Sydney, Australia

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Rates per night from$169.73

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD236.36), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Woolly mammoth

Setting

Woolloomooloo Wharf

Hard to spell, even harder to leave: Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney doesn’t do things by halves (including vowels). Rooms are styled with urban panache, the restaurant debuts Australia’s first plant-based dining concept and there’s a whole host of mood-boosting freebies, from Continental breakfast to daily happy hour. Cheers! Formerly a wool mill, the heritage harbourside building glitters from a recent revamp: picture striking lights, pops of acid-yellow and mural-graced headboards. The style stakes reach a high note in the Ultra Suite, whose enticements include a curved cocktail bar, a play area, a powder room and a free ‘OMG’ minibar that lives up to its name – and then some.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Breakfast for two, late check-out till 1pm and daily access to Lo Lounge for a happy hour with free beer, wine and spirits

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

A hundred, including two suites.

Check–Out

10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $169.73 (AU$236), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast (à la carte is extra), minibar drinks and snacks, WiFi, national calls from your room and a self-laundry service.

Also

Like the look of Woolloomooloo? Check out its Ovolo brethren in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

At the hotel

Gym; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: smart TV, in-room iPad, minibar with free drinks and snacks, Biology bath products.

Our favourite rooms

If you want to bat your eyes at Sydney, opt for one of the Cityvoo rooms – many of which also have handsome high ceilings, starring the original beams.

Poolside

There’s a family-friendly heated indoor pool by the gym for Smiths of all ages to splash around in.

Packing tips

Bring your favourite sunnies and an appetite for plants.

Also

Communal areas are wheelchair accessible.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome, but it’s best suited to teens.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

They’re all born equal here – hunker down wherever takes your fancy.

Dress Code

Sydney socialite, dahling.

Hotel restaurant

Ongoing flavour-of-the-month US chef Matthew Kearney heads up envelope-pushing Alibi, which reckons it’s Australia’s first plant-based dining concept. The styling is as forward-thinking as the menu: a bold industrial space kitted out in the manner of a glass-free greenhouse. Dishes to try include kimchi dumplings with red cabbage and ginger foam, mushroom and vegetable sliders and the coconut cream pie with macadamia crust and banana. In the morning, tuck into the (included) Continental breakfast, or order extra plates of mango compote-topped ricotta hotcakes, smashed avocado toast or bacon and egg rolls. ​

Hotel bar

The restaurant, bar and lobby areas all overlap; order drinks (a #Hashtag cocktail, made with pisco, yuzu and mandarin, perhaps) and stake out your favourite spot.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 6am and 10am; dinner from 6pm until midnight (when the bar also closes).

Room service

Order items from the restaurant menu to your room whenever the fancy takes you.

Location

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Address
Ovolo Woolloomooloo
6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
Sydney
2011
Australia

Planes

Sydney airport is 23 kilometres away, a half-hour drive. Smith24 will happily sort your flights.

Trains

King’s Cross station is a five-minute drive (or 15-minute walk) away. You could also catch any train to St James Station or Martin Place Station, then make the 15-minute walk through Hyde Park and the Domain or the Royal Botanical Garden.

Automobiles

The hotel is five minutes away from King’s Cross; there’s a valet parking service ($50 a night).

Worth getting out of bed for

Start with what’s right in front of you: see why Alibi restaurant is the latest hot ticket in town; chill out at laidback Lo Lounge (aka the lobby); make the most of all the on-the-house hotel perks. Wander around the acclaimed Art Gallery of NSW on Art Gallery Road. Catch a show by Red Line Productions at the Old Fitz Theatre, or explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens on Mrs Macquaries Road. It would be rude not to admire – and cross or climb – Sydney Harbour Bridge, the world’s largest steel arch bridge, built in 1932.

Local restaurants

Head to Hills Bros at 5 Martin Place for café food with healthy Asian and Latin American leanings; diverse dishes to try include adventurous toasties, achiote chicken tacos, brown-rice congee, and banana, peanut and espresso bread served with salted-caramel butter. Take your taste buds on tour via Sydney’s George Street at Indu Dining, which serves vibrant food inspired by the rural and coastal villages of southern India and Sri Lanka. (The signature slow-cooked lamb is a highlight.) Candlelit Restaurant Hubert channels Gallic sophistication, offering lashings of champagne and elegant French fare with interesting twists: oeufs en gelée stars egg yolk, bonito jelly, trout roe and avruga; roasted snails come with Hubert XO sauce and a house-made baguette. Bravo.

Local bars

Assembly Bar at 488 Kent Street has more trophies in its metaphorical awards cabinet than we’ve got bottles in our literal drinks cabinet. See why by visiting its low-key mezzanine space; signature libations include the candyfloss-topped Cotton Candy, the refreshing Sea Salt (fresh lime juice, agave ginger syrup, Ardbeg, Mezcal Amores, topped with Agave Ginger Cider) and the Red Fox: fresh-pressed watermelon juice, Stoli vodka, vanilla syrup, rose syrup, sparkling wine and a watermelon-slice garnish.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

 

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this harbourside hotel by Woolloomooloo Wharf and unpacked their sun lotion and CBD acquisitions, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney

We’re yet to include a ‘Hotel With The Most ‘O’s in Their Name’ category in our Smith Awards, but when we do, Ovolo Woolloomooloo looks set to go for gold. Other reasons to lavish this forward-thinking Sydney trendsetter with awards include Alibi, its innovative dining concept, which dares to put plants centre stage; that prime harbourside setting, on fashionable Finger Wharf; the sensitive restoration of the historic building; and the friendly, nothing-is-too-much-trouble staff, who breathe new life into this industrial grande dame. In another life, the building was a wool mill – perhaps that’s why a stay here feels so deliciously warm and cosy…

 

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