We took a drive to the Blue Mountains today to take a look at the refurbishment of the Hydro Majestic Hotel.
It was wonderful to see the hotel so well supported - the car park was full and the restaurants and cafes crowded with people.
The Boiler House Cafe
We started our visit with lunch at The Boiler House Café. The main café and bar is on the ground floor with more seating available upstairs in the Boiler House Gallery. The Boiler House Café has an industrial feel with a wall of glass taking advantage of the wonderful view. The menu was more pricey than we expected and looking for something light we opted for a coffee plus Panini with roast pumpkin, grilled zucchini, roast peppers, fetta, spinach for $14.
It is worth having a look upstairs at the artworks in the Boiler House Gallery. There are also a couple of exhibits from the original hotel including the original bed warmers artfully displayed along one wall.
Next we wandered across to the Pavilion – a fabulous area reminiscent of the pavilions at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. This is a very interesting part of the hotel with memorabilia from the original hotel on display. Take your time not to miss anything – look on the walls, in display cabinets – even on the ceiling! There is a deli counter with snacks, sweets and homemade ice cream – it’s a good place for a quick and easy lunch. There is also local produce for sale.
Salon du The & Cat's Alley
From there we walked to the Salon du The – richly decorated in an Oriental style. The wonderful Cat’s Alley is accessible from the Salon du The and features original artwork and refurbished furniture from the hotel. In both these areas you can enjoy an Asian-inspired snack menu plus a range of teas, regional and imported wines, and other beverages.
Casino and The Wintergarden
The next place to discover is the Casino (the foyer), which leads to The Wintergarden. This is another fabulous area of the Hydro Majestic. The Wintergarden is crowded with patrons enjoying high tea in this light-filled, beautifully restored area of the hotel. The large windows take advantage of the magnificent views.
Cat’s Alley can also be accessed through a small doorway in the Casino that leads into the Passage Bar and then Cat’s Alley.
Belgravia Lobby Lounge
A little further along from the entrance to the Casino, is the entrance to the Hotel Reception and the Belgravia Lobby Lounge in the Belgravia Wing. Unlike the other areas of the hotel, the Belgravia Lounge was very quiet – it appears to be a lounge for guests staying at the hotel. We loved the bar and the fireplace – a lovely place to linger with a drink or a book.
On the day of our visit, we didn’t have access to the Majestic Ballroom or the Delmonte Wing where functions are held - a good excuse for us to make a return visit. And next time we'd like to take one of the Hydro History Tours (enquire at The Casino Lobby) to fully appreciate this grand old hotel.
Saturday 25 July 2015