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“Close to Beach and Shops” 2 of 5 stars
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Anchorage at Victor Harbor
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211, Australia (Formerly Anchorage Seafront Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Victor Harbor
Melbourne, Australia
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179 reviews 179 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“Close to Beach and Shops”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2009

I have to agree with other reviewers who have covered most points. The main building does look good from the outside and the squeaky stairs add to atmosphere. The location is great being very close to the main shopping and other eateries. Also near is the beautifully restored Victor Harbor railway station where you can take vintage train trips on certain days. But that is where it ends!

There are great views from the upstairs verandah but the room was more than a bit ordinary. We were staying in the so-called new part which was built in 1952. What a disappointment! The builders of this section only included a heritage look facade on the lower front section - all the rest is just 1952 - except for the spa-bath which doesn't even have a hand rail never mind a glass surround. The bar fridge doubled as the table, a bar heater on the wall, a noisy and useless box air conditioner and a TV so little (13") and high up the wall and so far away that it wasn't worth having.

Have to agree with another reviewer who said the hotel needs a big makeover. The potential is fantastic. The other strange thing is that we were advised by locals that this was the best place in town!!!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Poor Amenities
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2008

I have been to this guest house numerous times in the last twenty years. It is great value. Most of the rooms are basic, but remember it is a guest house not a hotel. In fact it's the only guest house left of 65 that used to be there. Built in 1905. My room had a double bed, a sink, a fridge, tea-making facilities, a chair and table, a shower and toilet, with a window view overlooking the bay. For $70 it was good value.

The Achorage is right in the centre of Victor, overlooking Encounter Bay. A couple of minutes' walk to the Granite Island Causeway. Cross the road and you are on the beach.

The best thing about the Anchorage is the restaurant/cafe/bar. The bar is made from an old boat. Food is fantastic, whether it be breakfast, a main meal or bar food. The coffee is terrific! And the staff at the Achorage are friendly and helpful.

Not only would I go back: I will!

  • Liked — food and service
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2008

Room:
Heritage double room shared bathroom, $70 per night

Positive features:
Sink in room (but impossible to wash hands without touching it), large seafront balcony with nice view over Encounter Bay, centrally located, car park in backyard (but rather swampy)

Negative features:
Heating too feeble for high ceiling, thin floor (telephone entertainment from reception), shared bathrooms extremely cold (open windows and no heating), disagreeable odour of fried bacon and kitchen in corridor, fridge as centrepiece arranged in middle of room, no lift

Conclusion:
Heritage in the sense of just old but without charm, too expensive for off-peak season

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — Heritage as an excuse
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2008

Looked great from the outside, great views from the upstairs verandah but the rrom was a bit ordinary. Maybe we were staying in the old part, it was very basic, a bar fridge doubled as a table, a bar heater on the wall, a TV so high up the wall you dislocated your neck. We chose to use the shared bathroom - which wasn't a problem as we were the only ones who were using it. Cold marble and no heaters sorts the men from the boys in the showers.
Location was great, close to town and Granite Island - the hotel needs a big makeover if they want to continue trading, maybe they want it to run down so it can re developed - it would be a shame to lose it as it's a beautiful building

  • Liked — the views
  • Disliked — the list would be to long
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2008

My husband and I stayed 2 nights in a sea facing view. From our balcony, we have great views of the Encounter Bay and Granite Island. We love having our snacks and refreshments in the balcony. Although it's cold but we love it!

Our room has no ensuite bathrooms but since the other 2 rooms have no tenants, we are the only ones using the shared bathroom/toilet facilities.

The city centre and the access to the horse drawn tram to Granite Island are within 10 minutes walk. It's the only hotel in Victor Harbor that has a full frontage view of the Bay.

The rate is reasonable for these rooms too - A$70/night. Overall - a great and enjoyable experience.

  • Liked — the views
  • Disliked — the stairs
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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39 hotel reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2008

We stayed at this hotel as a jumping off point to get to Jervis Bay and get the first ferry across to Kangaroo Island.
Victor Harbour is a beautiful little town and Granite Island is a nice walk on a sunny afternoon.
The hotel however was a big disappointment. We booked 3 rooms and all were in DESPERATE need of redocoration. Everyones rooms looked 'tired' with chintzy wallpaper/curtains and a funky smell! The 'ensuites' are little more than a cupboard with a toilet and shower squeezed in next to one another resulting in barely enough room to turn around! One of the rooms had a can of bug spray on the window along with dead bugs on the sill! The only positive thing I can say about the accomodation was that the room was not cold and the restaurant did pretty decent food although the service was atrocious. Stay somewhere else.

  • Disliked — Needs to be bought into the 21st century
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211, Australia (Formerly Anchorage Seafront Hotel)
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Victor Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Victor Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Anchorage at Victor Harbor 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax, unwind and admire the sea views while soaking in your private spa. Accommodation choices include upstairs private spa rooms with balconies and family suites, ground floor en-suite rooms, traditional bed and breakfast rooms, a self‐contained cottage and apartment with balcony. Ideal for a romantic get away for 2, or a relaxed informal setting for a family, Anchorage can accommodate most requests.The original building, formally a heritage listed guesthouse has been tastefully renovated and expanded to include downstairs heritage style rooms to the more modern upstairs seafront spa suites with private balconies and spas.Most rooms have sea views, tea and coffee facilities, plasma large screen TV with Austar channels, small fridge and a comfortable queen beds. Different styles of rooms have differing bedding configurations to accommodate families, groups, couples and the single traveller.Anchorage Cafe, Restaurant, Wine Bar is open from 8am until late evening 7 days a week.The menu has been carefully designed around fresh local produce and includes hearty breakfasts, fresh baguettes at lunch with homemade soup and crusty bread and fresh salads, char grilled seafood and steak dishes and wood fired pizza for dinner. Open all day for house roasted coffee and cake. Our friendly and motivated staff welcome you to join them for an enjoyable meal on the seafront veranda, alfresco style in summer or in front of the cosy open log fire in the winter.Enjoy a glass of wine or specialty beer served at the unique boat bar, choosing from the exciting wine list or relax by the cosy open wood fire in winter with an award winning house roasted coffee.2 private function rooms are available for a corporate or private function, ideal for family birthdays, anniversaries, small weddings or corporate presentations or meetings. Our chef can accommodate any catering requirements and several function menus are available. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Anchorage Seafront
Anchorage At Victor Harbor South Australia

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