Perched on an escarpment high in Australia’s Blue Mountains, Fairmont Resort, Leura, has plenty going for it.
We’ve always enjoyed the Fairmont and a road trip through the area gave us the perfect opportunity to return.
Ands we weren’t disappointed.
Fairmont Resort is so entwined with the natural wonderland of the Blue Mountains that we felt part of the festival, rather than simply onlookers.
These days, the Fairmont is part of Accor’s ‘M Gallery’ of upscale memorable hotels and offers fine quality and service in an unbelievably beautiful location.
Although only one-and-a-half-hours drive west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are a world away from city hustle and bustle – and Leura is one of the most charming centres in the area.
Fairmont Resort is located on the edge of the dramatic Jamison Valley in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.
Before arrival, did the hotel communicate well?
The stay was organised online months in advance and The Fairmont kept in touch by email to check that everything was running to plan.
What was the first impression?
Fairmont, Leura sits right on the edge of a sandstone escarpment and its mere location ensures plenty of wow factor.
How efficient was the check-in?
Relatively fast and hassle-free. The staff were friendly and efficient. The process took only a few minutes; we were addressed by name; and offered help to carry our bags.
Were we told about wifi and was there a charge?
Yes and Yes. This was disappointing, but the charges were clearly explained.
What was the first impression?
Located on the second floor, our room was spacious and enjoyed a wonderful view of the gardens and lake, bathed in bright pink cherry tree blossoms.
The decor was simple and well designed.
And, as senior travellers, we’ve always found that, despite its mountain location, the resort is readily accessible.
Our room included free tea and coffee bags and containers of milk, which were particularly appreciated after a four-hour drive.
This was fantastic, with lovely soft linen, soft pillows and a comfortable mattress.
There were adequate power points for charging phones, iPad, iPod etc. These were well placed close to the bed.
Wardrobes and storage
These couldn’t be faulted and were both spacious and close at hand. We didn’t need the ironing board.
The good-sized bathroom boasted heaps of towels and quality toiletries.
Restaurants and bars
We spent time relaxing in the bar and, like the rest of Fairmont Resort, the service and staff couldn’t be faulted.
We celebrated a friend’s birthday with an excellent meal in the main restaurant, again featuring outstanding food and service.
The Fairmont breakfast is well known – and justly so. It is a buffet breakfast with a wide range of choices.
A range of complimentary newspapers is always a nice touch.
Fairmont Resort boasts a mini-maze, and numerous outdoor leisure facilities, including several excellent swimming pools – both indoor and outdoor.
On this occasion, unfortunately,we didn’t have time to use them.
We did, however make use of the resort’s well equipped billiards room and several of our friends enjoyed themselves on the adjoining golf course.
Would we stay again?
In this instance, we couldn’t recommend the Fairmont Resort Leura more highly.