Ovolo Woolloomooloo

6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo Sydney, Australia

Formerly Blue Sydney.

Carefully constructed around support beams and pipes from a 100-year-old wheat and wool wharf, this hotel offers a beautiful mix of old and new that juts out into the Woolloomooloo harbor. The Heritage Level is where you’ll find original wooden pier pilings, metal wheels, and conveyor belts that date to 1910, but classic touches such as early-20th-century photographs of Sydney are scattered throughout the property. Goose down bedding, plush furnishings, walk-in showers, and in-room iPads make modern travelers feel right at home, and the bar that runs the length of the central atrium—hanging Swarovski crystals shine pink and purple in the evening candlelight—often hosts fashion shows and cocktail events. Most rooms have sliding glass doors that take advantage of the hotel’s over-water location between the Royal Botanic Gardens and Rushcutters Bay; they open to either the city skyline or the Potts Point naval base. Maritime history buffs should book the latter and check out the site on the wharf from which sailors boarded ships for Gallipoli.

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A Unique Place to Stay in Sydney

Originally a wool and cargo facility in the early 1900s, the Blue Sydney Hotel is a great place to stay if you want a unique Sydney hotel experience. The marina-side hotel is in Woolloomooloo, which is a short and pleasant 15-minute walk to city center (through the Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens).

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