Writing for pleasure to showcase the best Australia has on offer.
Published March 29th 2015
Grand old building now a 3-star boutique hotel
We think of Sydney as a large city with an abundant supply of accommodation for anytime we may visit. Yet, if you require accommodation in a certain location, a plentiful supply may not be a certainty all the time.
Traveling to Sydney recently for an unexpected emergency and requiring overnight accommodation close to the Royal North Shore Hospital proved a little more challenging for my travel co-ordinator. However, as it turned out what appeared like a horror story in locating the property blossomed into a beauty once safely inside and even more so when daylight emerged to show the magnificence of the grand old building named Glenferrie Lodge at Kirribilli.
Kirribilli is one of Australia's older suburbs with the first land grants in the area being granted during the 1790's. Originally Kirribilli formed part of the Parish of St Leonard's; however in the 1840's large family residences were built and in the 1860's the area was subdivided with new residential streets and the erection of terrace houses and Victorian villas. The name Kirribilli is derived from an Aboriginal word Kiarabilli which means "good fishing spot".
Glenferrie Lodge grandeur has remained over the years of renovation
In 1908 John Brannelly purchased lots 5 and 6 from the Clifton Estate and proceeded to build a house on the land. This house was Glenferrie and was subsequently leased and occupied by a Mrs Neillie McKinnon. In 1923 when Glenferrie became a guest house, John Brannelly commissioned major alterations and additions to the building and it was operated as a private hotel since that time.
The size of rooms range from a single through to family ensuite sized rooms for 6 people. Most rooms share a large spacious modern and exceptionally clean bathroom area at one end of each floor equipped with dispensers of liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner in each shower unit. My room was at the end of the hall right next to the bathroom yet could not hear a thing from that area. All beds come with a pillow topped mattress which was very comfortable for that sleep away from home. Some rooms, if requested have air-conditioning; however I prefer a fan which is the norm in most rooms. Although compact, the room provided all the necessities for a one-night stay with a safe for valuables and a desk area with free unlimited WiFi to catch up on those emails that in this fast technology era we cannot live without.
Outside grassy area for entertaining and functions
One unique asset to this property is that they are one of the few hotels in Sydney which accommodate for our four legged friends with a few rooms allocated as "pet friendly". There is a small charge for this service and some courtesy requirements requested.
Abundance of tourist brochures on a stand in the foyer
Other facilities include free unlimited use of internet PC, guest lounge equipped with large HD TV and Foxtel, balcony and large garden area, coin operated laundry, guest microwave and cutlery available all day, onsite parking from $20 per day and a scrumptious breakfast which was included in my overnight accommodation price of $149/single.
Full breakfast included in price with plenty of choice
You certainly could not ask for a better breakfast served in the dining, lounge and balcony areas on the first floor. Starting with a choice of four types of juice and cereal, yoghurt and fruit through to pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages, spring rolls and sausages rolls plus more, one would not leave hungry from the first meal of the day.
Breakfast can be dined outside on the balcony or inside the dining area
The property is able to accommodate up to 50 people for full catered events and provide special dietary requirements when notified.
The only disadvantage for those wishing to stay at Glenferrie would be if you were physically handicapped and could not climb stairs as the entry from road to reception requires climbing a number of concrete stairs and each floor is divided by a couple flights of stairs. To me this added to the beauty and mystery of the property.
Trees line both sides of the road giving the area a very cosy feeling
Being only approximately six minutes by car or ferry to the heart of Sydney, I would definitely recommend this grand old property as a choice for your next visit to Sydney. Their street is also home to the Prime Minster and the Governor General's Sydney homes, so you can relax in the knowledge that you are in a good area.