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“Old but warm and clean” 4 of 5 stars
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Risby Cove
4.5 of 5 Motel   |   The Esplanade, Strahan, Tasmania 7468, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Strahan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Old but warm and clean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We stayed 1 night at 2014/05/26, the look outside is "old". But inside very clean and warm. The restaurant also very good. All the staff are very nice. Only 2 mins drive to the ferry port, where you can take the ship to Gordon River, Hell Gate.

But there are only staff available from 0900, so if you check-out earlier you need to check with staff about the arrangement.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at The Jetty which was a two bedroom apartment with a fully stocked kitchenette.
As it was upstairs it was very private and had a magical view over the water.
The furnishings, carpet and all kitchen utensils were new and very clean. Sadly the bed was old and uncomfortable, I hate criticizing this place as we really enjoyed Strahan and our wonderful view. I hope the management read these comments as they have a fabulous property but sadly let down in our case by the bed.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I recently stayed at Risby Cove based solely on previous reviews however I have to scratch my head and wonder why previous reviewers gave it such a glowing report.

Risby Cove is well located with nice views and the staff were very pleasant and friendly. The rooms are spacious and well appointed however there are a couple of minor things that really need improving.

Firstly, the mattresses were well used and overdue for replacement. The mattresses on the beds we slept on sagged and for people with back problems, the sagging mattresses aggravated back pain and did nothing to provide a good night's sleep.

The second issue which needs attention is the odour inside the room. It had that old dusty unclean smell which just wouldn't go away even when leaving the door and windows open for fresh air. A third and very minor point was the lack of soap in the bathroom for showering. The soap provided is liquid soap or body wash and I personally prefer a hard soap bar but as I've said this is a minor complaint.

The room rate of $205.00 was definitely not justified and a more realistic rate of $100.00 would be more appropriate because in my opinion, Risby Cove is at best a 2.5 star rating accommodation.

If the above issues can be addressed, then Risby Cove would be much better than what it is. I won't stay there again.

Room Tip: Nice views available from the upper level rooms. Take your own soap.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We enjoyed warm, friendly and prompt service at Risby Cove both at reception and in the restaurant. The "motel" is in a great location with views across the water towards Strahan village, but also within walking distance of the village. The rooms are spacious and well equipped. Recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We loved the night we spent at Risby Cove and wished we could have stayed longer. Risby Cove looks like it is a small fishing settlement, with its own private boat harbour and expansive views across the Strahan Harbour. Ducks waddle across the grass or swim right up to the restaurant. We had cheese & wine on the deck in front of our room to watch the sun set and just soaked up the quite village atmosphere.
The room itself (named the Harbour Room) is a little dark and unremarkable with older style, dark wood furnishings. The lounge chairs are far too big for the space but we had a hot shower and a good nights sleep which is all we needed.
The restaurant is very good and of course specialises in delicious seafood and offers great views of the harbour.
The gallery in reception sells beautiful local art and craft. Risby Cove is a short walk from the centre of town. We would definitely stay here again when in Strahan.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lismore, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Strahan was our favourite place in Tasmania. The Cove was away from the main centre of town so in a quiet location, but an easy five minute walk to get to the centre where the Gordon River boat leaves. This cruise is a must. Staff were all fabulous. Our room, the Beach, was over the restaurant so a little noisy. There were limited windows to open for airflow too and with the afternoon sun it was a little stuffy. We didn't find the fan until the following morning! If it had been the middle of winter though it would have been warm and cosy!
We ate at the restaurant both nights and enjoyed every mouthful. The seafood platter for two was one of the best we have ever had. Breakfast was also fabulous and generous and had us fuelled up til lunchtime. Hogarth Falls are virtually across the road and worth a visit too.
Would stay here again as the location is perfect and the views are beautiful, but would try a different room.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yamba, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

No more than a 5 min walk to central Strahan with the advantage of being "out of the very centre". Beautifully located right on the water with magnificent views across the harbour. Great staff.
We had a nice ground floor room that was a little dark and unfortunately very noisy at night from the room above us.
The restaurant food and service was superb!!
If I ever go back to Strahan we would be sure to stay here again.

Room Tip: Check whether your ground floor room is under a top room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Risby Cove

Address: The Esplanade, Strahan, Tasmania 7468, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Strahan
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Strahan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Risby Cove 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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