Massive house in picturesque setting - but a real let down. "Afternoon tea on arrival" consisted of instant coffee or a cup of tea that we had to make ourselves, and we were not offered so much as a biscuit, despite telling our host that we'd missed lunch and while other "host" wandering around eating cake. Cups were also dirty with actual solid matter in them.
Host showed us to the our room, but appeared very uncomfortable making any small talk. House and room were very cold. The host himself was wearing a leather jacket in the house on our arrival. There were fireplaces and central heating, but they were not in use, despite the temperature being what actual Blue Mountains residents described as "very cold".
The bedroom "Honeysuckle Deluxe Spa room" was a large room, however was crammed full of furniture and teddy bears, and we had to put our suitcase under a desk for lack of anywhere else to store it without tripping. A lot of the light fittings throughout the house were missing bulbs and standing lamps were unplugged with no powerpoint being available.
We went out on the Saturday evening (the one night we stayed) and returned to find the house and the entryway in complete darkness - luckily we had a torch on the iphone so we could get into the house and find our way to our room. We had told our host that we were going out, so were surprised that there was absolutely no lighting to guide us.
The house was not soundproof and we could hear television noise and other noises whilst in our room.
Definitely not a romantic getaway - we felt that we were in one of our parents' houses and "the spa for two" was in a large cold room where you had to brace yourself to so much as have a shower and where the skimpy lace curtains were a peeping tom's delight.
Breakfast had to be purchased on top of accommodation and was only offered from 8.30-9.30 in the dining room, where we had to leave to get back to Sydney at 8.30am and hence only had a glass of tap water to send us on our way.
The saddest thing is that the house is beautiful and has huge potential, but experience was so lacking. We frequently go to the Blue Mountains, but won't be back to this guesthouse and would not recommend this property to either couples or singles.
We fully understand and appreciate that such a house would have huge upkeep, but we payed for a four-star experience, and it was about a two.
- Also Known As:
- Kurrara Guest House Hotel
- Kurrara Guest House Hotel Katoomba
- Kurrara Historic Guest House Katoomba, Blue Mountains
- 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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