Decadent accommodation in an historic hotel.
Anyone who has spent time driving around Broken Hill will have noticed the staggering number of corner pubs, most of which haven’t served a pint to a thirsty miner for decades. Huge big brick buildings with sweeping first floor balconies, they’re an icon of most country towns, Broken Hill just happens to have a lot of them. But they aren’t all so lovingly maintained as The Imperial.
Entering from the side, you pass through a wonderful courtyard enclosed within high brick walls, housing a solar heated swimming pool and plenty of tables and chairs in the shade. Although it’s winter during our visit, one can imagine what a hotspot this must be for guests during the fierce outback summer.
Entering the building itself, one is greeted by a huge central staircase, around which are the common rooms: the former ‘ladies parlour’ (now a sitting room) and the old ‘front bar’, where today you’ll find a billiards table for guest use. While these rooms were previously gender specific, today, of course, one is free to roam at will.
Upstairs, there’s a kitchen stocked with all the necessary supplies for a cook-your-own breakfast of bacon, eggs from the Imperial’s own chickens, juice, yoghurt, cereal, fruit, tea and coffee. A novel and wonderfully homely concept, and the best part is that the ‘breakfast fairies’ clean up the mess! Breakfast can be taken in the upstairs dining room, out on the aforementioned balcony, in the downstairs courtyard or in your room. The choice is yours.
There are six rooms, each with their own ensuite and each unique in their design and layout. They are fitted with beautiful antique furniture, ornamental fireplaces, high ceilings, lush colour schemes and huge comfy beds with luxurious linen and electric blankets. Each room has its own reverse cycle air conditioner for climate control, plus a TV and a writing desk. There is also a self-contained apartment that can be configured as one, two or three bedroom to sleep a total of six, with the overnight rate adjusted accordingly.
A stunning historic building with bucket-loads of character and beautiful original features, The Imperial Fine Accommodation is a charming option in the heart of Broken Hill.
Imperial Fine Accommodation is located at 88 Oxide St, Broken Hill, NSW. Book now to stay at The Imperial Fine Accommodation.