I like to think I have my own history with the Hydro Majestic Hotel in the Blue Mountain's village of Medlow Bath. We went to the Blue Mountains by train way back, and would make our way to the 'Hydro' for afternoon tea, sitting by a vast open fire. Us kids would wander the cavernous rooms and scoot along the 'alleyway' that was uneven, rickety and on an upward slope.
Aunties and uncles would tell us stories of grand balls that were held in the rooms in their youth and there was always a whispered conversation and giggles as my relatives regaled each other with scandalous tales - which they were part of!
Later as a teenager I would end up there late Sunday afternoon for tea again after weekend of bushwalking in the region.
As the years went by, there was the odd weekend away with gin and tonics on the balcony to watch the sunset over the rugged and beautiful escarpment. Then it seemed to disappear - it was being re-done! And now it takes its place within the ranks of Australia's great hotels. I'm so glad she's back!
Everybody, meet the Hydro Majestic!
It has been six year's in the making and after a $30 million spend - lookin' damn sharp!
The venues will open to the public on Friday 31 October with a series of five exclusive High Tea events in The Casino Lobby and The Wintergarden. The other venues: The Boiler House will also open progressively from Friday 31 October and The Salon Du in the coming weeks, bringing the Hydro back to the people of Australia, celebrating its wonderful history and providing a broad palette of dining, event and public facilities.
The challenge of adding the next layer of history to these remarkable buildings has not been taken lightly, examining and respecting the Hydro Majestic’s social history and heritage and its much loved place in the memories of so many people.
Architect Ashkan Mostaghim of Mostaghim & Assoc has created the revised formula for the site including the new Hydro Majestic Pavilion and interpretation of the old Boiler House to create a provocative and exciting café environment with a vista over the Majestic Point Lookout.
The Boiler House cafe.
The interior of the hotel has been brought back to life in the spirit and style with which it opened. Peter Reeve and the team at CRD have produced luxurious new, and historically inspired interiors, which reference the past and fold into the present with absolute luxe. They have embraced the tradition of bespoke design to interpret the many periods of the hotels history, creating a unique range of carpets, paints, wallpapers and furnishings with Australian designers and suppliers based on period influences referencing the austere beauty of the Edwardian, the generosity of the Art Nouveau of the Belle Époque and moments of Art Deco.
Steeped in historical and social significance, the newly renovated Hydro Majestic Hotel, with its outstanding facilities and fine dining, is set to offer an enormous boost to tourism and employment in the region and will re-establish the Blue Mountains as a glamorous national and international tourist destination.
Hydro Majestic was recently relaunched under Escarpment Group’s boutique label after an extensive refurbishment.
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 - https://www.lilianfels.com.au/
Echoes Boutique hotel & Restaurant - http://www.echoeshotel.com.au/
The Hydro Majestic Hotel www.hydromajestic.com.au
Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges http://www.parklands.com.au/
Each of these established properties is steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic landscapes and breathtaking views that are unique to the Blue Mountains region. http://escarpmentgroup.com.au/