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The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo

139 Murray Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
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Nestled in a pocket of Darling Harbour rich in industrial and working-class heritage, this boutique hotel is set in a woolstore constructed in – you guessed it – 1888. But there’s nothing old-fashioned about this vibrant hotel experience. From the colourful contemporary design to the industrial-chic interiors with an art-splashed attitude, this is a striking Sydney stay. Whether counting-sheep in the sophisticated suites, or sipping a red in the downstairs bar, Mr Percy, you’ll have everything you need to sit back and enjoy your stay. Find yourself tucked away, while still close to the action with the best of Sydney’s vibrant culture at your doorstep.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Parking
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Wine / champagne
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bathrobes
Safe
Telephone
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Filipino, Hindi and 5 more

Location

139 Murray Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
2,991Reviews45Q+A100Room tips

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Luxembourgexpat wrote a review Feb 2020
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg12 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a lovely hotel. We received such a warm welcome on arrival, the room was ready early meaning we could check in at 11ish, after an overnight flight this was appreciated. The rooms are pretty small, but very well designed. There’s shampoo, soap, hair dryer, free small mini bar and a good bag every day. Very modern, comfy and great location in Sydney. We walked to the opera house from this hotel (about 40 minutes). Highly recommended. Lots of places to eat very close to hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from TanyaR1665, General Manager at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo
Responded 1 Mar 2020
Hey Luxembourgexpat You chose to stay with us for your first visit to Australia. yay :>! Our shoebox rooms play in the samller room division but they definately punch above their weight, so we luv you enjoyed the extra perks and design. Trust Australia delivered for the rest of you trip and we get to welcome you back sooner rather than later. Thanks for the great review. Troy Newton General Manager
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AnitaM89 wrote a review Jan 2022
Newcastle, Australia71 contributions40 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Ovolo Darling Harbour is in a top notch location - obviously for Darling Harbour but also Lyric Theatre and the ICC, literally a five minute walk to each. With reasonable priced parking and the Convention Light Rail stop across the street, you really can’t go wrong.

The rooms are small, but you know that going in, given the ‘shoebox’ naming convention. So if you’re in town for a week or for work and need a bit more space to spread your wings (and shopping) this might not be the choice for you but it was absolutely perfect for us for the night.

We had originally booked for a birthday and anniversary weekend and circumstances changed to have a friend who’s Sydney trip overlapped with ours stay in our room which was not a problem for the staff to add a trundle and upsize the room. On check in we were still treated to balloons, snack bag and a bottle of bubbles for our special trip.

The included mini bar and candy bar are a nice touch that add to the overall enjoyable experience.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Troy Newton, General Manager at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo
Responded 7 Feb 2022
Hey AnitaM89 What a write up! Definitely feeling the love a big thanks for taking the time to share the great experience you had...until next time. Kind regards Troy Newton General Manager
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Judith M wrote a review Apr 2021
Brisbane, Australia32 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Friendliest first class service and stay. The staff are down to earth and super helpful and nothing is too much!!! We were so well looked after above and beyond. We will be back!!! A home away from home. From the best location to the fabulous funky interior and although it’s right in the hub of Darling Harbour it feels relaxed, quiet and peaceful. The inclusive in room mini bar and snack pack is the best especially when everywhere else it stings you or isn’t available anymore !!! A fabulous funky inner city boutique stay that is more like a very special retreat.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Troy Newton, General Manager at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo
Responded 16 Apr 2021
Hey 525judithm Home is where the heart is they say, so sounds like we opened up ours just the way we intended. When you next need to come to your other home, we look forward to having your slippers laid out and ready to welcome you :> Kind regards Troy Newton General Manager
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Inkblot wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne34 contributions64 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aesthetically a very nice hotel, with a few annoying features which make it feel like a backpacker hostel at times. Enjoyed the novelty of the design, but would not stay again.

The rooms are small but clean, and well-designed, with very comfortable bed and hot shower with reasonable pressure. There is no noise from other rooms, and there is an Alexa device to play Spotify in the room, which is a nice touch, as well as a big flat screen TV with plenty of channels but some issues with digital reception on some channels. There is a kettle but unfortunately no microwave. I went in the height of summer and found the room freezing (and not responsive to the thermostat, even if you turned it off, the air con kept coming). This meant it was impossible to relax in the room.

The downstairs restaurant & lobby area is quite dark and also not a very welcoming place to linger. It feels like a dodgy bar, even at breakfast time. There is constant daggy music piped throughout the restaurant and lobby - to the young backpackers staffing the place, it probably seems funky, but for the generations likely to stay here, it's just the daggiest, saddest 80s music possible. I didn't like the 'free mini bar' & 'social hour' novelties. It's socially irresponsible and the alcohol is cheap & nasty (wine in a can, etc). The social hour thing is just weird, with awkward boomers & Gen Xers sipping cheap alcohol in silence, listening to the awful hotel muzak. It would work in a backpacker hostel, not so much in a hotel for grown ups.

The best part is the breakfast buffet, which is included and delicious. The front of house staff are friendly but young Europeans with a definite "backpacker" vibe.

The location is handy for Darling Harbour and the National Australian Maritime Museum. You can walk to Circular Quay from here (Opera House & Sydney Harbour Bridge) but it's a long walk. Another option is the light rail, which is very close to the hotel. There is a small convenience store nearby the hotel. There is a Coles supermarket about 5 minutes walk. The street is not too busy; there is no pull-in drive for drop off, but there are usually a couple of spots out front. Staff do not offer to call a taxi on departure, or any of the other basic niceties of a half decent hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Emil S wrote a review Nov 2020
Greater Adelaide, Australia1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're after a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour from your window, then 1888 is not for you. I didn't spend much time in my room, other than to sleep, so a water view was not a deal-breaker for me. I stayed in a King Deluxe and a Junior Suite during stay, both were fabulous, and very comfy. Plenty of tech in the rooms, big flat screen, iPad, Apple TV, BT speakers, wasted on an analogue guy like me! Good quality toiletries and a nice shower and tub too. Very nice bed, good choice of pillows, so you will find the Goldilocks one for you! I stayed almost two weeks, so definitely made use of the free laundry facilities and the well configured conference room for catching up on homework. The breakfast was continental, pretty simple, but sufficient. All of the staff, including the GM make a terrific coffee and you can choose to have one with sit down breakfast or on the run! If you need a hot and more substantive breakfast there are many great cafes a short walk in any direction. Pre-dinner drinks in the lounge bar is very appealing and the wine list is as good as you will find at many high end restaurants. Last but not least, the staff at 1888 are definitely the point of difference compared to any place I have stayed in Australia. All very individual personalities, engaging and very attentive to a guests whims and needs. If you're a very demanding or needy person, stay home, it won't be fun for anyone! To that end, I'll be back for sure!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Troy Newton, General Manager at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo
Responded 15 Nov 2020
Hey Emil S We are missing you already! Always grateful for feedback but also humbled to hear when a guest has such an enjoyable experience. We all enjoyed having the chance to look after you and get to know you better during your time with us, so only question at our end is when are you coming back ;>? Thanks again for the feedback Emil. Kind regards Troy Newton General Manager
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krfrpa wrote a review Apr 2021
Sydney, Australia12 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a loft room over Easter. The location is great, one block walk from the entry to Harbourside Shopping Centre and a few blocks walk from the Star Casino. The loft room was good for a few days stay - gave a bit of seperation between the bedroom and the rest of the room so it felt like a small apartment. The bed was comfortable and the shower was really nice. The "free minibar" was two waters, two soft drinks, two beers and a bottle of wine (so Limited choice) but better than nothing I suppose. The free drink at happy hour in the bar was also a limited choice and the bar snack was the same all weekend (opportunity for improvement there it wouldn't take much). Breakfast was basic and again the menu choices did not change at all over the few days we were there - we know when they ran out of the chutney for the breakfast wrap because they substituted with the very garlicky eggplant dip from happy hour bar snacks which did not work at all. The service was generally friendly. Best thing about this hotel would be the location so if you can get it for a good rate would recommend it, but maybe eat out for breakfast.
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Date of stay: April 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Troy Newton, General Manager at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo
Responded 16 Apr 2021
Hey krfrpa Love the extensive feedback, a little bit of what you loved along with some great points on things we can continue to refine to provide you with that perfect experience. As 2021 continues to wind up I can assure you things will continue to evolve at the hotel, so we are looking forward to welcoming you back to share them. Kind regards Troy Newton General Manager
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annarosabaker wrote a review Dec 2020
Sydney180 contributions93 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We celebrated our 38th(!) wedding anniversary with a stay in a king room on the second floor. Compact,funky and high-end inclusions. Love the use of Who Gives A Crap toilet paper and tissues. Also consci is the use of refillable containers of shampoo,etc. The staff are so lovely and friendly. Free mini-bar! Happy hour (between five and 6 o'clock) includes two complimentary drinks and canapes! The complimentary breakfast is tasty,varied and substantial. Thank you for the late checkout. A great stay!
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Troy Newton, General Manager at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo
Responded 17 Dec 2020
Hey annarosabaker 38th Wedding Anniversary, congrats!! We like to think we are little bit funky, well sometimes anyway ;> Thanks for the feedback. Kind regards Troy Newton General Manager
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aussie1928 wrote a review Mar 2020
Batemans Bay, Australia338 contributions70 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great Pyrmont location, convenient to everything, including Harbourside, restaurants, entertainment etc. Just 7 minutes walk to Lyric Theatre and Star City Casino, and close to International Convention Centre. Easy access to nearby ferries and trains, taxis, Uber. Under cover Parking Station (at cost) available opposite hotel which is great if you are from out of town, want to park, and just do your own thing. The Ovolo is rather boutique internally, offering some not so common perks, such as a free bar fridge etc. Stayed in a larger two level loft room, which was comfortable, quiet, and had all usual amenities.
From the outset, were enthusiastically greeted by staff, who were efficiently helpful throughout our stay. The lobby area and nearby bar (and restaurant) are humming socially later in the evening.
Pricing is a little steep compared to other world cities, but what you expect in Sydney, given the many benefits that the location offers. Would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from TanyaR1665, General Manager at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Hi aussie1928 Wow what a list, tough to suggest anything else I think you have covered it all and more :> Thanks for sharing your feedback, now lets get you back sooner rather than later. Troy Newton General Manager
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Suefletch wrote a review Aug 2022
Brisbane Region, Australia46 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is in a prime location with the light rail across the road and it takes less then 5 minutes to walk to darling harbour.
The hotel itself is quirky, cosy and very clean.
The staff are just lovely and make you feel very welcome, nothing is too much to ask for.
We were in a loft room and although it's not huge, it's very clean, well equipped, large bathroom and shower and the bed is super comfy.

Our only negative about the room is that the water pressure in the shower is almost non existent which was quite disappointing after an 18 hour flight, just when you're in need of a nice hot shower on a cold day. The water temp also continuously changes from hot to cold even though the tap handle is still in the same position.

The included continental breakfast had a good selection with a variety of different foods. The coffee was great.

The room also included a free mini bar which included 2 types of beer, a small bottle of red and white wine, cans of coke, bottled still and sparkling water and milk which was restocked daily.

There is also a free sweets bar near the reception for all you sweet tooth lovers out there to help yourselves to.

Overall, the experience here has been wonderful.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Suzanne O wrote a review Apr 2021
Gold Coast, Australia148 contributions147 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Highly recommend this hotel. It has a quirky industrial chic décor combined with historic features, but most of all it has a friendly relaxing ambiance.
Our king size room was quite small but furnished in a way that you'd still want to spend time in your room (and maybe make your way through the free mini bar?) Loved the bathroom products too.
Ovolo 1888 has such an inviting lobby I felt I could sit there for hours.
The location in Pyrmont is a little awkward for driving access but there is a good parking arrangement in the carpark across the road.
We'll be back!
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Date of stay: April 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Troy Newton, General Manager at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo
Responded 28 Apr 2021
Hi suzanneo890 Thanks for sharing your feedback. I think when it comes down to it we are all a little quirky too, maybe the building is rubbing off on us. Looking forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards Troy Newton General Manager
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Louise J asked a question Jan 2024
Cardiff, United Kingdom25 contributions45 helpful votes
How far is the hotel from the Sydney Opera House please?
Tracey P asked a question Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom17 contributions7 helpful votes
Hi, How far are you from the cruise terminal?
holiday_time4us asked a question Oct 2019
Melbourne, Australia135 contributions5 helpful votes
Hi What is the best way to get to the hotel from the airport and how long should it take. Thanks
Answer from Adam R
Sheffield, United Kingdom35 contributions60 helpful votes
When we travelled, there were 2 of us, and the cost of an Uber was not far off the cost of 2 train tickets, so we just got the Uber... hope that helps.
akf0610 asked a question Oct 2019
Wigan, United Kingdom277 contributions107 helpful votes
Do you cater for people with coeliac disease, such as bread and cereals for breakfast.
Answer from 22griswalds
Geelong, Australia37 contributions48 helpful votes
Not sure, but we traveled with a vegetarian and there were plenty of options for her. They were lovely to deal with, I’m sure if you email them they can answer all your questions. We will definitely visit this hotel again.
rhea p asked a question June 2019
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
Any of the rooms can accommodate 4 people (2 adults and 2 kids less than 11 yo,)?
Answer from Hugh A
Canberra, Australia9 contributions21 helpful votes
I don’t know. We only booked a room for 2 of us. Suggest you ask the hotel directly.
Betty C wrote a tip 2 Apr
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You will need a credit card with a tap to use public transportation, such as the rail, ferries etc."
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Natalie B wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be nice to the staff because they are awesome!"
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laney47 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom107 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cannot go wrong with this hotel, good location and has a lot to offer"
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Gary C wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great positioning to access the heart of Sydney city centre. Approximately 30 minute walk to Sydney harbour."
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Rossalini J wrote a tip Feb 2024
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This hotel located at the best location and quiet roads "
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PRICE RANGE
AU$189 - AU$304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
LOCATION
AustraliaNew South WalesSydneyPyrmontCity West / Central Business District
NUMBER OF ROOMS
90
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo
Which popular attractions are close to The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo?
Nearby attractions include Flight Experience (0.3 km), Darling Harbour (0.4 km), and Australian National Maritime Museum (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Social Brew Cafe, The Ternary, and Sokyo.
Is The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Pyrmont.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.
Are there any historical sites close to The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo?
Many travellers enjoy visiting State Theatre (1.0 km), Anzac Memorial (1.3 km), and St. Mary's Cathedral (1.5 km).
Is The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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