We travelled in January 2013 with 4 adults and 3 kids (2 couples, one family worth of kids). We wanted somewhere close to Ned's Beach as we knew the kids would love that, and to the post office which is near a restaurant and corner store/takeaway joint. Somerset is the perfect location on the island - it's a 5 minute stroll each way to both these.
We had two apartments, a three bedroom and single. They were both in the same building. The units were comfy, in ours had a double (queen?) and single bed which we used for storage, with a lounge room / kitchenette. Somerset provided a cot (and stroller) for our 20mth old, and she slept in a room by herself with 2 bunk beds, with our 6 and 8 year olds in a large room with two single beds, and grandparents in a double. The living room upstairs was larger, and it had a big bathroom and second toilet. Both apartments have a balcony which was very nice in the afternoons. Our baby still has afternoon naps, so the adults took turns staying in the units in the afternoons or going adventuring. Upstairs got pretty warm during the hottest part of the day (which is still pretty mild even compared to Sydney weather, high 20s-30°C) - am guessing they don't have insulation - so the balcony was welcome. The owners provide a shuttle bus to restaurants every evening.
All in all, I totally recommend Somerset as a great place to stay on Lord Howe.
(for longer review of our Lord Howe Island trip at http://fromabook.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/a-perfect-break-in-lord-howe-island.html)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Somerset is perfectly situated between Neds Beach and the Lagoon, on a level area of the Island, allowing easy walking and biking to nearby shops, restaurants and the Visitor Centre. The units are nestled in subtropical palm groves alive with splashes of colour from Hawaiian hibiscus and fragrant frangipani flowers. Somerset is the ideal location for visitors wanting to explore and discover the natural attractions that have made Lord Howe Island famous. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Somerset Apartments Hotel Lord Howe Island