The fairmont is a great hotel for families, and i have stayed there with my family many times during my lifetime. Nearly once a year even! It is a great location if you live in Sydney, because it is a way from the city buzz but not far to drive there, approximatley 2 hours depending on traffic.
The hotel is very homely, with the doormen being welcoming and friendly. The hotel is very close to the small town of leura and close to some very nice restaurants, many with 5 stars (or 3 hats.) It is about a 15minute drive to Katoomba, which is where all the attractions such as the scenic railway (steepest railway in the world) and the three sisters are. the villiage of Leura has a nice bakery, some very subtle but nice restaurants and cafes - basically all your needs, although the fairmont provides alot.
the lobby won't dazzle you, it's pleasant and clean but understated. the completle feel of the fairmont is that it's lyk one large woodside cabin, very homely and warm with that stereotypical smell of firewood but large enough to not provide claustrophobic impresisons.
the staff are friendly and willing to help. The rooms are pretty basic, they have good channels on the television - cable but not all the channels only a select range. there is nickelodeon for the kids aswell as sports channels, home/life kind of channels as well as the normal free to air (abc, 7, 9, 10, sbs.)
the bathrooms are clean, and towels are provided as well as soap, shampoo and conditioner, hair cap, sanitary devices for women and a shower that is able to convert into a bath with the push of a button.
the beds are comfortable, but the matresses are of low quality compared to most hotels with the pillows sometimes feeling quite hard - although then hardness of the pillows was only really experienced once by myself and family on the latest fairmont expedition.
The hotel is very child-friendly with lots of in house movies such as ones that have not come onto dvd yet and some that can still be found in cinemas! they have older classical movies as well as an adult range. there is a safe, and fridge stocked with basic drinks such as soft drinks, water and beer whcih can be consumed but noted and added to the rooms toll.
Jamiesons is suggested for the buffet breakfast which is a basic nice buffet with a fruit/yoghurt/muesli section then moves into a cold cuts and yoghurt section, then starts the hot food which has eggs, hash browns, bacon, bread and butter pudding and then there are cereals, bread and a toaster as well as muffins or little pastries for later. there is also a drink despenser with different fruit juices and water.
It's best to go into town if you want dinner, because there are some fantastic restaurants. Solitary,cannot be missed! it is quaint with moderate prices (higher than your avergage place because of the excellancy and high rating of the restaurant.) they give you complimentary soup and bread, with a lovely and warm (literally because it is a bit up hill so its cold and the heating works) environment. due to the high altitutde of the place, there is a great view. Definitley go there, the desserts are the highlight!good coffee.
Ashcrofts in blackheath is great - must go.
You can find the numbers for these places in the yellow pages provided in the fairmont rooms.
the pools great, with a gym that is a bit old but does the job and an indoor pool as well as an outdoor one and a spa with each. makesure u have chlorine resistant swimsuits for the indoor one though - towels are provided at the desk in the indoor pool. same level as the pool is the games room for kids. overpriced but provide good entertainment value.
gift shop is a bit of a hole but has entertainment value. two wings in the hotel - ask megalong because it's brighter and fun with the pool on that side, hence a shorter walk.
Near the gift shop is a billiards room so thats good - all in all great. gotta say the art they have is (--) but wat can u say?
right next to the golf course if ur into that, with tennis courts and a nice walk for you to do. very quaint and peaceful settings.
Stay there - it's truly great:)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring 222 rooms, the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains is the perfect place for a romantic escape, a get together with a group of friends, family retreat, golf enthusiast, business retreat or conference. The Fairmont Resort is currently undergoing a transformation as part of its entry into Accor's MGallery collection of Unique Upscale hotels. The Fairmont Resort has awe inspiring views over the beautiful Jamison Valley & adjoining Leura Golf Course and an extensive array of leisure facilities including five stunning dining options, indoor heated lap pool and spa, outdoor pool, tennis courts, gymnasium, indoor cinema, amazing indoor kids playgrounds, bowling alley, billiards room, library and endless nature walks in World Heritage National Parks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Hotel Leura
- Fairmont Hotel York
- Fairmont Leura
- Leura Fairmont
- Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery Collection Leura