Staying at Glendalough should be one of the main Melbourne attractions! Of course, as a B&B it has none of the sterile, anonymous features of a hotel, but even as a B&B it is so special because of Stan. He really " knocks himself out" to be a terrific host - pick ups from the airport for a small fee, transit cards provided, great suggestions on where to go and what to eat - (he likes authentic cuisine - often local - not overpriced tourist food!.) wonderful breakfasts, laundry washed and dried on his outside clothes line - and much more. I don't know when he sleeps as breakfast is always ready when you get up and he is usually up when you come in after a long day sightseeing - and always asks about your day.
Stan is genuinely interested in his guests = really in life in general - He had a career that took him all over the world to work and his home is filled with treasures from those travels. it is true that there is not a lot of room to put your stuff in the piano room - with a grand piano - and organ and beautiful artifacts - but that slight inconvenience is more than repaid with the pleasure of enjoying these beautiful objects. This is a magnificent heritage home and the atmosphere is perfect.
My favorite thing - Stan provided soft cotton Japanese kimonos for the guests to wear to/from the central bath - but some of us wore them to breakfast as they were lovely and we felt so comfortable in his home.
On some of the evenings when we were not out late sightseeing - we joined Stan and other guests and friends around his kitchen table for great chats over a glass or two of wine. These are the great memories I will have forever from my first trip to Australia.
The house is in a lovely safe and quiet neighborhood = a couple of blocks to the tram and very easy to find. We actually stayed there twice during our holiday - before and after a trip to Tasmania - on our return I really felt like we were going home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1924, this heritage listed mansion rests in tranquil gardens high on the hill. Located just 4km from central Melbourne in the quiet secluded Travancore estate, Glendalough is close to public transport, Melbourne Airport, Flemington Racecourse, Royal Melbourne Show Grounds, Melbourne Zoo & The University of Melbourne. Glendalough has 4 guest rooms with queen & double beds. All rooms have HD TV, DVD & music systems & free wifi. Hearty breakfast included. Laundry & ironing facilities. We now provide transport smart cards (myki)for all guests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Glendalough Hotel Melbourne
- Glendalough Bed And Breakfast