Art Hotel: Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Industrial chic with a good dash of cheek in Sydney Harbour.

Words: Camilla Wagstaff

Why Stay?

Taking up residence in a 100-year-old wharf building on Sydney Harbour, Ovolo Woolloomooloo marries industrial chic with a good dash of cheek, making for a unique boutique hotel and art experience.

Exposed wooden beams, timber floors, bold furnishings and decorative lighting set the scene, which is young and energetic while still feeling luxe. The hotel is committed to promoting both Australian and international art, with a focus on supporting local emerging talent.

Close to…

Right on the fringe of the Darlinghurst art precinct, some of Sydney’s top commercial spaces including Chalk Horse, King Street Gallery on William, Gallery 9, STATION, Fine Arts Sydney, Yuill Crowley, Dominik Mersch Gallery and Gallery Sally Dan Cuthbert, are within a 20-minute walk from the door.

The hotel is right across the road from Sydney’s Artspace, with the Art Gallery of New South Wales a 10-minute amble away. Those scouting new talent should stroll around the corner to Firstdraft, Australia’s longest running artist-led organisation which champions emerging and experimental practice.

Paddington’s art precinct – where you’ll find Roslyn Oxley9, Fox Jensen Gallery, Sarah Cottier Gallery and Martin Browne Contemporary to name a few – is no more than a 10-minute cab ride.

Room rates

Most of the hotel’s 100 rooms come with picturesque Sydney Harbour views, 24-hour room service, gym and pool access as well as Ovolo’s signature freebies – think free European breakfast, Wi-Fi, in-room mini bar, laundry and evening drinks and canapes.

Basic Superoo rooms sleep two and start from around AUD $599 per night, while larger Cityvoo King rooms with Sydney Harbour views come in from AUD $699 per night.

The two-person Cityvoo Loft starts at around AUD $749 per night, while the “treat suite” Ultraroo – a massive split-level space with stunning wharf and city views – starts at $1,699.

Book it

Book direct to take advantage of Ovolo’s signature freebies.