We needed a 1 night stay in the Yarra Valley to attend a wedding and managed to get a decent rate at the Melba Lodge on expedia ($175 for the night). Many of the other hotels in the area required a 2 night stay and that was just not possible for us so finding Melba was perfect. I was very worried as there was only 2 trip advisor (my bible!) reviews, the last being 2008. I shouldnt have been. Melba Lodge was wonderful! It isnt a hotel and if you dont expect it to be then you should be fine.
The owner greeted us as we walked in, gave us a friendly tour of the conference room, games room with bar, billards table and darts, TV room, dining room and our room. He showed us a small kitchenette where you could make tea and coffee etc and told us breakfast would be served between 9-10:30. The hotel is a quick 2 minute drive in to Yarra Glen and only a couple of minutes from some fantastic wineries.
The room was small but more than comfortable. It had a comfortable bed with nice linens, soft carpet, 2 side tables, a wardrobe, ceiling fan, air conditioner and TV. The bathroom had a shower, toilet and nice sink area. It had a nice country federation feel. The bathroom provided soaps, shower caps and quality toilet paper (cottonelle! Yep these things are both noticed and appreciated!!) The entire lodge was spotlessly clean and very well kept. It was quiet and nice and cool on a hot day.
Breakfast was delicious with freshly cooked eggs, bacon and toast as well as an assortment of cereals, fruit and juices. Overall we were very pleased with Melba Lodge and would be more than happy to stay here again.
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