The Hotel: The Metropole Guesthouse
Built in 1933, The Metropole Guesthouse retains many of its original features. Guests may feel they have stepped back into the 1930s with the cosy antique lounge rooms, fine wood panelling and beautiful leadlight windows. Unwind on a leather couch by the gas log fire in the library, enjoy meals in the classic dining room and play pool or just sip a glass of wine in the first-floor lounge.
Groupies soak up the charm in a Double Room with a comfy bed, oil heating, ensuite bathroom, and tea and coffee facilities, plus Wi-Fi and a bottle of wine on arrival. Enjoy a hot breakfast each day before exploring the sights of Katoomba. Soak in the old world atmosphere of the dining room for dinner and drinks at the end of a day of sightseeing.
- Bed size/type: One queen bed
- Standard/maximum occupancy: two people
- This room features tea- and coffee-making facilities, en suite bathroom with a hairdryer, air-conditioning, heating, a flat screen TV set and oil heating
The Area: Blue Mountains, NSW
A fresh eucalyptus scent wafts through the deep valleys of the Blue Mountains, where rugged sandstone cliffs catch the sunlight before receding into the lush temperate rainforest. Step back in time in charming Katoomba, where art deco buildings, tea rooms, and antique shops loom up out of the mist; or go back many thousands of years with towering ancient rock formations.
Stroll down to the spectacular Three Sisters lookout at Echo Point and take a hike into the lush valley below, or around the cliff top for magnificent views. See the mountains from a different perspective with a trip down Australia’s steepest train track, the Scenic Railway; or soar across the valleys on the Scenic Skyway, an aerial cable car with a glass bottom.
Central Katoomba offers a bounty of cafes, bookstores and antique shops such as Mr Pickwicks, and there are plenty of more adventurous activities available nearby including horse riding, canyoning, and golf. For a drink at the end of a day of exploration head to The Carrington Piano Bar for a spot of live music or instead go to The Clarendon which often features comedy or theatrical performances.