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
- 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
Not impressed at all with this property. It is not a luxurious hotel but certainly has the price tag of one. Our room was so compact that we could not walk around the bed, we had to go across it! There was a huge coackroach on the drinking glass in the bathroom. Yuk!
The inclusive breakfast was sad beyond belief. So much that we ordered from the menu and that wasn’t great either. Offering a poor buffet to push people to order from the menu seems to be the norm. The restaurant at night was sad and empty so we decided to walk down the street. The area itself is not very attracting either. Would not return.
Great location, clean and comfy bed, courteous staff. Highly recommended. Close enough to walk to the Opera House or hop on the ferry for a tour of the harbour. Close to the light railway too, just though the car park opposite.
The front desk service was fabulous! There were so many extras like a free happy hour and a delicious breakfast buffet, free use of the washer and dryer, and snacks and drinks provided in our room. We had the use of comfy robes and slippers and our room was spotless.
Our travel agent booked our room in November. Close to everything in this very walkable huge city.. This hotel is an old building that was a wool warehouse and has been refurbished and repurposed.
There are three Ovolo's so make sure your taxi knows for sure. Over a hundred dollars later and two taxi's we got to our room at 9 pm with a drunk outside the door. The check in staff was very pleasant but inexperienced in handling drunks...
Our room was the size of my walk in closet and right next to the elevator. There was enough room in the nitch for a queen size bed and 8-10 inches in each side No room for two suitcases or to pass each other at the end of the bed There was a light box from the bathroom onto the bed so when I got up at night the light woke my husband as it would shine right on the bed. it was claustrophobic! The elevator was noisy and I was exhausted from twelve hours traveling This should not have been a room..
They could not change rooms because they had a rainstorm in Sydney that evening and were fully booked. But why put us in such a 'room' in the first place? It was over three hundred a night.
My husband insisted they move us the next two days so we got the handicapped room....It was ok. Both rooms have small windows looking into the elevator shaft.
On the upside they had free mini bar and some snacks. Nice small restaurant in the foyer, with very good food. If you book online you get a beautiful free breakfast. You get a free drink at happy hour but you need to know that up front. We didn't get breakfast for the days our travel agent booked.
Good location to walk Sydney. Old area that is upcoming and will be great soon but right now lots of vacant buildings and garbage in the street.
Don't accept room 320!
When I walked around and took my tired legs, a small room made me feel comfortable.
However, the room where I was staying was right next to the road, so I heard a car and felt uncomfortable. But if someone asks about this hotel, I would definitely recommend it.