18 Lower Fort Street, The Rocks, Sydney
It is the closest hotel to the Harbour Indeed, the original Harbour View Hotel, built around 1843 was demolished to make way for this world icon. It was originally situated near where the granite pylons now stand.
The new Harbour View Hotel is on land set aside around 1915 for religious purposes. The owners at the time, brewers Tooth & Company would not move from the area and some arrangements took place between church, brewer and State Government to obtain the site. Architect's drawings dated 1921 exist and construction would have started soon after. Local residents reveal that the main patrons in the early days were bridge construction workers and tunnellers working on the underground railway.
The current owners purchased the Harbour View in 1998 who closed the hotel in July 2000 to start renovations. This took 12 months to complete and the hotel and site is now within a National Trust conservation area listed on the State Heritage Register with a permanent conservation order.
The hotel has an elegant public bar, with its own grand piano and Bridge memorabilia, two function rooms, rooftop cocktail bar, formal a la carte restaurant and a gaming room. Sydney Harbour, Harbour Bridge and streetscape views of elegant Victorian terraces are seen from most parts of this stylish hotel- Australia’s birthplace: The Rocks. The Harbour View Hotel is a fully licensed establishment. Therefore, byo of alcohol is not applicable.
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