The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse
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The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse

68 Lurline St, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780 Australia
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3.0
#9 of 11 guest houses in Katoomba
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.2 of 5 bubbles
Value
The Clarendon Guesthouse is situated in the heart of the Blue Mountains at Katoomba. Offering accommodations,music, entertainment, classic minibar and log fires. Enjoy the warm log fires in winter or temperate summer days in the mountains. The Clarendon Guesthouse is a perfect getaway in Australia's best intimate entertainment venue.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
Game room
Billiards
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Parking
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Wine / champagne
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Express check-in / check-out
Room features
Coffee / tea maker
Electric blanket
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quirky Hotels
Classic
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese

Location

68 Lurline St, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780 Australia
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 88 out of 100
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Raglan Airport
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marcusssydney2018 wrote a review July 2020
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
All I wanted was somewhere to sleep that was clean, comfortable and warm. It was. The bed is very cosy with a nice doona and good sheets, electric blanket and good pillows. Heater in room added to things as did the tea making facilities. The checkin was easy. The public rooms are very nice to sit in and the shower had plentiful hot water. It's not flash but if you're out and about and just want a bed it's great. The continental breakfast is simple, but nicely done. Toast, cereals and fruit, tea & coffee. It's all I needed!!
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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jebskulker wrote a review June 2021
Sydney, NSW
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It's a great location and a great price, check-in was easy, the breakfast was basic with toast & cereal & milk & juice & tea & coffee which was enough for me.
There are motel rooms with ensuites, but I went for a cheaper room with a shared bathroom which was fine. The man on reception did try to upsell me to an ensuite room for an extra $20 a night but I didn't really need it.

The room itself had everything I needed, the heater worked very well & I definitely needed that, the bed was comfortable, it had a sink & a wardrobe to store clothes with extra blankets inside, I spotted 4 powerpoints for charging phones & things, but as it was a budget room there wasn't much else in there, although there was a fridge outside which I stored some drinks in. I was on the top floor so I had to walk up 2 flights of stairs & they creaked a bit, so be mindful if you need to carry luggage or have trouble with stairs.
The shared bathrooms were small but adequate, the shower was hot, and the toilets worked as they should.
I was concerned about the $1776 callout fee if we set off the fire alarm, which apparently could happen by using the kettle, so I was too scared to have coffee in my room just in case I could actually set off the alarm.
Sure, the place is quite old & I've seen the reviews that it is a bit rundown, but it is well maintained for what it is. It's not perfect, but it's nice enough.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Glenn W wrote a review Aug 2022
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The first impression you get from inside this hotel is of its former splendour, the Clarendon being some years past its glory days, however this hotel is more than just faded glory. This grand old lady would have seen a lot in its day. Having hosted a lot of bands and musicians in its most recent incarnation, its focus is on friendly budget style accommodation. The hotel offers comfortable (albeit not splendid or luxurious) accommodation, and for the price and location, it is a perfect foil to lesser accommodation in Katoomba, or the grandeur of the Carrington (and as always, you get what you pay for). For families or solo travellers who are staying in Katoomba, it is an excellent more budget friendly choice. A good basic and filling continental breakfast is a wonderful addition for any good budget hotel. You will find a Woolworths and BigW at the top of the hill, and the Clarendon is located perfectly for those wanting to explore Echo Point which is not too far away. You have a choice of more basic rooms with some shared facilities or rooms with en-suite facilities. Derek and the other very friendly staff are very kind and courteous and really make you feel at home. Excellent for kids (lots of things to play including the old style flicking soccer game I remember as a boy, and other activities. There is a good library for readers as well. For dining try the RSL which is a short walk away and a few other restaurants nearby. No laundry but there are other facilities nearby.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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jono13 wrote a review Apr 2021
Lake Macquarie, Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The Clarendon at Katoomba was once the centre of the Blue Mountains entertainment and luxury accommodation. Unfortunately, it has seen better days. We booked for one night on a brief trip to Katoomba. The staff were very friendly and helpful, with some language difficulties, and the price was very reasonable, but we were disappointed to be directed to the motel section.
It as there our disappointment began. The room was adequate, nothing like the pics on the website (I would say the pictures on the website were taken a long time ago!) Bed and basics. Unfortunately, the cleanliness left a bit to be desired. Not sure how clean the floor was. We discovered hairs in the bedside table drawer, a used tissue in the drawer and a used tissue in the bed, between the sheets, the next morning! Towels were provided but no face cloth and no hand towel. Bed was so uncomfortable we left very early the next day after little sleep.
The price was cheap, but there is little evidence of maintenance or work being done at this historic property. I would suggest alternative accommodation for a stay at Katoomba.
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Date of stay: April 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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J. Ong wrote a review Dec 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in the Budget Double Room with Shared Bathroom for 2 nights, which is ideal for 1 - 2 pax. What you see is what you get, may be a bit light on toiletries though (soap & shampoo). Venue seems to have a lot of history in terms of live entertainment, which has been curtailed by COVID-19. Its location is its best selling point (direct bus to Echo Point, & walking distance towards Katoomba Street, where the F&B & major supermarkets are located).
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: No elevators in the motel & guesthouse, those with difficulties taking stairs may want to get...
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John B wrote a review Aug 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great one night stay while visiting our daughter in Katoomba. Guest House room was quite large and comfortable, The bed was so good that we had the best nights sleep for months. Break was simple but more than adequate for our needs. Very friendly hotel staff made us very welcome.
Highly recommended.
Ring the hotel direct for a good price.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Guest house rooms may be quieter than the motel rooms.
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Tim M wrote a review July 2022
North Narrabeen, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed overnight on a motorbike trip. Pretty cold when we got to Katoomba (-3 degrees C overnight) but they've got a couple of undercover spaces so the bikes didn't get frosted up. Small but clean motel right next to an excellent RSL club where the food was great.
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Date of stay: July 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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R H wrote a review Jan 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Room was nothing like the ‘guesthouse’ images online. Can’t even appreciate the old world charm/glamour. Bathroom was mouldy, no face clothes, filthy old non slip mat. Walking into reception had to step over all the laundry bags, smelled like a really old pokies room, the ‘backyard’ had a decrepit pool and a small grassy area that looked like a dump for old toys. The TV cable goes out the window which prevents the window from closing. TV channels we limited and dropping in and out.
Small thing but no conditioner with the shampoo.
It’s close to the Main Street and that is the only positive.
Don’t be fooled by the images online into thinking it’s a basic, tidy space…..you are wrong.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Karen N wrote a review Nov 2022
2.0 of 5 bubbles
You have to have a sense of humour when you walk into the rooms. Don’t do breakfast , there are great cafes a short walk away. Great central spot can walk to all main site seeing areas. Katoomba is just quirky ❤️
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Phil G wrote a review Mar 2024
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Room smelled badly musty and mouldy. Could not stay due to respiratory problems. Offered other rooms but just as bad. wouldn't refund and management refused to discuss. Stayed elsewhere at additional cost. Would not consider fit for human habitation.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John B wrote a tip Aug 2022
42 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Guest house rooms may be quieter than the motel rooms."
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J. Ong wrote a tip Dec 2020
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"No elevators in the motel & guesthouse, those with difficulties taking stairs may want to get rooms located on the ground floor"
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s_thomas wrote a tip Jan 2019
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Downstairs rooms at the motel are nice a cool in summer"
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EAC1958 wrote a tip Oct 2018
7 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask specifically for the guest house not the motel."
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griz943 wrote a tip July 2018
Wollongong, Australia373 contributions111 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Motel style rooms have ensuite, others shared facilities."
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PRICE RANGE
AU$110 - AU$136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
AustraliaNew South WalesBlue MountainsKatoomba
NUMBER OF ROOMS
38
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (0.4 km), Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia (0.2 km), and Lost Bear Gallery (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Basil Nut Cafe and Restaurant, Unique Patisserie, and Yellow Deli.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Is The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Katoomba.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to The Clarendon Motel and Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Leura Post Office (1.8 km).
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