I think the general tenor of all the reviews on tripadvisor pretty much hit the mark. We booked two rooms for just one night. I had last stayed at this hotel in 2003 and it was good then and still is in terms of friendly and good service, adequate and interesting guest rooms, great public areas (you could spend hours "reading the walls") and very satisfactory breakfast and dining service, all at a good price.
Our friends from Brisbane arrived very early due to unexpected transport changes, and were delighted with the efforts made to cater to their needs until a room was ready late morning.
We were upgraded from a Victoria room to a family suite on the first floor. The room was on the upstairs south western corner of the hotel (18) and although very satisfactory was a bit noisier than we are used to, due to proximity to a busy intersection. Next time we will ask for something a bit more remote from the traffic. Our friends were downstairs towards the rear of the hotel and slept in total silence.
The parking (or lack of) was something that caused concern. Immediately after making the reservation, I did receive a call from the hotel telling me all of their limited spots were booked but I was on "a waiting list". On the morning prior to our arrival I enquired and was told I was "number 1 on the waiting list". On arrival there was no parking and initially I had trouble finding a "2 Hour" spot within cooee of the hotel. At checkin one of the most helpfull staff advised she was going off duty in a couple of hours, was parked in an unrestricted spot (very rare in this area) and offered to hold it for me when she left. This meant some inconvenience waiting for her spot to become available, but we filled in the time over lunch in the restaurant.
I couldn't fault the caring and helpfull attitudes of the staff but just be warned that it may be an issue if you intend staying at this hotel with a car. I did find it strange and somewhat surprising to observe from our room, which overlooked the carpark, that 4 or more spots remained vacant all that night. Obviously the "wait list" system has some deficiencies.
However, I'll be back, access to the SCG is excellent. I'll just make sure I book really well in advance and ensure I have guaranteed parking before I confirm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 36 Heritage Rooms, 8 self contained Terrace Suites, Pet Friendly Accommodation, Restaurant, Lounge Bar, Meeting, Event and Wedding facilities, The Hughenden has unique offerings for all to experience and enjoy. ... more less
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