This could be a spectacular experience, but for a high price tag and a high star rating it doesn't deliver everything it should. Generally, it's a great spot, a nice building, excellent staff (not all great with 5 star service, but all friendly) and a pleasant ambience. Keep in mind of course that anything about the room is specific to the one I stayed in - others may not be the same. Some general things certainly do apply, however. The room: smallish, but pleasant enough. The furniture probably in need of some updating (especially the couch in which one sinks into in quite the wrong way - ie. no support). I also think that given the amazing view of this property, that all the furniture in every room should be oriented to the view. The desk faces the wall and the couch faces the other wall! Ditto with the view from the bed - when lying in bed looking out - all you see is a rather tacky outdoor table/chair setting with a pot plant on the table which - of course - obscures the amazing view. Get rid of the plant and move the furniture. On this note, the balconies lack any privacy at all. It does mean that people can easily look in to one's room. When you're paying this much for a room, you want privacy. When you're actually ON the balcony, forget it - you'll see everyone right along the balcony on either side. Pretty noisy generally - unavoidable probably, given the proximity of the rooms and the entrance doors to each other. In the bathroom, rather small, with an impossible tap situation - you can't actually turn on the shower and mix the water without stepping into the shower and some people like to sort that out before they step in - too large a shower screen that doesn't move. Only one cake of soap. And no convenient towel rail (behind the door is fine if it's closed - but nowhere otherwise). The room service only operates when the restaurant is working, which is also annoying when one is staying at a hotel that is one of the Small Luxury Hotel chain. This really could be so great but it needs some real thought to all the smaller issues rather than its biggest selling point which is basically the view. As always, it's the attention to detail that distinguishes one high end establishment from another. An overall rating has to be Very Good, because it's not average. However, if there was a good - (why isn't there by the way??) that's what it would be.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Echoes Boutique Hotel And Restaurant
- Hotel Echoes Boutique
- Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant Blue Mountains/Katoomba, Australia