Built on and over the water, Sydney’s most historic hotel celebrates its heritage with every breathtaking view of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Nestled almost directly under the southern pylon of the Harbour Bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour offers arguably the best views in all directions, with Sydney Harbour on one side and Walsh Bay on the other. On dry land, many of Australia’s most popular cultural landmarks – like the famed Opera House and Circular Quay – are within walking distance of this prime location in The Rocks.
The 102-year-old listed building actually predates the Harbour Bridge and once served as the ferry station for passengers returning to Northern Sydney from the city. Today, hotel guests can avail themselves of the hotel’s private pontoon for stylish arrivals and trips in the vintage Italian timber boat.
Pier One’s industrial-chic design echoes its rich harbour-side history, from the two former gantries that now serve as outdoor areas for its suites, to the original beams and ironwork that are incorporated into its guest rooms and public areas. The soaring atrium of the lobby contrasts the rawness of reclaimed timber with the plushness of polished stone, gold and bronze accents, and custom-made zinc panels that decorate the walls. Meanwhile, the hotel’s Gantry Restaurant boasts an elegant waterside terrace and serves modern Australian cuisine – with a generous smattering of local seafood specialties, including the celebrated slipper lobsters, known as Balmain bugs – and its centerpiece zinc-finished bar is hung with bespoke boat-shaped light fixtures.
Guest rooms, with their gorgeous harbour vistas, furnishings reminiscent of first-class cabins, and sliding doors onto bayside terraces, are oases of calm in the heart of this vibrant city. The Zen ambience is enhanced by early morning yoga and Pilates classes, complimentary for guests, which are held at the end of the pier, directly under the Harbour Bridge in an open-air marquee.
Bliss beneath the bridge? This is just one of the ways in which Pier One Sydney Harbour goes the extra (nautical) mile to help its guests find safe harbour in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.