I was in for the ultimate surprise when I arrived at Ovolo 1888 in Darling Harbour, Sydney recently. I had no idea it was coming.
I have recently become aware of the Ovolo brand and I am slowly making my way through all their hotels. I have stayed in Brisbane and Melbourne and this time, it was Sydney’s turn. I’m hooked.
A great location, just across the road from Darling Harbour in an unassuming brick building lives Ovolo 1888. It is actually built in a gorgeous old wool store which becomes apparent as you walk inside.
I had the best service and was welcomed by Evfemia who excitedly let me know I had been upgraded to a suite. Sounded great I thought, but I still had no idea what I was in for!
I had been upgraded to the Stirred suite. At the top of the hotel with 180 degree views and floor to ceiling windows looking out to the harbour. You walk up the flight of stairs to find firstly, on your right, a charming patio, the perfect place to enjoy a wine as the sun sets from the all-inclusive bar (yup, the mini bar is all inclusive at Ovolo, did I mention that? One of the many reasons I love staying there. You guys know how I feel about mini-bars and snacks!) with friends.
On the landing you’re met with views out from every angle. The bed has funky, bright graffiti artwork behind it. Ovolo’s style is unique and unexpected, funky and trendy but not over the top. Around the corner, past the couches is the HUGE bathroom with again floor to ceiling windows, looking out into a lovely potted garden area. Yeah, you can open the door in the rainfall shower and feel like you’re having an outdoor shower, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bliss.
So, as well as being uber funky and cool, with a free minibar and loot bags full of snacks, you also have Alexa at your service to help run the room. Want to turn the lights off but don’t want to get up? Ask Alexa. Want to listen to 1950’s rock, Alexa is your lady! Want to turn down the aircon, Alexa is all over it. Oh, and there’s adorable slippers. Can’t forget the slippers and robe. Perfect for me as I was getting ready for an event and didn’t want to spoil my dress (yes I am that ridiculously messy sometimes) before the event.
Downstairs in the lobby is the coffee bar (you guessed it, also included), the water station with flavoured water (perfect for my post-gala hangover) and a lollie bar. There’s even welcome drinks there each evening where you can relax or meet other guests. I love it!
Thanks for spoiling me Ovolo, I had the best stay in the Stirred suite and can’t wait to try my next hotel!