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History Revived

An Iconic Historic Landmark - Jewel Of The Mountains

Overview

Blue Mountains Accommodation

Escape to the iconic Hydro Majestic in the Blue Mountains and discover the natural beauty of the World Heritage –listed Blue Mountains National Park in NSW.

Escape to the world famous Blue Mountains and take a journey through time to re-discover the elegance that is The Hydro Majestic. Just 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive from Sydney CBD, The Hydro Majestic is the iconic historical hotel stretching 1.1km along the escarpment edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains overlooking the picturesque Megalong Valley. 

Located in the township of Medlow Bath, The Hydro Majestic featuring art deco inspired accommodation is an escape to yesteryear with a journey of discovery and grandeur all whilst experience the natural beauty of the Megalong Valley surroundings. 

Explore the Blue Mountains and sample the region’s many nearby attractions in Katoomba, Blackheath Village, Govetts Leap lookout and abundant wildlife and a scenic attractions right at your doorstep. Engage all your senses to savour unique regional food & wines from the Blue Mountains region and beyond.

Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or a weekend with friends and family, Hydro Majestic’s elegant interiors offer history, glamour and timeless dining experiences such as high afternoon tea in the Wintergarden with panoramic views, a long lunch at the Boiler House Café or dumplings and cocktails in the Salon Du The. Choose from one of four main restaurants and dining spaces.

The grandeur of the Majestic Ballroom and Delmonte function rooms, offer elegant surroundings with spectacular views and unique heritage interiors for a dream wedding or event, Hydro Majestic is the ideal venue for weddings, corporate events and celebrations.

Hydro Majestic is a destination itself and forms the basis of a new attraction in the Blue Mountains region for dining and accommodation

Book your stay now or purchase a gift voucher package and treat a loved one to a weekend of refined elegance in one of Australia’s most iconic heritage hotels.

Our Profile

The much-anticipated revitalisation of the iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel is now complete. 

With a rich history and a mythology that follows the map of our nation from Federation and through two world wars to present day.  Now, the long awaited opportunity experience this jewel in the Blue Mountains crown and rediscover the essence of the Australia’s most iconic historical hotels has arrived.  

The ‘Hydro’ as it is affectionately known,  is comprised of  5 different architectural styles all iconic buildings in their own right and joined by a unique restoration, its interiors and gardens, stretch more than a kilometre across the Megalong Valley escarpment, has been revitalised to a world-class standard.

The Majestic Point Lookout, the Boiler House Café and the magnificent new Hydro Majestic Pavilion will provide a gateway to the Blue Mountains with a lookout, dining, an interactive history centre & providores that showcases the best regional gourmet food and wine of the area “A Taste of The Blue Mountains”.

The famed Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath will continue the spirit and vision of Mark Foy, the original owner when he began the creation of his dream on the Medlow cliff face over a century ago.

The Hydro Majestic is not only a vast hotel, stretching more than 1.1 kilometres across the escarpment; it is also a vibrant part of Australian history and an iconic symbol of the Blue Mountains for generations.

A team of highly revered heritage experts, architecture specialists and designers were enlisted, with particular weight given to examining and respecting the Hydro Majestic’s social history and heritage. The plans add the 21st Century layer, mindful of the past, but always with a vision of the future.

Hydro Majestic is part of the Escarpment Group collection of hotels in the Blue Mountains.  The Escarpment Group is a unique collection of luxury escapes in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. It incorporates 4 luxury brands that are iconic to the Blue Mountains – Lilianfels Resort and Spa, Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant, The Hydro Majestic Hotel and Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges, including a unique partnership with TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute toprovide education and training - Hotel Management Institute (HMI). . Each of these established icons is steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic landscapes and breathtaking views that are unique to the Blue Mountains region.   

The Escarpment Group is independently owned and operated and its investments in the Blue Mountains region began in 2004 with Echoes Boutique Hotel and Restaurant. In 2008, The Hydro Majestic was acquired with a view to refurbishing one of the most iconic resorts in Australia and so began an exhaustive chapter of peeling back the layers and adding back the luxe. In 2009, the Escarpment Group acquired Lilianfels Resort & Spa and continued to successfully operate it as the premier 5 star property within 90 mins Sydney CBD. In 2013, the Escarpment Group added to its collection Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges with a view of adding to the story of Historical luxurious sustainable regional tourism.

To further support its growing profile in the region and meet the operational demands the properties, the Escarpment Group has embarked on a joint venture with TAFE Western Sydney Institute to set up the Hotel Management Institute (HMI). Its aim is to provide internationally recognised qualifications for hospitality students and facilitate bespoke training of all Escarpment staff through an accredited program unique to HMI. This will not only provide the Blue Mountains region with increased economic activity and a robust education industry but more importantly an increased pool of trained staff ready to deliver a high standard of hospitality services across its properties.

The Escarpment Group is truly committed to the region and is focused delivering high end tourism on a scale rarely seen in regional NSW. The regional food and wine focus will certainly be the highlight with many more chapters unfolding on what is a very exciting period for Blue Mountains tourism.

 

Hydro Majestic Facilities

Our iconic Blue Mountains hotel offers a range of onsite facilities to meet the needs of each and every guest. Relax in the comfy Belgravia Lobby Lounge with its plush lounges and ornate fireplace, spoil yourself with lunch or dinner or maybe an afternoon high tea in the Wintergarden with panoramic views overlooking the Megalong Valley. Celebrate all that is Chinese in the history of the Hydro Majestic with a delectable Asian inspired menu in the Salon Du The featuring a Shanghai chic team room and bar, decorated in rich Oriental reds,  or maybe sample a cocktail or two in Cat’s Alley whilst gazing at the majestic sunset over the Megalong Valley. 

Sit back and relax in a casual dining atmosphere of the Boiler House Café which is set in a unique industrial heritage space whilst overlooking the panoramic views of the Megalong Valley. Experience the “Taste of the Blue Mountains” whilst venturing through the Hydro Majestic Pavilion which is an interactive living history space and vibrant providores showcase which demonstrates the best regional gourmet food and wine of the Blue Mountains.

Our friendly reception team are available to answer your questions and keep you in the know about the latest activities and events in the Blue Mountains. With world class attractions, a variety of dining options within our restaurants and picturesque bush land and gardens at your doorstep, you are guaranteed an unforgettable stay.

 

Reception
Hydro Majestic’s reception desk is open 7am to 11pm seven days a week, ensuring no matter what time of day it is your questions can be answered. Check in time is from 3pm and check-out time is 11am. Early check-in or late check-outs requests are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.

 

Concierge
The Concierge team at our Blue Mountains retreat are experts in the local region and can assist in planning any part of your stay whether that be offering suggestions on the best local attractions to visit, places to eat or organising a tour. Our friendly staff is happy to assist you during your stay.

 

Parking
Complimentary parking is available onsite for in-house hotel guests only which is located opposite the hotel entrance.

 

Internet

High speed internet connection is available via our WiFi network which is complimentary for basic internet services throughout the entire hotel including your room and common areas of the lodge’s main building. High speed WiFi internet access is available at an additional cost.

 

Our History

Perhaps as early as 1901, Mark Foy, dashing retail baron, world traveller and sportsman, sold off shares in Mark Foy’s Department Stores to finance what was to become Australia's first health retreat.

Most of the construction of the Hydro Majestic took place in 1903, the same year Mr Foy successfully applied to have the name of the township changed to the more appropriate "Medlow Bath" The inner workings of the resort were all thoroughly modern and included a steam-driven generator imported from Germany. This generator produced electricity for the resort and the neighbouring township of Medlow Bath. In fact the Hydro Majestic had working electricity four days before the city of Sydney. The resort also had its own water supply, steam laundry, freezing works, sewerage treatment works and a telephone system connected to the Sydney exchange.

Mr Foy hired Dr George Baur formerly of the "Shoeneck" health spa on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland to devise and supervise a program of diets and weird and wonderful treatments.

The Hydropathic Establishment officially opened on July 4th, 1904 during a snowstorm. A group of special guests arrived by train at Penrith where Mr Foy had a fleet of motor cars waiting to drive them to the Hotel. Artworks collected from all over the world were housed in a gallery several hundred feet long. Entertainment took place in the Casino Ballroom (it was never used for gambling) the magnificent dome is still in place today. The dome was pre-fabricated in Chicago and shipped to Australia. The guests strolled along the picture gallery to reach the Grand Dining room, the half barrel vault ceiling with its gilded features, is still much admired.

The Hydro Majestic attracted guests from around Australia and the world. Famous Australian Opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba sang at the hotel a number of times as did English Opera singer Dame Clara Butt and Nellie Stewart.

Australia's first Prime Minister Sir Edmund Barton actually died in the hotel in 1920. Other famous guests were Sherlock Holmes' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Julius Blau of 4711 perfume fame, and the Rajah of Pudukkutai with his Australian-born wife, the former Molly Fink.

A number of well-known Foy family friends also stayed at the hotel including Hugh Ward, Dame Nellie Melba's Australian manager and his son naturalist and anthropologist, Melbourne Ward and Freddie Lane who was the first Australian swimmer to win gold at the Paris Olympics Games in 1900.

 In 1922 fire destroyed Belgravia and the gallery. Mr Foy however, took this loss in his stride and commenced work on the New Belgravia, which was to take fourteen years to complete. In 1942 the Hydro was taken over by the U.S. Defence Department and turned into a hospital for American casualties from the battles of the Coral Sea and South Pacific.

In 1946 a new building was opened with bedrooms on the upper floors and a large lounge downstairs complete with a huge fireplace.

Mark Foy died in 1950 aged 85. His family, politicians, sportsmen and other dignitaries attended his funeral. His many significant contributions to Australian life spanned the areas of medicine and sport to retailing and tourism. Certainly he was a true pioneer of the Australian hospitality industry.

Hotel Policies

Our desire is for you to have the very best experience of the Blue Mountains, our accommodations, function facilities and other services. To assist us in delivering you that experience we have developed the following policies and guidelines which we respectfully request that you adhere to before, during and after your stay.

 

Arrival and Departure

  • Check-in time is from 3.00 pm
  • Check-out time is prior to 11.00 am

Early check-in or late check-out is available and rates are available on request. Although our team members are on site 24 hours a day, we would appreciate your advising us if you expect to arrive after 6.00 pm.

 

Accepted Payment Methods 

We accept MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, American Express, JCB and Union Pay as well as cash and travellers cheques. Please note a credit card surcharge of 1.5% for Mastercard and Visa, and a surcharge of 3% for American Express, JCB, Union Pay and Diners applies.

 

Reservations Guarantee 
To guarantee your reservation you will be asked for your credit card details.

 

Cancellations 
Please refer to your reservation confirmation for further details on our cancellation policy associated with your booking.

 

Non-arrival 
Should you fail to arrive on the scheduled day of your reservation, your room will be held until the following day in case you have been unforeseeably delayed and are unable to contact us. Should you not arrive the next day your reservation will be cancelled and the total accommodation charge which will be applied to your credit card.

 

Shortened Stay
After check-in, should you shorten your stay, full payment will be forfeited.

 

Rates and Minimum Length of Stay Requirements 
Our rates vary by room type, availability, day of the week and season; weekends are always in high demand. During periods of high demand or major events and for certain packages we may apply a requirement for a Minimum length of stay. You will be advised of this at the time of your reservation.

 

Local Taxes 
All guest expenses are subject to Goods & Services Tax of 10.0% which is included in any room or ancillary prices quoted.

 

Gratuities and Service Charges 
Tips and gratuities to our team members are at our guest’s discretion and we do not apply any compulsory service charges.

 

Smoking 
We do not permit smoking within our guest rooms and smoking within enclosed public areas is against the law in NSW; there are ample outdoor areas throughout the property where smoking is permitted. A sanitisation fee of one additional night’s accommodation or package fee will be charged where smoking occurs within a guest room.

 

Small Pets and Animals
No pets and animals are not allowed within our guest rooms or hotel grounds.

 

Communications and Privacy 
If you contact us by email, fax, and standard mail or through this website you agree to allow us to contact you in the future and that this may include promotional material regarding upcoming events, special offers or general information. We will never use your name and information for any other purpose nor provide it to any other party without your prior permission or where legally obliged to do so. Any communication that we may send you will include the opportunity for you to unsubscribe.

 

Additional Guests
Unless otherwise specified all accommodation and packages rates quoted are based on double occupancy. Please contact our Reservations Team regarding rates for additional guests.

 

Environmental Policy 
We constantly challenge ourselves to provide the right environment for our guests and team members through the promotion of environmental awareness. We train our team members to incorporate good environmental practice in all aspects by periodically reviewing our practices, procedures and objectives.

 

Disputes and Claims
Any controversy, dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these hotel policies shall come under the jurisdiction of most competent courts of New South Wales.

 

Changes to Hotel Policies 
These Hotel Policies are subject to change without notice – latest update September 2014

 

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