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Bordello Hotel, Bar & Spa
Ranked #12 of 18 Hotels in Echuca
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

The hosts Debbie & Martin O'Kane are great just go to the bar and ask for drink wether it,s beer or wine take Martins recommendation you will not be disappointed
We have been to quite a lot of hotels B&Bs the banter with Martin was great you will get a laugh out of him

Room Tip: We had the French room but the Italian room looked good too the only down side was the staircase to...
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We went to Echuca over the weekend and had the best time. It was a 3 hour drive north of Melbourne and the drive down was really scenic. We arrived in Echuca and my first thoughts were that it was similar to an old western saloon town.
We arrived at the River Gallery Inn and received a very warm welcome from Martin. The tapas restaurant and bar had a really cosy feel to it.
Each rrom is individually themed and we got to stay in the Italian room. The decor was amazing and it had a big fireplace that would be ideal for Winter evenings but we were lucky that the weather was 38 degrees so there was no need for a fire and plenty of need for the Air conditioning that was provided!!
On both the Friday and Saturday night we ended up back at the River Gallery Inn before closing and had a few drinks and great conversation with Martin at the bar, then woke up and had an amazing breakfast courtesy of Deborah. The poached eggs as a couple of people have mentioned, in my opinion are genuinely perfect.
Overall, we had a great time in Echuca and made even more great by hosts Martin and Deborah and because of them we will definitely return.
Thanks

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shepparton, Australia
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed for four nights over the Melbourne Cup weekend and had a fantastic time. The wine bar was a great place to hang out, eat Tapas and enjoy Martins fantastic taste in music. Now the poached eggs seem to have already gotten a mention but once Deb and Martin got a few tips on how to make them from Steve, they are now perfect! Lol! We had a fantastic time and would recommend to anyone with a sense of fun. We will definately go back again as the River Gallery Inn is unique and quirky, just how we like it!. Thanks from Tracey and Steve

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Recently stayed three nights at River Gallery Inn and it was fantastic . The hosts Martin & Deb made our stay very enjoyable. Room was excellent and bed really comfy. Breakfast was delicious and plenty of it.
Wine bar was a great place to chill out and relax. We will be back.
Thanks Marty & Deb

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Our third stay here and the new owners are doing a very good job. We have tried 3 different rooms and all have been good. This time it was the Paddle steamer room. On the ground floor with a very comfortable bed. There is also now no need to go out for an evening meal as the tapas bar is excellent value.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Henty, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Recently had a two night stay at the River Gallery Inn and loved it.Room was terrific with balcony over high street,location is spot on being smack bang in the middle of high st and close to all the attractions,pubs ,paddlesteamers etc.Martin and Debbie are great hosts , friendly and warm.Martin's selection of music in the wine bar was terrific and Deb's tapas menu was truly delicious, could not have asked for a better place to spend a couple of days,would definitely go back,no actually will be back.Thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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RiverGalleryInn, Owner at Bordello Hotel, Bar & Spa, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you so much for your lovely comments and feedback. We look forward to welcoming you at River Gallery Inn again soon.
Debbie and Martin
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Simon (Disappointing stay in Echuca) obviously had a bad trip. Me too - twice, from memory - the first was 18 September 1970 when Jimi passed away and then a few weeks later on October 4 when Janis died.

My wife and I have travelled widely - Turkey, Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, Mongolia, Canada, Alaska, France, Belgium, Italy and many others. We know all there is to know about sub standard accommodation, rip offs, poor customer service and zero star to six star accom.

We loved the accommodation at River Gallery Inn, loved the central location made dining out with a few wines simple and no need for a designated driver, loved the history of the river and the town and most of all loved the great company with Debbie and Martin.Hey and I nearly forgot - we expecially loved Martin's poached eggs. Walking distance to everything including major restaurants, the port and magic Murray River, antique dealers and book shops, cafes, everything. Sit downstairs and listen to Martin's incredible selection of music just passing the day or sipping on an ale or glass of red or nibbling tapas.

Echuca is not the cheapest town in Victoria for accommodation - it is a very popular hideaway with limited accommodation establishments and heritage classifications on every corner - this usually equates to higher rents and costs to the consumer (me) - that is just how it is - if you want to winge about tariffs stay home or try a room in Solovetsky, northern Russia - at the height of the tourist season two single bunk beds will set you back US$270 a night, beers are US$22 each, coffee is Nescafe if you are lucky AND if you want to argue, NOBODY speaks English. Debbie and Martin's River Gallery Inn was Heaven.

Room Tip: Room with balcony overlooking High Street is great - sit outside with a bottle of nice red on a balm...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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RiverGalleryInn, Owner at Bordello Hotel, Bar & Spa, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
Thanks for the lovely review Tony. I would like to explain to those who weren't there, my poached eggs are perfect, but Martin cooked them one day and they were even good enough to serve. LOL Hope to see you back here soon.
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Additional Information about Bordello Hotel, Bar & Spa

Property: Bordello Hotel, Bar & Spa
Address: 578 High St, Echuca, Victoria 3564, Australia (Formerly Echuca's River Gallery Inn)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Echuca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Echuca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bordello Hotel, Bar & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the romantic luxury of one of Victoria's most unique and historical Inns. The River Gallery Inn (circa 1862) offers guests luxury in eight uniquely themed rooms. Guests can choose between: The Grand Spa Suites Colonial Australian, Victorian Luxury Spa Rooms French Provincial, Italian and Paddlesteamer Luxury En-suite Rooms, French and Bordello. Your accommodation includes a full continental plus cooked breakfast. Situated in the historic Port Precinct of Echuca the River Gallery Inn offers the unique experience of a bygone age combined with modern luxury facilities. These facilities include private en-suites, reverse cycle air-conditioning, bar fridges, hair dryers, televisions with DVD players and coffee making facilities. All rooms except the Tuscan have open fireplaces (available May - August, firewood available at Reception $15) to create a special romantic ambiance. A welcoming Wine and Tapas Bar , sunny balconies and a beautiful courtyard ensures a comfortable and romantic stay. We are in the Port Precinct. Park your car and forget about it, enjoy boutique shops, restaurants, the Historic Port of Echuca and of course our Paddlesteamers. ... more   less 
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