The Carrington had always appealed to my partner and I, during our trips to the Blue Mountains. So when an opportunity came to book a couple of nights there, we leapt at the chance.
Upon arriving there and making our way to reception, we passed the unweeded garden beds and climbed the steps, stepping up between the unappealing, peeling concrete rails. If you want to put visitors off, this is a good start.
Once you are past this little test of you desire to stay, the entrance is nice, into the foyer, all prim and proper to book and make our way to our room, struggling with the lift and firedoors. It's not the room we booked with our agent, having neither the spa or the view that we requested. So we get this sorted and move up a floor to a very neat and large room, with a spa and a view of the Megalong Valley (over the rooftop and through the crane next door).
Settling in, we discover the delights of really cheap furniture, the rickety unstable table, the cupbard without a door handle, all set off with dings and scratches. Lovely.
The twin king singles placed together were ok to sleep on and the lack of aircon is balanced by the fresh air coming in the window.
The shower over the spa worked well, however the only real space available for toiletries was right next to the spa and so subject to splashing from the shower. Honestly, not good enough.
The cocktails from the bar were nicely made and resonably priced.
The junior staff are enthusiastic, but ill informed.
Overall? A good, solid, old world hotel in a good location, let down by cheap room furniture and poor attention to detail It is overpriced for what it really is.
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- The Carrington Hotel Katoomba, Blue Mountains