What We Love
- Waterfront location in trendy Woolloomooloo Wharf
- Light-filled rooms, including split-level Loft Suites, with ample living space
- The all-business (but still charming) concierge, who can arrange a water taxi or a private boat charter
- The eye-catching black-and-white-striped pool and leafy sundeck
- The full fitness center and upscale cocktail bar, both on-site
What To Know
- Expect business travelers — a fair share of them fashion and PR execs
- No views of the Opera House or Harbor Bridge
- Within easy walking distance of the Central Business District and Circular Quay
- The main corridor can be drafty in the cooler months
- No on-site spa
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The building is a registered landmark, and very little has changed since its construction in 1910. The former wool- and cargo-handling facility has been expertly converted into a luxurious hotel, and they’ve thoughtfully preserved such industrial fixtures as the conveyor belts that were once used for transporting wool bales to market. And the lofty living room–like space that serves as the lobby is set against a red glass wall dotted with portholes and exposed corrugated iron and timber.
Bed & Bath
The guestrooms are arranged along the perimeter of the building and look out onto hardwood decks. Coffee browns and sleek grays meet bright azure accents in the cool decor, and suede chaises are smartly parked next to floor-to-ceiling windows (great perches for lazy afternoon naps). Vintage photographs from the turn of the last century pay tribute to Australia’s maritime heritage. In some rooms original details such as timber beams and colonial-era windows remains intact — and can be blamed, here and there, for an awkwardly shaped niche or a low ceiling.
The hotel’s restaurant, Blue Café, is also home to the Waterbar, a theatrically lit cocktail lounge with plush velvet banquettes. Filling the hotel’s central atrium, the bar is popular with Sydney’s see-and-be-seen set, and the nightclub-style decor (think cube tables and reflective surfaces) makes for an eye-opening contrast to the timber piles and steel trusses elsewhere in the hotel.
In the Area
The Woolloomooloo Wharf complex houses five restaurants, including the award-winning China Doll. But if you’re after something simple yet tasty, try a meat pie from legendary food truck Harry’s Café de Wheels. Camped out in front of the Woolloomooloo naval dock, the popular late night eatery has fed locals and visitors since 1938. Speaking of late night, don’t miss a pint (or two, or three) at one of the area’s salty old pubs. A young and boisterous crowd gathers at the Four in Hand, hidden in the backstreets of Paddington, to watch weekend rugby matches. On a sunny day, nothing beats the Bondi to Bronte walk. The paved track, which runs more than two miles, winds along a dramatic stretch of coastline connecting two city beaches and turns into a temporary art exhibition during Sculpture by the Sea each November. And make sure to visit the fish market for everything from shark to sweet-salty local oysters. The recently refurbished Sydney Seafood School upstairs offers hands-on cooking classes taught by a roster of Australia’s top chefs.
How to Get There
I’ve reviewed this hotel already, but having just returned from my 3 rd recent stay, I can say it is consistently excellent. In its price range it’s the best place in Sydney as far as I’m concerned. Beds and pillows are fabulous and despite a location full of great restaurants, the rooms are lovely and quiet. Excellent extras and outstandingly nice staff. Wi fi is great. Breakfast included if you book direct with Ovolo and it’s a wonderful spread. The only hotel I really look forward to staying at when on business trip.
I have just returned from a short 3 night stay at Ovolo Woolloomooloo. What a magical place this is. From the moment you step into the foyer you know you are in for a treat. Service is fantastic- especially Simone who went over and above to help and make our stay enjoyable. Location is wonderful with many restaurants nearby and close proximity to Potts Point. All the freebies are a lovely touch - especially happy hour sitting around the fireplace. I have mo hesitation on recommending a stay in this funky spacious hotel. We will be back
Stayed in the INXS Suite (Ultaroo Room) which was decorated by CAMEO COLLECTIVE for the Mercedes-Benz fashion week. Have stayed in a number of 5-star hotel suites, though this one was unbelievable. Would buy it and live there myself if I could.
room is split level, you've got a round bar overlooking the lounge room, which overlooks the wharf / city, dual shower, and the mezzanine top level with bed is unreal. enjoy the harmon / kardon speaker and get stuck into the free goodies out of the mini-bar.
the valet, customer service, room service, and overall experience in this hotel is top-class, would highly recommend you check it out whether in a hotel room or suite. you're bound to be impressed.
Free mini bar, happy hour and breakfast IF YOU BOOK DIRECT, is amazing. A great incentive from the hotel to drive direct bookings against other websites.
Our family of four arrived at the Ovolo after 32 hours of travel from the East Coast of the US. We were exhausted and needed showers. It was very early, and our rooms were not ready, but they let us take showers in the locker rooms and were happy to store our luggage. Then, around 10 am, just when we were getting ready to head out, they were able to let us into our suite, for which we were most grateful.
We received breakfast and happy hour beverages each day, and everyone at the restaurant, bar and front desk were kind and helpful.
We loved the hotel location and the Woolloomooloo neighborhood. We found it very convenient and we walked everywhere.
The hotel has a fun, funky 80’s vibe with Pac Man games, an endless supply of gummies, appropriate soundtrack, pool table and decor. Everyone in the family loved it.
We adored Sydney and this hotel!
There are these places on Earth one never forgets.
The Ovolo Woolloomooloo is one of these gems to remember: its location, its design, its concept and above all its people.
From the very beginning until the goodbye we have experienced superlative service.
The hotel is excellently located at a lovely ship wharf that was totally redone and very stylishly turned into a hotel, some great restaurants and private residences. It’s about 15 min’s a walk to the CBD and the botanical gardens (worth a visit), about 20 minutes a walk from the more bohemian (also gay) area, and about the same to the opera house (don’t miss out on that!).
The design and decoration of the hotel and the rooms is great and very original, very tasteful and with a true focus on making it a unique experience.
We loved the way how we were welcomed by the staff and how Tanya (she appeared to be the operations director) took personal care of us upon our arrival by sitting with us to listen to our plans and how she and the colleagues could help us. And honestly, we got a lot of help. People at Ovolo W are just great and go the extra (s)mile, in a very authentic non provedural to help you have a great experience. We found the concierge, the reception people, Myryem from the breakfast service, ... all great and truly helpful.
Breakfast is generous and delicious, with many original products.
Our room, a suite, had views over the wharf and CBD (quite spectacular at night), and was very spacious, well designed and truly comfortable. The bed was super.
The minibar is daily stocked with plenty of drinks, water, snacks, and all is free.
There is a daily happy hour with free drinks and snacks.
The gym and pool are stylish and practical.
We went for a one day trip with a rental car and a goodie bck was provided with some snacks, water, refreshment towels, ... Super class!
There is really nothing that didn’t exceed our expectations.
The only recommendations I have: as the roof window shutters don’t really block all the light, a full light block would be great. And there is no staircase to walk down from the second (which is the highest) floor, so sometimes you have to wait a bit before you can get down.
This hotel is without any doubt one of the best in Sydney and is highly recommended, both for the young crowd as for the more senior traveler.