My partner and I stayed 2 nights at the Novotel in the Barossa Valley and were extremely impressed. Our travel agent, Shannon Waldon from the Flight Centre, Aspley, Brisbane, recommended the place.
The basic room was very spacious and included a huge bed, day bed, desk and mini kitchenette with a microwave and stocked bar fridge. What was most impressive was the view from our balcony! And privacy assured as you were able to snuggle in bed and look out over the Barossa with no one able to see in.
After exploring the Barossa for a day, we were able to take back our Maggie Beer purchases and wine from Chateau Tanunda and eat pate, cheese and bread while sipping wine and enjoying the view from our balcony. The free wine tasting from 5 - 6pm was held in the hotel foyer/shop area and topped off the day, as Red Art presented their red wine selection.
The service itself was impeccable. We were treated to detailed instructions of where to go and what to see in the Barossa by Hitesh when we arrived. (We were told later by other staff members how helpful he was to staff and travellers alike with even the littlest things)
Daryl from the Hotel Restaurant (Harry's) could not have been more helpful and attentive throughout our stay. He took the time to say hello and make conversation despite how busy the restaurant was.
We had an issue with the free computer and printer service in the foyer and Sarah Henderson (Manager) did everything in her power (even printing out our travel documents for us!) to find a solution immediately. The staff really made it special.
We were able to book a double massage the day we arrived and the warm oils used were a pleasant surprise. This was expensive, but worth it for the experience. I don't travel well with my stiff and sore joints, so found having a relaxing massage essential to keep traveling around the Barossa. Word of caution, book your spa experience before you arrive as they can be booked out fairly quickly. We were very lucky to get in when we did.
We couldn't find the advertised Gym and will ask about that next time.
The outdoor pool was heated (apparently - as we saw some guests swimming while it was 15 degrees outside) and they had a huge life size chess board next to the pool you could use.
One word of caution for older or disabled travellers - we were allocated an upstairs room (2 storey hotel) which meant you had to use the stairs and walk a fair distance to the foyer area. If you have trouble climbing stairs or walking distances, request a room closer to the foyer and on the lower level.
The room we stayed in had a big bathroom, but little storage facility and a high bath with a shower in it, making it difficult for someone less agile to lift their legs to get in to have a shower.
A great recommendation, Shannon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the picturesque Barossa Valley wine region, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is just a 55 minute drive from Adelaide. Surrounded by world-famous wineries, the resort offers a multitude of features: enjoy a game of golf at Tanunda Pines Golf Course or a treatment at Endota Spa. The resort features 140 rooms with private balconies and kitchenette facilities. It also boasts an award-winning restaurant, tasting room, heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, gymnasium, an 18-hole golf course and refurbished conference facilities for up to 250 delegates. Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is a non-smoking resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Barossa Valley Hotel Rowland Flat
- Novotel Rowland Flat
- Novotel Tanunda
- Tanunda Novotel
- Novotel Barossa Valley Resort Australia