HYDRO MAJESTIC: THE STORY OF MARK FOY'S PALACE IN A WILDERNESS
There is probably not another building in Australia which has as many curious stories and legends associated with it as the Hydro Majestic hotel at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains. Intended by its builder, Mark Foy, to be an antipodean health resort in the style of Smedley's hydropathic treatment centre in England, it instead became a venue for more hedonistic pleasures. In place of cold-water baths, strict dietary rules and "lights out at 10:30 pm", guests often partied on into the small hours of the morning. The Hydro developed a reputation as a place where people could lose their inhibitions, as well as discreetly meet their secret lovers. Some say that the 'ghosts' of these past revellers can still be seen and heard in the hotel's corridors.
This book includes dozens of personal accounts by people who have stayed at the Hydro Majestic from its earliest years, and hundreds of photos which document guests' changing clothing fashions and social activities. The hotel's evolving architecture, the the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods to the present, is illustrated in detail.
Readers of this comprehensive history of Australia's most unusual hotel will see the Hydro Majestic through new eyes.