Katoomba Blue Mountains Timeless Elegance

The Grand Dining Room

A Brief History of The Grand Dining Room

Without a doubt, the most impressive room within The Carrington Hotel is the Grand Dining Room; built in 1887 and extended in the early 20th Century to accommodate the increase of accommodation and the growing popularity of the Blue Mountains for the Sydney elite.  For over a century, thousands of people have celebrated honeymoons, birthdays, anniversaries and intimate dinners under the vaulted ceiling of this splendid room. In harmony with past traditions, the Hotel continues to use this room for Christmas and New Year festivities, adding the more recent Yulefest tradition to its repertoire. Prior to the 1930's this room hosted elaborate balls, one of which was held in August 1908 in honour of the officers of the U.S great White Fleet. After this ball, 7 year old Norah Goyder helped her parents escort the American officers to Katoomba station where she recalled during an interview given 92 years later,  'one of them gave me a silver dollar and a kiss'.

The Grand Dining Room as you see it today is very close to the way it was when it opened its doors in 1886, with some concessions to modern convenience and comfort. The carpet on the floor is a direct replication of the original linoleum, which became known during the restoration; the tables are reproductions of the original tables. The famous silver cabinet contains silver, which has significance to The Carrington and its various owners. On close inspection you will see pieces engraved with the name Goyder, the initials JSMT (Joynton Smith Management Trust), Hotel Imperial and Arcadia Hotel (owned by Sir James Joynton Smith).

Today we continue the traditions of The Grand Dining Room hosting Christmas, Yulefest, weddings, anniversaries, intimate dinners and several balls throughout the year. The Grand Dining Room is available for hire, talk with our events staff today about booking your celebrations with us.


Bookings for the Grand Dining Room are essential

Phone: 02 4782 1111


Christmas & Yulefest in July Celebrations

Grand Dining Room