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Hydro Majestic Hotel reopening brings period glamour to the Blue Mountains
One of the Blue Mountains most famous landmarks, the Hydro Majestic Hotel, will reopen its doors tomorrow (31st October), with a series of five exclusive high tea events in The Casino Lobby and The Wintergarden.
The public opening follows an exclusive preview in the new-look Wintergarden today attended by NSW Premier Mike Baird and more than 150 tourism industry guests.
Venues such as The Boiler House will also open progressively from tomorrow, with other venues such as The Salon Du The following in coming weeks, each re-creating the glamour and style that the property was once famed for. The end result will see the Hydro provide a broad palette of dining, event and public facilities.
The hotel refurbishment, six years in the making, has seen owners the Escarpment Group invest heavily in re-creating the new Hydro Majestic Pavilion and interpretation of the old Boiler House to create an exciting café environment with views over the Majestic Point Lookout. Within the property offers luxurious new and historically inspired interiors referencing the austere beauty of the Edwardian, the generosity of the Art Nouveau of the Belle Époque and moments of Art Deco.
The challenge of adding the next layer of history to these remarkable buildings has not been taken lightly. Rather, the Hydro Majestic’s social history and heritage and its much loved place in the memories of so many people has been examined and respected.
Department store retailer Mark Foy’s journey from when he purchased the property in 1902 was as a visionary, an ambitious and remarkable one.
He created a 'Palace in the Wilderness' on a mountain top overlooking the Megalong Valley whihch attracted guests from around the globe.
Welcoming the re-opening, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism Chairman Daniel Myles says the Hydro Majestic “genuinely fits into the icon category”.
"From the charismatic character of Mark Foy who transformed the property into the splendid venue we all know to Peter Reeve’s exquisite restoration of today, the Hydro is a unique fixture in the history of Australia’s first tourist destination.
"Everyone has a story to tell about the hotel and I’m sure the tales of romance, life chapter markers and even those yarns that are a little bit mischievous will continue to unfold for a whole new generation of visitors and locals.
"I congratulate the Escarpment Group for restoring one of our original tourist gems to its full glorious state. It was a mammoth task but the result is a spectacular venue the whole region can be proud of.
"The Hydro Majestic gives visitors a most stupendous reason to visit the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region besides the magnificent Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area itself.’’
The newly renovated Hydro Majestic Hotel will also boost tourism and employment in the region and help cement the Blue Mountains’ reputation as a glamorous national and international tourist destination.
The Hydro Majestic was relaunched under Escarpment Group’s boutique label in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area which also incorporating Lilianfels Resort and Spa, Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant and Parklands Country Gardens & Lodge.
For more information go to www.hydromajestic.com.au
Images courtesy of David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism.
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