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“Welcoming and full of character” 4 of 5 stars
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Kurrara Historic Guest House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   17 Coomonderry Street, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #8 of 20 Katoomba B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Welcoming and full of character”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I stayed in this guest house last weekend and had an awesome stay - it has so much character. It's run by a very welcoming and friendly couple, Ian even offered me a lift back to the station when I was rushing for the train. One of the mornings I had to be up at the crack of dawn, so was invited to help myself from the breakfast room - yoghurts, cereal, milk, fruit etc. Loved the old sash windows and light fittings, and the bed was super comfy.

Walls upstairs a little thin, so could hear the telly in the next room, but apart from that no qualms. I'd say stay here if you like things a little different from your bog standard hotel room.

Room Tip: The Lavender Room is light but cosy at the same time.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We obviously missed out on other travellers experience with the owners/hosts and their warm service as the 2 women there during our stay were put out by our communication each time we needed assistance eg like an iron or where was breakfast, we were not shown around properly and felt uncomfortable staying in the house, as we were not made welcome
Breakfast is basic dont expect too much, we got snapped at for asking where the spoons are etc perhaps labels are needed
the rooms are ok the bed was good, the bathrooms are showing their age
we tried this guest house instead of a resort - will go the resort next time

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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KurraraHouse, Owner at Kurrara Historic Guest House, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Boski, I read with concern and dismay your review posted 27/02/13, since taking over the business in May 2012 my wife and I have worked exremely hard to provide comfortable, relaxing, value for money accomodation in our grand old (111 year) Guesthouse, I can only apologise that you did not receive the obvious attention that should have been provided during your visit.
At that particular time my wife and I had taken a rare few days away, I have checked through our guest book and spoken with the staff on duty over this period, and have gone through the circumstances with them, One of our ladies had a personal issue at this time, but it in no way detracts from the fact that your personal experience was not up to our usual standards, again I can only apologise for this situation, I thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention and you can be assured that we will 'try harder' in the future.
Thanks & regards Iain & Evelyn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I stayed at Kurrara with my young daughter. We were instantly made to feel at home. Our hosts were delightful and accommodating. The ensuite rooms upstairs have divine new latex beds (like sleeping on a cloud!) and beautiful bedding. They are cottage style and rustic - not characterless like standard motels. Renovations are still underway so this place will only get better over time. Breakfast is a real treat - and healthy too!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Evelyn and Iain are the perfect hosts. Their hospitality was so generous and warm and the Kurrara Guest House is absolutely beautiful and so comfortable. There were so many lovely little extra's which made us feel treasured. The rooms were very comfortable, spacious and quiet and the continetal breakfast was delicious with a lovely variety including special dietary options e.g. gluten free . My friends and I were in Katoomba performing at the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival. Evelyn and Iain were so interested and supportive of us, they even came along to hear us perform. I look forward to staying at Kurrara again soon.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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KurraraHouse, Owner at Kurrara Historic Guest House, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Kurrara, and it was lovely to see you perform at the Ukulele Festival. We look forward to your return visit and your new repetoire of songs!
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed at Kurrara last weekend with my daughter. It's wonderful - friendly, comfortable and spotless. Our bedroom had a single and a queen, and its own ensuite - ideal. Many of the other rooms had their own sitting areas and four-poster beds. The furniture throughout is period, but the bedding etc is new and comfortable. Breakfast was basic with fresh breads, croissants, fruit and cereals. The hosts provide gluten-free and dairy-free options without any fuss. There was even a decanter of port in the lounge and in each room! Walking distance from town, 5 minutes from the nearest tourist bus stop, but in a very quiet spot. We loved the access to fruit, treats, tea and coffee, available all day in the comfortable lounge. Fantastic accommodation - I would recommend it to anyone and will certainly go back.

Room Tip: The Lily room has the queen and single. All of the rooms look lovely.
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  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Super comfortable and relaxing. The building is refurbished and has modern amenities, but still has the feel of the old-time style. Our room had a large bath with a spa tub and another separate sitting room and its own entrance into the garden. The morning breakfast was nothing special, but we saved our appetite for the fun pub downtown after lovely hike/bushwalk on the prince henry trail, which was walking distance from the B&B.

Room Tip: The Magnolia room was excellent, with its own garden room and entrance (ground floor)
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

The proprietors and staff are very welcoming and friendly. The whole house has been beautifully furnished and decorated in period time. The rooms were comfortable. There were many extras provided like wine glasses, lovely china and silver ware. The self serve breakfast was simple and adequate. I especially enjoyed the 'real' coffee on offer and the range of teas provided. The lovely gardens surround the house, which is on a quite street away from the busy centre but not far from lookouts and restaurants.
We were a bit surprised that our room was not serviced but that was not a big issue for us.
Thanks for a delightful stay.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17 Coomonderry Street, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Kurrara Historic Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kurrara Guest House was built in 1902 as one of the first guest houses in Katoomba. It was recently purchased by new owners on 2nd May 2012, and has undergone a transformation. Our beautiful Mountains Guest House is central heated, and offers 3 spa en suites, with 4-poster beds and period furnishings. 5 upstairs shower en suites are individually decorated and have been recently refurbished. Our guests enjoy relaxing in our communal lounges around Victorian gas log fires and a large screen TV/DVD & library. Enjoy tea & coffee on arrival, and complimentary Port. We offer a full continental breakfast of homemade muesli, cereals, freshly baked bread, fruit, yogurt, and fresh juice. Free wifi is available in all rooms. Kurrara has its own private carpark and off street parking. Situated on a quiet and peaceful corner, surrounded by rhododendrons and mature trees. We are within walking distance to Katoomba town centre and wonderful restaurants, Echo Point and The Three Sisters and the many bushwalks in the surrounding area.We welcome you to stay with us and become part of an 110 year tradition of visitors to Kurrara. You won't want to leave! ... more   less 
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