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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
after a mistake with the booking(unrelated to the hotel),I found myself booked into another resort. Ovolo went to extraordinary lengths to solve the prroblem, and their service during our stay was exemplary.
Loved the hotel on our first stay, just as pleased with it on our second. Very helpful and friendly staff who go out of their way to assist. Beautiful harbour location without the CBD bustle, with a great choice of restaurants nearby.
when I go to Sydney for work I always stay at the ovolo. its funky in appearance but also thinks of everything. the staff are so friendly and helpful, never pushy. the venue from entry to the room are always spotless. when you forget to pack toiletries they are happy to send you anything you need.
restaurant is all vegetarian, room service has meet options but you can get the vegi food delivered to your room too.
make an effort to go to happy hours drinks too, they actually give good quality drinks for free.
highly recommend this place and always to do my friends and family
We have been to many hotels in Sydney but this is the best From a friendly arrival to a great room and a vibrant atmosphere at drinks We are Seniors and loved the attentiveness and welcome by staff We recommend this hotel
Everything about the Ovolo just keeps on delivering time after time, from the amazing staff looking after anything we needed, to the spacious and funky rooms, and last but least the mini bar and happy hour inclusions ... what more could you ask for.
Awesome move guys changing the locaiton of the reception to the bottom of the stairs now too so you can just jump straight in the lifts instead of clmbing the stairs with luggage.
Will be back again very soon !!