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
Had a fantastic stay at Ovolo while visiting Darling harbour. The free minibar, free goodies bag, free bottle of wine and happy hour far exceeded what I hav ever received at any other Sydney Hotel, despite paying hundreds of dollars more. Staff were always very courteous and efficient. This place is a cool, trendy escape from Sydney an a great place to stay at for a few days. Highly recommended.
Beautiful hotel and the room we had was fantastic. Love that they have the shampoo, conditioner and body wash in pump bottles as it is great for the environment. It is also hand wash and body lotion in pump bottles at the sink. First time we saw that here in Sydney, all hotels we stayed at in Copenhagen and Sweden(2016-2019) had no mini bottles only large refillable pump bottles - love it.
So lovely staff, the social hour and breakfast so yum.
We stayed here during a short 2 day holiday. We arrived a bit early so our scheduled room was not yet available. Instead they gave us an upgraded room! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Everything was wonderful and clean. The room was so quiet. No outside noise. Comfy bed, great hot shower, free snacks waiting and all the drinks in the fridge, including wine, water, juice, etc were free and replenished each day. Pretty unique to have hotel facts and amenity info provided on an iPad! Wonderful breakfast buffet with lots of healthy options and yummy pastries. Great location. only a 1-2 minute walk to the harbor area. Definitely the place you'd want to stay during your visit to Sydney.
Loved this place! Great location, walking distance to light rail, ferries etc, super cool vibe, amazing freebies and most of all the best staff in the world.... nothing is too much trouble. Stay here, you won't regret it!
My fiance booked a night in the City and Chose Ovolo due to the amazing location amd great price!
We were both blown away with the service and bonus inclusions we go but had No idea about when booking. We got a whole bag of snacks complementary, including full mini bar all complimentary.
The room was amazing, smaller then expected however perfect for our needs.
I am a travel agent, I would 100% recommend Ovolo to all my customer for a great night out. I look forward to staying the night here again.