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Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Location
5 Minute walk to main Darling harbour strip. From central station get off at "Convention" stop on Light Rail line (or bus replacement service) takes less than 6 minutes journey time- at convention walk across bridge over street through Car park- hotel is basically opposite Novotel entrance. From Kingsford smith airport train to central station is frequent (takes around 15-20 min).
Room
Very boutique, first thing one notices is very high ceilings artistic modern graphic artwork above the bed. The decor and furniture gives a new york industrial arty loft style look. This room is a shoebox but was more spacious than imagined. A comfy double bed with both walk ways either side, flexi reading lights on the bed, plenty of AUS plugs close by on bed side tables/desks/bathroom. - no alarm clocks but still nice. There was a small desk with a very nice lamp- old style boutique and nice orange lighting, IPAD, a tall wooden open wardrobe cabinet with safe, mini bar, kettle, Iron and small board and a samsung TV with plenty of channel that worked well. the bathroom is fairly spacious and includes modern shower, toilet large mirror, hair dryer and plenty of amenities such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion -generous sizes and branded as Chic + also your own exfoliating puff and vanity pack. The Air con worked well but the only minor issue is the small window faces the elevators and other bed rooms, remember to close it fully especially when coming out of shower as people in opposite rooms can see in if open.
Facilities
There is quite a cool looking lobby bar with artistic couches not full on like W hotels but minimalistic post modern. WIFI is free and can connect multiple devices worked very well. They also include a IPAD in the room to connect to internet and guide to local area which is very handy and helps if you don't have a personal device to connect to internet.
Staff
Really nice staff, friendly helpful and smooth check in/check out, as typical with some Aus hotels check-out is early at 11am but they will keep your bags for you.
Overall good value for money when you look at other options, cool hotel, nice staff and shoe box is more than spacious located in a decent area to stay and see sights of Sydney. Will definitely come again as best option out of £100 a night value.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2013

Dear docdot,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.

The team and I are so happy to read that you have truly enjoyed your stay at 1888 Hotel.
We are blessed with our location, so close to everything.
The décor and the building are simply stunning and we love to read that you have enjoyed the furniture, the great art work and the amenities.

Your great review will help all future guests to have a clear picture of how amazing 1888 Hotel is.

We can't wait to welcome again. When are you travelling to Australia again?

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Was looking for a hotel with walking distance to the Casino and got that and more! Friendly staff with a great knowledge of the area. Clean room and comfortable bed (and pillows). The free Wi Fi was also awesome :). Recommend if you are looking for a decently priced hotel with in a 5 min walk of the Pyrmont Bridge and the Sydney restaurants / night life.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Melissa D
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2013

Dear Melissa D,

Thank you for reviewing your recent stay at 1888 Hotel.

We are delighted to read you found us AWESOME!
The location of 1888 is so central within a walking distance from all the best that Sydney has too offer.

Have you booked your next trip yet? We can' t to seeing you again.

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This hotel was wonderful. Absolutely amazing. The staff are so helpful, kind, enthusiastic and know the area well. The hotel was full of character. Very quirky and beautiful. THE MOST COMFORTABLE BED I have ever slept on. The junior suite had an enormous amount of space full of light from the gorgeous arch window. Very clean ad tidy. Lovely and modern. Great location. Oh and the bath- the biggest I had ever been in. The staff were wonderful. Even to the point that I was in the lobby and asked one of the staff to book me a cab and he said not to bother that they come by so frequently and told me to take a seat and he went out the front to flag one down. Very unexpected and extremely kind. All staff new the area well and were to go for dinner. Everything I sat on in the room was so comfy. It had beautiful character. Didn't get to eat there but the breaky station looked amazing and guests were always hanging in the beautiful lobby reading newspapers, eating ect- a. Really comfy atmosphere in total. Wouldn't stay anywhere else truly.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2013

Dear YoungMummi,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.

We are over the moon to read that you have truly enjoyed your stay and in have to agree with you: our beds are simply amazing!
We like taking care of our guests and we are here to look after them.

Our wonderful 1888 has lots of character and a bit of a positive attitude.

Have you booked your next stay yet? We can't wait to welcome you again soon.

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

This place blew me away ! the hotel is very new and super clean , lush and elegant . I was upgrade upon request . Breakfast in bed was so fabulous and not over priced . Sensational coffee from downstairs in lobby .
The best thing was the staff , very friendly cool young team at this hotel . nothing was a hassle and the stay was quiet and comfortable

I will be staying at 1888 again , not one fault just fabulous !!!

Room Tip: The loft room is cool and comfy
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Caroline852013
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

Dear Caroline852013,

Thank you for sharing your experience at 1888 Hotel with us.

It is amazing to read that you have loved our hotel.
We've recently introduced our breakfast room service and it is already a big hit!
We love looking after our guests and making sure that they have the best time ever.

When are you visiting us again? We can't wait to welcome you again soon.

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

My hubby found this on Wotif for a good price. We booked a "shoe box" room but there was more then enough room for the two of us. The bathroom was spacious and had a rainfall shower head which is lovely after a hard days sight seeing.

Absolutely loved the restored interior and decor and sitting in the lobby/eatery area with a glass of wine. Loved the rustic feel to the place with modern fixtures and fittings.

Service was outstanding - very helpful for our first trip to Sydney.

Would look to stay here and again and strongly recomment

Room Tip: The shoe box rooms are more then sufficient if you want some where to rest and leave your bags and the lay out allows for two people to comfortably stay without getting in each others way too much!
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Shannon P
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2013

Dear Shannon P,

Thank you for sharing your experience of your recent stay at 1888 Hotel.

We are very excited to read that you loved our amazing building, stunning décor and outstanding service. Everything about 1888 Hotel is rustic but opulent, sophisticated but down to earth.

Next time visit our website or contact us directly for the best prices and deals.

Have you picked the date of your next trip to Sydney yet?

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team

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