OVERNIGHT STAY AT OVOLO WOOLLOOMOOLOO
AND DINNER AT ALIBI
There are so many people that message Sydney Vegan Guide, asking where to stay when in Sydney. Being vegan and travelling shouldn’t mean you have to miss out, right? Well whether you are visiting Sydney or just after a special night away, the Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a must stay.
From the moment we walked in, we felt the electric and quirky vibe. The staff are very welcoming and run you through all the things that Ovolo have to offer. You’ll find this elegant hotel located on the beautiful wharf of Woolloomooloo surrounded by restaurants, bars, boutiques and more. But if you are like us, you came ready to eat at the Ovolo’s own plant based restaurant, Alibi.
We were very lucky and stayed in a suite on level 5. The hotel almost feels like you are on a cruise ship, with beautiful views of the water and high ceilings. The quirky and unique design offers a classic heritage style, mixed with modern vibes. Oh, and if you like freebies (who doesn’t?) you will love what they have to offer. In your room you have access to a FREE mini bar (you heard me), a carafe that can be filled up downstairs with vegan wine, a yoga mat to keep, snacks, and an espresso machine. Going to go ahead and say the slippers are the comfiest hotel slippers we have ever stepped foot in. This is all included in the Ovolo experience (so cool).
Of course we filled up our carafe with vegan wine (which are all labelled on the bar menu) and dug into some vegan room service. The hot-dog seemed like an appropriate option to enjoy in bed, and it was delicious! The prices of the hotel room service were actually affordable which is good to know for those of us that have a big night out and want a late night snack. Oh and yes…there is happy hour downstairs in the bar too to kick start your evening.
But just when you think the amenities and offerings don’t get any better, Ovolo have gone in and put an Apple TV, an Alexa in your room as well. You’ll be pleased to know that the hotel body wash and shampoo/ conditioner aren’t tested on animals either.
Okay okay, we are almost to the yummy part but FIRST we have to tell you about the incredible bar. If we were to own a warehouse, we would quickly steal the designers from Alibi and ask them to renovate our entire space. You’ll understand how stylish and funky this place is the second you walk in. It would have been rude to not try their cocktails and we are glad we did, because they are simply incredible. The cocktails were almost potion like and embrace vegan alternatives like aquafaba instead of egg whites. We worked our way through a few and every element from texture, to flavour is thought out so well. Get those phones out because they are incredibly beautiful and totally insta worthy. Good luck trying to pick just one, the flower power sour was our favourite.
Alibi’s menu was consulted on by celebrity Chef, Matthew Kenney so it’s no surprise that it was something special. The menu is designed to share and has everything from pizzas, kimchi dumplings, to cheese boards. It’s a well thought out menu that really focuses on celebrating all things vegetables. Each texture and flavour is considered, and we know people that aren’t vegan will still enjoy this place. The service is attentive and each dish is explained to you by your friendly waiter, which always makes you appreciate the elements even more. Our favourite dish was the artichoke pie… by far.
After an incredible spread at Alibi, we went back to our room and had an insanely comfortable sleep in their glorious hotel robes and bed. If you are like me and enjoy super comfy beds you may struggle to get out of bed, but if you were to get up, breakfast is always a good excuse to get going. You’ll find it breakfast downstairs in the Alibi restaurant which transforms into a cute and comfortable continental breakfast. Whilst the menu/buffet isn’t entirely vegan there is a decent range to choose from including fresh bread, hummus, fruits, cereals, coffee and juices.
Oh and we should probably mention that if you are at the Ovolo for a hens, girls weekend, or your fam you may want to check out the vegan high tea they offer.
Next time you are headed to Sydney, this hotel is a must! It truly is such a relief to stay somewhere and have the hotel understand your dietary requirements and be highly considerate of your lifestyle. The staff are engaging and really do love to chat and be apart of your stay. You can check out their rooms here and don’t forget to tag @sydneyveganguide if you go!