I booked this hotel mostly on the basis of its older style and the fact that there was a games room, in case our 11 and 15 year olds got bored. You don't want to be stuck in a room at a swish hotel when the weather is bad and there is nothing to do downstairs. When we arrived, yes I was slightly disappointed at what I thought might actually be a backpackers haven. But NO, we saw family after family come and go over the 5 nights we stayed at the Cecil. They all seemed to be enjoying it and I heard no complaints. The games room at this guesthouse is just perfect for when you have a family on holidays. A pot belly heater with couches near for reading etc, lots of games in the window seats to get out and play, and we even brought our takeaway pizza in and ate there one night. We played table tennis and pool every spare moment we had when we weren't out sightseeing, and given the dreadful winds/weather that came up for a couple of days, we really appreciated having the space to hang out at the hotel. There is also a tv/lounge room adjoining the games room, with current dvds and books on the shelves. Across from the dining room downstairs there is a lovely little tea room with couches, tv, table/chairs and tea/coffee making facilities (complimentary). Sometimes you don't feel that relaxed at the posher and far more expensive places. By day two we felt very at home at the Cecil. Our adjoining rooms with the little bathroom in between were quite fine for us. Newly painted, and clean carpet, comfortable beds, electric blankets(!), dimplex heaters, and I liked the vintage/antique furniture. I think it was kind of nice to be able to think how this place must have buzzed in the old days, and there are plenty of pics in the foyer for you to get an idea of this. Yes, there are still a few little things that can be fixed, and no doubt will be over time, but we had fun and felt welcome, and the staff were very helpful and caring. During the black out on one night (due to the storms, the whole of Katoomba was in the dark), Belinda our hostess offered us all we needed to make toast using the pot belly given we had no way of getting dinner from the restaurants which were all in the dark too). The dining room was a tad cool in the mornings despite the dimplex heater doing its best, but we coped. Breakfast was included. Cereals, tea/coffee, toast. All good. I heard the pigeons outside our room and actually liked their cooing. I didn't mind the old fittings, that's part of the Cecil's charm. We saved quite a bit of money staying here, and got more than we would have got from say the Carrington, in terms of family togetherness and fun. I saw this happening to other families staying at the Cecil too. The place was not that hard to find if you looked out for the sign on Katoomba street. We parked first, found where we were supposed to turn in to the driveway between the shops and we were there. Easy.
Good luck with the ongoing renovations, we will be back in autumn.
Sue and Michael, Isobel and Owen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hello future guests,It is our pleasure to announce that The Cecil is under new management as of 02/12/12. We are in love with The Cecil and passionate about making your stay a pleasurable experience rather than just a bed for the night.We look forward to ensuring you enjoy your stay.Cecil Management ... more less
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- The Cecil Guesthouse Katoomba, Blue Mountains