Stayed here on my visit to Barossa Valley recently. From the outside, the complex looks quite sparse, just a few units lined together, with the reception/restaurant building at one end. The location is also quite far from any semblance of town centre (it is next to vineyards), so if you are hoping to find a row of eating places or pubs within walking distance, this is not the right accommodation. In terms of facilities, there's almost none (there is a small sauna), so you really come here for the room and the restaurant.
All these less-than-fantastic first impressions were dispelled when I entered my suite, which was very comfortable and well-equipped. The mood lighting, Bose i-Pod dock, and spa bathtub would make you want to linger in the room longer. My only quibble is the toiletries, which are a combination of Molton Brown (fine) and some lesser brand (skimping).
I agree with some other reviewers who said that the breakfast service could be improved. The restaurant has a great view towards the vineyard, and a nice terrace, too, so why not serve breakfast there? With only the pre-ordered option available (delivered to your room), it is sometimes difficult to decide, from the night before, how much you would like to eat in the morning. And when it turns out to be not enough, it would be a hassle to place extra orders.
The Louise is a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia, and even at a rather pricey $400 for its basic suite, this is a far friendlier price than most of the other members in this group. I think it is a very nice experience (hotel + restaurant) to be had once or twice, but without more "X-factors" to offer, I wouldn't be a repeat customer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Food, wine, luxury accommodation and a genuine welcome await at The Louise Barossa Valley. Just one hour from Adelaide and set atop a gentle hill The Louise luxury vineyard retreat is South Australia's finest 5-star accommodation. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of Barossa Valley vineyards, The Louise's fifteen suites offer absolute luxury and inspired design with private terraces, soft contemporary furnishings and spacious ensuites. Coloated restaurant, Appellation is widely regarded as one of Australia's top regional dining experiences with a focus on fresh local food and an award-winning wine list. Professional staff offer informed service and are keen to share their local knowledge. A range of boutique wine and food experiences are available exclusively to guests of The Louise, offering a genuine connection to the world famous Barossa Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Louise Hotel Tanunda
- Louise Hotel Tanunda