9 Best Hotels in The Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Bygone Beautys Cottages

$$$ | Grose St. at Megalong St., Leura, NSW, 2780, Australia

These two country cottages, at Wentworth Falls and in the nearby village of Bullaburra, provide self-contained accommodations for couples, families, or small groups. Set among leafy gardens, charming highlights of these cottages include wood-burning fireplaces, fresh flowers, fruit, chocolates, and all the ingredients for a country-size breakfast. There's a two-night minimum stay. The head office in Leura houses a tea room and an amazing collection of teapots, perfect for collectors.

Pros

  • Antiques collectors love the connected tearoom
  • Romantic setting
  • Wood-burning fireplaces

Cons

  • Old-world design isn't for everyone
  • Bathrooms can be chilly in winter
  • Distance from the Blue Mountains
Grose St. at Megalong St., Leura, NSW, 2780, Australia
02-4784–3117
hotel Details
2 cottages
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

$$$$ | 3 Lilianfels Ave., Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia

Perched on the edge of the Jamison Valley, this stylish boutique hotel has one of the best views in the Blue Mountains. The marble lobby is impressive, and the glass-enclosed terrace and restaurant are great places to take advantage of the spectacular views. A day spa with plenty of indulgent treatments is also on the premises. Rooms are cozy (in the good design–related way, not the cramped way); the corner suites are the most stylish, but all hit the right notes (and all have free Wi-Fi). If your wallet allows it, stay in-house and dine at the romantic hotel restaurant, which serves a Mod-Oz Asian fusion menu ($$$$), featuring warming main course dishes such as Australian seafood bouillabaisse with saffron potatoes and baby vegetables. If you're dining out, at least try to have a drink at the bar first.

Pros

  • Spectacular views from the terrace
  • Slick, contemporary design
  • Brilliant restaurant

Cons

  • Little pricey
  • Isolated location
  • Small
3 Lilianfels Ave., Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia
02-4782–1966
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains

$$$ | Great Western Hwy., Medlow Bath, NSW, 2780, Australia Fodor's Choice

This iconic and much-loved cliff-top hotel in Medlow Bath recaptured its former art deco splendor when it reopened a few years ago and is once again a destination hotel. Built in 1904 by Sydney businessman and former department store owner Mark Foy, the property was Australia's first health retreat. No expense was spared, and Foy filled the hotel with artwork from around the world. The dome of the hotel's Casino Ballroom was made in Chicago and shipped to Australia. The Hydro (as the hotel was later affectionately known) was a favorite with honeymooners from the 1930s to the 1950s. The heritage rooms are small, but a stay here is more about enjoying the atmosphere and views over the Megalong Valley. Sit down for at least one wonderful high tea in the Wintergarden restaurant, which also serves dinner. The delightfully decadent Salon du Thé, whose name is more French than the menu, also serves tea and Chinese dumplings on weekends, and the Boiler House and Pavilion both do a good-value casual lunch, all with knockout views. Cat's Alley, a long corridor furnished with original art deco sofas, is a great place for a sunset cocktail—tables 100 and 110 have the best view.

Pros

  • Most rooms have amazing views
  • Heritage glamour and living history
  • Delightful high tea

Cons

  • Rooms are small
  • Expensive
  • Packed on weekends
Great Western Hwy., Medlow Bath, NSW, 2780, Australia
02-4782–6885
hotel Details
57 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Jemby Rinjah Eco Lodge

$$$ | 336 Evans Lookout Rd., Blackheath, NSW, 2785, Australia

Designed for urbanites seeking a wilderness experience, these rustic, self-contained wooden cabins and lodges are set deep in the bush. All have natural-wood furnishings and picture windows opening onto a small deck. One- and two-bedroom cabins have kitchenettes and lounge and dining areas, while the four-bedroom lodges can sleep up to 16 people. Lodges don't have kitchens, but breakfast packs can be arranged. Activities include self-guided walks of the Grose Valley, feeding wild parrots, and spotlighting possums at night. The stunning Evans Lookout is 500 yards away.

Pros

  • <PRO>private and tranquil</PRO>
  • <PRO>hearty and healthy mountain fare at the restaurant</PRO>
  • <PRO>incredible native birds</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>some might find the eco-toilet disconcerting</CON>
  • <CON>the lodges can be booked out by groups, who can get noisy</CON>
  • <CON>minimum two-night stay</CON>
336 Evans Lookout Rd., Blackheath, NSW, 2785, Australia
02-4787–7622
hotel Details
13 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa

$$$$ | 5–19 Lilianfels Ave., Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia Fodor's Choice

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 ambience, 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
  • Can feel impersonal
5–19 Lilianfels Ave., Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia
02-4780–1200
hotel Details
85 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Lurline House

$ | 122 Lurline St., Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia Fodor's Choice

This historic little B&B is arguably the town's best. The Federation-style house dates back to 1910, and its seven rooms, two of which have their own private courtyard, have been carefully restored. Owners Peter and Suzanne are congenial hosts; Peter's expertise draws from a family of B&B owners, and Suzanne's from many years working for the Blue Mountains tourism organization. Their talent shows in the careful attention they pay to detail, from the full English breakfasts and complimentary Wi-Fi to afternoon tea and cakes, complimentary port in the parlor, and immaculate gardens. The couple also rents Lurline Cottage, a two-bedroom bungalow next door.

Pros

  • Rooms have four-poster beds
  • Warm and welcoming
  • Manicured gardens

Cons

  • Not all rooms have private courtyard
  • Younger trendsetters might find the place not to their taste
  • Not for those who like private hotel stays
122 Lurline St., Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia
02-4782–4609
hotel Details
8 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa

$$$$ | Apex St. at Lovel St., Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia

This hotel overlooking the Jamison Valley is steeped in history: it served as a "coffee palace" during the temperance movement, a rest-and-relaxation establishment for the British navy during World War II, and a religious retreat in the 1970s. Check out the collection of rare photographs depicting the Blue Mountains and Sydney in the 1880s. Many rooms have fantastic valley views, and several have the combination of a hot tub and a fireplace. If you're looking to splurge, try the round Tower Suite (it does resemble an oval-shaped castle tower), or one of the two Valley View suites—each has its own veranda, kitchen, living room with fireplace, and hot tub.

Pros

  • Friendly service
  • Manicured gardens
  • Public areas are charming with great valley views

Cons

  • Furniture is a little dated
  • Some rooms are small
  • Not in walking distance to anything
Apex St. at Lovel St., Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia
02-4782–2155
hotel Details
37 rooms, 4 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Carrington

$$$ | 15–47 Katoomba St., Katoomba, NSW, 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 Sunday. 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
  • Very quiet outside of the weekend
15–47 Katoomba St., Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia
02-4782–1111
hotel Details
115 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The George Boutique Hotel

$$$ | 194 Great Western Hwy., Blackheath, NSW, 2785, Australia

Designed for those wanting a quiet retreat, this small hotel is surrounded by native bushland. Each room features period furniture and French doors leading onto the veranda. There's a communal Victorian library, with open fire place. Complimentary wine, port and chocolate is served here each afternoon.

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Surrounded by nature
  • Incredible native birds

Cons

  • No wardrobes in some rooms
  • Some might find it dated
  • Rooms can be on small side
194 Great Western Hwy., Blackheath, NSW, 2785, Australia
hotel Details
9 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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