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Hotel Blue

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed here for a Saturday night early April. I tried t give it a 3 star but I genuinely can't. I'll try to be objective and fair. So I'll give you both pros and cons Pros: service is acceptable. Saturday night jazz music is good although I'm not a jazz fan but that's not to say the performance isn't great. Food service is average - typical English breakfast although the choice isn't great. I somehow suspect the eggs were made of powder. Having said that I would still give its breakfast 3 stars. Lunch is OK - $15 all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet IF you like Chinese food (3 stars). Overall cleanliness is good (3 stars). And I think this is where the good things end. Cons: It is a fair bit of walk (15 mins) from the station on a very steep hill (2 stars). But if you drive it's another story. Inside it's a very rundown hotel (1 star). I now totally agree with other tripadvisor reviews. It IS very rundown. There is no air-conditioning, only fans and heaters. I don't know how people are going to cope with a scorching summer day. Overall, it's quite a pricey "hotel" if you still want to call it a hotel. To me it's more like a hostel and the price is around $220. I don't know whose problem it is. It's a lot more expensive than its Los Angeles counterparts. And a lot of Blue Mountains hotels seem very expensive although the qualities are significantly below industry standards. I tried to give it 3 stars. But I don't want to go against my heart. And 1 star is not objective. So I think 2 is quite fair.

I have stayed here several times and have had mixed reactions each time. I always loved its uniqueness and intimacy and that it was slowly getting better as the young couple who were running it have been restoring the building. The staff are wonderful, always have been. My problem is that the room that my friend and I were in (5) reeked of damp and mildew. I should have asked for another room when we checked in but naively thought opening the windows and airing it out would solve what I initially thought was due to a closed up underused room smell. I was wrong. The damp and mildew was all though the pillows and sheets and affected our sinuses badly. Breakfast the next morning was fine as always. Though I was disappointed to find out the guest lounge area which used to have a pool table, several comfortable lounges and chairs, books to read and board games to play with friends has now been turned into an extension of the restaurant with several tables replacing the above. As I no longer live in the area this was my first choice. I won’t be back again. Please note I did tell reception about the damp/mould stench when I checked out.

Booked a triple room through arrived to be given a room with 3 single beds not what we booked was then told maybe we can change things around and showed us another room was so small we understand it’s an old hotel but was very dirty and smelly the manager was very rude after I explained I had tried to ring and couldn’t get an answer before I booked As I suffer from asthma I didn’t feel I could have stayed there Unfortunately they still took a nights accommodation from us I would not recommend this accommodation

Pleasantly surprised by this downtown hotel. Close to the hockey stadium, everything in waking distance, gastown, downtown. Lots of nice food locations to explore. Very competent and friendly, helpful staff. Not to forget the 2 magnificent breakfasts ladies. A dream to start the day with. Tapas style wake up nibbles absolutely delicious. We certainly come back

Visited Hotel blue on Friday evening for their free jazz session, which was very pleasant. The next day visited for lunch. We had to wait over an hour for our meal. I had crumbed lamb cutlets .... they were bland, no seasoning, vegetable overcooked, that watery liquid was everything else but gravy ...the meal was a great disappointment. My friend had a chicken schnitzel it was dry, vegetables overcooked, the fries ordinary with a replica of water liquid called gravy. Will come for jazz again but certainly not to eat there again.

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.

88 Lurline Street Katoomba NSW

Hotel highlights

  • 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.

Property features

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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

55.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 274 reviews