Robert and Ruth Magid, owners of the Sebel Pier One Sydney threw open their doors earlier this month to welcome guests to a series of events to unveil the hotel’s seven new premium suites. Over three consecutive days, the Magids hosted a dinner, High Tea and lunch to showcase the five-star dining experience guests of the hotel enjoy and to provide a brief history of the pier that they have developed into the magnificent hotel that it is today. Pier One was in fact the only means of crossing from one side of the harbour to the other until the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the structure underwent various incarnations including as a carnival in the 1970s to rival Luna Park. When the Magids took over the site, it was practically an empty shell.
Until recently, the front section of the pier, jutting right out over Sydney Harbour, was a cavernous space used for events until the Magids engaged Sydney architects Bates Smart to convert the spaces on to the top two floors into seven premium suites that now offer unparalleled harbour views. With luxurious fittings and fixtures, deep bathtubs from which guests can unwind while watching the water and generous balcony spaces to step out and enjoy the fresh air, the Sebel Pier One premium suites are a hotel experience not to be missed!
Down below, designers SJB Interiors recreated the forward function space to create Water @ Pier One – if you’re looking for a wedding or event space, you would be hard pressed to match the view this room offers with panoramic water views and space for up to 220 guests at a sit-down event.
So whether you’re planning a pampered holiday to the harbour city, an inner-city weekender or looking for somewhere for that special occasion, be sure to check out the Sebel Pier One (www.sebelpierone.com.au).
Sydney’s majestic Sebel Pier One hotel, built over the glorious Sydney Harbour at Walsh Bay has unveiled seven newly constructed suites that boast unparalleled views across the water, taking in the city’s iconic landmarks including The Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Sydney Opera House and the famous smile of Luna Park.
The seven new suites were designed by internationally acclaimed firm Bates Smart Architects who introduced a fresh and contemporary palette with luxurious fixtures and fittings. Maximising the already generous space, the designers created bathrooms that seamlessly transition into the bedrooms. The raw woodwork of overhead beams in the three top-floor suites, part of the century-old architecture was re-exposed, providing the spaces with the feel of a New York loft or Hamptons Beach House.
On the floor below, the four suites boast large balcony spaces, allowing guests to lounge outside, taking in the fresh harbour air. A wrap-around balcony around three provides generous space with divisions to ensure privacy while the fourth offers an impressive 40 metre squared space jutting over the Pier. The space makes for an ideal setting for private alfresco dining, sunset drinks or simply taking in the beauty of Sydney Harbour and watching the mega yachts sail past. Two of the balcony suites have designer day beds and arm chairs which are positioned to maximise the panoramic views. Each of the bathrooms have decadent, deep standalone bath tubs, decadent rain water heads with side jets, double brass bowl vanities and deluxe amenity kits from Appelles Apothecary. All of the new suites feature 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.
From the hotel’s premier Harbour View Balcony Suite at the northern end of the Pier, guests will feel like they’re floating on water, particularly from the deep-set bathtub, which is the feature piece of a bathroom that overlooks the water and the imposing Sydney Harbour Bridge. For an iconic Sydney experience, there is no better suite in the city to enjoy the best Sydney has to offer.
Robert Magid of TMG Developments, owner of The Sebel Pier One, says the completion of the suites brings a period of extensive refurbishments to the hotel to a close and the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the property.
“Despite its world famous harbour, Sydney had only a handful of hotels that offer accommodation right on the water and in our case, actually over it, let alone in a building with a century of history behind it. The new premium suites at The Sebel Pier One offer guests the chance to experience the finest views and experiences the city has to offer in a luxurious space that will instantly make them feel at home with its sense of style and comfort.”
Following in the steps of the internationally revered Harbour Rocks Hotel – its sister property – ornamental art and designer furnishings have been sourced from around the globe and adorn the spectacular new suites.
From regional France to Australian design houses, the eclectic art pieces, some of which have been commissioned specifically for the space they occupy, are a beautiful feature of the new rooms and reflect the very 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.
As well as the seven new suites, The Sebel Pier One Sydney has also created 22 new Waterside King and Heritage King rooms, which now takes the hotel’s total room count to 189.
Simon McGrath, CEO of Accor Hotels Australia, operators of the hotel believes the hotel’s accommodation adds a significant new element to Sydney’s tourism scene.
“There are no other suites in the city that resonate ‘Sydney’ as much as the new balcony suites of The Sebel Pier One do, and we believe that they will be very popular with visitors who want to really experience Sydney while also enjoying a premier location for business and leisure.”
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-70s to early-90s, The Pier was in disuse until it was restored and redeveloped into an innovative hotel. The Sebel Pier One Sydney opened in spring 1999, just in time to welcome in the new millennium. In 2012 it celebrated its 100th year anniversary.
Located alongside the harbour, the hotel’s Front Restaurant & Bar offers alfresco dining on the Pier, which is complemented by a modern Australian menu and extensive wine list. The hotel also has a newly renovated gymnasium with harbour views, equipped with a full range of the latest exercise equipment and is available 24-hours a day.
In September 2012, the hotel launched its spectacular new function space, Water @ Pier One, which has quickly become Sydney’s most sought after venue for cocktail parties, product launches, weddings, conferences, events, gala lunches and dinners. Situated on the ground floor and at the front of the Pier with expansive wrap-around glass windows, Water @ Pier One is made up of eight conference and event rooms, enjoys unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour and can hold up to 450 people.
With the hotel’s prime harbour frontage, guests can arrive by yacht or water taxi via the hotel’s private pontoon, which provides direct water access to nearby attractions including the Opera House, Luna Park and Taronga Zoo. The Sebel Pier One Sydney is not only an iconic Sydney Harbour landmark, but a well placed, pioneering hotel offering guests a truly unique Sydney – and Australian – experience.
Rates start from $299 for a standard Heritage King room and $699 for a Harbour View Suite.
Bookings: phone 1800 780 485 or visit http://www.sebelpierone.com.au