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"Vibrant city hideaway with a twist of history from Sydney in 1888"

Need to know

    • 90 individually designed rooms
    • Located only a stone’s throw from Darling Harbour and a short walk to Sydney’s CBD
    • All inclusive – continental breakfast, in-room snacks, happy hour, laundry & super speed Wi-Fi

We love

  • Walk to Darling Harbour, the City and Star Casino (stop by Top Shop on Pitt Street for a splurge).
  • Hop on the light rail from Central and tour Sydney’s ‘inner west’ where you will discover amazing shopping, foodie delights and historical landmarks.
  • Lo Lounge is Ovolo’s funky and relaxed dining area for a light yet delicious breakfast or a chilled dinner
  • Delightful heritage building for those history buffs
  • Individually designed building with attention to quirky detail.
  • The hotel makes you feel comfortable as a single traveler or with friends. Anything goes here.
  • Many ‘selfie’ social media opportunities dotted throughout hotel.

Top Secret

The F word – FREE.  WIFI, mini bar, loot bag, self-service laundry and external gym access are all free when you stay with us, book direct and receive continental brekky and happy hour free too! Also, the new Convention Centre is being built next door so watch this space.


The hotel was a former woolstore and is one of the earliest of Victorian warehouse buildings making it an important contribution to the streetscape of Allen Street and Murray Street. You can view the hotel from various locations in central Sydney along the western line of Darling Harbour. It has a ‘saw tooth’ roof (a unique feature) and possibly the fourth oldest of the 21 woolstores surviving in Sydney to date. It is an unusual Victorian warehouse as it is still structurally intact and also for its Mannerist style in the main entrance doorway and pediment. The hotel relishes this history in the design, décor and as you talk to the proud staff.

The Review

Ovolo 1888 offers a unique experience in a second to none location. Its close proximity to Sydney’s CBD with the added benefit of being far enough away to enjoy peace, makes it an ideal choice for those wanting to explore the city and close surrounds. It is a short walk to Pitt Street Mall and directly across the road from famous Darling Harbour which offers a plethora of dining and late night activities. 

The hotel has been designed from the traveller’s point of view, ensuring a generous supply of the most wonderful hotel amenities and that everything you want or need is at your fingertips. Ovolo refers to this as ‘effortless living’.  Apple televisions keep you connected with your favourite series via iTunes, Stan or Netflix and allows you access to your own playlists. iPads are supplied in your room too as is a bedside USB connection. You can grab anything you desire from the mini bar without being concerned about your constantly growing incidentals bill. Luxurious linen, down toppers and pillows create the perfect sleep experience. Bliss.

You will enjoy dining in the hotel, particularly for their seamless and keep it simple approach. The Lo Lounge is where you eat breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is a simple approach of delicious and fresh fruits, artisan breads and other tasty bits and pieces. At night following complimentary canapes and drinks, you may choose to eat something from their ‘Nuevo Cuisine’ menu and sip on a glass from their international and carefully selected wine list.

Ovolo seem to have a great love of music and it is often mentioned with their mission being ‘Shiny, Happy People’ all round (think R.E.M).  This is what they want to see, everywhere - walking in and out of their hotels, sitting at their desks in the office, they want everyone to be happy. That they say “is the ultimate achievement in life, after all”.

A key point of difference of this property is the historic significance of this building. The former wool store is one of the earliest examples in Sydney and many stay here to absorb and learn more of its historical roots. The design of the hotel and individual rooms will soon convey this resounding message, “Ovolo loves Art”. They feature various artworks by Australian Artist, Jasper Knight which contrast beautifully against the exposed walls and original beams.

In summary, your stay will be a mix of city exploration where history meets present day modern technology - as this hotel offers the best in high tech adult toys.


Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

  • Address: 139 Murray Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009
  • Travel info: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport – 20 minutes via taxi and approximately $45.00 fare or $28.00 with Uber. Airport Transfer – Private companies offer transfers one-way from $22.00 pp. You can book these at Reception.

Key Features

  • Free Wifi

  • Car Parking

  • Bar

  • Restaurant