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Hughenden Hotel, Sydney, Australia

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Hughenden Hotel Facade

Sydney, with a population of 4 million, and covering almost 1120 square kilometres (700 square miles), is a remarkably easy city to move around in. An excellent train, bus, and ferry service covers all points of the greater metropolitan area. Roadways, although congested in peak hour times, are generally well planned and driving is not too harrowing an experience. This is Australia’s oldest and largest city, set on a stunning harbour. The New South Wales state’s capital city is home to two of the world’s most recognisable icons—the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Most vistors will have no real need to travel too far away from the central city area and the harbour. The significant Sydney tourist attractions are either within the central business district, close to the CBD, or at points around the harbour. The exceptions are Bondi and Manly—surf beach suburbs situated south and north of Sydney Heads.

The award winning Hughenden (circa 1870) is a gracious historic hotel at the gateway to the antiques and art galleries of Woollahra, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Associated with Australia’s first philosopher, The Hughenden experienced many changes from grand residence to Masonic Hall to Ladies College. In 1993, The Hughenden commenced a programme of extensive restoration, redeveloping it into a beautiful boutique hotel. Today, The Hughenden, known as Sydney’s premier Art and Literary Hotel, features marble fireplaces, the original grand staircase, Victorian dining rooms, art exhibitions, and literary events. Visitors are welcome to experience the warmth, charm and personal service offered by The Hughenden. With thirty-six Heritage Rooms, eight self-contained Terrace Suites, Pet Friendly Accommodation, Restaurant, Lounge Bar, and meeting rooms, The Hughenden has unique offerings for all to experience and enjoy. The Hotel is located 3km from the heart of the Sydney CBD, Bondi Beach and Double Bay.

Hughenden Cafe Restaurant

Barzillai Quaife, Australia’s first philosopher and Professor of Divinity, lived on Queen Street. He saw his son, Dr Frederick Harrison Quaife, build the gracious Hughenden, named after British Prime Minister’s Disraeli’s beloved Buckingham country residence. The Victorian Italianate Hughenden, with its wrought iron balconies, intricate stone masonry, servants’ bells, black marble fireplaces, and unique staircase, retains the craftsmanship of the times. Much of the original workmanship remains including Dr Frederick Harrison Quaife’s initials, etched in Lombardic script, in the glass above the entrance of The Hughenden. His photo and the silver platter awarded to him for his medical services are exhibited in the hotel.

The Hughenden offers a wide range of rooms to choose from based on budget and accommodation needs.

Cosy Room

The Cosy rooms are compact double bedded rooms with private en-suites in the classic bed and breakfast style, perfect for both business and leisure travellers on a budget. All Cosy rooms are carpeted and have cupboard space.

The Queen Victorian rooms are the most popular room type for a relaxing stay for two. They are furnished with a queen sized bed with private en-suite and are comfortable, well lit and spacious.

The King rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, with the option of either one king bed or two single beds All King rooms have private en-suites and some are fitted with bath tubs plus spa and vintage claw foot options are available.

The beautiful Deluxe King rooms will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed. Admire the captivating artwork on the walls or retire in a gorgeous antique armchair with a book from the reading room collection.

Deluxe King rooms are all carpeted plus king sized beds, large bathrooms with shower ( and some have a bath), large screen televisions with DVD players and plenty of living space. As each room is unique, some feature desks, dining areas, or sofas for relaxation. These rooms have enough space for a portable cot, or a third person on a fold-away sofa bed.

The Hughenden provides a wide variety of configurations to suit the needs of all families – interconnecting single rooms and Queen Victorian rooms, the two bedroom Gatehouse apartment, the three bedroom Riverie Suite, and The Retreat – which can sleep up to 5 people.

For large groups, they offer Terrace Suites, which are available as a Terrace House option. This would include four bedrooms, four bathrooms, full kitchen, and the option to sleep up to twelve people.

The original master bedroom of Dr Fredrick Harrison Quaife is now The Hughenden’s premier suite, ideal for your romantic getaway. The Manor Suite features a king size bed, refurbished bathroom with spa bath, small lounge area, working desk, LCD television with DVD player, small kitchenette and a generous sized furnished verandah overlooking Queen St—there is no reason to leave your room!

Manor Suite

As Sydney’s premier Pet Friendly Boutique Hotel, they are dedicated to ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible. They have a range of pet friendly rooms from Family Rooms, Queen Rooms, King Rooms, and One Bedroom Self Contained Terrace Suites, with either large living spaces, glass atriums or private courtyards. Pet Friendly Rooms are serviced daily.

The Hughenden is within walking distance of:

  • Centennial Parklands
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Sydney Football Stadium
  • Entertainment Quarter and Fox Studios and the Hordern Pavilion
  • Restaurants, shopping and galleries in both Paddington and Woollahra.

Hughenden Hotel

The Hughenden is located close to public transport, only a short fifteen minute bus trip to both the CBD and Bondi Beach. Westfield Bondi Junction shopping center is also nearby and features major department stores and fashion retailers. If arriving by car to The Hughenden, please note that Queen Street has two hour parking limits. Centennial Parklands and Lang Rd have free parking, however availability is limited. If you need parking, please call the hotel in advance to book a space in our car park. Charges do apply and availability is limited.

With the Centennial Parklands (1888) as its backyard, birthplace of Australia’s federation, located in the largest expanse of colonial Victorian architecture in Australia, The Hughenden has once again found an authentic life.

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