This is a really lovely little hotel. It is only a year old, so the rooms are lovely and new and the housekeeping staff do a fabulous job keeping it clean. The hotel is modern, yet maintains the charm of the original building. The staff are young and enthusiastic.
The IPad and free Internet in every room is a great idea; so convenient for checking emails and looking up train and bus timetables and so on. We wish all hotels had this.
The eatery is a nice place for a drink. Our friends who live in Sydney came to meet us in the bar and were very impressed. The menu is a little sparse, so we only ate there once. That said, it is only a few minutes walk to Darling Harbour with lots of places to eat.
We stayed for six nights in a king bedroom with external window. This staying longer meant we received a 20% discount, which made our stay excellent value for money. The room was perfectly adequate in size for a six night stay. I think a smaller sizes may have been a bit too small unless you are staying for less time and plan on being just using it as a base. We chose a room with an external window. I know some people have said that there is road noise, but really you could only hear traffic during the day and evening, not during the night, and it never kept us awake and it wasn't loud.
This hotel makes a great base for a holiday where you plan on getting out and about. We would certainly recommend it to our friends and family.
- 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 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 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? Wi-Fi, Mini Bar, Happy Hour, Continental Breakfast, 24 Hour Gym, Self-service Laundry? - Yep, all free. ... more less
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