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The Carrington Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had a great stay at the Carrington Hotel. The building itself has an old world charm, while at the same time being reasonably renovated. The location is great, just in the middle of town and close to all the restaurants and shops in Katoomba. The staff was wonderful and helped us during our stay with parking when the car park was full and with cleaning up and replacing our drinks when our baby knocked them over. I would definitely recommend the Carrington to anybody visiting Blue Mountains.

This is a really odd place as it feels like something from a bygone age. Even checking in at reception it felt as though you had gone back several decades in time! The lift was a good example, an elderly appliance which although allegedly refurbished recently had a heavy manually operated door which made use with luggage difficult. Our room was good and whilst the furnishings were old fashioned, the bathroom was modern with a great spa bath and separate shower cubicle and there was a good sized tv. Good quality tea, coffee, biscuits and water which were refreshed daily. The bed was really comfortable. There was a good continental breakfast included in the room rate, although their attention to replenishing items was poor. We had one dinner in the hotel restaurant, which was fine - the menu whilst good was very limited and the ambience was poor with conversation drowned by a loud pianist. We found that the Irish Pub (Harp & Fiddle) which belongs to the Carrington a more friendly place for a casual bite to eat. There is a Brasserie in the hotel grounds but this has loud music playing daily with live performances on Fridays and Saturdays – OK if you like that sort of thing but impossible to avoid if you don’t. There was a lovely terrace with great views and buzzing with atmosphere to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail on return from a day exploring the Blue Mountains. However, they could have made so much more of this part of the hotel, eg by serving light evening meals or breakfast. Would I stay here again? Well it’s convenient and there is nothing particularly wrong with the place – it could just be so much more – so yes I would probably come back.

Stayed for one night while visiting the Blue Mountains. Great location with ample parking. Had a room with a new bathroom and view. The staff were friendly and there was plenty of choice at the inclusive breakfast. We had a great evening meal in the nearby brasserie owned by the hotel. The best part of the stay was exploring the hotel and a free framers of snooker in the lounge. Would definitely go back.

We went there(again) for a New Year's Eve Ball (this time it was a "Havana Night"). It was fabulous. The food was very good, atmosphere in the Grand dining Room was great, staff was friendly and prompt. We stayed 2 nights in a spa room, it was quiet (despite NYE celebrations going on everywhere), the bed very comfortable and the breakfast plentiful and good. We have been several times at the Carrington, for different occasions, and were never disappointed.

Having had a busy morning in Leura and surrounds, we found ourselves in Katoomba proper. Walking up the hill looking for a place to rest our weary feet and legs, we came upon the beautiful historic property. Predominantly a hotel, this beautifully maintained property will give you a true feeling of what life was like in the early 1900’s. We wandered the ground floor rooms: dining rooms, gorgeous lounge rooms, or outdoor balcony for a quiet drink or light bite to eat. We ordered Devonshire Tea and enjoyed it out on the balcony, before it got a little windy, do we went into a quiet lounge room with big comfy lounges. The barman was lovely and accommodating - I wish I’d remembered his name to personally thank him! A DEFINITE must-see to add to your list while in Katoomba!

In organising a group of friends and family for an important get together, we chose The Carrington and what a good decision that was! Everyone was looked after so well by all the staff. Even though it was a disparate group of 38 of our nearest and dearest of all ages who came from as far away as Broken Hill, Adelaide and Honolulu, the old world charm and feeling of relaxation of The Carrington added to everyone's enjoyment. We all stayed two or three nights and we were all sad to leave! Our event went smoothly and the staff made everyone feel special.

Nestled above gardens and winding paths we found this delightful olde world hotel which served the most delicious meals. We enjoyed lunch of barramundi (fish of the day), pumpkin soup, ceasar salad half a chicken breast plus wedges. Service was prompt and very efficient and friendly. The setting was magnificent and reminded us of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore minus the humidity! You could not fault the setting, food or service. What a delightful find. Well done Carrington Hotel.

My partner treated me to a mini-break after Christmas and we stayed here for two nights. The hotel is indeed very grand and very original. Don't necessarily read 'luxury' into this though. Yes, it smells 'old' when you walk in, but old like an old school hall rather than old as in decrepit. Nearly everything you see is a heritage item or a replica of it. Many of the furniture pieces are about 100 years old. Don't expect new, shiny, or even working. Yes, there are creaking stairs everywhere and a large staircase out front. It is a 1880s building built before OHS and equitable access was a thing. I'm sure it's there but it won't be built in and obvious like new establishments. The (also very old) elevator worked fine for us and our sore calf muscles after several walks. This will be a difficult hotel for you if you are mobility impaired and may not be the best choice for you, try calling to explain your needs first to see what they can do for you before booking and complaining. Yes, there's no aircon. Plan your trip, if it's going to be a heatwave, and you spend long hours in your room, perhaps think twice if the Carrington is best for you. To add an individual AC unit to each room would wreck the outside of the building, to add ducted aircon would likely wreck the internals (if possible at all). The common rooms on the ground floor are all very high ceilings and cool and comfortable. Yes, the bar is busy and you have to wait. This is about the same for every small cocktail bar I've experienced. Cocktails always slow service down in small bars and the tables can take a while to be cleared when the place is busy (and Katoomba in the holidays is ALWAYS busy). The staff are polite and get to you as soon as they can, try a little patience. The cocktails look great and taste ok. The hotel is not the place to be downing as many drinks as you can per hour, it's about having a relaxed drink and experiencing the heritage. I particularly liked the cocktail list arranged by era. Yes, the restaurant books out, so do all restaurants in Katoomba during the holiday period. Try making a booking in advance and don't expect tables to magically appear for you. The main dining room had booked out on our first night but the reception staff were happy to make a booking for us at the attached old bank restaurant where we had a lovely (and slightly more affordable) meal. Getting a table unannounced at any restaurant in Katoomba between Christmas and New Year was a challenge in timing and patience, it's not limited to the Carrington (we even heard a chef at a popular pizza place near the station scream to his wait staff "No! Do not seat any more people!). Yes, the rooms are small, because that's how the place was built. We had a spa room on the second floor so can't comment about others. Our room was well presented and big enough for our needs, with a nice bed, two chairs and a small table. The bed was about medium-firm which was fine for us and the pillows were a bit too high for my comfort. I didn't seek out other options though. We didn't spend time eating in the room. It would have been nice to have a place to put my bag (I'm not much of an unpacker) other than the floor. Everything worked fine and was very clean and well presented. So my point is, don't expect high-end luxury here. To complain about the shortcomings listed above is missing the point of staying here and comparison to other establishments is like comparing apples and oranges. I found it a wonderful insight into high society living at the time of Australian Federation, which in turn raises many questions to ponder about society in general at that time, giving you great conversation starters over a cocktail in Champagne Charlie's bar. Perhaps the owners will make gradual improvements to these aspects as they go along, it's been a long road for them already getting the place back up and running after many years boarded up and they are to be congratulated and encouraged. I just hope the character stays the same.

So many hotels are bland and corporate these days so it's great to stay somewhere with a touch of originality like The Carrington. In the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba, it's full of history and character with beautiful grounds. Photos throughout the building help to illustrate its years of service to the community and the famous who've stayed there. There's a wonderfully antiquated lift, squeaky floorboards, a glorious verandah, elegant stained glass and a grand dining room. The building is a warren on the ground floor, with numerous snugs or grander rooms to relax in. The bar is a popular meeting point. But a hotel can't just trade on past glories to satisfy the modern tourist. And sometimes The Carrington doesn't deliver. Some of that is the result of having to operate in an historically important building, but it's also looking tired. Our room was big enough but the bathroom in particular was very aged (and not in a good way) and the furniture elsewhere was a bit battered. The signal on the TV meant it was unwatchable and wifi never got going. There was no in-room safe. I slept well despite no aircon (a fan is provided). The food in the dining room was excellent although you have to eat reasonably early. We arrived for our booking at 8pm behind a couple who wanted a table but were disappointed to be told none were available. The restaurant was half empty and remained so all night! Breakfast is fine but hot options have to be paid for. Note that some rooms don't have en-suite bathrooms. The staff ranged from excellent (especially reception) to average. I so want to love this hotel but it needs a bit of investment first.

Though an old building the rooms are comfortable and the decor certainly worth a walk around. Set right in one of the main streets of Katoomba NSW it was so easy to walk out the door and peruse the shops and local area and close to local tourist destinations. Loved it!

15-47 Katoomba St Katoomba NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

The Carrington Hotel places you next to Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and within a mile (2 km) of Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. This 65-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in central Katoomba and also close to Leura Cascades and Leura Mall.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. This hotel is home to 2 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. At the end of the day, the bar/lounge is a great place to grab a drink.


Rooms

All 65 rooms provide refrigerators, coffee makers, and free newspapers. 30-inch LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Free bottled water, phones, and ironing boards are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests of The Carrington Hotel enjoy features like a full-service spa, free WiFi in public areas, and 3 meeting rooms. A stay here includes free parking. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a business center, a computer station, and a library.

Room options

Premier Room, Balcony

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Premier Room, 1 Bedroom, Jetted Tub

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Premier View Spa Room

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 990 reviews