We stayed at the Heritage Trail Lodge for two nights in January 2013.
The location is within walking distance of downtown Margaret River (though be warned that the sidewalk ends and you have to cross a curving street with fairly fast moving traffic for a good portion of the walk...a bit intimidating at night). The rooms have almost a cabin-like feel to them, despite being attached. We had an end unit (#8) that faced the woods and was dead quiet since other units block the traffic noise in front.
The unit itself is incredibly large - essentially one large square room. The linens were quite nice and the mattress extremely plush and comfortable. There's a television DVD player, some chairs, a mini fridge, night stands, and rolling frosted glass windows to the bathroom.
The bathroom is also quite large and has a two-person jacuzzi tub, sink, and shower and toilet stall (also with the same frosted glass).
The back wall is all glass, with floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors that lead to a semi-private deck overlooking the woods (if you look straight out you see nothing but woods, but to the side you can see your neighbors deck and they can see yours).
An air-conditioning unit built into the wall helps cool the place on hot summer days.
However, despite the size of the unit and the amenities, the units are extremely over-priced for what you get. Although the bedding was quite nice, the rest of the space (carpet, drapes, laminated counter) felt dated. The bathrooms were really old-looking with the dated frosted glass, and strained grout in the tiles. The jacuzzi is a nice touch, but it takes what feels like an eternity to fill (especially if the neighboring unit is filling theirs simultaneously, as was the case with us). After all that preparation, the jets also aren't powerful enough to really make it worth the effort. The property would be better off installing a single hot tub outside on the property that is filled with water all the time versus having 10 individual units all filling tubs constantly. Similarly, water pressure/temperature can fluctuate if somebody else is using water at another sink, toilet, tub, or shower.
Breakfast was decent (self-serve), mostly cereals, fruits, yogurts, breads, and cheeses from local businesses. There is also a DVD collection you can borrow from to bring to your room, plus a handful of games (like Scrabble).
The experience was comfortable, but not even remotely luxury, as they would make you believe. For $299/night, we expected much more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled among the towering Karri trees of the Bramley National Park this lovely boutique hotel is ideally located an easy 10 minute walk from Margaret River township. The ten spacious, stylish suites feature large 2 person spa baths, balcony overlooking the forest, blissful king size beds, LCD TV, DVD player, Foxtel, movies, air-conditioning, free wi-fi and a host of extras. A delicious, buffet continental breakfast of local produce is included daily for all guests.Three Luxury Indulgence Spa Suites have been completely refurbished with designer decor and deluxe bathroom. Each suite is decorated with a different theme inspired by the local environment:- the Boranup Suite with the relaxing green hues of the forest; the Yallingup Suite with colours inspired by the sea and beach; and the Leeuwin Suite with its rich earthy shades of the autumn vineyards. Each Luxury suite has its own private balcony with stunning views directly into the forest with its tall Karri tress and abundant birdlife. Other extra's to make you feel completely indulged are chaise lounge, large LCD TV, plush bath robes, luxury linen and quality throughout.The five Forest View Spa Suites have the same peaceful view directly into the forest from the balcony. They are each decorated with furniture hand-crafted from a hundred year old pine tree that was originally planted on the Lodge site by Margaret River settlers last century. The two Garden Spa Suites are also decorated with furniture from the settlers pine tree. They are located at the front of the property with balcony views to the forest across the small car park and highway.Sit back with a glass of Margaret River Wine and enjoy the lush gardens, abundant birdlife and stunning forest views or enjoy leisurely walks through the tranquil Karri forest and adjoining river trails. Green Star Awarded, this environmentally friendly Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heritage Trail Hotel Margaret River