Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa

5–19 Lilianfels Ave., at Panorama Dr., Katoomba, New South Wales, 2780, Australia

Teetering close to the brink of Echo Point, this glamorous boutique hotel adds a keen sense of manor-house style to the standard Blue Mountains guesthouse experience. This hotel has a lush, European ambiance, and both guests and day-visitors alike love to indulge in afternoon tea or a drink by the open fire. Rooms are spacious and luxuriously furnished, with rich fabrics, silk curtains, English flock wallpaper, and elegant marble bathrooms with deep baths. The upscale Darley's Restaurant (two courses A$95; three-courses A$125), in the Heritage-listed original 1889 homestead, serves a cutting-edge menu; a highlight is crisp-pressed duck with shaved Queensland scallops in a star anise broth. The first-class spa is the ultimate place to relax after exploring the Jamison Valley. There is a two-night minimum stay on weekends, and good packages are available midweek.

PROS

  • luxurious and restful bathrooms
  • friendly five-star service
  • lovely drawing room with views

CONS

  • 19th-century style is not for everyone
  • restaurant is very expensive

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 02-4780–1200

HOTEL DETAILS

81 rooms, 4 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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