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The Carrington Hotel
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Katoomba
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Cumming, Iowa
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15 reviews
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“Awesome historical place to stay”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

The hotel and staff were great. The staff went beyond accomodating us. The breakfast was so yummy. The rooms were big and comfy. It was a shared bath but really not that bad. It was well worth the stay and so very, very clean. Katoomba is such a lovely little town and the Blue Mountains were spectacular. It's too bad it rained the second day we were there so we didn't get to see a lot.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

For a nice few romantic days away this is a lovely place to do it. Midweek you have to go outside the hotel to find food and entertainment as there is none in the hotel. This is compensated with having the place practically to yourself, more affordable accommodation. We stayed in the middle of winter. The place is warm, the huge fireplaces have roaring fires. A true taste of yesterday year. You can feel the presence of ghosts!

Breakfast in the dining room each morning is elegant and included in the price of your room.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

Katoomba is of a those few towns left whose horizon remains barely altered since it was established as a mountain retreat in the early part of last century. The Carrington was one of the original hotels and its landscaped gardens and art nouveau facade still sing of the character of that time. For most of us, opulence and elitism may not be a trait of our democratic times but certainly the architecture and interior design lend our senses an insight into the aesthetic qualities of the era. When I visit the lovely old hotels of the world I'm looking for an experience that gives me an window into that time. It is a window that helps to remind me of the feelings and sensations of how we have lived and perhaps to awaken my awareness of things we might have lost in our suburban and manufactured lives. Good management has an eye for these details and also knows that in drawing them out, they have identified the unique identity of that heritage gem - essentially it insightful and creative branding.

Alas, the management of the Carrington fail here. There have been sporadic efforts to bring coherence but they remain fractured. The local providore market at the rear is a great idea and someone here has an understanding of how design and product come together. It would be nice to see some continuation of these ideas into the restaurant and overall running of the hotel. Breakfast feels like most of the produce is sourced from the supermarket. The restaurant oozes character but needs better lighting, a cohesive attention to fabric, decor and service. The staff were friendly but their uniforms look like corporate bank tellers.The whole place needs attention to detail and sympathy for the subtleties of quality especially in a day and age where we increasingly appreciate the value of the artisan and locality. It need not be expensive - just considered. The Carrington could be so much more - perhaps management could take a leaf out of the QT Sydney, Aesop and the fantastic work of Living Museums. I would happily help too.

For those who are not so fussed - the Carrington offers an old world experience with motel quality service in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains and here, nature does the talking and it never fails to impress! I

Room Tip: The front rooms have a great view. For those on a budget, the traditional rooms have shared bathroom...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

This delightful old hotel has been refurbished with a gentle touch to leave it still with its flavour of a heritage hotel. Air-conditioning is only available in some rooms so choose carefully in very hot times. However, we stayed in January in a premier spa room without aircon and the large, high rooms were perfectly comfortable.

The staff were super, cheerful and helpful. The continental breakfast was good. The position at the top of Katoomba Street is great with plenty of eateries close by. Being a "town" location does tend to restrict the extent of the views offered, and you need to check whether the room you are booking has any view at all.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

The Carrington in Katoomba the Blue Mountains is a lovely old lady from a bygone era and has aged very well into the 21st Century.
The rooms are spacious and well appointed with friendy staff willing to help guests select and guide them for a couple of top attractions in the area.
The only item missing during our visit in January 2014 was some kind of aircon for the very hot and humid weather. Only a limited number of rooms are air conditioned.
There was a fan in the room but it offered little relief from the hot night time temperatures.
Breakfast selection was excellent. Drinks on the old verandah evoked a memory of past times and proved a very pleasant interlude.

Room Tip: Would advise a room with air con as for certain months when the weather is hot and humid.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Somerset
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We spent two nights at the Carrington during a trip to the Blue Mountains. It is a very imposing colonial style hotel and is full of wonderful old artefacts which make it an interesting place. The room was large and had everything required including the very necessary air-con. This is worth checking when booking- not all the rooms have air-con and we wouldn't have survived without it!
A vey good continental breakfast is included, there are free newspapers and WiFi throughout.
We didn't eat dinner there so cannot comment. Service and reception were first class.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Checked into this old grand hotel in December 2013 , with my wife and I and brother in law and sister , great experience to stay their .we had a balcony room views or katoomba - would recommend this hotel to everyone , we had a 2 - day package deal .included Buffett continental breakfast , dinner for 2 - and one drink each for free - on one night

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Carrington Hotel
Address: 15 - 47 Katoomba St, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Katoomba
#2 Romantic Hotel in Katoomba
#4 Family Hotel in Katoomba
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Carrington Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 63
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