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Situated in an old wool and cargo factory, the Blue Hotel has had a major facelift and is now the Ovolo Woolloomooloo – a luxury hotel combining century-old history with modern comforts. This heritage listed building is set in a picturesque wharf location and built on a pier overlooking Sydney harbour.
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All of the rooms are both spacious and comfortable, boasting king beds, mini bars and free wifi. As it says in the name, the Double Double Rooms have two king beds, making them ideal spaces for families or groups of friends. For those preferring a room with an upstairs bedroom, opt for a Loft Room, while Cityvoo Rooms command spectacular views of Sydney's skyline. The Ultraroo room offers guests something a bit different, with its own cocktail bar, a unique 'play' area and oversized couches, making it the ideal space for hosting parties and social events.
The Lo Lounge is a signature feature at all Ovolo Hotels, and provides guests with a social area where they can either work or relax, while enjoying a range of free drinks and snacks. Open 24 hours a day, visitors can grab a cuppa at breakfast, make the most of the all-day nibbles, and return to Lo Lounge at 5-7pm for the hotel's Free Happy Hour, with a variety of free-flowing tipples and tasty canapés. There are plenty of options for delicious meals out, as The Wharf is home to some of Sydney's best restaurants, offering everything from Italian cuisine at OTTO to fresh seafood at Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse.
Being newly renovated, Woolloomooloo is yet to open its luxury indoor pool and gym, but guests can be assured that this addition is coming soon. There are a variety of activities and impressive sights close to The Wharf, such as the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Opera House and the boutique shops and art galleries lining Paddington Oxford Street. Venturing slightly further, guests can spend the day relaxing on the white sands of Bondi Beach.
Why we love it
The hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring the wonders of the surrounding area, such as Lady Macquarie's Chair, which is carved out of a rock ledge and provides one of the best viewing points in Sydney.