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Former 1970s motel in the Blue Mountains transforms into Kyah Boutique Hotel

A 1970s motel in the NSW Blue Mountains village of Blackheath has been transformed into the chic Kyah Boutique Hotel by Sydney-based design firm, MKD Architects.

The 46-room, family-owned hotel sits is less than two-hours’ drive from Sydney. A 100-year-old cherry blossom tree (one of the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest) can be found on site of the hotel, located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains between Katoomba and Mount Victoria – allowing for nearby exploration of popular look-outs, national parks, bushwalking trails, local galleries, wineries and distilleries.

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King Suite room. Image: Steven Woodburn

The refurbished property now exudes a Palm Springs-inspired vibe with archways, curves and cutaway interiors; and art deco-inspired furnishings.

I love the colour tones of dusty pinks, blues, olive and burnt orange.  Suites feature custom lighting and Caesarstone bathroom sinks and vanities.

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Archways and curved lines in the corridors. Image: Steven Woodburn

Guests bed down in three separate accommodation buildings (each named after one of Katoomba’s famed Three Sisters) that flow into a welcoming central lobby and entertainment hub where they can dine in Blaq restaurant and bar.

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Blaq Restaurant. Image: Steven Woodburn

Blaq (named for its location – Blackheath) is overseen by Executive Chef Mate Herceg who, is also the hotel’s General Manager. Herceg has been a Blue Mountains local for more than eight years with decades of hotel and hospitality experience including at Hydro Majestic Hotel, Lilianfels and Blackheath Bar & Bistro.

Blaq’s menu will centre on a a garden-to-plate philosophy, taking advantage of the best seasonal produce on offer in the region, from suppliers who are mostly located within an 80km radius of Kyah.

Guests can choose from King Suites (which sleep up to three people), Twin Queen Rooms (which sleep up to four), and generous Two-bedroom Suites and Spa Suites (sleeping up to five people). Family Rooms are ideal for those travelling with younger children and teens, or stay in the Family Suite which features two standalone bedrooms. 

Two Bedroom Spa Suite, Kyah Boutique Hotel. Image: Steven Woodburn
Two Bedroom Spa Suite, Kyah Boutique Hotel. Image: Steven Woodburn

From the curated mini bar, you can choose from local favourites such as premixed Negroni (complete with dehydrated orange slices) by Karu, Herbs of Life Kombucha, craft beer by Katoomba brewery Mountain Culture or gourmet cookies and treats from popular Blue Mountains bakery, Whisk and Pin.

Strawberry slice, macerated local berries, pistachio crumb at Blaq Restaurant. Image: Steven Woodburn
Strawberry slice, macerated local berries, pistachio crumb at Blaq Restaurant. Image: Steven Woodburn

Rates start from $220 per room per night for a King Suite.

thekyah.com.au

All images: Steven Woodburn.