Kyah Boutique Hotel, a newly revamped 1970s motel with a touch of luxe, has opened its doors to guests in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath.

The 46-room, family-owned hotel opened on December 20 offering guests a modern mountain retreat.

Following a six-month renovation of the original motel, the new hotel offers three separate accommodation buildings that flow into a central lobby and entertainment hub. Sydney-based design firm, MKD Architects is the brains behind the look which features on-trend archways, curves and cutaway interiors, complemented by art deco inspired furnishings.

Kyah Boutique Hotel General Manager and Executive Chef, Mate Herceg

“It was important to us that the Kyah design and architecture complemented the rich character of Blackheath and the original bones of the building, yet still felt fresh and enticing,” Kyah Boutique Hotel General Manager and Executive Chef, Mate Herceg, said.

“The motel footprint remains but we have totally transformed the property into a hotel, dining and drinking destination that feels sophisticated without losing the warmth or approachability you want from a regular haunt.”

Guests can enjoy open fireplaces, tennis court and vegetable gardens, as well as Blaq restaurant and bar, overseen by Herceg, which prioritises local, seasonal and sustainable produce and producers.

“If a shift in a weather pattern means a particular vegetable becomes available sooner than I had expected, I want to be able to take advantage of that,” he said.

“The majority of our suppliers are located within a 80km radius to Kyah and that’s important to me. We really do have an abundance of sensational produce in the Mountains to choose from and I want to showcase that as much as possible.”

Travellers can choose from King Suites, Twin Queen Rooms and Two-bedroom Suites and Spa Suites. For those travelling with younger children and teens, Kyah offers Family Rooms with one Queen bed and two single beds, and a “one-of-a-kind” Family Suite with two standalone bedrooms – one with a king bed and the other with bunk beds.