Staying at the Cecil guesthouse is like walking into the set of an Agatha Christie movie, or reliving early childhood memories of English seaside guesthouse holidays. It was built 100 years ago, and still retains many of the features of a property from an earlier era, such as tea-rooms, pantries, and art nouveau furniture.
Unfortunately, time has not been forgiving on the Cecil Guesthouse. The tennis court will not be host to tennis any time soon, and the pool table is more scratch than baize. But the overall impression is one of charm, and nostalgia, albeit somewhat tumbledown.
In its favor, it is good value, the young Brits working there are very helpful and friendly, and the breakfast room, with morning sun slanting in over lovely mountainside views, is a charming place to start the day. I was particularly impressed by their honesty, in providing breakfast for free, even though the site I'd booked through had not informed me as such.
It's not the Ritz, and doesn't intend to be. It's called a 'guesthouse', and that is, with all its connotations, what you get. But we had a lovely stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hello future guests,It is our pleasure to announce that The Cecil is under new management as of 02/12/12. We are in love with The Cecil and passionate about making your stay a pleasurable experience rather than just a bed for the night.We look forward to ensuring you enjoy your stay.Cecil Management ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Cecil Guesthouse Blue Mountains/Katoomba, Australia