Hotel Blue3.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Had to cancel as parents visiting from UK changed travel plans. Hotel refused to budge on charging us 50% of the booking costs... another black mark for Australia's massively overpriced tourist industry.
Obviously trying to do a refurb. New interior paintwork in rooms, clean sparklinng bed linen, good fluffy new towels. Quieter than we expected being in a street front room. Good in room facilities. Bathroom needed some work but OK. Breakfast was a surprise it was hot and steaming when we arrived at 8am, seems they have taken notice of other reviews. Food was excellent, bacon not overcooked, tasty small sausages, cooked herbed tomatoes, tasty scrambled egs, fluffy light flapjacks and syrup, bread for toasting, range of cereals and juices and best of all individual plunger coffee. Furniture a bit tired. Just some advice for management - street appeal desperately needs some work - get rid of the disgusting bucket of cigarette butts, clean up the garden and keep the pavement tidy. If you can't afford a full exterior repaint at least do the portico dacade and street facade. We would return.
It is a 95 yrs old place, and indeed the rooms reflect it. Small room, smaller bathroom. Good Wifi connectivity, but no lifts. It is close to the Three sisters, and car parking is available. Frankly, it is a bit over priced, and you can be a little further away from the Three Sisters, and it won't impact cost, but would get a better standard. I cannot recommend.
We would never have chosen this hotel ourselves, the explanation for staying there anyway can be found below. This is an old hotel that may have been very charming in the golden twenties of the last century. Alas, not very much seems to have been done since then, meaning that the hotel shows tear and wear everywhere. Old world in dire need of renovation. Having friendly people in the reception and an attractive location just isn't enough. The rooms are depressing and not really clean, and in our case with a chair that would fall apart if moved. The walls didn't insulate well against noise from other rooms. There is no elevator meaning you have to drag heavy luggage up the stairs and down again. Looking forward to a full English breakfast we were disappointed again, food arrived in an on-and-off fashion and the quality was underwhelming. For a short stay in the Blue Mountains in October on our round the world tour, we had actually booked a room at Lurline House as far back as May. To our dismay we got an unexpected and unwelcome message from Lurline House the day before we were to supposed to arrive, telling that us that due to some work in the street we couldn't stay there the first of our two nights booking. Lurline House would therefore book a room for us at Hotel Blue. With this untimely and inexplicable late message, what were we to do, having a long drive in front of us. Not wanting to move around with a lot of luggage just to stay the second night at Lurline House, we then decided that we might as well stay two nights at Hotel Blue.
We are still wondering how we came across this hotel ... The moment we arrived, they were preparing lunch for Chinese tourists, loads. So staying for lunch in that weird salon, we started reading reviews from previous guests, we wondered how we could have been so blind in choosing it. And the funny thing is, I really 'enjoyed' reading those reviews, they are all warnings for NOT booking this hotel, and, I couldn't prove them wrong ... We booked and paid for two nights, but we could not help planning our 'escape'. They wanted to put us in a room between two public toilets and behind the wall of the jazz night, we asked for a change. Then it was a room that you could hardly get in or out. The door opens in the wrong direction, with a wardrobe in the corner, only one person could get in or out 'at two goes': firstly open the door, get in, secondly close the door, move away, then the second person does the same ... We forced ourselves to stay the first night, only to hear late-night and early-morning showers above and all over us, something must be terribly wrong with the construction or the plumbing of the building. The next day we quickly packed our bags and gave back the keys, of course no one would give us a refund. But we are already saved, in a way, from Hotel Blue, and from Katoomba.
I stayed with a group of friends at Hotel Blue. We chose the hotel by location and the availability of a lounge room to socialise in. Unfortunately the pluses were outweighed by the minuses. We didn't count on boutique olde world charm meaning dirty carpets, poor maintenance and dusty furniture. Sitting on the old lounge chairs stirred up allergies and I spent a miserable two days and nights coughing and wheezing. My bedroom faced the street and traffic noise made it difficult to sleep particularly with car noises amplified on wet roads. Water dripped constantly in a downpipe outside my window, a form of Japanese water torture! My friends also had trouble sleeping due to banging doors, poorly made beds and people snoring in adjoining rooms. An extremely dusty exhaust fan, broken towel rails and dirty grout in the tiny bathroom showed that attention to detail is not a priority in this hotel. On the plus side, staff were pleasant, drinks from the bar were generous and the cooked buffet breakfast was free. You won't find me staying here again...I am going home to get some sleep.
You get what u pay for here rooms are very basic and not soundproof but the quirkiness and character of place makes up for it. Staff are lovely and pleasant , live music for breakfast was a highlight , jazz nights are great, it feels like you're sitting in someone's living room, very homely. Meals took a long time at dinner but were nice. Espresso is average but there's a great cafe across the road that opens early. If you're willing to forgo luxury and a mediocre nights sleep it's worth it for the music and atmosphere :)
My wife and I are local to Katoomba. Last Friday night after dining early at Anki's, we ventured for the first time to the lounge at Hotel Blue to catch the Jimmy Vargas trio. Entry was free, so no complaints there. The open fire was going, and we managed to get seats on a lounge right next to it. The music was great, the bar prices ok, and we had an enjoyable time. Turns out the hotel has free jazz every Friday and Saturday night, so we'll go back. (Btw, the Hotel Blue is called Hotel Blue because it is in the Blue Mountains. It isn't blue. More a creamy light mauve.)
Upon arrival at the Hotel Blue around 5 pm, there was no one manning the front desk. By the way, the hotel isn't blue, and there are only 8 parking spots on premises, the rest is on-street. I wandered around the open hotel for several minutes searching for someone to check me in, Finally, I called the hotel from my mobile, after a considerable amount of time, someone answered and check-in was eventually completed. Not a great first impression; and against my instinct, I stayed. My room was upstairs, via a series of rickety stairs carpeted with fading, patchy carpet and creaking floorboards. A well-known sitcom from the '70s immediately sprang to mind - is this the 13th episode being played out live? Floors creaked, stairs creaked, doors creaked... Shown to my room, The wardrobe to hang clothes in isn't big enough to fit shirts, suits, etc. The bed linen was clean, at least, and the pillows in my room were actually comfortable memory foam type. The bed itself, however, was on a lean. The bathroom was atrociously old and outdated... You must ensure you keep the door closed, and exhaust fan on when showering or face a $1500 fine should the smoke detectors activate from the steam and the fire brigade shows up. My first night was a very windy night and I heard lots of banging outside, thinking it was a door not properly closed, I went looking outside at 1 am in the morning to try to find the source of the noise; to no avail. so despite being woken by the noises several times, I got some sleep. In the daylight, I found it was the exhaust box from the kitchen that ran up the side of the hotel outside my window that was poorly fixed to the wall causing the noise. (on a windy night, don't stay in room 10). Luckily, no wind on the second night of my stay. I got some Sleep! There is no staff after 9 pm at this hotel. The rooms have portable oil heaters, so the tip here is to turn it on, place it in the middle of the room before you go out for dinner. Some of the beds have electric blankets too. The rest of the hotel seems to be heated from fireplaces downstairs, and we had to ask to have those lit - even though it was near zero degrees and light snow was falling outside! Breakfast was not too bad - bacon, eggs, tomato, toast, packet cereals, sliced fruit, fruit juices and plunger coffee (coffee was quite good). I found this hotel to be hard work, I would not return. It is not far from the three sisters, probably no more than a 15-minute walk straight down the street, and the main street of Katoomba is a 5 to 10-minute walk.The staff were OK, although I think most of the staff were on working visas - there was one lady in the staff that was pretty helpful and cheery who seemed to do most of the back-of-house work.Qudos to her.
What a shame. The atmosphere was great, the music was great but the choice of food terrible. Who wants below average cold Chinese food in a nice pub with an open fire. What's wrong with nice pub food. We couldn't even order nice coffees or dessert. I would never eat there again. Each dish was full of onion.My stomach is still recovering from the onslaught.
- Free full breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Hotel Blue places you within a leisurely stroll of Leura Cascades and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. This 24-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a conference center. It's in the mountains and also close to Three Sisters and Echo Point Lookout.
Free full breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge.
Hotel Blue's 24 heated rooms provide refrigerators and coffee makers. 32-inch LED TVs are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.
Guests of Hotel Blue enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a fireplace in the lobby. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and tours/tickets. This smoke-free hotel also has wedding services.
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55% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 268 reviews