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3 Explorers Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   197 Lurline St., Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Katoomba
Certificate of Excellence
Port Adelaide
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Pleasant, helpful, and affordable.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My partner and I stayed at the Three Explorers a decade ago when our relationship was newly minted. Doing a nostalgia trip to the Blue Mountains in October 2013 we were happy to see the Three Explorers still doing good business, albeit under new management.
The motel is tidy, an in excellent location a few minutes walk from Echo Point, and about ten minutes walk from the main street of Katoomba. The Three Explorers has been renovated since last we stayed, and the manager was very helpful and informative when we arrived quite a bit later than we'd expected, and following his advice we made the most of day passes to Scenic World, and hiking in Jamison Valley.

Three explorers remains tidy, affordable, and the location is superb.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for your very kind review, we are delighted that you enjoyed both your stay @ the 3 Explorers Motel & your time in the Blue Mountains, please do not wait so long for a return visit.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We spent 3 nights with our 5yr old twins in a family room. The room was very clean and comfortable. The couple who manage the motel are lovely and no request was too much trouble for them. They were very informative about the local area and what we should see. The location was perfect: 5 mins walk from Echo Point, The 3 Sisters and the start of wonderful walks such as the Giant Stairway. The chocolate shop opposite was superb. If we are lucky enough to return to the Blue Mountains we will definitely return to the 3 Explorers.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to complete a very kind review of your stay, naturally we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay @ the 3 explorers Motel & the Blue Mountains, we hope that you all return to visit us again.
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

What a find!!!

Arrived a few hours before booking in time and lucky for us our room was ready to go.
Had a very informative chat to the manager about places to see and eateries in Katoomba. Hotel has recently been renovated, very clean and modern. Only a 500m walk down to the 3 sisters, and near the Chocolate factory so no need to drive. Beds were really comfy, we werent disturbed by traffic noise. More than happy to stay here again and recommend to others.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Very pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Blue Mountains & stay @ the 3 Explorers Motel, safe journey on your return to the UK, hope to see you again should you return to Australia.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I can't really add much except to agree with what others have said. I chose this motel after reading the reviews and I wasn't disappointed. We had to pay extra for breakfast but it was delicious and we would definitely recommend this motel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to complete a review of your stay @ the 3 Explorers Motel & that you enjoyed your visit to the Blue Mountains, hope to see you again.
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The 3 explorers is a budget hotel with provisions for basic amenities and serves as a clean and comfortable place to spend evenings after spending the day exploring the lush green landscapes of Katoomba. The staff is accommodative and helpful and overall I found that I got good value for money.

In the room you will find a comfortable bed, small fridge, microwave, TV, iron, and free wi-fi. If you have sensitive skin like I do, I would highly recommend that you carry your own toiletries such as bodywash, shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizer.

The motel does not have a restaurant, but do provide breakfast on request. There is an absolutely delicious gourmet chocolate shop right across the street from the motel. Finally, the location of this motel is fantastic. Echo point, scenic world, and information center are right by the motel. Overall, if you looking for basic conveniences for a small budget, this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thank you for your review on your recent stay at the Motel & your visit to the Blue Mountains, very pleased that you enjoyed your time in the Blue Mountains & hope to see you return.
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Pendle Hill, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Staff very friendly, rooms clean, shower requires renovation, beds hard but breakfast great. Close to attraction such as Echo Point and Scenic world, bus past the door to shopping centre. Well stocked with tea and coffee and fresh milk if required at reception.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to complete the review & very pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Motel & the Blue Mountains.
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Singapore, Singapore
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

The second floor room was clean & quiet. The room had a small sofa, table for 2 and a tiny desk under the TV. There was a mini fridge, microwave and kettle and was well stocked with tea, coffee, sugar and milk. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was clean too.

Walking distance to the Echo Point, Skyway Station.

Best of all, free Wifi.

The manager we met was Chris and he was friendly and helpful.

The only thing I wish for is more power points to plug in the myriads of gadgets I travel with but its the same with all the hotels I stayed in.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Very pleased that you enjoyed your stay & visit to the Blue Mountains, thank you for taking the time to complete a review, you have been very kind, your review is important to us & they do assist other guests when selecting accommodation, hope to see you return again soon.
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Address: 197 Lurline St., Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Katoomba
#4 Romantic Hotel in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — 3 Explorers Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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