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Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney review

A wharf location meets New York style.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney review
The Deluxaroo King room

There's an Alice in Wonderland feel to this 1915 wharf conversion – it's old but it's new, it's big but manages to operate on a human scale. New this year is a "plant-based" restaurant, Alibi, run by American chef Matthew Kenney (with a wine list by sommelier Chris Morrison) styled to lend an epicurean edge to the mezzanine lobby beneath a four-storey vault. In rooms, the odd cramped angle of the wharf's heritage bones is offset by a riot of playful décor, from bedheads printed with classic Australian tableaux to flying ducks on the walls. Tying it all together is the unmatchable view; most rooms capture snapshots of Sydney's sparkling harbour, some from private balconies.

We love

Amble along the length of the wharf to marvel at the super yachts or to dine in one of Sydney's better waterfront restaurants; the smart money favours Aki's, the big money heads to Otto.

The Lo Lounge
The Lo Lounge

Thoughtful extras

There's generosity in the free minibar restocked daily, free local calls, daily happy hour, and guest loans of yoga mats, Xbox and Wii consoles, and more.

Pack your swimsuit to experience the indoor pool
Pack your swimsuit to experience the indoor pool

Dining options

The breakfast buffet is light and fresh: breads, cheese and the likes of soba and kale salad. Hot dishes can be ordered at extra cost. The proximity of the wharf's fine-dining strip means even hotel staff suggest eating out rather than in, but if you're craving a late-night snack they'll deliver a meat pie from Harry's Cafe de Wheels.

Drink up

Happy hour from 5.30pm, which is restricted to guests who book their room online, covers beer, wine and vegetarian platters. The free minibar is stocked with beer and a white-wine blend.

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.