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The Hughenden Boutique Hotel

14 Queen St, Sydney, New South Wales 2025 Australia
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Updated 19/05/20


#3 of 6 hotels in Woollahra
Travellers' Choice
The award winning Hughenden (circa 1870) is a gracious historic hotel at the heart 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. The last refurbishment in 2017 refreshed the hotel whilst preserving its old-world grandeur and character. The historic features such as the marble fireplaces, the original grand staircase, and servant bells are still prevalent today. Visitors are welcome to experience the warmth, charm and personal service offered by our hotel. With 32 Heritage Rooms, Pet Friendly Accommodation, Cafe, Lounge Bar and Event spaces, The Hughenden has unique offerings for all to experience and enjoy.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Room features
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Italian, Nepali and 1 more
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visitrequisites wrote a review 12 Jan
Sydney, Australia182 contributions180 helpful votes
I stayed here for 3 nights in December, using it as a base to catch up with friends. The positives: This is no cookie-cutter hotel, being an historic home so it feels fun and unusual staying here. My queen room had a small sitting area with chaise lounge and desk (neither of which I used) but handy to have. The location, on the beautiful Queen Street Woollahra shopping strip, Oxford St literally around the corner and stunning Centennial Park across the road, not to mention a quick drive to Westfield Bondi Junction, the city and the airport, makes it a winner every time. The car parking with the electronic security gate at $33/day is a bargain compared to getting a ticket so all good there although I was never convinced reception had actually worked out how many customers were using it each day, so I tended to park by 6pm each night to make sure I got a spot. The negatives: You get a voucher for breakfast. It would be kinder and more accurate to call it a breakfast snack, choosing from a muffin, or toast, or a ham & cheese croissant etc plus a coffee or tea. My croissant was barely toasted the first day although I did ask for and get a much hotter croissant the second day but nothing out of the ordinary. There is a huge sign on the bathroom that you MUST KEEP YOUR DOOR SHUT as steam will trigger the fire alarm and a false alarm calling out the firies will cost you a $1,700 callout fee. Well, nothing like making you feel relaxed, hey? The first morning I had a shower and discovered the shower curtain is too short, and thus floods the floor. Paranoid about setting off the alarm, I threw open the window and thought I'd rather be seen naked than wear a $1,700 fine WHICH I WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY IF THEY HAD INSTALLED A CEILING FAN TO TAKE THE STEAM OUT... As others have mentioned, reception hours are 7am-3pm so you've got to make sure your flight arrives before 3pm so you can get into your room. Despite all this, I would probably stay here again.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: Choose a room upstairs away from the carpark - and probably away from the deck too
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David wrote a review 9 Jan
Lennox Head, Australia2 contributions1 helpful vote
During the last four years, I’ve stayed at ‘The Hughie’ on 6 occasions, twice with my wife and with a cricketing mate for the SCG test in January on four occasions. The SCG and SFS are an easy 10 minute stroll away, and buses run into the city and Bondi along Oxford Street every few minutes. The building is full of charm and history, and the rooms have been tastefully renovated and are maintained in spotless condition. The staff are courteous, polite and accomodating.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Oona O'Shea wrote a review 6 Jan
8 contributions9 helpful votes
Coming into Sydney during the pandemic doesn’t feed the senses as she, as a whole, is well below ‘par’. However the Hughendon, looks like it has been tracking south since the last pandemic! Staff are pleasant but the facility itself is over priced - trading as it is on its location. A good clean is in order.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
nannydoda wrote a review Dec 2021
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
The hotel is in a great location and has car parking. We stayed in a Queen Suite which was clean and comfortable. We also liked the fact there was a lounge area to relax in and a upper level deck with tables and chairs. There is a cafe which opens until 3.00pm, at the front of the hotel, which is very convenient. Our experience was very pleasant and we found the staff friendly and helpful. We'd certainly stay there again, as you can't beat the awesome location of the hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the hotel are quieter
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Haveas wrote a review Nov 2021
40 contributions23 helpful votes
My husband and I have stayed in this hotel several times before,& I wonder if it has changed ownership. It’s lost it’s warmth & friendly staff, & the charming antique furniture in the king room we stayed in was gone. At $250/ night we expected a welcome back, but had 2 women at reception telling us they knock off at 3pm & nobody is around till 7am, so if you lock yourself out bad luck. At 7.20 this morning there was nobody at reception to call us a taxi. The breakfast is not worth having. We were issued with vouchers which entitled us to 1 item & a drink. Two pieces of toast with Vegemite & a coffee was it, & my husband was charged 60 cents extra for soy milk in his coffee!!- I think that’s cheap & rude. On the positive side, the bed was comfortable & the room clean. The bathroom was large but there was no surface large enough to put a toiletry bag upon where in the past there would have been a little washstand or table. This place has lost its mojo which is a shame as it’s a great Sydney location.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
USD 89 - USD 140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Hughenden Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Hughenden Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Paddington Markets (0.4 km), Oxford Street (0.06 km), and The Grand National Hotel (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Hughenden Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fred's, Saint Peter, and Cipri Italian.
Is The Hughenden Boutique Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Woollahra.
Are pets allowed at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Nepali.
Are there any historical sites close to The Hughenden Boutique Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Chinese Garden of Friendship (3.1 km), State Theatre (3.1 km), and St. Mary's Cathedral (2.7 km).