I've been coming with my family to the Fairmont year after for 10 years or so. All i can say that the Fairmont is back! After years of neglect, none of which ever really bothered me, the new management has worked so hard to bring it back to its past glory.
There were about 20 of us from one family celebrating mother's day weekend, and the hotel was also quite full, but the staff and service were top notch. Everything from check-in to check-out was perfect.
Buffet dinner Saturday night was thoroughly enjoyed by all, even myself, a coeliac! The restaurant was at full capacity and the chef had time to come and take me through the buffet pointing out all the gluten free dishes i can have, including the yummy desserts, and even organised some Gf bread to be sent to my table and a steak cooked just for me without peppercorn sauce! Really made my day!
The next day buffet breakfast was also a great success, as they made me a yummy omelette and toasted some GF bread too. The staff are all terrific, and you see the manager going around making sure everything is running smoothly.
I was sad to see the green couches changed in the lobby, but the red tartan is not bad, the lobby is as grand as ever and the addition of a beautiful fish tank is just a treat for kids. Even the lounge area has been updated with great seating and a cafe/bar, where they also hold great high teas.
The bar downstairs also had a facelift, but i do miss lounging around the fire at night with a glass of wine. They've replaced the lounge alcove around the fireplace with tables and chairs/ bistro style.
Also the cinema room was under construction and i was really happy to hear they are putting in a state of the art cinema room with 70 seats, but i sure hope they will allow and area for kiddy beans bags like the old one had.
The indoor pool as great as ever...always such fun with the family, and the games room has also been refurbished, but it was a shame that they closed it so early of a night. It would be great to extend the hours a bit for teenagers.
The pcs outside the billiard room were outdated and internet was not working, but i'm sure they'll get around to it.
Now the rooms...total refurbishment...no longer have the bathrobes, but you can always ask for them to go to the pool. The sheets are a bit noisy and the pillows a bit hard, plus we couldn't quite get the right temperature in the room, but maybe that's a working progress.
What impressed me most in the room were 2 things:
First, the welcoming chocolate tray and another of lollies for the kids, probably because we are accor members
Secondly, it's the only hotel in the world that i've ever been to, to provide "MOR" products in the bathroom!! loved it!
All in all, i highly recommend it but hope it doesn't get too busy, as i still like it's warmth and cosiness for family weekend getaways.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring 222 rooms, the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains is the perfect place for a romantic escape, a get together with a group of friends, family retreat, golf enthusiast, business retreat or conference. The Fairmont Resort is currently undergoing a transformation as part of its entry into Accor's MGallery collection of Unique Upscale hotels. The Fairmont Resort has awe inspiring views over the beautiful Jamison Valley & adjoining Leura Golf Course and an extensive array of leisure facilities including five stunning dining options, indoor heated lap pool and spa, outdoor pool, tennis courts, gymnasium, indoor cinema, amazing indoor kids playgrounds, bowling alley, billiards room, library and endless nature walks in World Heritage National Parks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Hotel Leura
- Fairmont Hotel York
- Fairmont Leura
- Leura Fairmont
- Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery Collection Leura, Australia