The Grand Dining Room
A Brief History of The Grand Dining Room
The Grand DIning Room is, without a doubt, the most impressive room within The Carrington Hotel. Built in 1887, The Grand Dining Room was extended in the early 20th Century to accommodate the growing popularity of the Blue Mountains with Sydney's elites and the subsequent increasing numbers of visitors.
For over a century, countless people have celebrated honeymoons, birthdays, anniversaries and intimate dinners under the vaulted ceiling of this splendid room. The Grand Dining Room has also traditionally been the venue for special celebrations such as Christmas and New Year festivities as well as hosting many elaborate and memorable balls. Balls such as the glittering occasion of August 1908, held in honour of the officers of the U.S Great White Fleet. After the 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 is the perfect place for the creation of precious memories to pass down through the generations.
The Grand Dining Room today is very close to the 1886 original, with some necessary concessions to modern convenience and comfort including air-conditioning! The current carpet is a direct replication of the original linoleum, uncovered during the last renovation; the tables, reproductions of the originals.
The famous silver cabinet contains a significant collection of silver serving pieces, monogramed by the various hotel owners including Goyder, the initials JSMT (Joynton Smith Management Trust), Hotel Imperial and Arcadia Hotel (owned by Sir James Joynton Smith).
Today we continue the tradition of The Grand Dining Room hosting special events and memorable occasions including Christmas, Yulefest, weddings, anniversaries and charity balls through to intimate fine dining throughout the year.
The Grand Dining Room is open Wednesday to Saturday from 6.30pm
Bookings are essential.
Please note, that due to current COVID restrictions, during peak periods only, preference is given to in-house guests.
At all other times please contact us on the details below for a reservation.
The Grand Dining Room is also available for hire.
Please contact our Events staff to discuss how we can create your memorable occasion in this magnificent space.
Phone: 02 4782 1111