loved everything about Pier One Sydney. The service and the staff were excellent. Couldn't have been more accomodating. Even when they bought our car back there was a bottle of water and a muesli bar for our journey home. Great place. Cant wait to go back. Local recommendations: Teppinyaki at the Rocks is awesome

Don’t expect

Don't expect crappy service as everything is excellent.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Jun 2016

We loved

The quaint room design and the lovely buffet breakfast. A few minutes walk to The Rocks where there are a lot of nice restaurants and scenes. As well as you can walk and have a close view of the Harbour Bridge. 

Don’t expect

Bathtubs in every room. Turns out only certain rooms (you may request though) have bathtubs.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Jun 2016

We loved

That nothing was a problem, staff were very attentive. Rocks Markets on Saturday were lovely

Don’t expect

Cheap room service

Rating

Stayed on 20 May 2016

We loved

Location is fab. Staff are helpful. 10/10

Don’t expect

Breakfast a bit disorganised

Rating

Stayed on 24 Mar 2016

We loved

Restaurant food was excellent, best meal I had in Sydney!

Rating

Stayed on 10 Mar 2016

We loved

Our room, the location, the view, everything.

Don’t expect

To be upgraded

Rating

Stayed on 1 Mar 2016

We loved

Customer service was fantastic! Would definitely stay there again and recommend our friends to stay. There are so many pubs and bars just outside the door, and the opera bar is just a short walk away. Loved everything about this hotel!

Don’t expect

Nothing, we were happy with everything.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

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