When you stay in a colonial hotel built in 1880, you should not expect the type of features and amenities you find in faceless corporate hotel chains. The Carrington ooozes charm and character. There are areas of the hotel that can be improved, but the owner is working steadily through an ongoing renovation program that has already seen much of the hotel restored to its former glory.
Once you have inspected the spectacular veranda (and had a drink), you can then move inside and check out the cocktail bar (champagne charlies), the ballroom, the amazing dining room and the billiard room amongst others.
At the time of writing all rooms deluxe and above have been restored and are more than adequate, although there is no air-conditioning (fans only), so try and avoid heat waves. The location of the hotel is ideal - right in the heart of Katoomba (a nice town full of art deco cafes and restaurants - check out the Avalon), with good off road parking. Ideal for trips to the mountains or the Jenolan Caves (a must see).
We spent two nights here in Jan 2006 and i couldn't fault the place or the service. We ate in the hotel on the second night and all 6 meals were absolutely glorious (especially the veal and the lamb).
The upshot of this hotel is that if airconditioning and satellite TV is more important to you than history and character, then avoid this hotel. If not, then book a room and enjoy a stay in Australia's history.
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- Also Known As:
- The Carrington Hotel Blue Mountains/Katoomba, Australia