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
Location- The hotel is located a 5 minute walk from Darling Harbour (if you take the elevator in the parking lot, walk through the parking lot, and cross the train tracks) and about a 40 minute walk from Circular Key.
Positives - Interesting architectural re-use of an older building; Hip vibe; complimentary breakfast; complimentary happy hour; complimentary mini-bar with beer, wine and soft drinks, which is refilled daily; pleasant, helpful staff.
Negatives - Our queen room ( not the smallest room available) was barely large enough for us and suitcases; There is a glass window between the bathroom and bedroom which serves no purpose other than to shine a light on your sleeping partner when one of you goes to the bathroom at night; there was an iPad in the room which cannot be shut off and which seems to serve no purpose as it is not connected to the internet; there was an Alexa in the room which I am sure was listening to and transmitting our conversations; no harbour views - our room looked at the parking garage: Breakfast selections were very limited.
Recently visited Sydney for a work trip with 3 staff. The Ovolo is located superbly for anyone attending conferences at SCC as everything is within simple walking distance. This isn’t what has motivated me to write a review, it is the engaging response I received from the initial phone enquiry to book 2 rooms accomodating our our groups needs, it’s the simple communication that runs right through the organisation- do what you say you will do.
We were met upon arrival as if we had been regulars, we had a nice little touch of champagne or beers on ice when we got to our rooms and nice touch with our personalised welcome card. The staff are young, present well in a casual environment and well trained in communicating.
The continental breakfast exceeded expectations and the general feel of the hotel is very cool & funky in an old industrial mill with exposed elevators to find your floor.
I highly recommended this hotel should it be for business or as a couple.
We came off a cruise early in the morning, the staff looked after our luggage for the day while we toured the city. Two of the days we were there we left before breakfast but in both cases they packed box lunches for us at their suggestion. Easy to find restaurants in the area and just a short walk to hop on hop off bus and other attractions.
Thanks for a great stay
Situated in a great location near to Darling Harbour the Ovolo is an excellent choice. The staff are so polite and friendly with superb knowledge to aid you stay. The bar music is just the right mix which adds a wonderful ambiance to the lobby. Heading to Melbourne next so lets hope the Ovolo experience with continue.
We enjoyed a 3 night stay at the Ovolo 1888 in Darling Harbour. The hotel itself was beautifully presented. It was close to shopping, restaurants and the light rail. By far the best part of our stay was the staff. They had a genuine interest in making sure we had a great stay. They went above and beyond in helping out when we had a change of plans. Thanks for a great visit.