The Sebel Pier One Sydney

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

4 Reviews

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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 41% more than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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  • Families80
  • Couples78
  • Solo78
  • Business73
  • Just a great weekend...


    It was time to escape...we needed some quality time together and a weekend in the city was demanded by my partner...we wanted to be on the water and browsed a few hotels. The Sebel Pier One caought our eye and we booked a simple weekend package...although arrival/parkingwas a bit complicated...when we walked into the lobby and saw Sydney Harbour through the glass we both looked at each other and smiled.

    We booked a Queen room with harbour view...not huge but we weren't going to be spending our entire weekend indoors...we went shopping in teh morning, lunch in Circular Quay and off to the Opera House for some culture...

    The hotel is very nice...well kept, bright and cheerful staff that are not too intrusive...on Sunday they have a jazz group playing outside on teh wharf...we had a looong lunch after being offered a complimentary late check out (we did ask but they were quite nice about it)...

    All in all, very pleasant...

    Unique Quality: Right on the waterfront built out of an historic wharf...modern and stylish interiors...right next to teh Sydney Harbour Bridge...

    Directions: The Rocks, the historic tourist precinct near the city centre

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    Sitting on the Dock of the Bay


    A first class business hotel sitting as good as underneath the Harbour Bridge!

    Its a new conversion of the wharf buildings in what will soon become a key entertainment area of Sydney (the new Sydney Theatre is just up the road, Sydney Theatre Co are virtually next door and there are extensive plans of more conversions of the wharf buildings into restaurants, bars etc..).

    As a modern conversion, its everything you would expect - clean lines, lots of glass, chrome, white walls, furnishings and fittings providing the occasional splash of colour. Rooms are huge, comfortable without being ostentatious, with the bathrooms being bigger than some of the hotel rooms I've stayed in London!

    Its an efficient, friendly place, although sometimes the emphasis is more on 'style' than welcoming.

    You may want to avoid the ground floor rooms. Whilst they have the attraction of having a terrace, the terrace is in real terms part of the public access along the wharf itself.

    Unique Quality: Its all about location and comfort. Sited on the headland that is Dawson's Bay, the hotel is, as already indicated, virtually under the Harbour Bridge. Its an ideal location if you want a hotel around The Rocks but not right in the thick of things (this may change in time as the area is developed). Its not the best place if you envisage spending time in the Eastern Suburbs (Paddington/ Bondi etc) as you are literally on the other side of the city centre.


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    Are you a monk/nun looking for a cell?


    Unless you are, avoid the rooms on the Bridge side on the first floor. Stepping into one after a long flight from London was one of the worst travel experiences of my life! Fortunately, we were able to change to a room on the second floor (still with only one smallish window but acceptable) . The third floor (where I have stayed before) better still. Harbour view rooms to be preferred if you want the light.

    Unique Quality: Fantastic views from the Harbour side rooms and a few back rooms have great views of the Harbour Bridge (but see comments about the first floor). Lobby a delight - the back of the harbour and the sun are there to greet you!

    Directions: Rocks

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    Sydney city centre.


    Fantastic hotel adjacent to the Sydney Harbour Bridge with great views a fantastic bar and restaurant.

    Unique Quality: Only minutes from the heart of Sydney, the Opera House, circular Quays and all the nightlife, it's famous for the glass floor in the lobby.

    Directions: Just the other side of the Harbour Bridge.

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Sydney's coolest hotel

by sum2004 about Sebel Pier One Hotel

Very friendly and helpful environment and stuff. They did everything possible to make our stay easy. From helping us post some items to providing tips and tricks for Sydney's sigh seeing.
Nice breakfast bouffet with many choices of fruits and juices. The hotel is built on the water. There is a glass flooring on the lobby's floor and you actually feel like walking on water.
There is a really convenient small gym for those who need some exercise even on their holidays.
It is located just on Sydney's harbor, just a few minutes walk from all the cafes and restaurants and the Opera house of course.

A nightmare stay at a nice location

by TripAdvisor Member Florence_DB

I was really looking forward to a two night stay on the waterfront of Darling Harbour at the Sebel Pier One Hotel, after a tiring business trip to Sydney. Alas, I ended up being switched to 4 different rooms over a 2 night stay due to various breakdowns ( air conditionning broke down in the first room, bathroom actually turned into a swamp in the second room due to faulty drainage, the ceiling started leaking at 23:00 in the third room).At the end I was barily unpacking, ready to be wisked out in 5 minutes notice to yet another room...Apart from various other problems such as broken internet cables, dirty windows and firetrap conditions in the first room, I was most disappointed by the total and utter indifference of the staff to all these problems and my ruined stay. This was more infuriating then anything else!

Harbour Bridge location

by TripAdvisor Member Liz1953

We recently spent our last four nights of our tour at the Sebel Pier One. It has a great location, with water views of the harbour. There were no less than three weddings held at this stunning wharf setting. The rooms are tastefully decorated in navy blue with dark wood. Bathroom towels were omitted twice, but service was prompt on both requests. The breakfast buffet choices were varied and tempting for all tastes. The inviting bar was centered in the attractive lobby. Staying under the bridge offered a romantic setting and the close proximity to the Rocks area was perfect for sightseeing. We accessed the ferry and bus system to reach outer areas of Sydney (Manley and Bondi beaches). I highly recommend this hotel for a leisure stay in Sydney.

Quality hotel, quiet situation - would stay again

by TripAdvisor Member Anniepan

Booked the Sebel Pier One for 5 days around Easter 2006 and it was a very easy place to stay. Friendly unobtrusive but helpful staff, clean user-friendly room. We had a King Waterview room which looks down the river past the other piers, not towards the City, but had a few nice sunsets. Kept our car parked at the hotel for A$25 a day and the concierge parking was very efficient. Didn't eat there as there's so much choice around, but had a drink in the small lobby bar with glass floor insert through to water below! A fair walk round from the other side of the bridge to say the Opera House (if you're in high heels!!) and it was a shame the waterfront had roadworks at the time. Being slightly away from Circular Quay did make for restful night's sleep though and all in all we would stay again if price ok.

Room on the wrong side

by TripAdvisor Member LightyPar

We stayed at the Sebel Pier One in Sydney for the last night of our holiday in Australia, because we wanted to push the boat out, but we were very disappointed.

Although we got a deal by booking through, we still paid a fairly chunky amount, however it wasn't worth it.

Our room looked out on the main street and Sydney Harbour Bridge. I say 'looked out on', because the window was well above head height and you couldn't exactly gaze out of it.

The building is a conversion and there was a lot of evidence of old pipe work and supports in our room (107), which made it gloomy, rather than adding character.

Our worst complaint was the constant sound of the air conditioning/air extraction that was impossible to turn off. In fact it sounded like there was a generator of some sort next to our room. It's no exaggeration to say that it ruined our last night in Australia.

The final straw was that an extremely simple room service order took over and hour and two attempts to get right.

The general level of service was good and we'd have been delighted to get a room overlooking the water. It looks like all the rooms on the harbour side were equally badly converted. AVOID THEM AT ALL COSTS if you stay here.

Great location for a cool hotel

by TripAdvisor Member leeson

The Sebel Pier One is located almost directly under the span of the Harbour Bridge. A short walk along Dickson Road, or alternatively up a flight of steps, under the Bridge brings you to George Street & the heart of the Rocks area, with Circular Quay close by. We had a waterview room at the hotel, which don't look out onto the Bridge, but provides a feel that this was once a "working" Wharf whilst being peaceful & calming. The room facilities were standard but good, full Fox TV service is included (you get Premiership football coverage, for those that might be interested). We must add that the flush facilities (as mentioned in a previous review) are unique, but that the plumbing can be a little noisy - this was our only (minor) complaint. We took breakfast in our room on a couple of occasions - it is possibly not worth the charge unless you get a double portion of everything which we did one morning ! We ate out each night - there is so much variety in the Rocks & for a tourist area, the prices are not at all unreasonable. There is also a lovely little French cafe - try the quiches for lunch or the pastries for breakfast. We never tired of walking round this area, even if just taking in the views. Whilst in Sydney we can recommend taking the Manly Ferry, joining an organised walking tour of the Rocks area and yes the Bridge Climb (it is expensive, but we thought it was definitely worthwhile). Whilst we were there there was a fireworks display in the Harbour on the 5th Nov which really rounded off our stay.


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Address: 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia