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The Carrington Hotel
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Katoomba
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Coffs Coast
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128 reviews
61 hotel reviews
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“Historic bathroom!!”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

We were excited about staying in a hertiage listed property and the website led us to belive it would be an exicting experince. We had paid for a delux room - we were placed in the furthest corner of the hotel with a wonderful view of a vacant block. We found the room very well restored and wondefully hertiage, however the bathroom had an unrestored 1930s feel to it right down to the rust stains in the bath - we decined to try and shower or bath during our stay... luckily the weather wasnt too hot! The staff were semi enthuiastic, but when repair works shut the televison down when the aerial was damaged they became frustrated when we simply enquired about the timeframe to have some entertainment back on. We had one drink at the hertiage bar, however one was the limit due to the cost. Unfortunately as it was Melbourne Cup eve the main dining room (one reason for visiting) was closed and we missed out... perhaps the Carrington Hotel missed out too as we arent really inclined to return.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

People say that in bygone years the racy set of Sydney would come here for an illicit tryst. It still has a sense of decadence about it, prominent in the Norman Lindsay prints but alas the elegance is rather faded. The grand old hotel seems a little out of place in somewhat down at heel Katoomba now, and the locals who frequent it look like extras from a scene from Dr Zhivago after the revolution. Still its worth a visit if you want to experience some old world charm in the mountains. Be prepared to experience the old world charm of communal bathrooms if you stay in a traditional room. These rooms are at the back of the hotel and have the advantage of being set well back from the downstairs common areas which can get a bit noisy.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sutherland Shire, Australia
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Situatied in the middle of Katoomba the Old Lady Carrington has an absolute charm from yester year - range of rooms from bedder with seperate facilities to the delux with your own spa,
all clean and priced reasonably - wonderful reception staff and very informative
on every floor there is a different array of pictures on the walls which some are quite exotic and some would stun you (interesting!!) - the downstairs bar area and dining takes you back in time - the bar tender we had during the week was an absolute character - a quirky nature and a wizz with cocktails - the title says it all,

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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PDX
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

We definitely enjoyed our stay and a break from Sydney. The rooms are comfortable and the hotel is very charming. The included breakfast offered good variety and other food was all very affordable. I look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Wellsville, Utah
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

The best thing about the Carrington hotel is it's location. It's a one-minute walk after you get off the train, and next door to the taxi rank. It is a little bit tired, not surprising for a hotel built in the 1880s but they are working on improving the interior. The architecture is great, classical, and impressive. Shared bathroom was clean. Continental breakfast buffet was excellent.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2012

We found this hotel by chance but would definitely go back if we were visiting Blue Mountains again. The hotel is within 2 minutes walk from the station and is directly opposite the first stop on the Hop On, Hop Off bus which was very convenient for us. Other hotels in the area are closer to the scenic railways, however they are not of the same standard and to be honest it is better being in town than near the scenic attractions as you can easily reach these by the buses.

The hotel has a unique and amazing style which is clear from the second you walk up the drive. It has been sensitively rennovated and they have stuck to the original style without disneyfying it. The style continues throughout the hotel and the walk to your room allows you to see every inch of style from the original era. The rooms are also in keeping, and although they are slightly small they are perfect for those staying for a short visit. Service was exceptionally friendly from the reception team right through to the bar staff and everyone was always keen to help.

Unfortunately they didn't provide evening meals when we were there, however I think this was exceptional due to the holiday period. The contintental breakfast in the morning was fantastic and provided the best selection of any hotel that we visited during our honeymoon in Australia. It was also served up in the old grand dining room which was a unique experience.

We would recommend this to anyone visiting the Blue Mountains.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Canberra
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2012

The Carrington had always appealed to my partner and I, during our trips to the Blue Mountains. So when an opportunity came to book a couple of nights there, we leapt at the chance.

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Upon arriving there and making our way to reception, we passed the unweeded garden beds and climbed the steps, stepping up between the unappealing, peeling concrete rails. If you want to put visitors off, this is a good start.

Once you are past this little test of you desire to stay, the entrance is nice, into the foyer, all prim and proper to book and make our way to our room, struggling with the lift and firedoors. It's not the room we booked with our agent, having neither the spa or the view that we requested. So we get this sorted and move up a floor to a very neat and large room, with a spa and a view of the Megalong Valley (over the rooftop and through the crane next door).

Settling in, we discover the delights of really cheap furniture, the rickety unstable table, the cupbard without a door handle, all set off with dings and scratches. Lovely.

The twin king singles placed together were ok to sleep on and the lack of aircon is balanced by the fresh air coming in the window.

The shower over the spa worked well, however the only real space available for toiletries was right next to the spa and so subject to splashing from the shower. Honestly, not good enough.

The cocktails from the bar were nicely made and resonably priced.

The junior staff are enthusiastic, but ill informed.

Overall? A good, solid, old world hotel in a good location, let down by cheap room furniture and poor attention to detail It is overpriced for what it really is.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Carrington Hotel
Address: 15 - 47 Katoomba St, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Katoomba
#2 Romantic Hotel in Katoomba
#4 Family Hotel in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Carrington Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 63
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