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“Older Hotel - Not Great but Nice Breakfast” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Blue
Ranked #11 of 20 Katoomba B&B and Inns
Orlando, Florida
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57 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Older Hotel - Not Great but Nice Breakfast”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

This is an older hotel in downtown Katoomba, near the 3 sisters (Blue Mountains). The location is excellent. Unfortunately, the hotel is rather old and has seen better days. We stayed in the winter (July), and the room was freezing. The beds both had electric blankets, and there was an electric heater which eventually warmed up the room somewhat. The room and bathroom were both spacious, but the furniture and bathroom fixtures were very old. There was supposed to be internet access available (for a very expensive add-on price), but the staff couldn't figure out how to access it. It turned out that breakfast was included in the room (which I didn't realize when I booked it), and that was a very nice full breakfast with eggs, Aussie bacon, sausage, breads, jellies, cereals, etc.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank froggy500
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2011

We stayed at Hotel Blue this past weekend and were really impressed. The house is beautiful and the service is fantastic. The rooms are old style but that only adds to the charm of the place. The bed was so comfortable and warm with great linen. Very neat and clean.

We were also impressed with the breakfast - we even had pancakes included in the hotel cost. We woud definately recommend Hotel Blue to anyone after a old world experience. We loved it.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LeesaH2011
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

This quaint hotel has a special charm about it if you look past it's superficial flaws. Ok, the bathroom is dated and requires an upgrade, yet the beds are comfortable, the rooms warm and the games area has a pleasant atmosphere, ideal for sitting in front of the fire or enjoying the many games on offer.

This hotel is not for you if you want The Carrington or Lilianfels, but if you are seeking a comfortable hotel that came out of the 30's, offering an old world charm with creaking floorbaords, a nice breakfast all for a very reasonable price, then go for it and spend your savings elsewhere enjoying all that the Blue Mountains can offer you.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Aussie_Ed
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2011

My partner and I stayed here with another couple and have very mixed feelings.
CONS: It's important that you understand that this is NOT a quality hotel. It is old, old, old. The rooms are embarrassing. Do not go here if you are looking to romance your partner. The bathrooms were quite clean but definitely in need of rejuvenation. The TV was the smallest I've seen since the 1980s - about as big as my laptop screen.
PROS: We had a great weekend. The breakfast was quite good. The common areas included a pool table, bar, and open fires (which often smoked the room out or were neglected altogether by the staff and often went out), which made our time away a lot of fun. The location is good. Most of the staff were friendly and accommodating. Some of the staff were not.
CONCLUSION: Go here if you know each other well, have a good sense of humour, want to enjoy time out with your friends, and don't take yourself too seriously. If you're looking for something quality and comfortable, you may be wise to keep on looking...

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Katherine0702
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Townsville, Australia
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2011

Loved the lounge area with its log fire and abundence of games. The furniture is absolutely wonderful. Felt like we should have been back in the 1920's or 30's. The staff are so friendly and knowledgeable about the old place. Thanks for the ghost story on the last night Christian!!

Our breakfast was included with the room and it was great value. There is a pool and spa which are nice and warm. It was so nice to interact with the other guests as there was no TV in the lounge. We all introduced ourselves to each other and shared tips about which attractions to see.

Our room, though, was in urgent need of renovation/refurbishment. I know they will get around to it given they have only had the place for 2 years. Good luck Christian and Rebecca!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank JillYo54
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Melbourne
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2011

Aging, deteriorating, but comfortable, relaxing, friendly, nice rooms, and a lounge with a smoke fireplace. But also a good place to share with others, to meet.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank SimonHorobin
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2011

We couldn't have thought of a nicer place to spend a rainy and foggy Blue Mountains long weekend than in front of the fire in the Guest Lunge at Hotel Blue! A roaring fire, free pool, board games, a glass a red wine, jazz and classic blues music playing in the background and a comfy couch! What more could you ask for? How about a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant? Home made garlic bread, tender lamb shacks and friendly service.

The bedrooms were lovely (if you ignore the bathrooms which leave a little to be desired! and the creaky floorboards in the hall when someone walks past your room.) and the location great. I would definitely recommend Hotel Blue!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Butterfly255060
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Property: Hotel Blue
Address: 88 Lurline St | Cnr Lurline & Merriwa Streets, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia (Formerly Felton Woods Manor)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Blue 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Australia's spectacular Blue Mountains district, Hotel Blue is a boutique 1920s hotel that captures the charm and character of a bygone era. Hotel Blue features 24 cosy, comfortable Guest Rooms, a spacious Lounge with log fires, a boutique Bar, in-house Restaurant, Cafe, free live jazz, blues or folk music every weekend, free cooked breakfast for all hotel guests and free WiFi. Allow yourself to step back into yesteryear, amidst the rich art-deco style furnishings. Ornate chandeliers, velvet flocked wallpaper, beautiful antique furniture, richly embellished ceilings and hand-carved timber panelling, with old-time jazz and blues tunes playing in the background, give Hotel Blue its unique ambience, reminiscent of days gone by. Sink into a comfortable arm chair and bask in front of a roaring log fire in the open fireplace in the spacious Guest Lounge during the winter months, or enjoy a game of cards or a board game. Refresh yourself with a relaxing drink in the intimate Parlour Bar, which particularly showcases the produce of regional wineries and breweries. The elegant in-house Sisters Blue Restaurant offers fine modern Australian cuisine, with an ever-evolving menu, and also offers unique dinner theatre experiences. The vibrant street-side Cafe 88 is a great place for a relaxing cup of coffee. Hotel Blue is conveniently situated only 5 minutes' walk from Katoomba's central shopping and dining district, 10 minutes' walk from Katoomba Railway Station, and 15 minutes' stroll from Echo Point's World Heritage-listed views of the iconic Three Sisters and the Blue Mountains National Park. Each of Hotel Blue's comfortable Guest Rooms is equipped with a private en suite bathroom, 32-inch LED television, tea- and coffee-making facilities and fridge. Free WiFi is also available throughout all Guest Rooms and public areas of the Hotel. ... more   less 
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