This Queenscliff Hotel review begins with a warning… if you can appreciate old world charm, proportions and character then you will definitely enjoy the Queenscliff Hotel (hopefully as much as Alex and I did)……and now the warning bit… if you like sleek contemporary hotels, the Queenscliff Hotel is probably not for you.
Alex sourced and booked the Hotel so I take no credit. Thank you Alex.
This is a historic hotel run by two gentlemen. The facade is generous double fronted and has a front verandah across the width with a stepped terrace area either side.
This Queenscliff Hotel review would not be complete without a mention as to the cost. The room cost was A$280 (more than we would usually pay for a room) but it did include a cooked breakfast for two. Our room was large, comfortable and clean (most important) and the bathroom was pretty much the newest thing in the hotel. The furnishings in our room included a double four poster brass bed, one bedside table, a table and chairs, a tallboy and two bedside lights….yep… that’s pretty much it but it was all we actually needed.
The Queenscliff Hotel does come with its own creaky hallway (no doubt thanks to original floorboards) which I think was included in the room price and if you walked in the very centre of the hallway you could make it creak very loudly…. “Alex…walk on the edge…the edge Alex!”…unbelievable.
The hotel’s location was excellent, being one street back from the main street of Queenscliff, it overlooked a park which overlooked the water which overlooked…(well nothing really).
The Queenscliff Hotel is walking distance to the shops, the marina and the water. Its numerous communal rooms include two front sitting rooms (one of which has a chess table) and which both overlook the front verandah. Another sitting room sits behind these front rooms while the main dining room sits behind the other front room.
We were given three options for dinner, being the main dining room, the restaurant or the bar. We decided on booking dinner in the main dining room as it is looked such a charming room to dine in and something a bit out of our usual and a bit special. The room decoration was all in keeping with the era and a central chandelier and lit candles adds to the overall ambience. There was seating for about 60 people although we were only two of 10 patrons. It is such a shame the elegance of this type of hotel seems to be under-appreciated in terms of its patronage. Having said that the bar was actually full of diners tonight as we had a peek through the door.
Our meal was as equally elegantly presented as the dining room and equally delicious (you know what I mean). I think the meal was good value at $110 for our total bill which included bread rolls, two main means (eye fillet for my main and duck for Alex) and two glasses of red.
Our room itself and the bed were comfortable (although the bed was a bit firmer than we are used to). The hotel was quite and despite the potential for slamming doors and creaking hallways to be a factor, I don’t recall hearing any such noises (maybe that’s cause everybody else avoided walking in the very middle of the hallways…Alex??)
The next morning we utilised the shower etc and this was all adequate, clean and included a few of those extra little touches like shampoos etc.
Breakfast was perfectly in keeping, a cooked meal offered on a bain-marie with toast, cereals, fruits, yoghurt, juices, and coffee and tea also supplied.
The breakfast room seemed likely to have been a latter addition to the original hotel floorplan. Two sets of french doors lead out of this breakfast room to the rear courtyard which comes complete with substantial central fountain. With it being a sunny Sunday morning, it seems the dappled sunshine was absolutely made to order.
Time to finally check out. I had assumed the two gentlemen who run the hotel were the owners and was curious as to the history of the hotel so on checking out I asked. “Yes” was the answer, he was the owner and had been for the last 10 years. He explained the hotel was for sale (which accounts for the “for sale” sign out the front..der) but he explained simply that the right price had not come along yet.
When originally purchased, there was much renovation/restoration work to be done as it had apparently fallen into disrepair having been seemingly unloved over the preceeding 20 years. Alex helpfully suggested that we could buy it if we won the lottery….the owner looks up and smiles politely…(good one Alex!).[showmyads]
See the other parts of this weekend break series under:
A short break close to Melbourne you might like to discover
Queenscliff, a coastal town with plenty of walks and its all free
Destination Queenscliff for the Melbourne Cup long weekend