We stayed for a couple of nights in a Gardenview bungalow at The Station (the hub of El Questro). The room was fine, very spacious easily coping with a family of four (there were only two of us). There was a small outdoor patio which overlooked the green lawns and river. Most pleasant having your morning coffee on the terrace while listening to the bird calls. The appointments were good without being outstanding, the bar fridge worked well as did the air-conditioner and the relatively small TV. The bathroom was enormous, but there was only limited hanging and storage space. The room was very clean and smelt fresh although the dark brown towels and bedspreads were a bit drab (but practical I suppose).
The grounds are excellent with much green grass and shady trees. The facilities (station bar, shop and reception) are fine and there is a guest laundry (to my wife’s delight). There is no swimming pool but one is not needed due to the closeness of the river with its deep swimming holes and shallow beaches suitable for kids. The creek is well shaded so sun is not a problem and we enjoyed a couple of swims.
The staff were good. Some, including the Chamberlain Gorge guides, were excellent but a couple were quite off-hand. Still, overall, we received good service. There was a small problem with our booking, not being allocated to the bungalow we requested. However, in the end this did not matter since our room was fine. The staff were very apologetic, we were charged the correct rate and received a complementary bottle of wine. A very satisfactory ending and good customer service, thanks guys.
We arrived on a Tuesday and noticed the bar had a ‘bar food menu’. We decided to eat in the Steakhouse Restaurant that night and sample the bar food the following night. When we arrived at the bar the following night we were told there was no bar food that night This was a bit of a problem since we had not booked in the restaurant and so had to be part of the very last sitting. We looked around the bar and shop for any signs relating to the availability of bar food but there were none! I suggest future travellers check carefully when bar food is available if they are looking for an alternative to the restaurant. This, and the booking mix-up, suggest that administrative procedures are perhaps not as tight as they should be.
The scenery around El Questro is outstanding! There is a wide range of activities and tours. We managed Zebedee springs , Chamberlain Gorge and point 6 in Emma Gorge. The trails are well marked and it was fun to see the little blue squares that mark a track disappearing over large rocks and boulders that seemed impenetrable. Our only disappointment was that we did not have more time and that through lack of planning we missed a tour we really wanted to do (we left it too late to book). We suggest travellers who have limited time plan carefully beforehand since there is so much good stuff to see. Also don’t be too put off by the ‘difficulty’ of some walks. We were very hesitant and thus failed to do some walks that we later found we could have managed. We must come back to cover what we missed!
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