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Ovolo: Sydney’s hottest hotel!

Sydney is so hot right now. In every sense of the word. And the uber hip Ovolo Hotel in Woolloomooloo is about the hottest property in town!

But we often overlook Woolloomooloo (I love writing that!) as a place to stay when visiting Sydney.

If you’re not fussed about being able to step out of your front door and into the shops, check out this harbourside suburb within walking distance of the Botannic Gardens, the Opera House and Circular Quay. It also has restaurants and bars under the hotel stretching along the wharf.

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Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Ovolo Woolloomooloo

I had heard about very trendy The Woolstore 1888 hotel by Ovolo in Darling Harbour because when it opened it targeted social media-loving Millennials by offering a free night to those with over 10,000 Instagram followers.

I loved that idea so much I use it as an example in my media training for hospitality operators. What an easy way to quickly grab a whole lot of attention.

So with the opportunity to check out this Ovolo Woolloomooloo on Finger Wharf (or Woolloomooloo Wharf), the longest timber-piled wharf in the world, I was keen to see what the Millennials like. This hotel has had a few incarnations over the years. Your taxi driver will remember it as Blue, and frequent Sydney travellers will have stayed when it was W.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo
The pool room

First impressions of Ovolo Woolloomoolo

We all know that it takes 30 seconds to create a first impression, and when you arrive at a hotel that knows that, you are wowed.

I was wowed when I stepped out of the taxi on the wharf that stretches forever with restaurants jostling table to pepper mill wedged underneath the hotel.

She’s a grand old building. Originally a warehouse for exporting wool and now heritage listed, many of it’s original features remain. The entire first floor is open plan. It’s hard to tell how big this space is, but at least a football field would fit in here!

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The former wind tunnel turned groovy hotel lobby

I just LOVE what design company HASSELL has done with this wind tunnel, turning it into smaller spaces with pavilions, bars, games areas, a library, a cafe, a bar and on it goes.

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The bar

A free happy hour is available for guests each evening, free Wifi is the norm in every room along with Apple TVs and a help yourself free mini bar that includes beer and wine. Ironically it’s the water that is drunk most!

Despite its size, this is actually just a 100-room boutique hotel. The back end of this grand old building is fancy apartments with Russell Crowe dossing in one. Each room is uniquely designed, funky and little quirky design touches are everywhere while retaining the huge steel beams across the ceilings.

Ovolo room
My Deluxaroo room!
Ovolo level 3
This would be level 3!
Ovolo fire pit
Sit around the fire pit in front of the bar with your free happy hour wine
ovolo garden and kissing booth
The tree lights and kissing booths

Location, Location, Location

Woolloomooloo is a cool little spot to stay in Sydney. It’s about a 20-minute stroll through the Botanic Gardens, or around them to walk along the waterfront, to the Opera House. But right under the hotel is a strip of great restaurants starting with Indian and running through the menus of Italian, Seafood, Steak and goodness knows what else!

Across the road from the Ovolo is a lovely wine bar and bistro, The Tilbury Hotel. Go upstairs and have a cocktail on their rooftop under a sun umbrella or if you need to watch a sports match, head into Friscos – but you may need to take your own spray and wipe!

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!