Following a careful refurbishment, The Hughenden historic boutique hotel in Sydney’s east, has unveiled a fresh new look and feel, whilst retaining its original charm and Victorian elegance.
Once a grand residence, built in 1878 by important social and political figure in NSW, and founding father of the British Medical Association, Dr Frederick Harrison Quaife, The Hughenden is a fine example of Victorian architecture heritage in Australia, and an iconic landmark in Sydney’s prestigious eastern suburb of Woollahra.
While the property has been through a number of transformations throughout its history, many of the building’s original characteristics and features have been preserved to this day, such as the black marble fireplaces, chandeliers and Dr Quaife’s initials etched into the glass above the entrance.
The property’s 32 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites, including its six pet-friendly rooms, has been lovingly refreshed, each one featuring its own individual style and character.
There are seven different accommodation types on offer, including The Deluxe, The Manor Suite and The Family Room, each one complete with its own en-suite bathroom, and all suitable for families travelling together.
Communal areas include a spacious sun terrace on the upper floor, the front lobby and adjacent lounge with reading room and speakeasy-style bar, complete with antique-style furnishings, high ceilings and fireplace.
There is also a private function space for events, which regularly hosts special event nights such as life drawing art classes, open to the public, and the service matches the décor – warm, homely and welcoming.
Hughenden Café has also received a menu makeover, to offer fresh and vibrant dishes for breakfast, brunch and lunch alongside top quality barista made coffees and fresh juices within its leafy front courtyard setting.
The menu features a balanced mix of favourite brunch classics such as smoked salmon eggs benedict and smashed avo on sourdough toast meet tasty innovations like colourful quinoa bowls and watermelon salad with feta, pepitas, pomegranate, fennel and mint, and is open to both residents and the public, seven days a week.
Located on leafy Queen Street, which is known for its trendy cafes and designer boutiques, The Hughenden is nestled away from the bustling streets of the CBD just a ten-minute drive away. It offers an ideal base for those seeking a refined alternative to chain hotels, yet still want to be conveniently located to Sydney’s top attractions, beaches, transport, and dining, shopping and entertainment hubs.
Photography courtesy of The Hughenden.