despite its scenic location, draped on either side of an expansive bay, sydney features surprisingly few large-scale hotel properties that make the most of this geophysical advantage. well, not the recently launched ovolo woolloomooloo. part of ovolo hotels, a hong kong-based chain which is rapidly expanding with individually designed lifestyle hotels and serviced apartments, it occupies a sizeable chunk of finger wharf, a historic landmark venue in king's cross which was originally built to facilitate the export of wool, and is in fact the company's second harbourside property in the city. australian design practice hassell was enlisted to create ovolo woolloomoloo's interior and has done so with verve.
the main challenge of the design was to redevelop the original voluminous corridor at the center of the building, and it was decided to split it up into a number of sections, each with a distinct design and vibe. alluring and comfy, these public spaces have anchored the hotel as the new social hub of king's cross for guests and neighbourhood dwellers alike. but let's talk about the rooms first. the 100 pads come in eight different categories, each providing modern comfort and a cool design that pairs the building's original architectura features with modern elements, but varying in size.
obviously, the amenities live up to the expectations of next generation travelers, and includes prerequisites such as comfy beds, free high-speed wifi and soon free access to the gym and indoor swimming pool. commissioned artworks add a personal touch to each room. and although the ovolo woolloomooloo's hotel concept is very accessible to most, it's certainly also a place where to live large as the lavish cityvoo lofts and ultraroo rooms so aptly demonstrate. as said, the building's former corridor, situated right behind the reception desk, now features different zones, each marked with a pavilion of its own. the lo lounge, a fixture in all ovolo hotels, is one of these social zones, serving drinks and bites throughout the day and night. location: 6 cowper wharf roadway [king's cross].