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Monday 17 January 2022

Mountains resort high on chic appeal

The Blue Mountains are a delightful weekend escape destination for anyone living in Sydney and the village of Blackheath has recently welcomed Kyah Boutique Hotel, a 1970s-era motel that has been reimagined with a ‘luxe’ touch by Sydney-based design firm MKD Architects.

Less than two hours drive from Sydney, the 46-room, family-owned hotel offers a modern mountain retreat with easy access to all the region's attractions. 

The design has been inspired by Palm Springs, with archways, curves and cutaway interiors and Art Deco furnishings. 

The best news is that rooms start from $220 a night - great news for travellers on a budget. 

The revitalised hotel comprises three separate accommodation buildings (each named after one of Katoomba’s famed Three Sisters) that flow into a central lobby and entertainment hub. 

Each of the rooms and suites has its own external entry to bypass the lobby - a retained ‘motel’ feature and great for anyone who does not want to be seen. 

Travellers can choose from king suites (which sleep up to three people), twin queen rooms (which sleep up to four), and two-bedroom suites and spa suites (sleeping up to five people). I can feel a party coming on!

There are also rooms designed to cater for family groups. 

Regardless of your room type, each room comes with complimentary wifi, a smart TV to cast content from your own device, USB charging points and reverse-cycle air-conditioning. 

Other hotel amenities include a hairdryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and bar fridge, along with  ethically sourced bathroom amenities. 

Blaq restaurant and bar is overseen by executive chef Mate Herceg who is also the hotel’s general manager (and, presumably, a very busy boy). 

Herceg is a veteran of several regional standouts, including the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Lilianfels and  Blackheath Bar & Bistro). 

"The majority of our suppliers are located within a 80km radius to Kyah - and that’s important to me," Herceg says. "We really do have an abundance of sensational produce in the Mountains from which to choose - and I want to showcase that as much as possible.” 

The drinks list at Blaq bar also champions local suppliers, from Karu Distillery, Katoomba-based Blue Mountains Gin and Mountain Culture Beer Co., through to the 100% New South Wales wine selection. 

Kyah Boutique Hotel is located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains between Katoomba and Mount Victoria. 

Rates start from $220 per room per night for a king suite (above).

For more information or to make a reservation visit

Images: Steven Woodburn


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