My wife and I recently spent a night here. It was a cold wild Blue Mountains winter evening when we arrived and were glad to get in the place. We were given a very friendly welcome by the receptionist and given a quick look around before being handed our room key.
The rooms are definitely what you would describe as basic and a little worn looking, but very comfortable and clean with a good sized en suite. There is no TV or tea / coffee making facilities in the rooms. However you can watch TV and make drinks at set communal places in the corridors. This didn’t bother us at all as we were away for a short break and weren’t interested in watching TV anyway. The heater and electric blanket ensured a warm night.
There is a restaurant in the guesthouse but unfortunately there seemed little incentive to eat there. There was no restaurant menu on the street outside the guesthouse, in the entrance hall or in the guest rooms, there was no board showing any specials and most of the restaurant lights were turned off and the room was empty. The kitchen did seem open but we didn’t fancy sitting in a big dining room all on our own on a Saturday evening. Therefore we ventured out to the Imperial up the road for an evening meal. On our return from the Imperial we commented how closed for business the Victoria and Albert looked for 8pm on a Saturday evening, all the lights at the front were turned off and the restaurant was still empty.
The breakfast the next morning was excellent. The cooked breakfast was cooked very well indeed and the service was also excellent. The sun room is a great place to sit and relax by the fire and read a book or have breakfast like we did.
We would certainly stay at this guesthouse again in the future. Those thinking of staying here should expect basic accommodation, there are no extras here and the place looks like it has seen better days. But it is welcoming, and the staff try hard.
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