A group of us stayed at Tower Lodge for the weekend whilst attending a Wedding in the vineyards.
Firstly, I would have to say that in comparison to other accommodation houses in Pokolbin, Tower isn't too bad. The problem we had however was that whilst it might be twice as good as most 4 to 41/2 star properties, its actually 4 and 5 times more expensive.
We are used to paying fairly considerable money for good accommodation etc, and believe that if Tower wants to operate at this upper level, it must offer more. Better service, more attention to detail, a higher level of refurbishment, most of the furniture is reproduction faux European and the buildings are pretty tacky hacienda style design.
Basically Tower Lodge needs to start providing value for money. There are countless examples of this when you stay, especially when it comes to the wine list. We estimated that some of the wines were in fact marked up by 800%, which just leaves a bad taste in your mouth, no pun intended.
In closing, for what you pay you can get a suite at a real 5 star lodge in New Zealand or the Nappa Valley and be in Heaven. For us at least, Tower falls short and is just pretending to be like so many other world renown lodges that really get it right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tower Lodge is the only truly intimate World class luxury Lodge in the Hunter Valley region, accommodating a maximum of 24 guests at any one time. The Lodge is not only luxurious, but also offers a stage to create your own special experience, one that will become your benchmark for years to come. Located at Tower Estate in the Hunter Valley, Australia the Lodge was recognised as the best "Luxury Lodge" for 2010 at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Tower Lodge represents all that is Unique, Intimate and Luxurious. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tower Lodge - Relais And Chateaux
- Tower Lodge - Relais & Chateaux Hotel Pokolbin
- Tower Lodge Pokolbin
- Pokolbin Tower Lodge
- Tower Lodge Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin