If you’re looking for a hotel in the Blue Mountains with everything under one roof, then the Fairmont Resort is the one for you. Our family have stayed at this hotel many times and it always proves a winner.
The hotel is surrounded by a combination of beautifully maintained gardens, a golf course and the best of the Aussie bush. It is quiet at the Fairmont and wonderfully peaceful, except for the wildlife!
Walking into the hotel foyer with its high vaulted ceilings and wooden beams, you could be mistaken for thinking you have arrived at a ski chalet. The hotel combines traditional and quirky elements extremely well. Although it is decorated in muted tones, there are splashes of colour and personality throughout. My personal favourite is the artwork that hangs over Embers Bar.
The paintings incorporate features of the hotel including the mini carousel in a colourful picnic scene … which makes me wish I could jump into the picture Mary Poppins’ style and become part of the fun! There is a beautiful Gasparini French Fairground organ on display and a large aquarium in the foyer, which kids love! Have you ever stayed in a hotel with a working carousel and a train for the kids to ride? Well, the Fairmont has both!
The biggest problem parents may have when staying at the Fairmont Resort is getting the kids to leave the hotel’s facilities to explore the Blue Mountains. There’s an indoor pool and spa for the cooler months and an outdoor pool for summer. The kids will love the Mirror Maze Arcade, soft play rooms and bowling alley. The Fairmont Express miniature train operates on weekends and during school holidays.
Dane’s Room is an indoor play room for the under 4s with a great range of games including a ball pit, jungle gym, slippery dip, ride on cars and more. It is open every day for guests and it’s free.
For the older kids there is Kids Magic Kingdom, which is a large jungle gym designed for 5-13 year olds.
Jamison’s Restaurant is where you’ll find an impressive buffet breakfast each day, which will ensure you are well fuelled and ready to explore the area. The made-to-order omelettes are delicious.
Embers Bar has a great family-friendly menu, including main meals and lighter bar-style food.
As I have stayed at the hotel several times, I have stayed in a variety of rooms and the one thing that doesn’t change is the quality. It’s consistent throughout the hotel. The rooms are spacious and ideal for families.
The hotel also has wheelchair accessible rooms and facilities throughout.
Striking wet weather in the Blue Mountains with kids could really dampen a getaway, but with so many indoor activities at The Fairmont Resort everyone will remain happy and parents can maintain their sanity!
Julie Jones is the creator of Have Wheelchair Will Travel, where she combines her skills as an ex-travel consultant with her life and experiences as a mother to her son BJ, who has cerebral palsy.