We booked this hotel for 9 nights over New Year before it was even open. We got a great deal by pre paying, non refundable, non changeable etc and took a risk. We were not disappointed.
The taxi driver found it very easily from the airport. We were greeted by 2 very nice receptionists 'Jess' and 'Jess'. We arrived extremely early and our room was not ready but they said they would get our room ready ASAP and offered to telephone our mobile as soon as it was ready. They gave us loads of helpful information on the local area, and maps, and were excellent throughout our stay.
For location it was perfect for us without paying for views of the harbour. We used the water bus quite a bit to get around and the stop is only a 10 min walk away. Darling harbour is less than a 5 min walk. At Darling Harbour you have shopping, restaurants, cinema, free fireworks every Saturday, Madame Tussauds, Wildlife Zoo, and much, much more. There are good convenience stores locally if you fancy a snack or soft drink without using the mini bar.
We loved the interior of the hotel, the old with the new, the 'warehouse' type look. It works really well.
We had a loft room which is a lounge and bathroom on the entrance level, and a bedroom upstairs. Good things about our room: Comfortable bed, nice sofa area, large TVs, free use of one of their IPads in your room, free Wi-Fi, nice shower and toiletries.
Things we personally did not like: No room in the bedroom for anything so clothes etc all kept down a level. Downstairs area slightly compact so with 2 large suitcases and 10 days worth of stuff, it became a squeeze for space. The walls are a little too thin for us light sleepers, or our room neighbours were extremely loud, but you could here them talking and watching TV.
You also get free use of a local gym and swimming pool. Ask reception for full details and make use of it.
Overall a lovely stay and if we go back to Sydney I would stay there again for the location and receptionist friendliness
- 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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