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Qdos Arts Treehouses
Ranked #5 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Lorne
Reviewed June 27, 2013

When we arrived, there is no obvious reception. I had to go through the art gallery (which was lovely) into the cafe (which was busy and looked nice but we didn't get a chance to try it) to ask where to check in. They were able to assist us with checking in, after a short wait. The lady showed us to the room which was far away from the gallery. Nice and secluded, however with no vehicle access. The car was so far away that we couldn't be bothered to take our bags out and trek them up the hill to our room (not that there was space in the room to open them), that we just removed what we need from them. The room is tiny. It is cute and I like the Japanese theme. I have never been to Japan so this was a novelty for me. We enjoyed sitting on the floor at the little table, after we got back from dinner. Breakfast was delivered in the morning. We were only offered breakfast from 9am to 10am, which is a little late. It was a continental breakfast which is fine, but the toast is cold by the time they can get it to the room. There was no key to lock the door. (Another reason why we didn't take our bags to the room)
It was a lovely experience, but don't expect too much.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We booked a weekend to celebrate 25 yrs of marriage. We thought it was strange not having TV or radio in the rooms. It was fantastic. It made you relax even more. Hosts couldn't do more for us. Breakfasts were lovely and relaxing and accommodation the same. Well worth the visit if in need of a relaxing time. thanks

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

First of all it was a 35 degree day and there was no aircon only a fan it was way to hot to sleep..there is no fan in the bathroom so when you have a shower it turns into a sauna..lighting is terrible you would see better if you lite a candle..bed was extremely uncomftable woke up with a stiff neck and back after both nights..the free breakfast you get is etheir muesli or 1 slice of toast with jam..that was a bit disappointing..in saying that the location was amazing but not a 15 Minuite walk from the beach like they told us and the people were very nice..but really not worth the $300 a night.. It has me stumped that in this day in age in Australia you can not have a aircon in the room!!!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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4  Thank Boj4687
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We only had a short stay of one night here just passing through. But my partner and I LOVED it! Such a perfect place to relax and watch nature! Very comfy beds and beautiful surroundings to wake up to. Japanese style rooms are that extra touch to make the rooms like no other.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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1  Thank Hali1986
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Just spent 2 wonderful nights at this very relaxing destination. The accomodation was exactly as described on the website, the staff were friendly and attentive, and the grounds were so very peaceful we didn't want to leave.
The treehouse itself was spotless, not a bug to be found ( not sure how they achieve this as being amongst the gum trees it's very hard to keep the bugs and spiders away)
The grounds were so relaxing with the lake a lovely place to sit and watch the day pass by.
Loved the cafe and art galary.
We will definately be returning..hopefully very soon

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank RandJd
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

Despite being a couple of kilometres from the centre of Lorne's busy shopping and dining Esplanade, Qdos Treehouses are set in bushland and feel hundreds of kilometres away.
Each one is beautifully finished, with nice touches like the bathroom counter made from a polished tree, handmade cups and ramekins made on site, and the shoji screens and tatami mats. Other reviews have complained about the size, but they are clearly designed for two people, and while not like an apartment, each treehouse is much bigger than some hotel rooms I've seen.

The bed was very comfortable, and the room had ample heating and hot water. The rooms don't have a TV or phone (but there's ample 3G reception if you need it) giving you a chance to avoid modern day distractions.

The breakfast was fantastic- large bowls of homemade muesli with fruit and yoghurt, freshly squeezed juice, and large slabs of delicious toast with homemade jam. All presented on their organic-looking ceramics.

Aside from a few spots that looked like they were missed by the vacuum, and a blackout on a particularly stormy night (out of control of the Qdos staff of course) our treehouse stay was really special, and we would recommend it to anyone looking to try something different to the run of the mill hotels/apartments in Lorne.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank jmcf171
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

We stayed at Qdos in winter 2010. The room itself was TINY. We were asked to remove our shoes before entering. The bed took up approx 20% of the entire floorspace (inc bathroom and kitchen area). The room was very difficult to heat. The shower leaked, making the floor slippery. The water temperature for the bath was luke warm. If we opened the blinds, people could see in from the gallery. The lighting was terrible, too dark. Plunger coffee and handmade mugs were a nice touch., although milk was not refilled. Overall very disappointing for $250 per night despite the beautiful location.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank RCAH82
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Address: 35 Allenvale Rd, Lorne, Victoria 3232, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Lorne
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Ranked #5 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Lorne
Price Range: $260 - $330 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Qdos Arts Treehouses 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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