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
With the current rain in Sydney this was the perfect spot for a pre drink before dinner at China Doll.
Great ambiance. There is a beautiful fire place which was ideal considering the cold we have been experiencing.
Great crowd and lovely chill out spot
We have spent our anniversary night in Ovolo Woolloomooloo and enjoyed every minute of it. Great location, hotel is very tastefully refurbished, room is spacious and comfortable. Special thanks to all staff - what a great bunch of people! We had few cocktails at Alibi bar and these a really unique creations! Breakfast was delightful - fresh organic produce and pastries to die for! Ovolo Woolloomoolo is highly recommended!
Nice clean place in a great location right on the water and close to everything. Right next to CBD and yet amazingly quiet (good double glazing)Bedroom big ,well appointed and upto date fresh decor.Big bar downstairs ,but we have at least a dozen great restaurants attached to the flank of the hotel and on the wharf facing the water. I would recommend the Ovolo for sure.
Not your typical corporate hotel, very well thought through, even down to the tiny details.
The building is something special and location-wise it's where it's happening.
Close enough to CBD, next door to the Botanical Gdns and far enough away from the maddening crowds.
Russel Crowe has a place in the same wharf!
I stayed 5 days on the 5th floor, in one the studio-like apartments, with an Alexa and tuned into Double J, a great radio station. Did I mention, a free mini bar? Yes, one of those too.
Clean, comfortable and with a separate lounge area, it didn't feel like a hotel.
Breakfast is great and the coffee too.
There are all the niceties of a top end hotel, without the "Serge from Beverly Hills Cop" ponciness of other hotels of a similar cost.
I use the free, in-house washing machines and dryers, which for a business trip was great.
I have a choice, which means I can stay wherever want and I'll be back.
Would you imagine to have a spacious hotel in the hearth of Sydney? Just on the sea, next to Botanic Garden, steps from Potts Point and CIrcular Quay, beatiful building, nice and spacious rooms and so on… That's Ovolo! Amazing!