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Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
Ranked #3 of 174 Hotels in Sydney
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Elanora, Australia
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60 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Funky, friendly and raw!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

I stayed at 1888 Hotel for 2 nights. The staff were so friendly and relaxed and nothing was too much trouble at all. The reception and open plan breakfast dining area if very funky and the breakfast buffet and a la carte menu is simple and fresh...better still, very healthy.

The rooms are spacious and the beds are amazingly comfortable. The finishings are raw and natural with exposed brick and old school timber pilars. My room had a lovely view to the city skyline.

The only downside for business travel is the location to the CBD if you have meetings all day in the city it's a $10 - $15 cab ride back to the hotel. If you are up for a walk, the foot bridge over Darling Habour takes you right to the hotel.

I always run when I travel and being located in Pyrmont you can clock up and easy 8km that takes you over or around Darling Harbour, under the Sydney Habour Bridge and around Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House. It doesn't get much better than that!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Dear KershawTravels,

Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us at 1888 Hotel.

We are very excited to read that you have truly enjoyed your experience and liked our fresh, locally sourced and healthy food options.
We can't wait to launch our new food menu for the evening to go together with our amazing new cocktails.

We are nestled in the up and coming are of Pyrmont and we are lucky with such a centrally located position.

Palm Beach is only a cab ride from 1888: when are you staying with us?

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team
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Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

We travelled to Sydney as a couple to enjoy a night at the theatre and stayed only one night at Hotel 1888, next time we will stay longer!. Hotel1888 has a great location, friendly staff and the room was lovely, the bed was very comfy and the room was very quiet. The hotel has a great vibe, they have done a wonderful job renovating, keeping the old and introducing the new, as a current wool producers it was particularly interesting for us to have remnants of the original building , which was a wool store. The small dining area provided a great breakfast, although very small there is a great atmosphere and wonderful service.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Dear Helen L,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay at 1888 Hotel.

The team and I are excited to read that you have enjoyed your experience with us and it is amazing to know that you took advantage of our warm and friendly hospitality.

Have you planned your next trip to Sydney yet? We can't wait to welcome you again.

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

This boutique hotel has a lot to offer in terms of design and hospitality. It is so nice to have people greet you with a genuine smile and an attitude to please. They were very tentative during our stay and were willing to go that extra mile to make our stay comfortable, including a welcoming drink on arrival. The rooms are quite small but make up for the lack of size in character with a natural stone wall and original fittings from the Woolshed days as well as tasteful soft furnishings. The location is great, situated in a central location within walking distance of Darling Harbour and set away from noise. The best part of our stay was the excellent breakfast that consisted of a great buffet of homemade bread, pastries and muffins as well as fruit and cereal or there was a choice of having a fresh cooked gourmet breakfast created in front of you by the resident chef. The omelettes are to die for. I'm reluctant to write this review as my husband and I are tempted to keep this place 'our little secret in Sydney'!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear mosbo,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at 1888 Hotel.

We are over the moon to read that you have enjoyed your experience with us and took advantage of our genuine and friendly hospitality.

We love our food here at 1888 Hotel and we are proud to source all our ingredients locally and daily. The breakfast is a feast for the eyes and so delicious. We are now slowly working on our food menu for the evening and we can't wait to launch it.

The word is out: 1888 Hotel is the hottest spot in Sydney!

Please make sure that you book your next stay soon as we can't wait to welcome you again.

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team
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Canberra
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

I stayed for several nights, and the location was what originally attracted me, as it is situated right behind the restaurant strip at Darling Harbour and close to other attractions. However after arriving, I was bowled over by how lovely the interior was, and how charming the reception staff were. They helped me several times throughout my stay, as did the bistro staff, and each time nothing was too much trouble. The refurbished old building has kept the best of the old architecture but has implemented modern touches throughout including the immaculate bathrooms. The room was spotless and felt quite luxurious. Great big comfy bed and complimentary wifi including an iPad to use in the room. Have already booked another stay and told my friends and family all about this gem of a boutique hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Emma R
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear Emma R,

Thank you for reviewing your recent stay at 1888 Hotel.

The team and I are very thrilled to read that you have truly enjoyed your stay with us.
We pride ourselves on the level of service we deliver: we love looking after our guests and spoiling them.
We are so lucky to have such a unique building full of character and history.

We are very excited to know that we are going to see you again and welcome you to your new favourite hotel in Sydney!

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

We spent 2 nights in a "shoe box" on our recent weekend visit to Sydney. Loved the whole feel of this hotel, it is a converted old building and there is beautiful old thick wooden beams & exposed brick on show. The reception team are friendly, efficient and relaxed, there is a small dining area in the foyer where a yummy breakfast is served & we also had coffees later on in the evening after returning from dinner, and we were cheerfully looked after. Our room, was a cosy nod to its namesake, but we did not feel cramped at all, the bathroom was nicely fitted out, big thick towels, the bed was sooo comfortable, nice little touch with an Ipad in the room for your getting around research. 1888 is well positioned with Darling Harbour & stroll to the city, plenty of transport options about. Would love to come back again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Dear melbourneunites50,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at 1888 Hotel.

We are excited to read that you have truly enjoyed your experience and loved our Shoebox room: the best value in town within a super comfy 15m2. It is amazing how all the luxuries have been squeezed in a compact space without compromising in quality.

We love our food and coffee here at 1888 Hotel and our product are all fresh and locally sourced.
We are launching a new food menu for the evening: wait and see!

Melbourne is only one hour flight from Sydney: have you booked your next trip yet?

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team
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Bundaberg, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

My husband and I stayed for 3 nights recently to celebrate my 40th birthday. 1888 was all we wanted and more! The hotel was beautiful, and felt inviting from the moment we walked in.
The staff were genuinely friendly and very helpful, they really are a credit to the place.
Our room was well appointed and the bed supremely comfortable. The block out blind was a God send too, on our first break from two young children, we were desperate for a sleep in!
The hotel is in a great location, just a short walk to Darling Harbour and across the bridge to the city and all the retail therapy one could ask for!

Stop looking and book a room at 1888! We will be back for sure.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Dear Kylie A,

Thank you for reviewing your recent stay at 1888 Hotel.

The team and I are delighted to read that you have enjoyed your experience and even happier to read that you have enjoyed our genuine and welcoming hospitality.

I am sure you and your husband deserve another break from the kids soon: have you booked your next holiday?

The team and I can't wait to welcome you again soon.

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

The staff were the friendliest bunch I have encountered on any trip anywhere. The room was well appointed and the bed super comfortable. I really enjoyed the vibe and decor. Would recommend it to friends.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Dear Dan F,

Thank you for your review of your recent stay at 1888 Hotel.

We are extremely excited to read that you took advantage of our friendly and warm service.
Have you booked your next trip yet? We can't wait to welcome you

Warm regards,

The 1888 Hotel Team
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Property: Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
Address: 139 Murray Street | Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales 2009, Australia (Formerly 1888 Hotel Darling Harbour)
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District , City West
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 174 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steeped in history, Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour was tastefully restored and thoughtfully designed with shutter-happy Instagrammers in mind, providing photo opportunities around every corner so captivating that you really need #nofilter. Originally constructed as a wool store and factory in 1888, the building still bears the original signage of its birth year, visible from the busy streets of Pyrmont. A heritage listed 90-bedroom boutique hotel as well as bar & event space, Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour brings together Sydney's old world charm and contemporary design with Ovolo's service culture to offer a truly mind-blowing experience in modern hospitality. The collection of rooms each boast 3-metre high ceilings, exposed brick walls, original ironbark beams, concealed uplighting, huge sound proofed period windows, recycled timber work stations, bespoke furniture and feature walls in each room flaunting the colourfully commissioned pieces by celebrated local artist, Jasper Knight. Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour is located in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Pyrmont, neighbouring Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD, Sydney Fish Market, Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre, The Star, a wide selection of must-go bars & dining options, and the very best boutique shopping this side of the Southern Hemisphere. But really, who needs to go anywhere when your room rate already includes everything? Continental breakfast*, Wi-Fi, mini bar, self-service laundry, happy hour*, 24 hour gym access? - Yep, all free. ... more   less 
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