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The Hipster Hangout

1 June 2018

A heritage-listed hotel in Sydney, Ovolo Woolloomooloo could well be the coolest place to stay in the city

Fusing heritage with modern luxury, Ovolo Woolloomooloo is housed in the world’s longest timber-piled wharf. Once a staging point for troop deployment, the five-storey Cowper Wharf structure has been well preserved and deftly transformed into a charming boutique hotel. Exposed beams honour its industrial past while stylish furnishings nod to the now. Guest rooms are tech equipped (plenty of charging points; Amazon Alexas) and interiors pop with art, an extension of the lobby’s aesthetic.

It’s easy to get work done here thanks to the myriad meeting nooks and an enveloping 1980s soundtrack – curated by the hotel’s CEO, whose flair for mixing the best of David Bowie, Madonna and the Eurythmics frankly makes it hard to leave.

Most recently, the hotel’s Alibi restaurant was revamped with a new menu thanks to the prowess of American plant-based chef Matthew Kenney, who is generating buzz for his delicious renditions of classics such as Margherita pizza (made with cashew mozzarella) and kelp noodle cacio e pepe. Fact: they taste better than the traditional thing.


Words: Marina Kay