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“Rides on the coat tails of The Appellation - book for one night then decide”
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The Louise
Ranked #1 of 2 Marananga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 12, 2010

I found the Louise very expensive for its location. We stayed in a room that was over $500 p/n. The room looked lovely but the hotel lacks services. The "fruit basket" on arrival consisted of 4 floury apples. The TV was hard to hear when in bed (it was in the room with the couch) with no speakers in the bedroom and often the audio didn't match the video which was very off putting. No in house movies - one has to borrow a DVD from the front desk which is a walk through the rain from the room. This is also how one has to order one's continental breakfast. The DVD range is old and not extensive. Room service menu very small and unappetising which is a surprise given the stunning Appellation on the grounds. We only ordered room service once - 45 mins later a grotty little pizza (microwaved!!) and cheese platter with stale lavosh, shriveled almonds, tired dried fruit (again amazing given the hotel's proximity to Anguston) and more floury apple - not good at any hotel let alone one charging this price. Service was polite but not what I'd call friendly or what one expects from a luxury hotel. When we arrived, there was no-one at the front desk. The phone started to ring and we saw that we had to lift the phone for service - which we did and a girl walked in and said hello - we said she could answer the phone (which had been ringing for quite a while by then) - she said that it was the Appellation phone so ignored it and the phone went unanswered as far as we could see. That was the level of what we experienced - we got the bare minimum of service. We arrived at 1pm - 1 hr prior to check in in the middle of the week when the hotel car park looked (& stayed) pretty empty. We were told our rooms were being cleaned and we couldn't get in until check in time - a bit rigid I thought. A shame because then we set off for lunch with no idea where to go and yet when we arrived in the hotel room, it had a list of places to go - which would have been really helpful rather than the names the girl quickly reemed off when we asked for a recommendation for lunch.
Only worth a one night stay so you can dine at the Appellation and roll into bed after the wonderful meal. Not the luxury hotel it claims to be. I saw why it had such a rigid no refund policy. I suggest booking for the one night that you dine at the Appellation and go from there. It has such potential but isn't there yet.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

Our second visit. We can not wait for our third visit. The restaurant Appellation is the equal of the best in Australia. To borrow the Michelin phrase "exceptional cuisine worth a special journey." Secure, serene, brilliantly designed suites with views, reminiscent of Tuscany, of the beautiful Barossa Valley. Imaginative, appetising breakfast choices. Add to this unaffected, warm Aussie hospitality and you have perfection. Highly recommended .

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

We stayed at this hotel last weekend for two nights. Unfortunately we booked late and the only room available was the vineyard suite. Even though this is their smallest room it was still just lovely with great attention to detail, exceptionally clean and well thought out. Next time I’d love to stay in a suite with a fire place. The breakfast that was delivered each morning was delicious and fresh and so much nicer to eat in our room than have to go to a dining room for breakfast.

We dined at Appellation on the Friday night and were very impressed. I actually had my doubts for some reason as to how good the food would be but it was exceptional. We had dined at Quay restaurant in Sydney a few weeks earlier and the food at Appellation was, in my opinion, far superior. The second night we dined at 1918 Bistro and it was very mediocre and that’s being kind! Appellation wasn’t full on the night we dined there and it lacked ambience and came across as being a tad sterile. Maybe some light background music would help. The only gripe I have with the Restaurant at the Louise is the extremely inflated wine list prices. I understand that restaurants need to make a profit but there were many wines on the list at 3 times bottle shop prices. This is unacceptable at the best of times but even more so for a restaurant in the middle of wine country.

I highly recommend this hotel and it’s co located restaurant for anyone staying in the Barossa!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

My partner and I stayed for two nights at the Louise. At first, we thought that it was a bit pricey compared to other hotels in the Barossa. But since I am a fan of small luxury hotels, I thought I'd give it a try. The hotel is nicely surrounded by vineyards. We stayed in one of the smaller Vineyard suites. We ended up falling in love with it. The louise is how a good luxury boutique hotel should be: clean, intimate, unique and luxurious.

Highs:
The biggest highlight was the room. It was very clean (definitely one of the cleanest I've seen, 5-star standards). It was also spacious, functional and well-designed with warm colors and simple lines. It had an open terrace in front of the room and a private courtyard at the back. The courtyard at the back was expansive with unimpeded view of the surrounding vineyards (from which you could view glorious sunsets and stars at night). The room also had a separate (albeit small) area for dining and a study desk. We loved the great attention to detail: nice amenities, luxury linens, nespresso coffee machine, LCD TV, bose player, welcome wine, oversize chairs, free wifi. The bathroom was also quite spacious and very clean with a cozy ambience.
Another great aspect of the hotel was Appellation, the in-house restaurant: great, honest, unpretentious food using local produce. We had a truly memorable meal (make sure you book early! it was really packed).

Lows:
The facilities were on the low side. But again, I'm guessing the target market are mostly couples who want a relaxing time. So that may not be a real problem.
The service was a bit below expectation. We ordered an early breakfast because we had an urgent appointment in the morning. The staff forgot to deliver it, and we ended up eating a simple, "fast" breakfast. The cleaning service also came in very late in the afternoon.
The breakfast was mediocre and plain for the price of the room and the type of hotel (especially considering the restaurant was really good).

All in all, would recommend it couples (especially wine-lovers) looking for a romantic weekend or short stay in the Barossa, one of Australia's best wine regions...

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2010

The Louise is the most superb luxury accommodation well supported by professional and pleasant staff. The beautiful vineyard setting and outlook for these luxury suites is stunning. Our suite was well designed, beautifully furnished and the bathroom was fabulous. We enjoyed the Appellation Restaurant. The food and wine were excellent and there were interesting inclusions in between courses. The breakfast that arrived in our suite in the morning was very special. We loved the whole experience so much that we lingered and delayed our departure in the morning. But be warned; don’t fall for the deal of going to Arkaba Station as we did. This was dreadful by comparison; it is simply an ordinary B and B without luxuries. Linger in The Louise and enjoy the treat!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2010

The Barossa Valley has a special character of its own - beautiful vineyards, small but very interesting townships, influenced by the past, and a very interesting landscape - and likewise the Louise is not an ordinary hotel. It is special. Located on a slight hill, the Louise is 15 very well equipped luxury suites or chalets, each with a patio with a tremendous view. The suites are very well designed and equipped so that you are extremely comfortable and can relax without being aware of the other guests. There is excellent car parking and a swimming pool but not the normal large space dedicated to public rooms by simple hotels. The Appellation Restaurant has a great reputation but we found it pretentious, expensive and fussy. The breakfasts, however, provided in your rooms were magnificent as were the helpful and friendly staff.. The Louise is the type of place that you visit and want to stay longer.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2010

This was the ultimate indulgence.

The Louise is situated in an idyllic area just north of Adelaide in the Barossa Valley. The resort is superb, with private suites that are large, comfortable modern and yet cosy at the same time (owing largely to the oversized furniture). They are superb.

Treats include:
- Fruit and cookies on arrival - yum!
- Breakfast each morning, brought to your room and served in one of two terraces / courtyards that each suite has. The food is superb - they think of everything and even have the toast on a hot tile to keep it hot (and not soggy). Wonderful!
- Free internet, which makes checking in at Qantas.com easy the day of departure!
- In-room espresso thanks to a personal Nespresso machine in each room.
- Free DVD's.
- His and hers basins in the bathroom (the bathroom is larger than most hotel rooms!)

The rooms even have a rubber duck with the spa-bath, funny and a nice homely touch.

The resort is nearby the vineyards including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Jacobs Creek etc. And there is ample parking.

Staff are professional, friendly and will do anything they can to assist.

Nearby restaurants that you MUST try include 1918 and the superb Vintners - absolutely wonderful food and service.

I highly recommend this resort as a place to go on a romantic retreat. We look forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 375 Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga, South Australia 5355, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Barossa Valley > Marananga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Marananga
Price Range: $448 - $1,534 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Louise 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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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