Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


Interior spaces, Places & Faces

Sebel Pier One

Always on the hunt to try a new hotel, my wife and I recently enjoyed a night at Sebel Pier One. I travel across the globe on buying and design inspiration trips but rarely try out the local hotels in my own city. It was time to try one of Sydney’s finest since 1999.

Built in 1912, Pier One was a cargo wharf and passenger terminal until 1977. The luxury hotel opened in the late 90s and underwent a significant renovation in 2012, yet still retains an authentic nod to its heritage.

With an enviable location overlooking Walsh Bay in The Rocks precinct, the hotel is home to 189 rooms, a number of balcony suites and incredible event and dining spaces.

Even the lobby is a wonder and the champagne at check in was a nice touch. A sophisticated nautical aesthetic is balanced by original architectural elements including exposed timber beams and ironwork. Specially commissioned pieces of art adorn the hotel walls. Despite being a large and prominent hotel, the modern interiors have a somewhat boutique feel.

The Harbour View Balcony Suite we enjoyed features a wonderfully comfortable king bed, deep freestanding bath tub, rain shower head and luxurious Appelles Apothecary toiletries. Being able to draw back the curtains to the breathtaking water views was spectacular.

If you want a luxurious experience at home in Sydney, don’t look further than the Sebel Pier One.

Anthony Spon-Smith

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