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Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

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Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

Hello!

We're out in Australia for our first visit in October. We're keen to spend at least 2 nights in the Blue Mountains before driving up to the Hunter Valley.

It looks like we'll be in the BM's w/c 05 Oct.

Not sure which town to stay in though! Katoomba, Leura or Wentworth Falls. We're swaying towards Luera - but - have just seen that week is the Garden Festival there - will that affect our ability to find somewhere to stay?

And would you say Leura is better than the others?

Really we just want somewhere nice to stay - with a couple of places to eat nearby. Nice and close to lots of walking trails (the main purpose of our visit).

Sorry to ask so many questions!

Any specific recommendations for B&Bs?

Thanks so much! Jo

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1. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

We're staying at Lurline House, http://www.lurlinehouse.com.au/

Looks good, gets great reviews and Peter seems very friendly, well via email anyway.

I'll post a review once we've been there.

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2. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

I live in Sydney and at least once a year go up to the mountains.(actually heading up this weekend) My preference is Blackheath,It is not as touristy as the other places and is only a very short drive to Katoomba which is a nice place to visit for an afternoon but very very commercialised,

Wentworth falls is lovely for a visit but a little further away to katoomba which is where the Three sisters are.

What you need to be aware of is that we have a public holiday long weekend in october which is known as Labour day and this is also in our school holiday period so dont leave it till the last minute to book

Hope this helps.

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3. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

A review for "Glenella" at Blackheath in the paper today...

smh.com.au/travel/accommodation-reviews/top-…

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4. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

For the larger hotels, Lillianfels is lovely. lilianfels.com.au/web/okat/okat_a2a_home.jsp

We've stayed a few times at the Fairmont Resort and have never been disappointed. If you like golf, there is a golf course too - see http://www.fairmontresort.com.au/ From here you can enjoy views over the mountains, or walk to the Leura shopping area where you can enjoy lovely restaurants and cafes as well as looking in shops for local arts and crafts - some of which are expensive.

If you want to stay at an "old world hotel" where people used to go in the early 20th century, try the Hydro Majestic - http://www.hydromajestic.com.au/ - currently closed but it may be open when you get here.

For other hotels in the Blue Mountains, have a look at www.bluemts.com.au/categories.asp?id=138

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5. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

Leura probably is, as you've been told, the nicest place in the Mountains to stay -- locals say that the smart Mountains dweller lives in Leura and shops in Katoomba -- but if you've come mainly for the walking tracks, then as close as possible to Echo Point, in Katoomba, would probably be the most time-effective place to choose. There are, certainly, tracks in Leura, and also in Blackheath and Wentworth Falls; but at Echo Point you have half a dozen, of various lengths and degrees of difficulty, all streaming out from the one point, a good map, plenty of signposts, and even an information centre. ANd, being aclose to the major shopping centre of Katoomba, you'll find something to do should the weather turn very misty and visibility drop to zero.... which can happen in the Mountains, and which has brought undone many a one-day-tour customer.

What's more, there are literally dozens of quaint B&Bs within a half-kilometre radius of Echo Point, mainly along pleasant Lurline Street, which is pretty much as pleasant an area as anything in Leura. At weekends these are heavily-patronised, especially the Labour Day weekend at the beginning of October, and in school holidyas; but they're very quiet at most other times, and in mid-week you can often stroll down Lurline and see a "VACANCY" sign on nearly every place... which means you can choose the one that appeals, and maybe "do a deal".

Of course, if you're limited to a weekend, then my advice would be to grab one on-line as soon as possible... they're all very sweet little converted homes, quite overpriced (but what isn't in a tourist area... you won't find that Leura is any cheaper!) but SO convenient for what you're after.... so choosing the exact one for your taste isn't really an issue.

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6. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

I was just looking at the post above mine; normally I wouldn'r dream of nay-saying another person's advice, but I just thought that, as a Mountains dweller, I should quote part of the front-page story in this weeks's local newspaper about the Fairmont Resort:

Under the headline "Fawlty Fairmont", the article says, in part: "The Iconic York Fairmont Resort in Leura is in crisis mode following a growing tide of guest complaints, an ongoing investigation by the Federal Workplace Ombudsman and a down-grade of staffing and service levels.... the resort's standards have fallen by the wayside since a change of owenership from Peppers to the York brand in 2008, culminating over the Easter weekend. Police wre called to the resort... after more than 20 dissattisfied guests signed a petition, several dmanding full refunds. The Gazette was contacted by a couple... observing a staff unable to cope, unserviced rooms, food leftovers and used towels in the hallways. ".... by 7:30 p.m. there were two pages of signatures of people who had now lost their desire for a happy... Easter break; I paid $507 for the benefits of having experienced a real-life Fawlty Towers." The latest complaint is consistent with scores of negatibe guest feedback posts... since JUne 2008 on several major independent tourist accommodation review websites. Of 39 reviews... posted on Tripadvisor.com... a well-below-par average rating of two out of five eas given.

Other problems that have surfaced for the resort include a non-compliane order issued by Blue Mountains City Council.... after water quality testiong of the pool brough about a closing order for the pool effective immediately..... the Gazette approached the Fairmont's management for comment last Friday and again before going to print, but did not receive a response."

Beware of the Fairmont!

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7. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

OMG Alan, I'd heard the Fairmont had gone downhill, but hadn't realised how far!...perhaps the economic downturn has tipped them over the edge? (they've had problems I'd heard)...such a shame, it has such a good outlook...perhaps it was always too big?

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8. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

EEUWWW !!! O-M-G Alan and Mikey -I didn't realise that it had gone downhill - please discard my advice about the Fairmont !! And apologies to Lucy and others too.

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9. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

However far their standards have dropped, they can't have dropped further than my typing.... please forgive the 4874529376 errors in the post above where I 'tried' to copy the article. I was under a few time constraints ("Come on, Dad... I'll miss my train!"), and didn't even have time to proof-read.

(At least, I got the name right; that really was the famous York Fairmont in Leura where the police had to intervene in a potentially-explosive dispute between the staff and a posse of irate guests. Hard to believe.....)

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10. Re: Where to stay in Blue Mountains??

O-M-G - how could I not know this Alan??? SOOOO far removed from the establishment it was when we stayed there, it's not funny.

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