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The Hydro Majestic hotel began as the Belgravia Hotel which was completed in 1891. The hotel was a health retreat and the building was constructed in Queen Anne style.
Australian retailer, Mark Foy purchased the site in 1902 for the purposes of a hydropathic sanatorium under the belief that the land contained mineral springs. At that stage the town was known as 'Medlow' and Mark Foy successfully petitioned the New South Wales government to change the name to Medlow Bath, the current name. It is not known if he requested the name change to make it sound more prestigious, or if he wanted to avoid confusion with another town called Medlow, also in New South Wales.







By the time the hotel opened in 1904, the mineral springs (if they ever existed) had dried up. Mark Foy had mineral water imported from Germany in large steel containers. After travelling in these containers from Germany to Australia the water reportedly tasted awful, and so it was assumed that it must have been good for a person's health. Guests of the hotel were instructed to drink this water on a regular basis.
There are three main guest wings in the hotel: Belgravia, Hargravia and Delmonte.
The Belgravia wing was initially the former Belgravia Hotel. After being destroyed by fire, construction started on the new Belgravia wing in 1922 and completed in 1936.
The Hargravia wing is named after 'Hargraves House', initially on the site of the hotel. Hargraves House was built by William Hargraves, son of Edward Hargraves, the alleged discoverer of gold in Australia.
There are three suites in the hotel: the Majestic Room, the Grand Majestic Suite and the Valley Suite.
The part of the hotel that currently houses the fitness centre was formerly the rooms for single young men. They were known as 'the stables', apparently because of the stable-type doors on the rooms. Every morning a bell would ring before dawn so that young couples could get back to rooms so as not to get caught fraternising with the opposite sex.
During World War II a building on the grounds was turned over to the 118 General Hospital for U.S. troops.




As well as Dame Nellie Melba and Dame Clara Butt, other famous guests of the hotel have included munitions heiress Bertha Krupp, who donated a Bechstein grand piano to the hotel; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, for whom the Blue Mountains were the inspiration for The Lost World.
Australia's first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton died of a heart attack while staying at the hotel in 1920.
One of the most imposing buildings of the hotel is the casino building. Casino in this usage means meeting hall or pavilion, and was never officially used for gambling. The casino building is an ornate late Victorian italianate wedding-cake structure which serves as the grand ballroom of the current establishment. It was shipped from Chicago in the early 1900s and assembled by 1903.
The casino was the venue of the first performance of Dame Nellie Melba's famously-long farewell tour in 1928. Dame Clara Butt also performed in the venue. The last performance in the room was a small production of The Mikado in 1969.





Fire destroyed the gallery building in 1905, and the original Belgravia wing in 1922. Being surrounded by the Blue Mountains National Park, bushfires have regularly threatened the hotel. Bushfires were extremely close to the hotel again on 8 December 2002.
The hotel received heritage listing in 1984. After many decades of decline and neglect the Hydro Majestic underwent a series of refurbishments during the 1990s. The Accor hotel group became associated with the hotel from about 2002 until 2006 and then a smaller Malaysian based group took over the running of the hotel, borrowing the name "Hydro Majestic" to brand their other hotels in Asia. In 2008 the hotel was closed for refurbishment, with the new owners to restore the hotel to its former grandeur and add new facilities to allow it to move forward to the 21st century


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Reply By: Aussi Traveller - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 06:53

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 06:53
G/Day Doug

From memory about a few hundred meters from there is a tree stump that was blazed by Blaxland Lawson and Wentworth.

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Follow Up By: patsproule - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 07:47

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 07:47
The stump is about 3km back towards Katoomba, unless there is another one that I dont know about? (I grew up in the Mountains).
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 07:57

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 07:57
Crossing the mountains.

Blaxland Explorer’s Day - a Blue Mountains Bicentenary Crossings 2013 - 2015 event

Date:
Sat 11 May 2013
Hosted by The Blaxland and Districts Chamber of Commerce, this Community Day celebrates the Crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813. It also recognises the first inhabitants of the Darug and Gundungurra people, early settlement by Europeans and current multiculturalism.

This Community Day celebrates the Crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813. It also recognises the first inhabitants of the Darug and Gundungurra people, early settlement by Europeans and current multiculturalism.

The Blaxland and Districts Chamber of Commerce will host the event and included ethnic displays including dance, music, food stalls, movies, tourist displays, ceremonies, folklore, traditional events, photographic and art displays and much, much more. Children will be kept entertained with a variety of activities including a Jumping Castle.

A "Time Walk' will be organised to take children through the different ages of the region.

Times: 10am – 4pm. Entry: FREE entry.

Station St Hall, Hope Street, Blaxland

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Enquiries (Mon- Fri) on 4739 2090


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Follow Up By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 08:54

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 08:54
I have seen the stump last year on a trip over to my new Big Smoke, it was covered in plastic and had barricades around it so they must have been doing some preservation work on it.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 09:56

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 09:56
Film about the crossing:


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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 07:15

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 07:15
Thanks again Doug

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Reply By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 07:54

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 07:54
Thanks Doug,
After last weeks Jenolan Caves story [my uncle and aunt meet there] with this follow up both my aunt and uncle left the Cave House and worked at the Hydro. All this in the 1930's.

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Reply By: Member - Terry W4 - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 09:13

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 09:13
Married 22 April 1978 - went on honeymoon 23 April and stayed at the Hydro Majestic. It was a Sunday and they had housie after dinner in the lounge. I won the final jackpot. Think it was about $22.
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Reply By: Member - Coldee - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 14:54

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 14:54
The version of the story I grew up with is that the name became Medlow Bath because mineral baths were a fad at the time and they wanted to attract tourists to the region. Springs or no springs it was a commercial decision.
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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 20:16

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 20:16
I remember a story my Dad told me about how an orderly or butler would walk the corridors at 5.30AM ringing a bell informing/telling people to get back to thier OWN rooms
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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 20:21

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 20:21
Drove by the Hydro recently and the place looks very sad.

Sure it's being renovated?

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