The Hydro Majestic Hotel is a heritage listed site which can be found in Medlow Bath, not far from Katoomba. It’s also conveniently opposite the train station. The hotel has sweeping views of the stunning Megalong Valley. The view can be enjoyed from the dining room, lounge bar and all valley view rooms.
The site was purchased by Mark Foy in 1902, believing the land had mineral springs. The section known as the Belgravia hotel was a health retreat. But the springs had dried up so Mr Foy rebranded it as a luxury hotel.
Over time the hotel became neglected and was refurbished in the 1990s and other refurbishments since. The Casino building is used for the lounge and lobby, the Belgravia is the accommodation wing and there is a restaurant called the Wintergarden. The Pavilion currently is a shop and cafe space.
The architecture and style is Art Deco, plenty of black and wine tones, chandeliers and velveteen chairs.
The check in process was a little slow, with mostly trainees on our day of check in. Despite emailing ahead of our stay about a ground floor room, we were on the upper floor, which was challenging with a baby and pram. However they did help us with our bags.
Our room was a valley view room, and a spectacular view.
The room itself is very small, enough room for the bed and a small table. We managed to fit our porta cot in too. The room has a small bathroom tv, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, iron and hairdryer.
We had a drink in the lounge bar, but the menu is very short. It could do with a better range of cocktails and food (maybe some of the dumplings found in the high tea menu).
The wintergarden is their restaurant which serves a fine dining lunch and dinner service of two or three courses. We had a high tea as part of our luxury escape package. This room has an elegant setting and calm ambience with incredible views of the valley.
The premium high tea is served to your table on a three-tiered stand and consists of petit finger sandwiches, sweets and freshly baked scones. It is accompanied by freshly brewed speciality tea. We pay an extra $22 for a glass of champagne to have with our high tea.
There’s also an eastern version of the high tea which we also try at an upgrade cost of $5. This came with a selection of steamed eastern dumplings, crab claw, prawn and vegetarian rice paper roll, bao with pork belly and a selection of eastern and western desserts and your choice of tea or coffee.
Overall the hotel is nice, with great scenery. Staff are friendly and try their best. We feel that there could be some aesthetic improvements with some further refurbishments. There’s not a lot to do at the hotel itself so we feel that a day spa would be a welcome addition. It would be worth a trip here for a relaxing getaway and certainly worth a visit for the high tea alone.
The Hydro Majestic
52-58 Great Western Highway