The Carrington

15–47 Katoomba St., Katoomba, New South Wales, 2780, Australia

Established in 1880, this is one of the grande dames of the Blue Mountains, a Victorian-era relic that, in its heyday, was considered one of the four great hotels of the British Empire. Its public areas are a reminder of its glorious past—the bar contains a mezzanine balcony where the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother)—visited in 1927. A permanent conservation order stipulates that 10 of the 59 rooms be kept in their original 1880 style, so they do not have private bathrooms, but at A$129 (mid-week) and A$149 (weekends) a night they're a good deal. The other rooms (added in 1927) are a mix of colonial-style rooms, and the deluxe rooms have access to the terrific balcony on the first floor where you can take in the great valley views. The enormous, chandelier-lighted grand dining room ($$) serves modern Australian and traditional dishes from Thursday to Saturday nights and high tea on Sundays. The new Carrington Cellars (open in the hotel's former boiler room at the rear) has a wonderful wine collection and delicious deli items.

PROS

  • drinks on their veranda are a pleasant way to end the day
  • breakfast included
  • free Wi-Fi in rooms

CONS

  • the newer rooms lack character
  • some rooms have shared bathrooms

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 02-4782–1111

HOTEL DETAILS

59 rooms, 49 with bath, 6 suites, 1 apartment
Rate Includes: Breakfast; Some meals

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