Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel

Updated: May 22, 2018

Ovolo Woolloomooloo – a personality-plus hotel along a renovated wharf in the city centre.

Lovingly restored and almost resembling a maritime museum, the lounge/lobby of the Ovolo is instantly likeable, with colourful chairs and contemporary art. All rooms are designed within the old waterside buildings, so they feature the original beams and walls, as well as ironwork along the ceiling. All the ‘Deluxaroo’ rooms are airy and colourful (perhaps, overly so). The narrow Loft features a separate lounge area at the entrance level and two bathrooms, and can be easily converted for family use. Because the hotel is long and narrow, all rooms have views of the harbour, as well as the city skyline or some naval ships. The indoor pool is inviting and lined with cabanas. An easy walk away is Kings Cross (for nightlife), but it’s further on foot to the city centre via the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo – The Basics

  • Location: On Cowper Wharf (aka Finger Wharf) in the inner-city suburb of Woolloomooloo. Close to Kings Cross and the city centre.
  • Guests: Caters to families, but most guests would probably be couples or small groups on holidays.
  • Pets: Not allowed.
  • Views: All views are of the thin bay, some with the city centre in the distance.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free for all guests.
  • Parking: Valet parking available for A$60 per night.
  • Nice Perks: Free minibar, happy hours, breakfast and lolly bag if booked directly through the hotel.
  • Phone: 9331 9000
  • Email: Not provided on the website.
  • Website:
  • How to Book: will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Amenities

  • Pool: Long and inviting, with attached Jacuzzi.
  • Spa: None.
  • Fitness Center: Small but adequate, and faces the pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Alibi is a casual café in the impressive atrium, renowned for cocktails and modern cuisine created by (according to the website) the ‘plant-based chef’.
  • Lounge/Bar: Lo Lounge is a convivial meeting place open 24 hours, with a stunning setting but indoors (so it’s less appealing than cafés along the wharf).
  • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included if booked through the hotel.
  • Room Service: In-room service is available 24 hours.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superoo (standard) • Deluxaroo (deluxe) • King • Loft • Ultraroo • AC/DC Suites • INXS Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: By Australian law, smoking is forbidden within the hotel building
  • Best Room: The ‘AC/DC Suite’ and ‘INXS Suite’ ooze elegance and chic, and offer the finest views from the top floors.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo – What’s Nearby?

Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    There’s plenty of choice at Kings’ Cross (a 10-minute walk), or along the wharf. These places are popular and expensive:

  • China Doll – innovative, contemporary Asian cuisine. 1-minute walk.
  • Otto – stylish, modern Italian, with plenty of outdoor tables. 1-minute walk.
  • Kingsley’s – steak and seafood with sophisticated service and gorgeous setting. 1-minute walk.
  • Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel – opposite the wharf, with a ground-level bistro or balcony dining. 1-minute walk.

Local Transportation

    A 15-minute walk from three train stations.

Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo – The Hotel

Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel Location

The hotel is based in a renovated warehouse on Finger Wharf, along a narrow bay between the Royal Botanic Gardens and the upmarket suburb of Potts Point.

Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Location

The renovated Finger Wharf contains the hotel and numerous private apartments.

Hotel and Private Apartments in the Renovated Wharf

The renovated Finger Wharf contains the hotel and numerous private apartments.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel Entrance

The entrance to the hotel is truly impressive.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel Lobby

The extensive lobby contains a lounge area and café, and almost resembles a maritime museum.

Hotel Lobby and Café in the Atrium

The atrium which runs through the middle of the building is home to the lobby, bar and café.

Location of Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel

The old warehouse that houses the hotel has been beautifully renovated.

Swimming Pool at the Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel

The indoor swimming pool is impressive and far better than most.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel Rooms

All ‘Deluxaroo’ Rooms are stylish and comfortable, often maintaining the design and layout of the original building.

Popular Loft Suites at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel

The twin-level Loft is popular for small families.

Loft Suites at Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel

The Loft suites feature a comfortable lounge area at the entrance level.

Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel Rooms

Some of the rooms are particularly stylish and colourful.

Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel Rooms

In keeping with the funky personality throughout, all rooms are brightly decorated.

Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel Rooms

Each room oozes with personality, like the entire hotel.

Hotel Decor and Furnishings

The furnishings in the Loft Suite are bright and match the overall vibe throughout the hotel.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Room Views

All rooms offer lovely harbour views, either across to the Botanic Gardens or the naval area around Potts Point.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Room Views

With most rooms facing either side of the wharf, the views are always good.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Room Views

Views from the rooms are of the city skyline with the Botanic Gardens in the foreground (to the west) or the high-rise apartments of Potts Point and its naval dockyards (to the east).

Cafés around Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel

Numerous classy cafés are lined along the wharf, many under the hotel.

Seafood Eateries on the Wharf

Several cafés along the wharf, such as Kingsley’s, offer a bright décor and tasty seafood.

Hotel Ovolo located near the Sydney Opera House

A delightful walk (about 1.5km) through the Royal Botanic Gardens leads to the famous Sydney Opera House.

Ovolo Hotel located near seedy Kings Cross

Heading 500m south along Dowling or Brougham streets is Kings Cross, a rather seedy area of nightclubs and bars.

Fine Dining in Kings Cross

In Kings Cross, there are some nicer sections along Victoria Street, which heads north almost to Cowper Wharf Road and the entrance to the hotel.

Nightclubs and strip joints at Kings Cross

Kings Cross has a well-founded reputation for sleazy nightclubs and strip joints.

Sydney Harbour Bridge walking distance from Ovolo Hotel

From the northern part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, about 700m from the hotel, it’s easy to see the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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