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When it comes to choosing lodging for your travels, there are many choices including and not limited to Hotels, Hostels, Air B&B, etc. But choosing the right place that fits your needs can make or break your time away from home.
I choose Pier One Sydney because it was in a unique location, walking distance, 10, 15, 20-minute walks to major city land marks like the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Rocks (Full of shops and restaurants), Opera House, Circular Quay (pronounced “Key”) and many more. It turned out to be in the perfect location for my needs.
This unique hotel is set in an old building that has been repurposed as a boutique hotel and it is full of vintage character. Located by the water, this hotel is literally set at Pier One in Sydney Harbor, hence the name, because of its location and age, the building does come with its quirks and that is what makes it so unique.
My plane landed in Sydney at 6:30 AM and I got to the hotel by 8:00AM, I was welcomed with a glass of cold juice (bubbly for later arrivals) and after I checked in, I decided to visit the hotel’s restaurant to have breakfast, until my room was ready. The food and the views were so great, I stayed there for hours before going to my room to take a shower and then head out to enjoy some Sydney sights and then to have dinner at Momofuku Seiobo, located in Darling Harbor at the Star Sydney.
My room (148) was located in the first floor and was on the smaller side, with tall windows (that almost made it feel like being in a New York basement) facing the Sydney Harbor Bridge. I was offered the opportunity to upgrade for a fee into a room facing the water, but I chose to keep the original room because I was going to spend very little time at the hotel due to all the activities I had planned during my stay.
After a long day of sightseeing, I wish the bathroom in the room had a tub, however, this room only had a shower with a very small glass partition that made it very difficult to keep the water inside the shower and splatter spill into the bathroom floor was a daily thing. The toiletries were from Appelles, Davidson Plum Hand & Body Wash Sweet Orange, Geranium & Blackcurrant collection, which I did not care for, the smell was not appealing to me and found it to be a bit harsh and unpleasant.
When I made my reservation , I got a rate that included breakfast at the Gantry, the hotel’s restaurant, this was a great choice , because the food was excellent, fresh and something for everyone , including fresh fruit, fresh pastries, food cooked to order, cereals, juices, fresh coffee and even a mimosa bar during the week and a bloody Mary bar during the weekend. The restaurant also offers dinner a la cart as well as a tasting menu.
The restaurant staff was great and very helpful, for example I met 2 fellow Colombian ladies working there, Camila and Laura, both lovely and happy to give me recommendations on what to do in Sydney during my stay. The Guest Experience Manager, Maria Macri-Nosari was also wonderful, she was so helpful and she told me all about the coffee culture in Australia. Turns out Australians are serious about their coffee and as a Colombian, that made me very happy and proud, whether or not Australians drink Colombian coffee or not. Later, as I wondered around the city, it became clear that Maria was correct, you will find many coffee shops where you will find very good quality beverages. I also found several Starbucks around, but I stayed away, I wanted to experience the local coffee culture and it was worth it.
When you get back from all the sightseeing, go to the lobby bar, enjoy a drink and the food menu from the food truck located just steps away in water side of the hotel Sit at the bar or venture outside where you have several sitting choices, either in tables, bar high tables or quirky igloos you can reserve to enjoy a cocktail and mesmerize over the harbor views.
If while in Sydney , you decide to take some tours, something to Keep in mind if you booked any tour that offers hotel pickup, make sure you contact your tour provider to confirm pickup locations, because many tour companies do not pick up at this hotel, I had to go to several different close by hotels to get picked up. The Concierge, Eugene Chang and another gentleman were both very helpful when I requested help confirming reservations and well as guiding me to where I needed to go on foot.
Pier One Sydney did not disappoint, the location, the staff, the food , the charming building , the incredible views, were all incredible and definitely made my first visit to Australia one I will always remember and will consider when I come back.
I highly recommend this hotel when visiting Sydney for its location, charm, customer service and overall experience.