Bates Smart Architects designs new suites of Sebel Pier One Sydney

The Sebel Pier One Sydney, located in Walsh Bay adjacent to the historic Rocks precinct, unveiled seven of the city’s over-water suites with views of Australia’s landmarks including Luna Park, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Perched on-and-over Sydney Harbour, the hotel’s seven new suites were been designed by Bates Smart Architects and include four Harbor View Balcony Suites which have direct access to private balconies with sweeping Sydney Harbour views. The largest balcony measures 430 square feet which juts out over the Pier and makes for an ideal setting for private alfresco dining, sunset drinks or taking in the beauty of Sydney Harbour and watching the yachts sail past. All the balcony suites have designer day beds and arm chairs.

Designed for open-plan living, there is a transition from the bedroom to the bathroom in all of the new suites, and all provide natural light due to the floor-to-ceiling wrap around windows and glass sliding doors. Each of the bathrooms have standalone bath tubs, twin rain showers with side jets, double brass bowl vanities and amenity kits from Appelles Apothecary. From the hotel’s Harbour View Balcony Suite at the northern end of the Pier, the deep-set bathtub, which is the feature piece of a bathroom, overlooks the water and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Following in the steps of the Harbour Rocks Hotel – its sister property – ornamental art and designer furnishings have been sourced from around the globe and adorn the new suites. From regional France to Australian design houses, the art pieces, some of which have been commissioned specifically for the space they occupy, are a feature of the new rooms and reflect the history of the wharf, which began life over a century ago as the main wharf for P&O ships, bringing cargo and passengers to Sydney from all over the world.


All of the new suites have king size beds, a marble topped wet bar with Nespresso coffee machine, marble topped working desk, two LED flat screen TVs – one of which rises from the bed base, Foxtel, iPod/iPad docking stations and WiFi internet access.

As well as the seven new suites, The Sebel Pier One Sydney also finished renovating 22 new Waterside King and Heritage King rooms which now takes the hotel’s total room count to 189.

Pier One has been a feature of Sydney Harbour since its construction in 1912. The Pier was used by P&O Cruises as a passenger terminal and cargo until 1977, when works began on redeveloping the site for commercial use. From the late-1970s to early-1990s, The Pier continued to be a popular attraction and featured restaurants, amusement rides and retail outlets until it was restored and redeveloped into a hotel.

The Sebel Pier One Sydney opened in spring 1999. In 2012, Pier One celebrated its 100th year anniversary.

Located alongside the harbor, the hotel’s Front Restaurant & Bar offers alfresco dining on the Pier. The hotel also has a newly renovated gymnasium with harbor views and is available 24-hours a day.

In September 2012, the hotel launched its new function space, Water @ Pier One. Situated on the ground floor and at the front of the Pier with wrap-around glass windows, Water @ Pier One is made up of eight conference and event rooms, enjoys views of Sydney Harbour and can hold up to 450 people.

The development of the new function center and the addition of the suites and rooms involved an investment of over A$17 million.


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