From the moment you walk in the Marritz you get a sense of the old world charm of a ski lodge from yesteryear. There was the usual wood panelling, original bar, warm fireplaces and fittings that have been there since the day it was built. All of this, along with the friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere made for a wonderful holiday. Simone and her team of young staff were always there with a smile and a can do attitude.
We stayed in the Tower Suite for 7 nights with our 10 year old twins. Looking from the outside of the building you can see the tower sitting on top of the roof, and we were thrilled to discover that the tower was in fact our own private lounge/dining room with a large plasma TV. It was a large space with 360 degree windows overlooking front valley and the surrounding areas. Underneath the tower was our king bedroom and off that a small bedroom with bunks, both of which also had windows overlooking front valley, We also had a separate shower, bath and large vanity. Not contemporary or fancy, but very comfortable.
Our boys loved the kids play area with a pool table, TV and video games and were happy to potter around down there while we enjoyed a drink at the bar. The pool was a special inclusion, although unfortunately it wasn't heated well enough for us to use it. One of my boys jumped in twice, but even he couldn't stay in for long which is saying something as nothing usually stops him from swimming! There is also a sauna and separate shower rooms, which we used on our last day after we'd checked out of our room and had been skiing all day.
Something that must be mentioned was the delicious dinner menu. The menu remained the same for the week of our stay, but there was plenty to choose from, and every meal we ate was fantastic. Head Chef Jaye and his team did a brilliant job, and were happy to make changes or take requests. Our boys are at an age where they're in between childrens meals and adult meals, so at times the childrens meals weren't quite enough for them. They put in a special request of sausages, pureed pumpkin, baby carrots and smashed peas for dinner one night which ended up being their standard meal for the rest of the stay. They loved it so much they ate the hotel out of sausages! Being able to meet the head chef and sit down and have a chat with him after our meal was another lovely touch. We could also take our meals back to our room if we liked, and most nights we would have our dessert delivered to our room as we were tired after a full day skiing. Breakfast was also just as delicious and hot meals were ordered fresh from the menu, which made a nice touch compared to food that has been sitting in the bain marie for hours on end.
The location was fantastic! We have stayed at the Perisher Valley Hotel 5 times in the past and nothing beats it for location. But now that our boys are a little older and are able to make the short walk to front valley and carry their skis, the Marritz certainly was very close to everything. The staff were also more than happy to pick us up in the oversnow if we didn't feel up to the short walk back up to the hotel after a day of skiing.
One of the main things that let the Marritz down was their oversnow. They were very small and difficult to get in and out of. Not so bad for kids or younger people, but I wouldn't have wanted to see an elderly or less mobile person try to get in or out of it. Many other hotels and lodges had larger oversnows that were much more comfortable. Something for the Marritz to think about updating in the future, especially as it is one of the more expensive places to stay on the mountain.
The drying room was large with plenty of space for everything. Although not as warm as other rooms we've used in the past, it didn't seem to be a problem as everything was dry each morning.
I can say we would happily stay at the Marritz again in the future. It's not cheap, but nothing on the snow ever is. Compared with other hotels and lodges we have stayed at in Perisher it's not bad value. Yes the whole place could be renovated, but then it would lose some of it's charm. If the oversnow was bigger and more comfortable, and the pool was heated properly I would have given a 5 star rating. We had a wonderful stay!
We loved staying in the Tower Suite. It was perfect for a family of 4 with a huge lounge/dining are...
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