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The Stirling Hotel Accommodation
Ranked #2 of 4 Stirling B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 12, 2012

We have just returned from a regular Friday night meal at 'The Stirl'
What a disappointment - I ordered the rack of lamb 'stuffed with dates' with couscous, my wife ordered the tandoori chicken salad ( chicken with a salad and roti bread)
I admit I was curious as to how you stuff a rack of lamb?
What I got was 2 very small, very fatty lamb chops with a teaspoon of couscous and 2 rocket leaves, no dates to be seen or tasted.
My wife's meal was worthy of a cafe at a railway station. Basically some mixed lettuce leaves with a little chicken basted with some tandoori paste from the Foodland
next door. When I asked if we could have the roti bread as stated on the menu we were told it wasn't being served as they had changed the menu! The waitress brought an expresso cup sized dish with small pieces of crisp bread, it may have been roti at some stage but not tonight.
All this for top prices, this pub has been good in the past however I won't be going back in a hurry.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Steve T
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5Rooms, Guest Relations Manager at The Stirling Hotel Accommodation, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2012

Steve, we acknowledge your comments regarding your Friday night meals with us.
As a 'regular' you know that we take pride in our food offer at the Stirling, and it was with great disappointment that all of us at the Hotel and in particular our kitchen team read your review.
We can assure you that your comments have been discussed and investigated by us.
Our number one goal is to provide a consistent product to our customers and we are very sorry for not meeting your expectations on this occasion.
Please send an email to admin@stirlinghotel.com.au so we may update you further.
Kind regards,
Management at Stirling Hotel

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Reviewed May 10, 2012

The village of Stirling is brimming with autumn colour and a great place to visit away from the burbs. The leaves carpet the ground in a sea of colour. We decide to go for lunch at the local pub, which looks great, but is attached to a supermarket on busy roundabout intersection. It is certainly well patronised and the food is great. It is opposite a derelict petrol station which can be overlooked in the atmosphere, but it was a tad noisy and packed, with slow service. The lunch was really enjoyable, but we need to pick quieter times to maximise enjoyment.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Ashleigh B
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

The Stirling Hotel has a couple of restaurants which have been extensively renovated. The Bistro is a sophisticated addition to the original old pub. Modern Australian menu with some delicious asian and european influences lift it well above standard pub fare. Good wine list, fast and efficient service.

Only draw back is it quite crowded and can be noisy, not so good for young families or the elderly.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Oakleaves
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

Our adult family stayed recently at The Stirling and booked three of the boutique rooms for an overnight stay. They are fabulous - plenty of room, highest quality fittings and very private and quiet. The restaurant/bisto downstairs is a cracker. Both the evening meal and breakfast provide wide, quality selection with great value for money. The staff are most helpful and friendly. Would loved to have stayed longer. So handy to Adelaide and the wineries.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Thank 180steve
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

the stirling hotel is possibly the most amazing hotel i have ever encountered. the classy rooms upstairs are perfect just for a couple to stay in and the food is truly unbelievable. the grill restaurant is an amazing experience and i will never forget this truly perfect experience.

Room Tip: they are all amazing, but still different at the same time.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank john b
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

Being the only pub in town can often mean a choice between poor food and accommodation and very poor food and accommodation. This is definitely not the case at the Stirling Hotel in the Adelaide Hills town of the same name. This hotel displays the result of significant investment and a real desire to deliver a very classy experience for both locals and visitors.

The building is a restored Victorian era stone edifice with a wraparound verandra, excellent regional bottleshop, bistro, comfortable bars, a fine dining grill restaurant and five newly renovated and stylish rooms. We stayed in room 3 which was very spacious with a huge and well appointed separate bathroom. It features a king bed, instant gas fireplace, comfortable armchairs, flat screen TV and internet connections. French doors lead onto the veranda which is a pleasant and largely private space for a drink or snack. Free undercover parking is available in a large public carpark directly adjacent to the hotel.

The bottleshop carries a wide selection of wine from SA, including many local items not widely available, as well as other national favourites. The popular bistro can be noisy when full but the service is prompt and the food of above average quality and range. The Grill is beautifully decorated and the food, wine and service are of high-end city standard. Breakfast to the value of $50 was included in the tariff and served in the bistro which is quiet in the mornings and provides many tasty options.

Stirling appears to be the commercial hub of the Adelaide Hills area and affords every facility for the local catchment and the hotel dominates what is a very pretty town. It is only 20 minutes on the freeway from central Adelaide and perhaps 30 minutes via the Norton Summit road which also, handily, takes winelovers into suburban Magill and the Penfolds cellar door and its reowned restaurant. Crafters and Mt Lofty are only a few minutes away, as are Bridgewater and Hahndorf. The Adelaide airport is a quick and easy drive on only three roads which skirt the CBD. There are myriad cellar doors to visit.

Travelling through Hans Heyssen countryside, Angaston in the eastern Barossa Valley is less than 90 minutes via picturesque, uncrowded and well maintained roads which wander through Eden Valley and Springton or through Williamstown to the southern Barossa. Similarly, Langhorne Creek, Goolwa and the Fleurieu Peninsula can be reached easily and without the need to enter Adelaide city environs.

While Adelaide is a stately and very agreeable place, Stirling is a great alternative to the confines of a city hotel, offering easy access to the city and the countryside from a single and very comfortable location.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank terwencus
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

This a suberb little hotel with 5 boutique rooms. The bedrooms are excellent and to the highest standard. The bathrooms are beautiful.the food in the hotel was great. Tthe staff were very pleasant and helpful. Breakfast in particular not to be missed. Pricey, but worth it.

Room Tip: Room 5 has fantastic firepace
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Edith069
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Address: 52 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling, South Australia 5152, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Adelaide Hills > Stirling
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Stirling
Price Range: $170 - $244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Stirling Hotel Accommodation 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 5 luxurious, fully appointed accommodation suites with a ‘contemporary B & B’ feel offer the perfect combination of thoughtful design, innovation, attention to detail and superior elegance. All 5 rooms feature opulent en-suite bathrooms, one with its own steam room. All beds are king sized, and are dressed with luxury linens. The 3 balcony suites feature a private balcony overlooking the beautiful Stirling streetscape and a fireplace. ... more   less 
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