We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Charmed by The Hughenden”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Hughenden Boutique Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Woollahra
Reviewed March 25, 2008

I've just returned from my first trip to Sydney. We stayed at the Hughenden. What an absolute pleasure.

The Hughenden is truly a gem amongst hotels. A rambling old house, busting with character. The minute you walk in the door you start to relax. Such refreshing change from the faceless corporate hotels that seem to be taking over the world's holiday destinations.

The staff were relaxed and unobtrusive, but professional and, without exception, incredibly warm and genuinely friendly.

If you are looking for a hotel with charm and character, look no further. It's not modern, it's not huge. It's cosy, relaxing & endearingly eccentric - stacks of books, armchairs occupied by well loved teddy bears, glass fronted cabinets with stacks of old china, traditional wooden rocking horse, piano.

The Hughenden is located on a charming tree-lined street filled with art galleries, antique shops, and quaint little specialist shops. Smartly dressed elderly ladies drift up & down with their pedigree dogs. The beautiful "Centennial Park" is just across the road (largest park in Australia) and you are equi-distant from Bondi beach & Sydney harbour. Perfect.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
1  Thank CourtneyHongKong
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (302)
There are newer reviews for Hughenden Boutique Hotel
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

288 - 294 of 302 reviews

Reviewed January 22, 2008

I was delighted on my arrival on The Hughenden on 23rd Dec 2007. The staff were very helpful having arrived at 7am. Though our room was not ready another room was offered to freshen up in with a cuppa tea or coffee in the Victorian Lounge. "Sir Victor" as he is known was tinkling on the grand piano. So sad we had eaten on the plane because the English breakfast was delicious but too much to eat. Loved the Reading Room, the corridors full of artifacts, the "moon/sun" deck and arty-antique feel. A real part of Australian English heritage!
Room ready, bags unpacked and just like home not quite enough wardrobe space!
Great location with buses at the door to the city or Bondi Beach. Oxford St and Queen St - a Saturday stay is a must with Paddington Markets just around the corner.
We indulged in a dinner at the restaurant - thought the selection was not big the quality and atmosphere was delightful
We are coming back.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
1  Thank DanceTango
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 28, 2007

Yes the rooms are small... and the bathrooms smaller. The rooms I've stayed in have had a small wardrobe but I found it easier to simply live out of the suitcase, which slides easily under the bed. You wouldn't want to spend much time in a room as small as most of the Hughenden's seem to be, but then that's not why you come to Sydney.

And if you want to hang round the hotel there's the lounge (sometimes complete with piano player), the reading room (with an eclectic a mix of books as I've ever seen anywhere), or the outdoor mezzanine area.

The beds are perhaps the best thing about this quaint and charming place. They're firm, comfortable, and a delight to sleep in.

The staff are harried at times - I heard the girl who seemed to be in charge of breakfast mention that she'd been the night porter the previous night!! But they brought in two delightful girls to help her and I didn't see anyone go without their breakfast. Breakfasts, by the way, are incredible - be careful what you ask for. I asked for "a little bit of everything" and received a plate so full I didn't need to eat till dinner! Great value considering breakfast was included in the very reasonable tariff.

Overall the cleanliness was good. I left a pizza box outside the door late at night because I didn't want the smell in the room and it was gone early the next morning. The room was always well serviced and spotless except in those "hard to reach" places like the fan blades on the high ceilings which clearly hadn't been wiped down in a while... quite how they'd managed when the bed occupies 90% of the floor space and you'd need a 2 metre ladder to get up there, I'm not sure!

They also made an error in my bill but I picked it up when checking out and they corrected it quickly and cheerfully.

The owners perhaps need to care about their staff more and their friends a little less (there seemed to be an 'elite' set of guests known personally to the owners, then 'the rest') but if you're sick to death of chipboard furniture, bland rooms, tasteless decor and tasteless food, then the Hughenden is great.

Haven't seen the larger rooms, so can't comment as to whether it's any good for more than a single traveller.

And my one complaint isn't with the hotel, it's with some of the guests... it isn't a multi-storey building with lots of "public" areas where you can create noise without disturbing other guests. So to sit in the outdoor area outside someone's window at 3.30am discussing your domestic problems at the top of your voice is inconsiderate.

Testament to the Hughenden's popularity is that I had to delay my trip by a week to wait till a room was available and then, when business took longer than expected, I couldn't stay the extra 4 days because it was fully booked again. That's an occupancy rate that 5 star hotels would kill for.

Stayed: March 2007
1  Thank Polemic
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 4, 2006

The best way to view the Hughenden is to think of it as a large bed and breakfast. It has a welcoming, warm atmosphere that definitely veers towards the artistic and antiquey. The breakfasts are huge (think eggs, bacon, fruit, yogurt, danishes, coffee, tea). The newspapers are free. And the beds are ultra-firm (a shame as you don't want to leave them to get the more than filling breakfasts!) I stayed here 8 years ago, and my husband and I happily returned last week. It is true, there are a few tiny rooms, and I made sure to book the Victorian Suite this time. Bathroom was large: roll top bath, massive shower and lovely Victorian details. The bedroom was spacious too...though TV was very small. I found the service to be very good happy to book taxis for us, happy to welcome us in at midnight when we arrived from London and happy to suggest local venues. The weekend we were there, they were hosting an Organic festival: the owners are very involved with local art scene. It is a 35 minute walk into center of Sydney and the local area is just gorgeous (packed with boutiques, chic restaurants and the splendid Centennial Park). Think B&B and you'll love it! Think Hilton, you'll be disappointed.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank julieanne
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor Member
Hong Kong
13
Reviewed October 14, 2005

My family has stayed at the Hughenden since 1998 whenever we are in Sydney, normally for about a week each time before we head to regional NSW. Each time we have been warmly welcomed and Victor, the manager, has always been helpful and friendly, plus he'll occasionally play tunes on the piano as you have afternoon tea in the cosy restaurant. Breakfast is consistantly good, although I occassionally miss it due to sleeping in on the plush beds they have! The only drawbacks are that the hotel is a bit small if you have lots of luggage, there aren't the flash extras you'd find in 5-star establishments and the bathrooms are a little tight. However, if you're looking for a place with a little history and more than a little charm, this place is more then satisfactory. We will be staying there again when we visit in June 2006!

  • Stayed: July 2003
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor Member
Australia
17
Reviewed May 14, 2005

Avoid this hotel. Rooms small, noisy and have limited technology that often does not work properly. Hotel staff rude and unhelpful. Try the Manor House in Paddington, much better although costs a bit more, similar location.

  • Stayed: May 2005, traveled on business
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
7  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor Member
Cheltenham
215
Reviewed May 3, 2005

This hotel really is a mix of the very good and the very bad.

I arrived straight from the airport at around 6.30am and was met with a warm welcome. I was told that they had a nice room available which I could go in to straight away. The room was quite large and offered a balcony. The breakfasts are fantastic and offer a very good range and variety.

The decor is very diferent from most corporate chains and has been decorated with interesting antiques and art work. Thisd hotel certainly has its fans and some will find this rather charming- I personally felt the hotel was more of a large B&B (in need of further renovation) than a 4 star hotel (as advertised by the 'hotel').

Cleaning at this hotel is also a little hit and miss. My room was not supplied with a bin. I drank a couple of bottles pf beer on the balcony one evening and left the empties to be cleaned away- they remained however where I had left them throughout my stay and they didnt appear to take the hint.

Service is the largest area of concern in this hotel as the staff here can be really quite rude, surly and unhelpful. On chequing out, there was a confusion over payment and they made me feel as if I was trying to rob the place and tried to make me investigate the matter myself using my mobile. The fiasco took about an hour to resolve during which time I grew to feel quite sorry for the guy working on the front desk as he couldnt handle all the incoming calls and had to hang up on at least ten people- I would have probably been less than impressed if I had been at the other end. Service at breakfast was similarly chaotic- I would wait for 20 minutes or so to be asked whether I would like the cooked breakfast (which I had already paid for) and then was forced to approach the waitress myself and ask if I could possibly have something to eat- her reply was less than apologetic and rather more distainful.

I found the location of this hotel a little inconvenient as the bus journey took about 20 minutes to the city centre. I enquired about other forms of transport and was told that there might be a train but they didnt know exactly where the station was.

I wouldnt stay at this hotel but it is entirely possible that other guests may encounter an entirely diferent experience (such is the variable nature of this place).

  • Stayed: April 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
7  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Woollahra
Double Bay
Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay
Paddington
Arts Hotel
Arts Hotel
#100 of 178 in Sydney
367 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Inner South
Meriton Suites Waterloo
Meriton Suites Waterloo
#23 of 178 in Sydney
2,084 reviews
Darlinghurst
Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay Sydney
Double Bay
The Savoy Double Bay Hotel
The Savoy Double Bay Hotel
#2 of 2 in Double Bay
176 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hughenden Boutique Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hughenden Boutique Hotel

Address: 14 Queen St, Woollahra, New South Wales 2025, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Woollahra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Woollahra
Price Range: $141 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hughenden Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 32
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 32 Heritage Rooms, Pet Friendly Accommodation, Restaurant, Lounge Bar, Meeting, Event and Wedding facilities, The Hughenden has unique offerings for all to experience and enjoy. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, Orbitz, Agoda, Ctrip TA, TravelClick, Travelocity, Hotwire, Cheap Tickets and HotelQuickly so you can book your Hughenden Boutique Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hotel Hughenden Boutique
Hughenden Boutique Sydney

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing