Lorne is a strange place. We arrived after dark and it looked like a run down dump. The following morning, with the sun out and the ocean sparkling, it was a lovely seaside and surfing town.
We flew into Melbourne and drove out to Lorne - BEWARE - road signs in Melbourne seem non existant from the airport! - and didn't see much of the initial Ocean Road as it was getting dark.
We booked the Cumberland as a one night sleep over on the way along the Ocean Road as Lorne was the first reasonably sized place you came to. I suppose our problem with it was that it was a come down after places like Lizard Island, Lilianfels etc etc.
It is what it says - a resort complex of tidy if souless apartment style blocks overlooking the beach. Our room was part superb, part awful. The lounge, kitchen area was great, and in the morning had superb views of the ocean. However, the bathroom was a very odd shape and cramped, and the bedroom was just dreadful. The bed was a very small just about double and there was virtually no room for anything else. The bedroom also backs onto the corridors and walkways at the back of the block so was rather noisy.
The place also could have done with a better clean - long dark hairs in the bath/shower and on the bathroom floor.
There is a decent car park under the hotel, but arriving at night it all felt a bit threatening and deserted.
The view of the ocean makes up for a lot and it is not really expensive but we were glad to move on.
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