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So, we finally arrived in Sydney, and we're staying in a small YHA a few kilometres out from the city centre in Dulwich Hill. A few metres up the road, we had the option of all sorts of cheap restaurants and takeaways. We became fond of a Vietnamese restaurant, with nice food and wine, and the first night we ended up chatting to the owner, who …
No such problem with sleeping in this morning. After our misstep yesterday we had an alarm set and no hangovers to thwart our plans. The only thing that might have done so was the weather with rain forecast for throughout the day. This wasn't going to put us off though and we decided to chance our arm and go anyway. The Blue Mountains are about 2 hours drive from Sydney and so named because of the blue haze given off by the eucalyptus ...
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... but it was rock. Just amazing. You could see all the different layers of sandstone and clay and it was beautiful. By the way, shout out to my girl, Laura- this is where I got your rock from ;) (shh don't tell anyone).. Rick would tell us what rocks were good for climbing, and which weren't; you could tell how much he loved it by the way he talked about it, and that makes me happy that he is doing what he loves. THEN....came the BEST PART. this GIANT waterfall, and I mean ...
... my legs. So now the car and I are living here, the car for as long as it takes for me to sell it on again and me for as long as it takes to recuperate the money I lost messing about this past couple of days, and to decide on my next plan. If any other work comes up that I can do I may go for that, if not I'll maybe travel my way up to Brisbane on the bus like I originally planned to before flying home. Travelling is pretty dire when you're on your ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains Katoomba
Plus - amazing valley views. Negative - everything else! This is a bizarre hotel straight out of a Hitchcock film. Taken over by Accord hotels but still looks very unloved - incredible potential but sadly misses by a long way. Rooms are absolutely tiny but servicable. Bar - bare with no atmosphere (could be fantastic). Restaurant - set up for coachloads of tourists on a day trip to Blue Mountains. Service - the staff mainly grunt at you and look as old and bizzare as the hotel. Gym - one bike and a jogger - full of leaves and looked like it hadn't been cleaned/used in years. Location - there is nothing close by and you really need your own transport. This place is crying out for to some TLC and an owner with some vision. It is much cheaper than other hotels but save your money and stay at Lillianfells etc.
Step back in time with the Art Deco charm of the Hydro Majestic
We stayed at the Hydro Majestic for a couple of nights at the end of November and immediately fell in love with the shabby-chic charm of the place. Lots of lovely art deco furnishings, long elegant hallways with comfy sofas - it was like stepping back in time. Our room (overlooking the Megalong Valley) was small, as was the bathroom, but both were clean and well equipped. The breakfast was superb - possibly the best I've had anywhere - an extensive hot buffet plus all the fruit, cereal, breads and preserves you could want, as well as do-it-yourself waffles (great fun) and Swiss Bircher Muesli, which we really hadn't expected to find in Australia. Certainly one of the highspots of our holiday.
Arriving at the hotel in the early afternoon, we had a very warm welcome from a smiling receptionist. After checking in, she then advised that the hotel served'High Tea'which was beautifully arranged with a selection of scones, french pastries,gourmet sandwiches along with devonshire tea. That surely did cure our hunger pains from our long drive.In the 'Pump lounge' and throughout the hotel we were surrounded with ambience of the Hydro Majestic and its staff enjoying every part of the experience. While the kids were swimming in the pool for the rest of the afternoon, we joined the guided history tour.For a moment we had stepped back in time whilst listening to facinating stories and ghostly happenings the tour ended at the Hydro Lounge.We then enjoyed our first cocktail on the escarpment balcony and watched the sun set, overlooking the spectacular views 'like no other'of the Megalong Valley.Its fantastic to see the hotel has kept its old charm and elegance.
Old World Charm
We stayed at the Hydro Majestic for my birthday. I was a little suprised by the smallish rooms but as the site is heritage listed the rooms can not be modified. I would recommend the history tour which takes you around the complex. If you decide to drive to Katoomba for dinner don't expect a car park when you get back - parking is limited and it is difficult to carry luggage to the foyer- best to check in first and find the closest entrance before dragging luggage throughout the building. A moutainview room would be more peaceful as the garden rooms face the highway and our room was situated near a stairwell making it rather noisy.
Entering the foyer my fist impression was one of stepping back in time. Old world decadence oozes through the pores of this wonderful establishment. From check in to check out the staff conducted themselves in a friendly, elegant and knowledgeable manner. Whilst being escorted to our room our host delighted us with a commentry explaining the history and hauntings of the 100 year old building.
First, the hotel is overpriced. We paid only AUD $135 a night, and this was too much. I found this "hot deals" rate on their website, and despite reading previous bad reviews for the hotel, I decided to book anyway because it was one of only a few hotels in the Blue Mountains that I could book online. If I could do it again, I would wait and book one of the motels in Katoomba, which from the outside looked like they would be nicer than the Hydro Majestic, and would be much cheaper.
We thought this hotel must be beautiful given its 4.5 star rating and the fact that it had been overhauled 4 years ago.
We'd driven past on many occasions and thought from its size and name that it must be the place to stay in the Blue Mountains. How wrong we were! We booked in for two nights after our wedding and although it had a lot to live up to after our wedding accomodation it was very disappointing. We had the romantic package which included basic room, champagne, strawberries, robes, massages.. When we got there the staff must get people upgrading all the time as the basic room was way too small and noisy right on the highway. We upgraded to their cloister room which was also tiny and worn bedspreads. There was no sign of any champagne, strawberries or robes so we called and they sent a bottle and some sad looking strawberries. No robes. We booked in for our massages which were in a little room with an asian lady in a deserted part of the hotel. Our dinner was in the dining room and the food was not very good. I asked for medium steak which came bloodied. Someone at another table took one look at their quail and said I'm not eating that. We found the menu used silly words like 'jus' and 'emulation'.
We arrived at the HydroMajestic Hotel on a foggy, rainy morning. The great view from the dining room was thus obscured. The rooms were small, drab, with broken down mattresses and old worn bedspreads and drapes. They were also subject to noise from a very busy highway...many trucks. We were so disappointed that the hotel manager let us out of our reservation without charge, and we took an $8. AUD taxi to Katoomba, where we checked into another historic hotel, The Carrington, which we loved. It has far more charm, updated decor, lovely rooms, and at less cost. It includes a wonderful buffet breakfast in a beautiful dining room with chandeliers, and big windows. In Katoomba,we ate dinner at a small, reasonable, but gourmet restaurant called Journey. The chef is a pro, and his wife is the waitress. Both the hotel and the restaurant are locally owned by talented people who really care! In contrast, the Majestic, has been bought and sold by one hotel chain after another...now a "Flag Hotel". Sad to see the neglect! Overpriced, it continues to be touted by travel agents, who send in the bus tours.
Good overall but small rooms
Excellent service in this rather old fashioned hotel. Rooms are smnall and we had to upgrade twice to get one big enough to contain our suitcases!