Katoomba Travel Guide
Just over a week ago we told you that the Observatory Hotel in Sydney will leave the Orient-Express Collection come summer to be part of Langham Hotels. By then, Orient-Express will no longer have a presence in Australia; earlier this year its other property Lilianfels Blue Mountains made the transition to Starwood's Luxury Collection, marking this collection's debut in the country at the same time.
Lilianfels is set a few hours outside of Sydney in the village of Katoomba, the heart of the Blue Mountains national park in New South Wales. As you can see from the aerial shot, the famous Three Sisters are just a few minutes' walk away. Inside the historic mansion that was once the residence of New South Wales Chief of Justice, Sir Frederick Darley, you'll find 67 traditionally decorated rooms and 4 suites, with 22 of the rooms and 3 suites having views of the Jamison Valley.
Spring has sprung Down Under, and with the summer season coming into view, hotels and resorts are getting busy. The Australian Hotels Association awards were recently announced to kick the season off, and the 2007 winner for the Best Boutique Hotel is the Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa near Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, an hour west of Sydney. It's a scenic location as you can see from the photo of the view from a Lilianfels room.