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
We had our second stay at Ovolo this year! This time it was for a pre show meet up for our sons 18th. We enjoyed several cocktails and our guests loved it so much they booked two extra rooms for the night and stayed! The staff were wonderful, especially the lovely Nathan! The awesome vegan Mac and Cheese @ Alibi and the breakfast... so beautiful. It is without a doubt our favourite hotel! Can’t wait for our next stay!
I surprised my best friend with a stay at this Ovolo for her birthday - and we had the most AMAZING time. We started with High Tea at Alibi which was lovely, then were greeted by Nathan at the front desk. His incredible customer service and attention to detail made for an extra incredible stay, going above and beyond to make us feel extra special. I could not rave of his outstanding customer service more! We have already told so many people about our fantastic stay and will definitely be back.
Stayed last Saturday and Sunday night, so plenty of time to experience what this unique hotel has to offer. Modern decor rooms styled with flair, free mini-bar, 5.30 - 6.30 pm free happy hour, continental breakfast included. Stylish rooms built in a building that used to be a large warehouse e=decades ago. Common areas were a bit drafty due to the very open design. Staff were excellent, and not uniformed, so sometimes it was difficult to pick staff from guests if you needed anything. All in all a great experience.