We selected Echoes for a brief retreat from Sydney because the rooms offered a spectacular view and a balcony...features not available next door at the famous Lilianfels. We did get the view and balcony, but sadly it was all down hill from there. The first room was a very small and meanly designed arrangment which shared a communal balcony with every other room. For an extra $100 per night we upgraded to a larger corner room. It also had the communal balcony, but at least offered a little more privacy. Touches like the faux Victorian antiques mixed with cheap Ikea style modern furniture and plastic flowers give the game away. The bathrooms are cramped 80's motel design and the only coffee in the mini bar was instant! This hotel is either struggling or simply lacks any sense of taste and style.
We had hoped that the restaurant would make up for the poor standards in the room, but alas it was very evident why they have lost their "one hat" status rating in the all important "Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide". It appears that a team of French chefs were responsible for this brief rating in the 2003 guide, but they are now long gone and the standards and the "hat" have also gone with them.
After three attempts to order a bottle from the wine list and being informed each time that my choice was not in stock, I reverted to a basic wine by the glass option. The wines that were "out of stock" are all readily available elsewhere, so I can only assume they must be gone with the French...how difficult would it be to up-date a wine list? The meal was okay and I suspect that a chef who understudied the French couple may still be doing his best with formula dishes. At the end of the meal I attempted to order the only premium Australian port, only to be told that was also not available. We gave up and went to bed.
I could go on about the breakfast, but I think you get the message. This is not a hotel worthy of it's previous reputation or the high prices it continues to charge. If you are looking for an experience of style and quality, you will not find it at Echoes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant is perched at the very edge of the Jamison Valley at Echo Point in the Blue Mountains. Our unique location offers stunning and uninterrupted panoramas of the National Park from every room, providing all our guests with ever-changing but always dramatic and breathtaking views. All this and only 90 minutes from Sydney!Our unique location offers stunning panoramas from every room, providing our guests with the most breathtaking views of mountains, cliff edges and lush rainforest valleys. Blue Mountains' most stunning icon 'Echoes' unveils itself on the very edge of the Jamison Valley with views right through to Mittagong, 80 kilometres away.Relaxation and recreation takes on whole new meaning at Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant. Rejuvenate with a brisk hike through the Jamison Valley or find peace and serenity with a pampering spa treatment in our private sauna and spa. ... more less
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