From grand family residence to historic hotel.

Welcome to The Hughenden.

Associated with Australia’s first philosopher and Professor of Divinity, Barzillai Quaife, The Hughenden was built in the 1870s by his son, Dr Frederick Harrison Quaife, who brought the first x-ray machine to the colony. His initials can still be seen etched in Lombardic script above the front door.

The Hughenden has a chequered history, from the Quaife’s gracious residence to a Masonic Hall, nurses’ home, dance hall, The Riviere College for young ladies and lodgings until eventually falling into disrepair.

Re-discovered in 1992 by author Susanne Gervay OAM, the Gervay family would restore and give new life to The Hughenden as a boutique hotel: featuring a grand staircase, servant’s bells, chandeliers and black marble fireplaces, with arts, heritage, community and hospitality at its core.

Australian and European artworks, award-winning illustrations, exhibitions, and memorabilia are integral to the fabric of The Hughenden and are displayed throughout the hotel.

The Hughenden offers an elegant alternative to chain hotels, melding heritage with modern conveniences to meet individual needs. From cosy rooms to the Manor Suite, family apartments to pet-friendly rooms – all with complimentary breakfast – The Hughenden provides a culture of personal service, character and familiar comfort.

Located at the crossroads of historic Woollahra and Paddington, and surrounded by designer fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafes, The Hughenden is just across the road from Centennial Parklands and in close proximity to the SCG, Allianz Stadium, the Entertainment Quarter, with easy access to the city and Bondi Beach.

The Hughenden is a welcoming base from which to explore Sydney.

Hotel Facilities

  • Twin, Double, Queen or King bedded rooms, Family rooms and Deluxe suites
  • Fully self-contained suites available on request
  • 24-hour reception
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary daily newspapers
  • Guest Lounge
  • Reading Room with library and TV
  • Licensed restaurant & bar
  • Easy-access, ground-floor rooms available (the hotel has no lift)
  • Sunny private guest terrace
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Guest computer with complimentary internet access
  • Concierge services
  • Secure onsite parking (fees apply)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Function room available
  • Pet-friendly rooms and services


Parking is available upon request at booking. Charges apply and availability is limited.

Please note that Queen Street has 2-hour parking limits with some all-day parking on Sunday. Centennial Parklands and Lang Road have free parking, however availability is limited.