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Published July 6th 2019
Where Modern Chic Merges With History
A former wool store established in 1888 (image JW)
History meets modern day comfort in the 90 room boutique hotel Ovolo 1888. The building dates from 1888 and was once a wool store that has been stylishly and sympathetically converted into a trendy and intimate "home away from home".
The decor is an interesting mix of heritage architecture and modern pop art. Three metre high ceilings, ironbark beams and exposed brickwork contrast with glass elevators and hi tech devices. The public areas are dark and moody but not at all dreary or dingy. Mister Percy is the in-house bar and restaurant serving as the breakfast area in the mornings. The staff are young, enthusiastic, genuinely friendly and welcoming in their approach.
The rooms vary in size, configuration and price and the 15sq m Shoebox is best for a solo traveller. Features of the hotel are free high speed Wi-Fi, a self service laundry, complimentary mini bar and snacks, free local calls and an in room iPad replacing the usual compendium. The rooms also contain the usual tea & coffee making facilities bathrobes, slippers, a safe, iron and hairdryer. There is a lolly bar in the foyer and free 24hr access to a local gym. Make a direct booking to qualify for the extra "freebies" of a generous continental breakfast and social hour drinks and snacks.
Another big plus is the convenience of the location, the ICC Sydney and Darling Harbour are at the doorstep and it is walking distance to Star Casino and the Capitol and State Theatres. The Convention Centre light rail station is 250 metres away and Town Hall Station is about a 15 minutes walk. Discount parking for $42 per day is available across the road if you are driving and nearby ferry stops are at Barangaroo and Pyrmont Bay.