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“Charming icon from 1922” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Blue
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   88 Lurline Street | Cnr Lurline & Merriwa Streets, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia (Formerly Felton Woods Manor)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 20 Katoomba B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Charming icon from 1922”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

One night stay with my parents that were visiting. As soon as you step in the door you are taken back in time with authentic furniture and decorations, a MUST SEE even if you don't end up staying here. The rooms and bathrooms are adequate. Service is good and staff are pleasant. The fireplaces add to the romantic charm, we experienced that the smoke travels across the whole hotel which was the only minus.....and perhaps after 24 hours the 1920 music gets a bit tiring :-)
The current owner manages the hotel for about 1 year now and has recently upgraded the wiring incl. wifi and tv. We did not experience any electricity issues as other people mentioned.
Ask one of the staff if you can try out the pianola - truly fantastic!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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101 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

I stayed here with my spouse and his family. Clean and functional rooms, though bathroom is tiny. The staff are fantastic, happy, friendly and willing to do just about anything for you. Breakfast was wonderful and included in the price. Close to main road and the train station and so is walking distance to most attractions in the area. I liked the atmosphere of this hotel but concerned about the following. This building is falling apart. It desperately needs work done to it. There is bubbling paint in both rooms that we used which usually indicates water damage or termite damage, furnishings are old and not closing and opening properly so need to be replaced. Floorboards are squeaky and need to be checked, carpets are worn and could do with a good clean. Electrical points are overloaded and in awkward positions. Communal areas are in ok condition it is mainly the bedrooms that need to be fixed and quickly, unfortunately the pool had a smoke alarm that was leaking water extensively and had not been attended to despite several requests. I am very concerned that there seems to be serious structural issues with this building. If these issues are fixed this hotel could possibly be one of Katoombas greatest assets.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sydney
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2009

We booked online for a two night Spring package which included accomodation, a bottle of champagne each night and a continental and fully cooked breakfast daily. The hotel has a lovely warmth and charm and very welcoming and helpful staff. We were truely impressed by the decor and the amenities. We would strongly recommend a stay at Hotel Blue, we will be coming back again definitely.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fitzroy
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

I stayed here with my sister on a short weekend break from Melbourne; after a scenic train trip from Sydney Central it was only a short walk to this hotel and it was exactly what I expected: it is not 5 star accommodation, it is exactly as it seems a faded star from the 1900s, but that is why I chose to stay here. The wallpaper in the bar is fabulous for its gaudiness and the games room just oozes edwardian comfort and stolidness.
The indoor pool is absolutely beautiful, and the staff were so friendly. Yes the rooms were very small, but the beds were extremely comfortable which is all I ever ask for - how much time do you spend in a hotel room anyway? I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a place to stay in Katoomba that is not too expensive.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

Hotel Blue was previously known as Feltonwood Manor and still has the old signage out the front. It is located in Lurline St, which runs parallel to the main street of Katoomba, and is across the road from the Katoomba RSL (the friendliest club I can ever remember visiting). Off street parking is available.

Reception was very friendly and helpful if possibly overworked. The same person checked us in and out, served breakfast, served in the bar, took room and dinner bookings and started and stopped the spa. A real one woman show!!

The hotel including the rooms is furnished in old/antique style furniture in keeping with the period of the building. I found the communal lounge area delightful with its fireplace, piano, large and comfortable sofas, chess games and pool table (free). The adjoining bar offers well priced wine and beer to enjoy in front of the fire. Couples seemed to enjoy spending some time here. The hotel also has a restaurant that is used for dinner and breakfast in the mornings. The breakfast included both cereal, toast, fruit, tea, coffee and a choice of hot dish made to order. The cooked breakfast (sausage, eggs, tomato and bacon) was quite good; however the pancakes were a bit stodgy.

There is an indoor area (down a flight of stairs) with an unheated swimming pool and heated spa. Please note that the spa is extremely difficult to get in and out of as there are no handrails and the steps are very high (knee height). The pool also had no handrail. There is also a change room with a deluxe massage shower which unfortunately did not appear to be plugged in or operating during our stay. This area of the hotel could stand some updating/improvements.

Probably the most disappointing thing for us was that all but two rooms seem to only have a double bed which we find inadequate as my partner is over 6’ tall and doesn’t fit. We were lead to believe when enquiring prior to booking that there were more rooms with a queen size bed and that we could probably get one but this did not happen. This meant that we did not sleep which to me is the whole point of booking overnight accommodation.

The rooms are very small with extremely small bathrooms. Ours contained a cupboard, table and two chairs, double bed, dressing table, bar fridge, kettle and the smallest TV I have ever seen (it was smaller than my old 34cm TV)

Additionally, the wiring in the rooms seems inadequate as do the older appliances. Every time the fridge in our room switched itself on and off there would be a flash of light around the plug/wiring and the TV would flash as well. They were both running out of a power board on an extension cord running across the room. This worried us so much that I unplugged the fridge.

Overall, I think this hotel has the potential to be a great place to stay, but it requires extensive renovations and updating to improve its comfort and safety.

NOTE: The Chinese restaurant across the road at the Katoomba RSL is very good and offers a buffet on Friday nights as well as an a la carte menu.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

I booked a room in this hotel with 2 beds on whotif.com. For $150 a night without breakfast we got a tiny room, facing the main street. The wallpaper peeling off the walls and the sixties decor did not entice us to stay for breakfast. The best was the open fire place and the big armchairs in the lounge room in the evening minus the horrible carpet. This hotel is in desperate need for a makeover

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 88 Lurline Street | Cnr Lurline & Merriwa Streets, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia (Formerly Felton Woods Manor)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Blue 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Australia's spectacular Blue Mountains district, Hotel Blue is a boutique 1920s hotel that captures the charm and character of a bygone era. Hotel Blue features 24 cosy, comfortable Guest Rooms, a spacious Lounge with log fires, a boutique Bar, in-house Restaurant, Cafe, free live jazz, blues or folk music every weekend, free cooked breakfast for all hotel guests and free WiFi. Allow yourself to step back into yesteryear, amidst the rich art-deco style furnishings. Ornate chandeliers, velvet flocked wallpaper, beautiful antique furniture, richly embellished ceilings and hand-carved timber panelling, with old-time jazz and blues tunes playing in the background, give Hotel Blue its unique ambience, reminiscent of days gone by. Sink into a comfortable arm chair and bask in front of a roaring log fire in the open fireplace in the spacious Guest Lounge during the winter months, or enjoy a game of pool or cards. Refresh yourself with a relaxing drink in the intimate Parlour Bar, which particularly showcases the produce of regional wineries and breweries. The elegant in-house Sisters Blue Restaurant offers fine modern Australian cuisine, with an ever-evolving menu, and also offers unique dinner theatre experiences. The vibrant street-side Cafe 88 is a great place for a relaxing cup of coffee. UPCOMING EVENTS - contact Hotel Blue's friendly staff for more details! HOLLYWOOD NOIR SHOW $99.00 Includes a three-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine A 1940s jazz noir show featuring the debonair Jimmy Vargas, the saucy Miss Liliana Scarlatta and original compositions from three-piece jazz combo "The Black Dahlias." Saturday 20 June 2015 Saturday 22 August 2015 Saturday 29 August 2015 Saturday 3 October 2015 Saturday 17 October 2015 YULEFEST with THE GOON SHOW LIVE! $140.00 (discounts for groups of 6+) Includes a a three-course Christmas dinner, a glass of mulled wine on arrival, plus coffee, tea and port after dinner This hilarious and irreverent live comedy show in three rip-snorting acts, each act being based on an original episode of the British radio programme “The Goon Show.” Saturday 27 June 2015 Saturday 4 July 2015 Sunday 5 July 2015 Saturday 11 July 2015 Saturday 18 July 2015 Saturday 25 July 2015 Saturday 1 August 2015 Hotel Blue is conveniently situated only 5 minutes’ walk from Katoomba’s central shopping and dining district, 10 minutes' walk from Katoomba Railway Station, and 15 minutes’ stroll from Echo Point’s World Heritage-listed views of the iconic Three Sisters and the Blue Mountains National Park. Each of Hotel Blue's comfortable Guest Rooms is equipped with a private en suite bathroom, 32-inch LED television with selected Foxtel channels, tea- and coffee-making facilities and fridge. Free WiFi is also available throughout all Guest Rooms and public areas of the Hotel. ... more   less 
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Hotel Blue Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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