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“Clean & Comfy”
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3 Explorers Motel
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Katoomba
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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160 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Clean & Comfy”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

As a couple we only stayed 1 night due to time constraints. Reception was friendly and efficient and the room was clean, comfortable and fairly spacious. The motel was quiet. My only gripe was the unreliable hot water supply when taking a shower. Also in our ground floor room you could hear the plumbing from room above. All in all I would return.

Room Tip: Ground floor : easy access but you hear all plumbing from above rooms. First floor : a set of stair...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to offer a review on your recent stay @ the 3 Explorers Motel, pleased that you enjoyed your stay & your time in the Blue Mountains, hope to see you again.
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Canberra
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

I chose this hotel based on previous tripadvisor reviews and have had a similar experience to most travellers. Check in was efficient with a thorough run down provided on quality local restaurants to eat at, location of local attractions and best times to visit. I interrupted the well practised spiel a number of times and was told "I will get to that" (not in a rude way but the address is business based rather than a friendly chat). It was a nice touch that the room heating had been put on for us and was greatly appreciated on a very chilly afternoon. The room itself was comfortable and clean. The towels were an awful pink colour instead of White which is always a nicer option and really gives a good indication of cleanliness. The only real negative was the water temperature. It was impossible to regulate the temperature to a nice level without it changing from cold to hot and back again. This made it difficult to shower small children.

Room Tip: Ask for ground level so you don't have to carry luggage upstairs
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to offer a review on your recent stay @ the 3 Explorers Motel, pleased that you enjoyed your stay & your time in the Blue Mountains, hope to see you again.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

The 3 Explorers Motel is excellently situated a short walk from Echo Point and an even shorter walk from the delectable Blue Mountain Chocolate shop. Not having visited Australian Motels before it's hard to comment on value, but compared with the numerous motels we've stayed at in NZ the accommodation here is fairly basic. The room we had was large enough for a couple although the shower room was small and unheated (not so much as a towel rail) although there was plenty of hot water. There's also no prospect of doing any self catering, should you wish to, as the crockery provision doesn't extend beyond 2 teacups. The bed was very comfortable, it was very quiet and we slept really well, partly helped by regular walks to and from Katoomba town centre for meals (20 minutes each way). Free wifi worked without a hitch, decent TV though no cable, effective heat pump and spotlessly clean. The managers were helpful for local advice. Echo Point is a grand spot but very busy; even better views (of the Grose Valley) can be enjoyed in relative solitude a few km up the road close to Blackheath (Govett's Leap).

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to offer a review on your recent stay @ the 3 Explorers Motel, delighted that you enjoyed your stay & your time in the Blue Mountains, we do not, as advertised, offer cooking facilities. also each bathroom certainly has a towel rail. very pleased you enjoyed the rooms, free WiFI etc. & yes it is very quiet at the Echo Point end of Katoomba.
Hope to see you again.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

From the moment we walked in we were met with a bad attitude. We were asked if we had the right place as around the corner was a cheaper hotel. The signage states 'superior' and we were to find little that was superior. I would never recommend this place to anyone. Basil Faulty provided better customer service.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to offer your review, although of course we obviously disagree with your version of events, also having ourselves worked & stayed in a number of Motels around Australia, we agree with the majority of our guests that are rooms are of a high standard to most Motels.
On arriving at reception, we were advised that we had been telephoned regarding a room & quoted, we explained that we had not received any request for a quote for a Twin Share room, due to occasions where Guests have called a number of Motels before making their choice, we have found Guests mistaking the 3 Explorers Motel for a neighbouring property.
In the morning the 3rd Guest (Mother had arrived later in the night) complained that we had over charged, the correct Tariff had been charged & this explained, unfortunately the Mother had not been there on arrival yet listed all complaints that she thought had happened.
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Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Clean, comfortable and homely room for the family. Friendly reception. Close to Echo point and Blue Mountain Chocolate shop is just across the road (very handy for a hot chocolate in a windy winter day). We would like to be back again!

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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to offer a very kind review on your recent stay @ the 3 Explorers Motel, delighted that you enjoyed your stay & your time in the Blue Mountains, hope to see you again.
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Peregian Springs, Australia
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

2 night stay in a comfortable, clean and warm room. Excellent positioning to the key attractions. Arrived to a friendly welcome with advice given regarding attractions and also helped book dinner that night at Pins Restaurant.

Room Tip: Bottom room would have been better to avoid carry bags up stairs.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to offer a very kind review on your recent stay @ the 3 Explorers Motel, delighted that you enjoyed your stay & your time in the Blue Mountains, hope to see you again.
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Very hospitable, warm welcome received with clear directions provided on where to go etc. Echo point is within walking distance and from there you can take the bus to everywhere else. The room is very clean with heated blankets, feels homely!

  • Stayed June 2014
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ThreeExplorersMotel, Manager at 3 Explorers Motel, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to offer a very kind review on your recent stay @ the 3 Explorers Motel, delighted that you enjoyed your stay & your time in the Blue Mountains, hope to see you again.
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Property: 3 Explorers Motel
Address: 197 Lurline St, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Katoomba
#4 Romantic Hotel in Katoomba
#4 Luxury Hotel in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — 3 Explorers Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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