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Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
Ranked #3 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 May 2014

I stayed a few months ago, it was good then and its even better now. This time I stayed in a loft room, a split level room with the very comfy bed on the mezzanine floor and the bathroom and lounge down stairs. Plenty of space to spread out.

Had breakfast and evening drinks, both were busier than when I last stayed. not surprising since its great quality and good prices.

Used the gym and pool at Ian Thorpe Centre (guests have a free pass) which was wonderful, much better than the typical hotel gym.

Location remains perfect as does with renovation and fit out of the this historic wool store.

But shining brighter than ever are the staff. Impossible to single out and one in particular but saw the Manager caring bags and helping at breakfast. Its great to see the same welcoming faces Jess x2 and Cailine. Its like coming home!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Simon J
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

Dear Simon,

It was great to have you back at 1888 and thank you for your kind comments. It was wonderful to learn that we keep getting even better. We are thrilled to read that it is like "coming home" with our great team and familiar faces.

We look forward to seeing you again soon in your Sydney home.

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Stayed here for 4 nights over Easter. Just loved the location, walking distance to sight seeing, star casino, restaurants anything you wanted just seem to be a short walk.
The room although small was very clean and the bed was great the best so comfortable.
The hotel was impressive and the staff were very friendly and helpful. A BIG thank you to the man (forgotten his name) who went out of his way to help me locate my misplaced bag, I really did appreciate it.
Hope to be back one day and can definitely recommend this hotel

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank flyingtui10
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2014

Dear Flyingtui,

Thank you for your great review and kind comments about the wonderful team and the personalised service.

We are thrilled that you loved the location, the bed and staying with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon so we can spoil you some more!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith

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Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

I had hoped that this hotel lived up to the excellent reviews that it receives and boy was I not disappointed. From the moment we arrived the staff were more than friendly and helpful, especially Jessica. We had a shoebox room on the second floor which was perfect for our two night stay, spotlessly clean and comfortable (and quiet too, which is a must for me). The iPad is a great addition and helped us seek out restaurants etc. with ease. I recommend having a drink in the bar if you can, the barman (I missed his name) is one of the most friendly people we met whilst in Australia.

Overall, I can't wait to visit again! Shame it is so far away. 1888 - ever thought about branching out into hotels in the UK? ;-)

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Dear Apfelsaft,

An "Amazing Review", thank you so much for your kind words. I am thrilled to learn that you loved your stay with us, it was great to read that we lived up to your high expectations.

Although we don't (yet) have a property in the UK the 8Hotels Collection does has a property in Paris, just visit the web site to learn more www.8hotels.com. Of course if you would like to make a reservation in Paris or any of our properties let me know and I will be happy to assist in ensuring you are spoilt everywhere you go!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith

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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed two nights with my mum over the weekend. I made a mistake when I booked (didn't get a room that could be made into a twin) and from the first point of communication they were SO wonderful and helpful. The actual hotel is lovely and the rooms perfectly appointed. Happy hour in the bar was great and the bar guy was super lovely and friendly. I left my jacket in the bar and they realized it was mine and brought it to my room! All of the staff were delightful and I would definitely return.

Stayed: April 2014
1  Thank Beckitmoore
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Hi Beckit,

It was great to read that you had a wonderful time on your recent stay at 1888 Hotel with your Mum. Thank you for your kind comments about the great staff and this beautiful property.

Melbourne isn't far from Sydney so we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We arrived tired and exhausted we were greeted by friendly helpful staff who helped us organize a takeaway dinner in our our room and even recommended dishes that were delicous. Dishes and cutlery were also delivered to our room.
The room, "the fish bowl" was awesome!! Great shower looking out onto restored sandstone walls loved the bed sooo comfortable and the bed lights are cool!, the room was also spotless. Loved having toe iPad too.
Loved the fact that Brekkie in bed is the same price as dining in the restaurant. We opted to have Brekkie in bed.
The staff were very friendly and helpful with suggestions of restaurants etc.
We extended our visit by 1 night and the staff managed to shuffle things so we could stay in the same room.
We will be recommending this hotel to our friends and family.
Awesome!!!!!,

Room Tip: Ask for the fish bowl
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank 61pixie
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Hi Pixie,

Your review made me smile, it was great to read of your "awesome" experience at 1888. Thank you for your kind comments about the unique room, the amazingly comfy beds, the iPads, the brekkie, the friendly staff... the list goes on!

Come back soon so we can spoil you more.

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Hotel 1888 is unique and welcoming. The hotel is a renovated warehouse. Exposed brick and beautiful wood. The breakfast is fresh. Excellent pastries and coffee. The staff is very helpful. Clean and new. Located by Darling Harbor. Nice area. If you want a charming and unique hotel, this is it!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Dear Renee,

Thank you for your wonderful words. We are so pleased you loved your stay with us, the beautiful refurbishment the repurposing of this historic building and our Ozzie hospitality.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Stayed four nights. Initially given ground floor room 005. Bottom half of window opaque, top half view of side of flyover. Took this up with Reception and was moved to a first floor room with minimum of fuss. Well appointed room, although I received several insect bites while in bed.
Several incorrect items on my bill at check out that were removed when I queried them. Good breakfast. Staff very efficient and helpful. Very good hotel but could have been excellent if problems had not occurred.

Room Tip: Do not accept any ground floor room, very poor view.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Ken18
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Hotel1888, General Manager at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Dear Ken,

Thank you for your "nearly excellent" review and thank for the tips on how we can be even better.

It was great to read that the points you raised with us were quickly rectified. Thank you so much for your kind comments about the efficient and helpful staff, the good breakfast and commenting that you felt the hotel was very good.

We look forward to seeing you again for an excellent stay!

Warm regards,
Andrew Adams-Smith

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Address: 139 Murray Street | Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales 2009, Australia (Formerly 1888 Hotel Darling Harbour)
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Region: 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 178 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range: £135 - £292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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