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“Nice rooms, great breakfast” 4 of 5 stars
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Blue Mountains Heritage Motel
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   222-224 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia (Formerly St. Elmo Heritage B & B)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Katoomba
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice rooms, great breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

The rooms were very clean and seemed newly renovated.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
The cooked breakfast was amazing. Definitely worth the money.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2010

Spent a couple of nights at St Elmos on the way back to Victoria from Sydney, found it by accident as we drove down the main street of Katoomba. It is a little confusing as it is part of Katoomba Town Centre Motel but once we worked it out we are glad that we did. Room was brand new and had an excellent King size bed, flat screen LCD TV, flame effect fire and super modern bathroom which even had a bidet. The lady on reception was helpful with lots of advice on the area, things to see and places to eat. Turns out the lady (Hilary) is the owner and she and her husband have spent the last 18 years rebuilding and renovating St Elmo, from what we saw most of the rooms have been redone to a very good standard. She told us that there was only 3 rooms left to do and then the exterior of the building. Breakfast was a hot buffet, it was all freshly cooked and the choice was exceptional, in addition to the usual bacon, eggs and sausages there was hash browns, french toast, fried rice, omellets, pancakes, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, fries toast & corn fritters, besides the hot food there was fruit, porrige, fruit juice etc. (word of warning, it's easy and delicious to eat but don't get to carried away or you'll feel it afterwards).
Overall it was just so nice to stay in such a friendly, comfortable place, so handy for everything and great value - great showers! We'll be back!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2010

I stayed in the family room for a night with 2 other friends. The room was nice and comfortable, a bit on the basic side, but overall met expectations based on photos on website. The bathroom was ok, a little on the small side with very little basin & cabinet space, but most importantly was clean and hot water was plentiful.

The buffet hot breakfast was fantastic, lots of choice, eggs (omelette & fried), bacon, sausages, waffles, french toast etc.

Overall a nice stay, though a few minor things could be better, does the important things well.

Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2008

After reading the reviews, I booked a family room for a night on Christmas Day.
The breakfast definitely lived up to expectations and everyone ended up eating far too much... the room was spacious and clean and with a bathroom spa, kitchen and TV was definitely great value!
Would love to visit again.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2008

It immediately struck me that there was something of the ‘Bates Motel’ about this place. Maybe it had more to do with the rather odd people hanging around the over-hyped Katoomba during my visit but there was still something that made me feel uneasy about this place. I’ve stayed in loads of motels all over the world – some good / some bad. This place doesn’t fall in the bad category by any means but it’s also a long way from the good end of the scale. The rooms are tired and brown and 70s and gloomy. Or a least mine was far from ‘cosy’ as described by others…(I suspect the rooms vary in presentation and it seems that the larger family rooms are getting more favorable reviews than those used by us lone, or two person, travellers). The bathroom is pretty good though (nice tiled floors and shower) clearly benefiting from a makeover. The rest of the place needs it too: I don’t think that would impact on its ‘heritage’ status. The WiFi is crap (even if you can locate the signal)– don’t pay for it. The TV is very limited but to be honest this is not the sort of place you’ll want to particularly hang about in the evening because the lighting is fluorescent strip all over so ‘chilling out’ before bed time is a bit like sitting in the local take-away. On the plus side I slept well both nights – the bed being comfy and, despite the appearance, the room clean. You’ll find better places though. Both the Heritage Motel and Katoomba in general are somewhat lacking.

  • Liked — Decent shower
  • Disliked — Flourescent strip lighting - even for bed side lamps
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sydney
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2008

Very warm and cozy room, the heaters worked really well. The highlight of this stay was the breakfast, a very nice buffet with a great range, though, when we came out a bit later one day we had to wait 5 mins for a table. Its a bit of a walk from the train station, but very close to a Coles which is great for shopping for meals that you can cook up in the provided microwave in the room. Its not that far from the bus stop that travels around katoomba too.

Stayed July 2008
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Wollongong, NSW
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2008

We had a fantastic time at St Elmos!

ULTRA convenient location if roaming Katoomba Street and visiting its 6 fantastic bookshops (esp. Velvet Fog!) is your thing! We didn't need the car the whole time we stayed!

We stayed in room 22. An interesting little room. Quite a comfy bed complete with electric blankets (absolutely necessary in July!)
Unfortunately our room must have been under a family room and the kids got up just after 5am. After 3 hours of trying to ignore them jumping on the floors and running around like mad things we gave up and went for the breakfast room. (Not managements fault of course, kids will be kids. But if you're not planning on getting up at dawn, an upstairs room would be preferable!)

The free breakfast was the life saver! It cheered me up no end! An ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS breakfast was laid on -
everything your heart desired! I tucked in to a fantasticly thick mushroom omelette, bacon, eggs, HASH BROWNS! (yum!), grilled tomatos with cheese (extra yum!), tea (if only there had been raw sugar all my prayers would be answered ;), various juices. And there was MORE! So much more. Everyone in that room was happy!
I can't say enough about the breakfast. And the young lass who worked non-stop clearing tables, seating guests, refilling trays of delicious food and just generally being friendly and hard working was an absolute star!
Even if you're not staying, go in and buy the breakfast! Its the best!!

We were lucky the second night as the kids had moved on. It was a lovely quiet place, clean and convenient.

We are a young couple and enjoyed our stay. It was a bargain at $106/night including breakfast.
I will be staying here on our next trip to Katoomba without a doubt!

Hint: DON'T go to Katoomba in July!!! Tooo cold!

We arrived in the early evening just in time to see the 'snow'. I was most impressed as had never seen snow before (the locals tell me it was just sleet. Still! A nice thrill on arrival!)

  • Liked — THE BREAKFAST!!! + All the great restaurants & Cafes nearby
  • Disliked — Noisey family upstairs.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 222-224 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia (Formerly St. Elmo Heritage B & B)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue Mountains Heritage Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 34
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