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Review of Blue Mountains Heritage Motel

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Blue Mountains Heritage Motel
Ranked #12 of 15 Hotels in Katoomba
Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best stay of the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2010

Spent a couple of nights at St Elmos on the way back to Victoria from Sydney, found it by accident as we drove down the main street of Katoomba. It is a little confusing as it is part of Katoomba Town Centre Motel but once we worked it out we are glad that we did. Room was brand new and had an excellent King size bed, flat screen LCD TV, flame effect fire and super modern bathroom which even had a bidet. The lady on reception was helpful with lots of advice on the area, things to see and places to eat. Turns out the lady (Hilary) is the owner and she and her husband have spent the last 18 years rebuilding and renovating St Elmo, from what we saw most of the rooms have been redone to a very good standard. She told us that there was only 3 rooms left to do and then the exterior of the building. Breakfast was a hot buffet, it was all freshly cooked and the choice was exceptional, in addition to the usual bacon, eggs and sausages there was hash browns, french toast, fried rice, omellets, pancakes, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, fries toast & corn fritters, besides the hot food there was fruit, porrige, fruit juice etc. (word of warning, it's easy and delicious to eat but don't get to carried away or you'll feel it afterwards).
Overall it was just so nice to stay in such a friendly, comfortable place, so handy for everything and great value - great showers! We'll be back!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2010

I stayed in the family room for a night with 2 other friends. The room was nice and comfortable, a bit on the basic side, but overall met expectations based on photos on website. The bathroom was ok, a little on the small side with very little basin & cabinet space, but most importantly was clean and hot water was plentiful.

The buffet hot breakfast was fantastic, lots of choice, eggs (omelette & fried), bacon, sausages, waffles, french toast etc.

Overall a nice stay, though a few minor things could be better, does the important things well.

Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2008

After reading the reviews, I booked a family room for a night on Christmas Day.
The breakfast definitely lived up to expectations and everyone ended up eating far too much... the room was spacious and clean and with a bathroom spa, kitchen and TV was definitely great value!
Would love to visit again.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank migielee
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London
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2008

It immediately struck me that there was something of the ‘Bates Motel’ about this place. Maybe it had more to do with the rather odd people hanging around the over-hyped Katoomba during my visit but there was still something that made me feel uneasy about this place. I’ve stayed in loads of motels all over the world – some good / some bad. This place doesn’t fall in the bad category by any means but it’s also a long way from the good end of the scale. The rooms are tired and brown and 70s and gloomy. Or a least mine was far from ‘cosy’ as described by others…(I suspect the rooms vary in presentation and it seems that the larger family rooms are getting more favorable reviews than those used by us lone, or two person, travellers). The bathroom is pretty good though (nice tiled floors and shower) clearly benefiting from a makeover. The rest of the place needs it too: I don’t think that would impact on its ‘heritage’ status. The WiFi is crap (even if you can locate the signal)– don’t pay for it. The TV is very limited but to be honest this is not the sort of place you’ll want to particularly hang about in the evening because the lighting is fluorescent strip all over so ‘chilling out’ before bed time is a bit like sitting in the local take-away. On the plus side I slept well both nights – the bed being comfy and, despite the appearance, the room clean. You’ll find better places though. Both the Heritage Motel and Katoomba in general are somewhat lacking.

  • Liked — Decent shower
  • Disliked — Flourescent strip lighting - even for bed side lamps
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank CamilleJeanPierre
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Sydney
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2008

Very warm and cozy room, the heaters worked really well. The highlight of this stay was the breakfast, a very nice buffet with a great range, though, when we came out a bit later one day we had to wait 5 mins for a table. Its a bit of a walk from the train station, but very close to a Coles which is great for shopping for meals that you can cook up in the provided microwave in the room. Its not that far from the bus stop that travels around katoomba too.

Stayed July 2008
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Thank 13whiterabbit
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Property: Blue Mountains Heritage Motel
Address: 218 - 224 Katoomba St, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia (Formerly St. Elmo Heritage B & B)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 15 Hotels in Katoomba
Price range (per night): $110 - $219
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue Mountains Heritage Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Mountains Heritage Motel is rich with historic culture, friendly customer service and an unbeatable location in the heart of the Blue Mountains. The motel is situated in close proximity to top quality restaurants, quaint cafes and eclectic boutiques and shops, yet it is well away from highway and railway noise. The property is just a short stroll from Katoomba Railway Station and only a 10 minute walk to Echo Point, The Three Sisters, Scenic World and The Edge Cinema; allowing you to experience all that the Blue Mountains has to offer. Visit our website or contact our friendly front desk staff for more information on packages, events and more. Blue Mountains Heritage Motel is a proud link in the Equeva Accommodation Group chain. ... more   less 
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