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Did you know we had chic and affordable accommodation in the centre of Willoughby? Fresh from a makeover, the rooms at The Bridgeview Hotel are so great one guest has moved in full time!

Many Lower North Shore locals are fans of the Bridgeview Hotel; indeed, ‘The Bridgey’, as it is affectionately known, is somewhat of a Willoughby Road institution. Yet if you asked most of these locals what they liked most about the popular hotel, answers would likely include the fantastic food, bar areas or event spaces. But what many don’t often consider is that right above them, as they enjoy their meal or weekly trivia in the bar, are 16 rooms for overnight accommodation that are affordable with a design focus.

Set over two levels, the accommodation options include rooms to suit a variety of guests – from singles to couples to families – which is handy when overseas friends and relatives come to visit. To make them feel at home, guests have full use of a kitchen with a washer/dryer for their laundry needs. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, a sitting room, a breakfast nook and eating space, as well as two outdoor balcony areas perfect for morning coffee and the newspaper, or some afternoon sun and fresh air. Prices range from $79 for a Superior Double Room to $159 for a Family Room.

Hugh Creal, who grew up on the Lower North Shore, has lived full-time at The Bridgeview since 2016. He works for a start-up corporate advisory and investment firm, and loved the proximity of his accommodation to public transport and all that Willoughby City has to offer. “When assessing my accommodation options, the Bridgeview stood out for a number of reasons. It had been recently renovated. In fact I believe that I was the first person to stay in each room as it was completed… I basically followed the tradies around! I was also able to agree to terms and fair pricing for 3-4 week stays at a time. My office is in the city, and the Bridgeview is adjacent to the stops for the M40 and 272 bus routes. Buses run every 5-15 minutes (depending on the time of day) and the each-way journey is a short 10 minutes. If I find myself waiting, there are a few local cafes serving good hot coffee.”

The beautiful building also has a rich local history. It opened on September 24, 1928. It had been constructed by Stanley Cork, who had applied for a liquor licence in 1926 for a proposed hotel he intended to build on land he owned at this site. Among the petitioners supporting the application was Joseph Knight Smith, the owner of the Hotel Willoughby, who acknowledged that the suburb of Willoughby was expanding so rapidly that it could support a second hotel at this location.

A conditional license was granted for what would be named the Bridge View Hotel on 24 September 1927, with Elvy & Company commencing construction a few weeks later. When completed, the fine three-storey building contained three bars, a spacious dining room and 26 well-furnished guest rooms, each with hot and cold showers and plunge baths. The first licensees were Mr and Mrs FW Rose, formerly of the Bankstown Hotel.

Over the years the building has evolved and been through a number of re-builds and re-designs. The most recent refurbishment has resulted in a suite of pleasant, modern rooms with a focus on comfort but also sophisticated yet simple design. According to Aurélie Pinar, Design Manager with Solotel (who own the Bridgeview, as well as several other Sydney hospitality institutions including The Sheaf, Opera Bar, Paddington Inn and the Clock Hotel), “We wanted to create a homely vibe, in keeping with pub-style accommodation, yet paying homage to the heritage style building.”


So next time you visit The Bridgey to watch the football, or for the newly popular two-for-one pizzas on a Monday night, or for a function; you’ll know that there’s a whole other level to this local institution – which might come in handy for a visiting friend or family member. As Reece Trueman, General Manager of the Bridgeview Hotel, puts it, “We want the local people of Willoughby to know that we are here; we want to be the pillar in the community that they can rely on when needed. We pride ourselves on looking after our guests in whatever way we can to make their stay one to remember.”

The Bridgeview Hotel is located at 580 Willoughby Road, Willoughby.

For more information about The Bridgeview Hotel’s accommodation, see http://www.bridgeviewhotel.com.au/willoughbybudgetaccommodation/

Exclusive giveaway! The Bridgeview Hotel is offering one lucky Willoughby Living member a complimentary night’s accommodation in one of their Heritage Rooms, plus dinner for two at the Bistro. Simply subscribe to the Willoughby Living newsletter via our homepage www.willoughbyliving.com.au. We’ll select the lucky recipient at random on July 14, 2017 and notify them by email as well as announcing it in the Willoughby Living Facebook Group.