Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Less than a 10-minute walk from the Sydney Harbor Bridge and other major attractions
- The hotel's private terrace is an oasis of greenery in the heart of the city
- Unique building dates from 1887 but was completely renovated in 2011
What To Know
- There's no elevator in this heritage-listed building, but the staff will happily get your luggage to and from your room using the suitcase-size dumbwaiter
- The reception and hotel bar share the same space, which can get crowded at times
- WiFi comes at a hefty cost of $18.50 per day if it's not included in your room package
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A mashup of historical and modern. Originally the site of Sydney’s first hospital, a recent renovation updated the hotel with latest technology set against the original sandstone and brick walls. The cozy lobby encourages lingering, with a fully stocked bookcase filling one wall and a bar in the corner. The courtyard terrace overlooking Nurses Walk offers guests the perfect spot to relax and unwind outdoors.
Bed and Bath
As a result of being in a heritage-listed building, each of the 59 guestrooms has a unique layout. Rooms in the Heritage class can be small, whereas Studio Suites offer plenty of space to spread out and relax — including a plush sofa that pulls out into a Double bed. The dark brick walls are lightened by large windows that let in the sun and crisp white linens on the beds, and modern bathrooms come stocked with luxury toiletries from Appelles.
Scarlett restaurant is a destination for hotel guests and Sydney residents alike and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eric’s Bar is the place to unwind with a local wine and some tapas, or, if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, a freshly made espresso. The pretty HRH Dining Room also provides a private event space for groups of up to 12 people.
In the Area
The historic Rocks neighborhood, after which the hotel is named, dates back to the 1780s. The centrally located area is perfect for those who want to walk everywhere; it’s right next to the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the bars and restaurants that line the ‘hood’s cobblestone streets. The iconic Sydney sights of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge are about a 10-minute walk. The waterfront is practically at the hotel’s doorstep, offering easy access to ferries and sightseeing trips, as well as scenic views.
How to Get There
Definitely a "Boutique" hotel in the centre of The Rocks area. Great and friendly staff, and a nice atmosphere.
However housekeeping is not up to 'scratch'. Quite dirty and stained carpets, and the toilet was not clean, and there is no brush to clean the toilet! Also a little noisy, both from other rooms and the outside street.
We also think that the curtains should be more 'block out' - the room is quite bright at night from outside lights.
Wonderful boutique hotel in the Rocks area of Sydney. Built in a heritage building the room was very large, a view to the Opera House, comfy bed. Staff were very welcoming, we are Accor Platinum members and we treated as though we were with arrival drinks and a room upgrade, We stayed 2 nights and would definitely return.
We are Accor members so as we were going on a cruise this seemed like the perfect choice for our hotel.
Arrived Saturday afternoon to sail out Monday so 2 nights were booked.
First problem - no lift
First room they gave us smelt damp and was the size of a postage stamp! Second floor no lift was a problem for me as I’m on the wait list for hip replacement.
The staff were very happy to change our room and even upgraded us to a suite which was ok, carpet was stained, room smelt musty and damp, bathroom very small but on the plus side the bed was very comfortable so that was good
Sunday and Monday mornings we were woke up at 7am sound of wheely bins being moved around and also loud banging outside
The keys to get into the rooms never worked for 2 days so after going down stairs to our room and trying to get into the room with no success we had to go all the way back up stairs to tell reception who redid the key and down we go again only to find it doesn’t work so they have to use their room pass to let us in - apologising again for key not working - this happened 6 times in 2 days
Tv wasn’t working so they had to reset that as well
Best thing about the hotel was the location and the bed
Would definitely never go there again and would not recommend it either
Do yourself a favour and go somewhere else - definitely not 5 stars