I stayed at Whitfield Hall overnight as I planned to hike to the peak of the Blue Mountains. It was about a 3 hour drive from Kingston. The drive there is not for the faint at heart, very bumpy and extremely narrow at times. The lodge itself is no frills - no electricity, no hot water. The rooms were clean, simple and sparse. Given that we arrived at about 7pm and planned to start our hike at 2:30 am (in order to get to the peak by sunrise), we had minimal needs. The cooked prepared a delicious and filling dinner (this was requested in advance for an additional amount) and we ate by the dim lights of a a kerosene lamp. There was a library and games if you sought to spend some leisure time on site. After we completed our hike the next morning we returned to a large breakfast (also available at an additional cost).
Overall, the lodge was great value for the cost. If you you are planning on hiking the Blue Mountain this is a good location to start from. Also to note, this is a working coffee plantation, so it was a real treat to have coffee in the morning that was produced on the grounds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whitfield Hall sits at 4000 feet directly on the main hiking trail that travels up to Blue Mountain Peak. The hall itself, dating from the late 18th century, can provide rustic accommodation for up to 30 guests. Most rooms have bunkbeds, although the Colonel Whitfield room has a double (full) bed and is private. Guides to the Peak can be arranged for trekkers. Hearty, home-cooked meals and other refreshments, including cups of, Blue Mountain coffee brewed with fresh spring water, are available (with advance notice). Guests may also use our kitchen to cook. A campsite is also available. You can hire our driver to provide safe, 4 wheel drive transportation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Whitfield Hall Hotel Kingston