Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney


Having gone through a number of redesigns and reincarnations, the iconic heritage-listed building on Sydney’s bustling Finger Wharf is now Ovolo Woolloomooloo. Since opening its doors late last year, this design-driven, waterside hotel has attracted style-conscious holiday makers and business travellers, and it’s not hard to see why. Combining heritage with modern design, the enormous, hollow space of what was once a warehouse for exporting wool, has been revitalised with a new-found energy. Original characteristics featuring driftwood and heavy-duty steel have been preserved, with the raw and exposed materials adding a rustic edge and complementing the polished marble floors, and contemporary fittings and furnishings, including a giant Swedish clock hanging over the lobby and Australian artwork on the walls. The first floor is a vibrant, open-plan laneway, dotted with bars, work spaces, lounges, a games area and a library, offering functional settings for working, socialising and relaxing. The central hub is the hotel’s 24-hour signature restaurant, Lo Lounge, offering a premium range of around the clock dining options. The rooms are modern, stylish and individually decorated with dark feature walls contrasted against bright pops of colour, while huge steel beams hang across the ceilings. Generously sized, there are eight different varieties to choose from, including split-level loft-style rooms, with most enjoying water views.

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