We stayed at Avonleigh for one night by virtue of the fact that the B&B we had originally booked to stay in (Lurline Guesthouse) was experiencing heating problems and the Lurline manager had made the alternative booking on our behalf. We weren't too concerned about which place we were putting up in as we were coming into Katoomba late and were only going to spend one night before seeing the sights the next morning and heading back to Sydney thereafter.
Although Avonleigh looked suitably charming and quaint enough, our stay was average on the whole. The premises were not well lit and smelt very musky. The carpets are in need of replacing, and the place could do with a good airing. We were given room no. 3 for our stay, which was located at the end of a short passageway. The room itself was large, but extremely dated. The bed was creaky and the mattress was extremely soft. If you're like me and suffer from a slipped disc, this can make for a very uncomfortable and potentially painful experience.
The room came equipped with a very gaudy pink ottoman/sofa which was in dire need of re-upholstering. For entertainment, we had quite possibly the world's smallest television. My iPad 2 was more than half its size already! What was worse was that the television was placed right next to the bed (where a bedside table would ordinarily be placed). In order to watch the telly, you had to pull the entire television and table to the middle of the room.
Perhaps most disconcertingly, we were told not to shower with our bathroom door open as "the steam from the toilet would cause the smoke detector to go off", to quote the person who handed us the keys. In the room, there was a sign stating that in the event the smoke detector was set off because of the steam from the bath, the fire brigade would be called out and you would be charged $580 for this.
I found this entire arrangement ludicrous. The smoke detector should never have been placed right in front of the bathroom door to begin with!
The walls between rooms are also very thin. We had a couple of mainland Chinese tourists staying next door and we could hear everything that was gong on in the room next door, from their loud conversations to laughter and even singing! At 11pm at night, this was not a good experience.
For some positives about Avonleigh - the B&B is located less than a five minute walk from the 3 Sisters lookout point and the Scenicworld centre. You can also have a cooked breakfast in the morning. The establishment is generally quite clean also, and there are fridges located around the B&B which you are free to use to store your food.
On the whole, we weren't terribly impressed with Avonleigh but it is a B&B that works if you need a place to rest for the night. It's appearance and interior resembles less of a country home and more of a B&B that had seen much better days and is presently running tired on its last legs.
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- Also Known As:
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