Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
What We Love
- Side-street location just steps from Darling Harbour
- In-room iPads, which control everything from taxi arrangements to walking directions
- The gorgeous atrium-style lobby, a perfect hangout for afternoon coffee and conversation
- The daily happy hours in the lounge
What To Know
- Within easy walking distance of Darling Harbor (Circular Quay is about 30 minutes away on foot)
- The restaurant and bar serves breakfast and dinner, but not lunch
- There's no on-site spa or gym, but guests get free access to the nearby Ian Thorpe Aquatic and Fitness Centre
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Old meets new at the Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, one of the neighborhood’s most stylish sleeps. Its former wool warehouse interiors have been given an edgy makeover—think Pop Art murals by local artist Jaspar Knight, mid-century modern furniture in bold colors, and low-hanging filament bulbs that hang over nightstands. While the more standard of its 90 fashionable rooms are admittedly small, the inclusive amenities—universal adapters (a traveler’s dream); a snack-filled care package; daily continental breakfast and happy hour—more than make up for it. Bonus: the enviable Pyrmont location, minutes from Darling Harbour and Sydney Fish Market, and affordable price tag (virtually unheard of for hotels of this quality).
In the Area
The Darling Harbour area is perfect for those who want to walk everywhere; it’s just a street away from sites like the Sydney Aquarium, the Harbourside Shopping Centre, and Madame Tussauds as well as Cockle Bay Wharf, home to a smattering of great waterside restaurants and bars including Nick’s Seafood (a Sydney institution) and Blackbird Café. Walk 12 minutes in the other direction and you’ll hit the storied Sydney Fish Market, the second largest of its kind in the world—a Pyrmont landmark that is equal parts working fishing port, wholesale market, delicatessen, and sushi bar. Circular Quay, home to the city’s arguably most iconic sights including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, are about a 30-minute walk.
How to Get There
After 3 weeks travelling around Australia we spent our last two days in Sydney. After largely staying in chain hotels, it was such a pleasure to stay in such a lovely boutique hotel. The staff couldn’t have been nicer and the little things such as the free, well stocked minibar and the free social hour really helped to make this hotel stand out from all the others. The only quibble is that there is not a lot of natural light in the hotel or views. But this is more than made up with the stylish rooms (complete with Apple TV), extremely comfortable beds, and I repeat, the amazing staff! Will definitely stay here again next time we are in Sydney!
There are few hotels in Australia as well managed! The staff actually come across as wanting to be there.
Lots of extras in the rooms like Goodie bags and free drink at happy hour a nice change.
They even take dogs!
Used for business. Well located funky hotel close to Darling Harbour. I had a Superior King Bed room. Fantastic bed, so comfortable. Contemporay modern art styling. So quiet. The staff were fantastic, engaging and fun to deal with. Breaks away from the corporate feel, very relaxed and easier going, such a cosy feel. Heaps of treats like a free mini bar and drinks, and the loot bag with nibblies all topped up daily. I believe a free quart of wine is on offer during Happy Hour, though never took advantage. Menu selection in the Mister Percy restaurant was great. The coffee bar is a great convenience.
Love the concept of OVOLO.