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
We normally stay at big chain hotels. I don’t know really why - I guess it just seems easier. But with a little more effort, you could stay at a property like this!! It really does put some of the big chains to compete shame. I guess they are trying really hard in what must be a competitive environment.....and you know what....it’s shows! Well done to all the team here.
This hotel is fabulous - welcoming and a good location for the conference centre or tourist things.. staff are super helpful, breakfast was delicious with lots of choice, great coffee and loads of extras. DO NOT STAY anywhere else! This place has the best vibe!
We loved everything about our stay at Ovolo 1888! From the moment we checked in (with a surprise upgrade to a suite!!), the very funky room, free minibar, free social hour- with beautiful antipasto platter, the freshest, greatest breakfast, the amazing and friendly staff (Vicky needs a special mention- she dropped a bottle of Prosecco to our room ‘on the house!’). It was our second time staying g here this year and we will definitely be back!!