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Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
Ranked #3 of 174 Hotels in Sydney
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“Outstanding.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014

What an outstanding boutique hotel. Having never stayed at Pyrmont this is such a great location close to the casino, and a beautiful stroll through the farmers fresh produce markets (sat morning only) and beautiful restaurants on the pier. We checked in early and all effort was made to have our room ready early. There is a real buzz in the hotel. Great little cafe in the foyer. The feel to keep the originality about the hotel is beautiful (old wool store built in 1888 hence the name). A weekend away with my wife what a great little hotel. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear Zynub,

An outstanding review, thank you for sharing your experience at 1888 Hotel.

It was lovely to read that you loved your stay with us, thank you for your wonderful words about our great location, the design integrity, The Eatery & Bar and service.

Your high recommendation is most appreciated.

Now that you have discovered us you must come back, soon!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014

Having never been to Sydney, I had only Travel Advisor to help me fond a good place. As the airport van wove in, then out of the CBD, I began to wonder where I had placed us. We arrived at the 1888 via a highway we could not walk. Then we learned how easy it was to get to the best places in the city, short, safe walks from the 1888. Just a couple minutes down its quiet road, you are right at Darling Harbour and its many restaurants and beautiful venue. A quick walk over the pedestrian bridge takes to up Market to George St, the main thoroughfare in the city. At the end is Circular Quay and the famous Sydney Opera House. Just up from that, the Royal Botanic Gardens.

In additional to the great location, the 1888 is just a great hotel, mixing old and very new in its decor and rooms. If you need lots of space in your room, it's probably not for you. Our room was plenty for us, though, and the management provides excellent quality amenities, from great tea and bath products to giant, plush bath towels. And the staff could not be better - friendly, helpful.

I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear jlmcbrien,

Your pictures made me laugh and your fantastic review made me smile. Thank you so much.

It was wonderful to read that you loved your stay with us, from the unexpected amenities to the amazing team (some of whom you captured in your pic).

We loved having you with us, come back soon!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We got there 9am wanted to drop bags off but were allowed to book in. We booked the attic, amazing, mini bar included, and bottle of fizz, very helpful friendly staff, central location to darling harbour. The playlist on inroom i-pad was great, lovely shower, comfy big bed, was all fab apart from the inroom fridge a tad noisy could do with a door infront to reduce the noise. Had early breakfast which was ample, inculded continental, but offers cooked if that way inclined. Away first thing, shame as could have stayed in till check out 13.00!! Highly recommend, would return!

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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Hi Raymond,

Thank you for your rave review!

One night in The Attic is never enough, it is one of my favourite rooms with its private balcony, views of the city and glimpses of Darling Harbour.

It sounds as if we spoiled you - we love doing that but next time stay for longer!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

We only managed to squeeze in a 4 night stay during our trip around China, Australia & Bali, and I really wish we could have stayed longer.

The hotel is in a great location, cross the road, through the mall & you are in the heart of Darling Harbour.

Very modern & clean rooms, a good size compared to some others & the staff are all friendly & helpful.

I would definitely not hesitate to recommend 1888.

The breakfast is also amazing!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear Jane,

We are so pleased that you were able to visit us at all, it sounds as if you had a very busy time away from home.

Thank you for your great review and especially the comments about our great location, the amazing breakfast and wonderful team.

Come back soon and stay longer!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

I stayed in the shoebox room at Hotel 1888 recently, and enjoyed every aspect of my stay. Great location 2 mins walk from Darling Harbour (through safe and busy area). Staff were friendly and helpful, and although I did not try any food or drink from the restaurant in the lobby, it added to the overall warm atmosphere. The light rail Convention centre station is located across the road via the Novotel car park, and was a good point of access for transport to Circular Quay and the airport (via Central station).
The shoebox room was surprisingly spacious, very modern, clean, and came with all the necessary amenities (tea/coffee/nice minibar items/hairdryer/iron+board/ipad/tv/good lighting and convenient powerpoint access). Only tiny issues were very poor telephone/internet access in the room and lack of natural lighting, as the room window looks into the lobby. This was not a major issue for me. Soundproofing was poor but this did not hugely affect a good night's sleep. I would definitely recommend a stay here, especially over the larger-chain but older hotels across the road!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear TSR32,

Thank you for your 5 star review!

It was wonderful to read that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay.

Come back soon and enjoy the great hospitality we also offer in The Eatery & Bar!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

My partner and I stayed here last week for my 30th birthday. We have stayed in Sydney oodles of times, and can honestly say that staying at the 1888 hotel was by far the best accomodation We've experienced - ever!!
We were lucky enough to recieve a complimentary upgrade from a standard queen room, to a queen deluxe (which instantly gave us a buzz). We found the room to be very spacious and comfortable, with a modern edge. The employees at the 1888 hotel were all super customer focussed. We can not flaw this place & will definitely be returning

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Thank Renee G
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear Renee,

"A slice of heaven" - thank you so much for your kind words. It was wonderful to read that you and your partner enjoyed your stay with us on your birthday.

Your comments about our customer focused team are much appreciated, we are all ready to welcome you back and spoil you some more!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

Stayed in the shoebox room, which was more than adequate for as I was travelling on my own. Would probably be Ok for a couple spending one or two nights as well, especially if you do not plan to spend much time in the room. The rooms and hotel are beautifully presented and very clean. Bathroom and shower were very nice. Bed very comfortable. Location is good for accessing Darling Harbour but it would be a bit of a hike if you wanted to access attractions such as the Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay or the Rocks. I would suggest catching the train from Town Hall to Circular Quay. Staff were very helpful and the stay was good value for money. Two minor annoyances: I would like to see a greater emphasis on sustainability. This hotel has the potential to be the Sydney version of the Alto in Melbourne. Second, the iPad in the room is very useful but I could not find a way to switch it off at night.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear Pierre,

Thank you for your stand out review!

It was great to read that you loved the room and your recommendation about our Shoebox rooms was most appreciated.

Thank you also for your wonderful comments about our great value for money and exceptional staff.

Next time you are with us you may like to try the ferry from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay, some of the best views and photo opportunities in Australia!

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith
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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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