Arrived late in Sydney on a first-time solo business/tourist visit and came following great directions by the staff via e-mail from the airport by shuttle bus. The staff who welcomed be were extremely friendly and smiley and I got my room asap. I'd booked the shoebox which is greatly designed but admittedly small and without a window but into the interior of the hotel. Beware if you'll be spending time in your room. I wasn't, though, so it was not a challenge. The room has everything inside including a fantastic rain shower and deliciously smelling products, also the mini bar is well stocked. As I hadn't had any dinner and was traveling solo, I decided to get a nibble and glass of wine at the bar. I had the bruschetta, which was good, and a good quality glass of wine, but the menu list is very limited and a little pricey for what it offers. I'm not giving the hotel an excellent rating because of the very small points I mentioned above but, overall I greatly recommend! If you are coming to Sydney, want that special something away from home and don't have the budget for the greats in the CBD, come to the 1888. I definitely will!
- 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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