Stayed at Rottnest Lodge for the Oz Day long weekend in a lakeside room. I have to agree with other reviewers that (like the rest of Rottnest) it is a rip-off for what is provided. There is no air-conditioning, even though the room was supposed to be a “Superior King Room” – fortunately it wasn’t a heatwave that weekend! There was also clearly insufficient staff in key areas as housekeeping did not come until mid-afternoon – interrupting a pleasant post-swim siesta. There was a problem with the plumbing resulting in an unpleasant smell in the ensuite the whole weekend as there didn’t seem to be anyone available for maintenance.
The included buffet breakfast was only served between 7:30 and 9:30 and the seating area is too small for the number of rooms/guests the Lodge can accommodate, resulting in a wait for a table regardless of the time one went to breakfast. The menu choices were pretty basic and prone to run out frequently, with again a wait for replenishment.
Reception staff were friendly and welcoming but limited in knowledge of island activities/options.
The natural beauty of Rottnest is undeniable and the walking/cycling/bus culture a refreshing change from other resort locations, but quality accommodation and food outlets are seriously lacking. The Rottnest Lodge tries to market itself as an upmarket short-duration choice compared to the RIA units/cottages but sadly it is not.
If you must stay on the island and can’t get into an RIA unit/cottage, and you find the Rottnest Hotel too noisy, then the Lodge is really the only other choice. The mid-priced rooms are probably best value, but the lakeside rooms have the advantage of peace and quiet.
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- Also Known As:
- Rottnest Hotel Rottnest Island
- Rottnest Island Hotel