Name: Ovolo Woolloomooloo
What a name! Woolloomooloo. It is one of those place names that puts a smile on your face (along with names like Sandy Balls, Willey and my favourite; Happy Bottom). But be assured there are also plenty of reasons to be extremely happy when you visit the Ovolo Woolloomooloo.
The setting for this new and funky design hotel is a 100 year-old building on Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Wharf. The hotel is one of the newest openings from Hong Kong hotel chain Ovolo and the third Ovolo hotel in Australia, following the opening of Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour and Ovolo Laneways in Melbourne. The hotel is located in Finger Wharf, an area surrounded by good restaurants and loads pubs. It’s also just a 10-15 minute walk away from the business district, the Botanic Garden, the Art Gallery, Potts Point, Kings Cross and the Opera House.
We love Ovolo hotels very much. Each is completely unique and within many of their hotels, each room is also completely different. They often focus on refurbishing buildings with stunning architecture and restoring the building in a sympathetic and stylish way – which is very much the case for Ovolo Woolloomooloo. Best of all, they offer loads of freebies! Free laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast (complete with pots of Bircher muesli, salmon and yummy cheese), free goody bags of chocolates and nibbles, free minibar and usually a free lounge with free drinks and nibbles throughout the day and free beer, wine and spirits in their happy hour.
So what is special about the Woolloomooloo Ovolo?
Put together by design practice HASSELL, the starkness of the 100 year-old Finger Wharf is softened with loads of stylish sections for relaxing, playing pool, playing space invaders (try out their retro game machines), eating, drinking or simply sitting under the potted sparkly trees that fill the atrium. The huge space is also filled with cool artwork and statement pieces.
Rooms here offers an iPad and unique historic fittings. The head-boards on the beds are a work of art, with a range of scenes in different rooms, from fish to swinging ladies, hunting scenes (with ceramic ducks on the wall flying away from the men with guns on the head-board) to a lady’s day out at the races.
Many of the rooms are split level affairs with a large living area downstairs and sleeping upstairs. These loft style rooms are very airy and spacious and all rooms all have an appealing watery view over the surrounding dock.
Food & Drink
The hotel’s rate includes a delicious breakfast in the room or downstairs (in fact if you are hungry you can eat both!) The main hub is Lo Lounge, open to public and guests alike. Here you can enjoy snacks, teas and coffees throughout the day, and free food as well as alcoholic drinks 5pm — 7pm.
The Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a very special hotel set in an iconic industrial building. The brand, founded by Girish Jhunjhnuwala in 2002, really sticks two fingers up at mean hoteliers that charge £10 for a tiny bottle of miserable tasting plonk from the mini-bar. This brilliant concept will keep us coming back and makes this unique hotel all the better. An absolute must visit next time you are in Sydney!
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