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Fairmont Resort, Leura

LAST VISITED APRIL 2013

If you are looking for a hotel with everything under one roof then The Fairmont ticks all the boxes. I stayed here on a recent trip to the Blue Mountains, and loved it (this wasn’t a family trip but I definitely would love to take the family next time. They would love it!).

Set amongst beautiful gardens, I fell asleep at night to the sounds of frogs and woke each morning to kookaburras and cockatoos.

It’s quiet at the Fairmont  – wonderfully quiet (well apart from nature!). The rooms have opening windows so you can even choose if you want to hear nature.

The hotel has wooden beams and valley views, giving it the feel of a ski chalet. Although it seems traditional in one sense there are quirky elements like the beautiful Gasparini French Fairground Organ, indoor mini carousel (kids can ride it for a small donation to the local volunteer bushfire brigade) and colourful artworks hanging over Embers Bar.

Accessible rooms

I didn’t stay overnight in the accessible rooms but I did have a look at them. At the moment, The Fairmont has three accessible rooms on the ground floor. The queen size beds are lower to make transferring easier, the shower has a flip down shower seat and there are rails in the bathroom. These rooms have a verandah with table and chairs that look out over the gardens which I particularly liked.

Booking early would be advisable as I was told lots of older people book these rooms, preferring not to have a bath/shower combination.

The décor and facilities in the rooms are tasteful and modern.

Resort Facilities

The hotel has an outdoor and indoor pool and spa. Both face the gardens making for a lovely outlook.

There is a playroom (for 4 years and under) which would be fantastic to wear out the little ones. Getting them to leave the room is more likely going to be the problem! There is a ball pit, indoor climbing playground, ride in cars and more.

For teenagers there is a large games room with Wii, air hockey table, arcade games and billiards. All of these are coin operated BUT on a wet day in the Mountains there would be something to keep everyone happy. Outside there are tennis courts and plenty of areas to explore.

There is a billiards table for adults near reception, just to ensure a peaceful game.

When you walk around the hotel and dine in the restaurant and see the Mountain’s valley views, you are reminded that you’re in the mountains and that’s the reason for the trip! Once ensconced at The Fairmont it is easy to forget that. The advantage of the hotel’s location is that you can enjoy both.  Morning sightseeing and afternoon swimming and relaxing would be a good compromise.

Dining in hotel

Both nights of my stay I dined in Embers Bar which has a lift for wheelchair access.  It has a great atmosphere with beautiful views, a log fireplace (which was lit one December evening during my stay), and casual dining. The food was delicious. I loved the lamb cutlets and the pumpkin and cashew pizza.

Disabled toilet facilities are located in the lobby area (behind reception) and are easily accessed from the restaurant.

Although I have said a lot about the family friendly activities at The Fairmont, I would add that my parents stayed at the hotel in July 2012 and extended their stay they enjoyed it so much. They didn’t use any of the recreational facilities but loved the gardens and the central location of the hotel to Leura.

If you have any questions or special requests I suggest you phone them and take a look at their website.

 




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