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
Located right by the rocks the location on this hotel is great. It offers very limited facilities, and is very much a drop bags and go hotel. There is no lift which from breakfast in basement is three floor to top floor rooms. Our bathroom was very dated. Breakfast very poor selection - fruit platter dreadful, no yogurt selection just extremely basic. However staff are all very pleasant and helpful and it is a quirky hotel so if you want a small hotel with good location it’s fine.
Beautiful Heritage Hotel within walking distance of tourist attractions of inner Sydney. Welcoming atmosphere, divine scent, well maintained rooms and, exceptional staff who go the extra mile. Thank you for another memorable stay.
Great smaller hotel with tons of character. Great bar in the lobby and breakfast in the 1st floor. Location could not be better for walking around harbour area and downtown. Room was lovely and great service throughout.
The Harbour Rocks Hotel is an interesting boutique hotel that is certainly different from the standard modern hotel. The building has an interesting foyer and layout and is supremely well located in the Rocks area. Circular Quay is just a 3 minute walk away and the Opera House 10 minutes further.
There is much to like about the hotel. Both the reception staff and the breakfast team were exceptionally welcoming and helpful. The beds were very comfortable with good sheets and the shower was excellent. Our room overlooked the Nurses Walk passageway rather than the road and was very quiet. The cooked breakfasts, especially the egg dishes, were fantastic: generously sized, freshly cooked and delicious. A good choice of fresh fruit was also usually available. Great coffee too! We would therefore recommend including breakfast in any room deal.
On the downside our room was fairly airless and stuffy as the ventilation from a small bathroom window was insufficient. (The main window was screwed shut). The air con unit was reasonably efficient but noisy. Overall the room needed an update and refresh to bring it up to scratch.
Would we re-book? Yes, without doubt.
This is the first time my wife and I have stayed at the Harbour Rocks (previously we've stayed down the other end of the CBD at Darling Harbour) -- and what a delightful discovery the Harbour Rocks is! A boutique establishment, for sure, but so convenient to Circular Quay and all those restaurants around The Rocks.We'd also recommend the Middle Eastern restaurant, Tayim, that recently reopened on the ground floor. Super-friendly staff, too.