Review: Pier One Sydney Harbour by Autograph Collection, Sydney, Australia

This post is one chapter on our trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne with The Great Ocean Road, exploring The Yarra Valley and the beaches of The Gold Coast via Qantas First Class. This trip was booked using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Pier One Sydney Harbour by Autograph Collection, Sydney, Australia

“The location of this hotel almost immediately under the Sydney Harbour Bridge made an excellent choice for those looking to stay close, but not on top of the Circular Quay Sydney Harbour”

We arrived after a bit of around about driving route courtesy of Google Maps skipping through signals and the towers around Darling Harbour. Having accidentally drove over the Sydney Harbor Bridge, we ended up at the hotel.

Booking the Pier One:

I picked this property as it was positioned in an excellent location to the Harbor Bridge and reasonably priced being right around the corner from the Park Hyatt Sydney. Since we were on a short stopover, the objective was to be down by the water, instead of in an upper downtown hotel where we’d have to walk to get to the harbour. MrsWT73, somehow with the treatment of all the indulgences, had the impression that we were staying at the $900 AUD a night Park Hyatt, instead of the $250 AUD Pier One.

The lobby area was chic and featured great views of the water.

The front desk check in was prompt. A local amenity was offered, in addition to breakfast, although we just opted for the points since we weren’t sticking around long in the morning and would have access to a nice breakfast in the Qantas First Class lounge. The car was promptly valeted, with no self park option.

The Room: Water View, Guest Room – 1 King

I had applied Suite Night Awards to the room but they had failed to clear. Instead, we had been upgraded from a base room into a Water View Room. We were assigned #318, which was a room close to the water side of the harbor. We wandered through the distressed beam hallways towards our room.

The room was one of the more compact rooms that we had stayed in on this trip. The hotel is in restored warehouse, so a smaller room is likely to be expected. If you’re looking for a spacious suite, this is not the property for you since most rooms appear to be on the smaller side.

The room was nicely attired and decorated with modern furnishings. There was a small snack bar and the usual amenities such as an iron and a safe.

The bathroom was nicely appointed with two sinks, along with a see through shower to the living room.

A Very Welcome Platinum Amenity:

A complimentary bottle of wine was also provided, along with a nice card thanking me for my Platinum status. Unfortunately, we ended up finding out about this after our evening ended, having arrived to the property at around 7 PM, heading out for the night, and returning to the hotel at around 11 PM.

A Short Walk from the Hotel:

After we checked in, we headed out for a walk over to the Sydney Opera House. It was Saturday night, and despite being winter, everyone was out and about enjoying the city. The hotel has a great location with the harbor being very close to the property.

We wandered up around Circular Quay towards the Opera Kitchen for a little dinner. It was a busy place tonight. The seagulls were especially keen on all the food.

After dinner, we had a quick walk through The Rocks almost under the Harbour Bridge. It was quieter than expected tonight but still a nice place to spend a little time.

With a final walk back to the hotel…

After our quick sleep, I woke up in the morning at about 6 AM. I was determined to get the most out of a 20 hour stopover since you’re only through one of the world’s greatest cities a few times in your life. As a result, I left MrsWT73 in bed and left Pier One for a morning harbour walk. There were several others out this morning jogging and taking pictures of the morning sunrise. My reward was a simply unbeatable view of one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks.

It was nice and calm as the sun broke the horizon as I wandered back towards the hotel as the sand quickly ran through the hourglass and it was time to get to the airport for our flight.

The Bottom Line: The Pier One Sydney

I returned to the hotel where MrsWT73 was finally getting ready. The Pier One Sydney was perfectly adequate for our needs; a trendy, fashionable, quick crash pad in Sydney situated in an excellent location. In summary, it was an all-to-quick stay at this property and I’d be keen to return.

11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney  2000 

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