Encountering great front-of-house staff is always a nice start to a stay, and Ruth, who was on duty when my friend and I checked in, was friendly, professional and couldn't have been more helpful.
Our room which faced the carpark was cheerfully swapped for another which overlooked nearby fields, complete with grazing cattle.
The grounds of this hotel/motel are pleasant and there is an indoor pool and spa which sadly we didn't have a chance to try but have earmarked for a return visit. As my companion and I had just returned from a three-day trek on Maria Island on the east coast, the spa would have been most welcome. We felt the room and facilities offered good value for money. There are also self-catering cottages on the grounds which front onto a small waterway.
Our standard room was large and comfortable, with a good-sized bathroom with plenty of towels.
A word about the restaurant, however. Unlike some other reviewers here, our food was quite good; I had a roasted duck breast and my companion, a gluten-avoiding vegetarian, found a seafood offering to her liking. Food service was pleasant and prompt, but the bar service was, quite simply, appalling. The large dining room was less than half full, but the three bar staff on duty were completely overwhelmed by the workload. Despite being told we would get table service, the drinks waitress never came near us. I approached the bar three times in an effort to order a bottle of wine which eventually arrived halfway through our meals (which were cold by that stage as we foolishly decided to wait for the wine before realising we'd be waiting a long time). The staff were serving both the main bar of the hotel as well as the dining room, and there were clearly grossly understaffed. Probably not their fault, but not nearly good enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tall Timbers offers modern 4 star accommodation located at the gateway to the Tarkine Wilderness in North West Tasmania. We offer a range of accommodation options from studio suites through to fully self-contained 1 & 2 bedroom luxury apartments. Guest facilities include an indoor heated pool, spa, gym, tennis court and BBQs set in landscaped grounds. Tall Timbers also has an award winning bistro, bar, bottle-shop, gaming facilities and function rooms available for conferences, weddings or conventions. Free parking at your door, free Wi-Fi and daily newspaper provided. Fully guided luxury 4WD and helicopter tours of the Tarkine can be arranged on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tall Timbers Hotel
- Tall Timbers Tasmania Smithton