Less than a two-hour drive from Sydney, the family-run, 46-room hotel sits on two acres of exquisite hideaway, epitomizing everything travelers desire in a modern mountain retreat.
More avant-garde than kitsch, the Kyah Boutique Hotel is what happens when fresh mountain air collides with a Palm Springs-inspired design. Think arches, curves and trendy cutaway interiors; Art Deco-inspired furnishings and an abundance of space, resulting in an elegant (but playful) escape from the suburbs.
Indeed, Kyah’s understated yet sleek aesthetic is guaranteed to leave any day trip vibes guests might have about the destination in the dust. Rooms and suites offer a choice of blush and blue hues or more earthy olive and rust color palettes. Each bedroom is also equipped with custom lighting, classic Caesarstone sinks and vanities in the bathroom, plus all the bells and whistles you would expect from a hotel stay.
Adopting the functional and sustainable layout of the original motel, the revitalized hotel comprises three distinct accommodation buildings (each named after one of Katoomba’s famous Three Sisters) that flow into a welcoming central lobby and a entertainment center. A highlight of which is Blaq, a restaurant and bar backed by sophisticated simplicity, designed to appeal to hotel guests, local diners, and curious foodies from out of town.
Blaq (named for its location – Blackheath) is overseen by Executive Chef Mate Herceg who, not coincidentally, is also the hotel’s general manager. As Kyah Boutique Hotel is as keen to provide exceptional dining experiences as it is to organize pleasant stays, this is an unconventional but avant-garde approach to boutique hotel management.
An inhabitant of the Blue Mountains for over eight years with decades of hospitality and hospitality experience to his credit (Hydro Majestic Hotel, Lilianfels. Blackheath Bar & Bistro), Herceg focuses on a garden-to-garden philosophy. ‘plate in Blaq’s restaurant. He showcases the best of Blue Mountain cuisine, favoring hyper local, seasonal and sustainable products and producers rather than a focus on cuisine. The menu will constantly evolve, giving Mate and her team the flexibility to support local suppliers in the event of a product overflow as well as to pick up anything that is ripe and ready on a weekly or even daily basis.
The ability to remain nimble when organizing a locally managed menu is key, says Mate.
Bar Blaq’s drink menu also highlights local vendors, from the internationally award-winning Karu Distillery at the foothills of the mountains, to Katoomba’s Blue Mountains Gin and Mountain Culture Beer Co., and over 100 wine selection. % New South Wales. . Sommelier consultant Andres Aragon (Bert’s, Trippas White Group) curated a list that expresses the beauty, diversity and terroir of New South Wales’ iconic wine sub-regions. Its wine list features new and exciting producers in the state, older vintages from classic regions of New South Wales, and where possible, producers who follow organic, biodynamic or sustainable farming practices. The wines stand alongside a collection of locally infused cocktails such as Native Negroni (Okar Native Bitter, Blue Mountains Gin, sweet vermouth), G & Tea (Karu Infinity Gin, amethyst tea, butterfly pea, ginger root, dry tonic, citrus aromas, rose petal) as well as the Blaq Martini statement (vodka, Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, espresso, wattleseed, macadamia sugar).
With a capacity of 170 seats, Blaq offers several seats according to your mood. Perch at the bar for an exclusive cocktail or take a seat on the outdoor terrace to enjoy a cold beer after a day of hiking or exploring. There are several fireplaces to keep you warm in the winter, as well as plenty of loose benches and tables to enjoy a leisurely long meal.
Accommodation wise, Kyah guests can choose from a wide range of well-appointed rooms and suites, each with their own separate exterior entrance to bypass the lobby – a nifty feature of the ‘motel’ era that adds a touch of convenience and privacy to any stay.
Travelers can choose from King Suite (which can accommodate up to three people), Twin Queen Rooms (which can accommodate up to four), and generous Two bedroom suites and Spa suites (accommodating up to five people). For those traveling with young children and adolescents, Kyah has created a selection of Family rooms which include a Queen bed and two single beds. In addition, Kyah offers a unique product of its kind Family Suite (which is fully accessible) comprising two independent bedrooms – one with a king-size bed and the other with bunk beds.
Regardless of your room type, each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a smart TV for streaming content from your own device, USB charging points and reverse-cycle air conditioning for a comfortable stay, whatever the season of your visit.
Other hotel amenities include a hairdryer, tea / coffee maker and a bar fridge with ethically sourced toiletries included in all bathrooms.
Kyah also serves a lovely curated mini bar with a selection of enticing local fare such as premixed Negroni (with dehydrated orange slices) from Karu, Herbs of Life Kombucha, craft beer from Katoomba Mountain Culture Brewery as well as Gourmet cookies and treats from Boulangerie Blue Mountains, Whisk and Pine.
When checking in, the Kyah team ensure the process is relaxed and streamlined, emphasizing a minimalist, low-contact experience via the iPads located at the front desk. There is also ample motel-style parking for hotel guests and free parking for visitors dining at the Blaq.
General manager / executive chef Mate Herceg says the six-month renovation project has been adopted by locals.
A hotel for all seasons, Kyah offers the best of both worlds – the native bush of the Blue Mountains on your doorstep as well as the property’s lush green area, complete with a century-old cherry tree (one of the oldest in the southern hemisphere) welcoming guests to Blaq.
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains between Katoomba and Mount Victoria, Kyah Boutique Hotel is the ideal base for exploring the destination’s most iconic and spectacular sights and lookouts, enjoying world-class national parks and treks in the bush, or seek out the many local artisans, wineries and stills.
Of course, while the great outdoors and spectacular scenery of the region are a definite asset, Kyah offers a range of practical on-site lifestyle features for those who prefer to stay indoors, relax and settle in without ever having to venture far from their room.
Hotel facilities include three open fireplaces for the cooler months in Blaq, a tennis court, and vegetable gardens to explore.