It's essential for every hotel room to contain a proper set of coathangers, and, please, not those pesky undetachable ones. But at Pier One Sydney Harbour hotel, they go one better.
Looming like a supine Eiffel Tower directly above the utterly dwarfed, 181-room hotel built in a historic timber finger wharf near The Rocks, is "The Coathanger", or more formally, the Sydney Harbour Bridge (not detachable). Unrivalled and spectacular views of the Bridge can be enjoyed from many of Pier One's refurbished rooms and suites after a recent $15 million makeover.
The inspiration of the refreshed rooms, designed by notable Sydney-based architects TonkinZulaikha Greer, has been drawn, not all that surprisingly, from the hotel's dazzling waterside setting and maritime history. Deep blue tones are a dominant feature and the in-room mirrors are strategically-positioned to catch those precious harbour views.
The rooms, some with imposing, utilitarian timber ceiling beams, also now offer on-trend curated mini-bars, including a selection of spirits from the fashionable Archie Rose distillery, and the now near-mandatory Nespresso machines.
Elsewhere, bathroom amenities include natural skincare products from Melbourne's Hunter Lab, with scents specially formulated for the hotel as well as fancy Dyson hairdryers. Do leave those in-room coathangers behind but hang on to memories of those dramatic Coathanger vistas from these quintessentially Sydney digs.
Doubles from $350. Pier One Sydney Harbour, 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney. See pieronesydneyharbour.com.au
Anthony Dennis stayed as a guest of Pier One.