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
- 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
Excellent Staff. Clean Rooms and some with views. Cute bar and breakfast area. Welcoming lobby. Must be able to take stairs to upper level rooms. Elevator for luggage.
Staff is so helpful. Offers recommendations for dinner and offers directions etc. Helped us find medical help and called for assistance. Would definitely return
You can't go better location wise than the Rocks - walking distance to all main attractions, and well connected to public transport. The hotel is a good base to explore around. Overall is quite good, comfortable room, friendly staff, great breakfast. We arrived before the scheduled check-in time after a looooong flight from Europe and were allowed to get the room early after a short wait which was really great! The only less than great point is that we had a room on the 3rd floor and there is no elevator (thereäs a dumb waiter for luggage) so if you have any mobility limitations, check with the hotel in advance.
A friendly, pleasant boutique hotel located in the heart of Sydney. Couldn't be any better stay in such a location. The harbor, the boats, restaurants, pubs, the Harbor bridge and all that Sydney has to offer- and you dont even need a taxi.Hotel is not luxurious, but very comfortable. Dont forget the good breakfast served in a former basement constructed with heavt limestone convicts bricks. A hysterical point: The building used to be Sydney's very first hospital.
Car not needed but there is a Willson parking available right opposite the hotel, naturally for extra payment. Enjoy!
In the heart of the original colony of New South Wales this is a wonderful place to stay and explore the first buildings in Australia including pubs, restaurants etc. Right near Circular Quay for harbour ferry trips, the Opera House, the Bridge and the CBD. The negatives are fixable but include poor bedroom fittings, untrained staff. However the team certainly tried very hard. Hopefully they get it sorted
Lovely, historic, boutique hotel in a really great area around the Rocks. We were given a harbour view room which had amazing views of the Opera House (until the huge cruise ships arrived daily!).
The room was spacious with much needed air con although the bathroom was a little dated (old shower and washing line above the loo!)
Lovely staff with recommendations and suggestions. We didn't try the food here but it does have good reviews.
Gym wise its a tiny room with one cross trainer, one bike and one treadmill if you're a gym bunny like we are so we did resort to a run around the harbour each morning instead which was lovely.
Would 100% stay at this hotel when visiting Sydney again.