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“The perfect place the stay in Stanley - we couldn't have asked for more”
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The Ark Stanley
Ranked #1 of 8 Stanley B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Well where do I even begin? From the exterior The Ark is a stunning property sitting right on Stanleys waterfront. Upon arrival to The Ark we were personally greeted by our wonderful host Rhonda - we were shown to our room and settled in. The property is truly spectacular, recently renovated everything is perfectly shiny and new. The small details Rhonda and Chris put into the property really make it shine. The sherdian robes, and towels, the perfect linen, the bathroom and shower was fantastic, even a cookie jar full of tim tams for a late night cuppa. We stayed in The Corinthian which is one of the lower cost rooms, so we didn't have a view of the water, however this didn't matter as the room was great. We were able to see the two front rooms with the view of the water, and they were stunning. We arrived on Boxing Day so a lot of the eateries in Stanley were closed, however Rhonda provided us with a list of everything that was available in the area. We were even lucky enough to do some fishing with Chris who was able to share lots of wonderful experiences of the local area. Breakfast was a treat, with fresh orange juice and strawberries from the garden. We have travelled to Tasmania several times (and this was our third time in Stanley) and this was by far one of our most memorable experiences in a B&B. We will be back here again as soon as we can, and we will be choosing The Ark.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

We really enjoyed meeting you both and having the opportunity to spend some time with you; farewell drinks at the Stanley hotel a highlight ! Thank you tboandspit for taking the time to leave a review and sharing your visit with others. It is easy to see you definitely enjoy yourself when you visit Stanley and we are happy to have been included in one of your adventures. Perhaps next time we can catch a different species of fish. Rhonda

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Phew, I think I have said it all in the title. The Ark was a pleasant surprise. From the moment we arrived until the time we left we felt secure, cared about and very very comfortable. Each room is decorated beautifully (yes I got to have a look), chocolates, tea and coffee, beautiful towels and a hairdryer were all provided! Our view (from the Anderson room) was magnificent and breakfast was more than one would expect from a continental breakfast. The home grown strawberries, expresso coffee and pumpkin bread were excellent. Thankyou Rhonda and Chris for having us for 3 nights, we will be back for sure....

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

Your review is really appreciated Di S and we very much enjoyed meting yourself and husband H. It was great to hear you had a memorable time with us - yes those views are really wonderful, and the Anderson suite is a favourite. Thanks again Di - we certainly hope to see you again. Rhonda

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

I stayed at the Ark Stanley and found it difficult to fault. I stayed in one of the front rooms downstairs and appreciated the facilities provided. Very nice decor and very modern renovation. The location was excellent, overlooking the water. I thought the pub meal I had was only average, but the breakfast at Moby Dicks was excellent and great value.
Stanley is well worth a visit, and a walk around the top of the Nut is a must..!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Great to hear you had a nice time in Stanley Robbo247, and that you had the stamina for the nut !. We hope you managed to see a great sunset from the front verandah and we look forward to accommodating you again if you manage to make it back this way.

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

Stayed in the Weatherly. The room itself was on the small size but had a well appointed on-suite. Air conditioner for heating (which is over the bed) was noisy, but fortunaty we didn't need it overnight. Clever decor and fittings made the best of the space that was available. Didn't use the balcony as the Council were doing road works right in front. Communication from the Manager who was in Melbourne to enable access to the key worked quite well, but not sure what would have happened if my mobile had not been on. Stanley itself was very interesting and worth the effort to get there. Lovely meal at the hotel.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay in Stanley and concur it is worth the effort. It is certainly a tough choice for dining as the hotel and restaurants in town are all great, and the day attractions will certainly keep you busy. Rest assured the heat pumps in the suites are less than 12 months old. There is a regular maintenance program in place to ensure all equipment is in good working order, and we are pleased to be able to offer remote control heating/cooling for year round comfort. We were happy to have been able to reach you by phone on our first effort and there are definitely other measures in place to contact arriving guests when a phone call is missed. Thank you for your comments.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

I had the whole house to myself and a beautiful room at the front named The Belvedere. It was an unexpected upgrade with communication by mobile from Rhonda who was in Melbourne at the time Double showers,floor heating,towel heating,bathrobes and luxury toweling all perfect.So comfortable with top class restaurants nearby.The whole of The Ark has been renovated and what a fabulous job the owners have done.I can highly recommend this wonderful accomodation and a visit to Stanley.

Room Tip: Front rooms get a marvelous view of the sunsets.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Thank you Minipoodle26 for your review and kind words. It was our pleasure to offer you the upgrade, and we love your photos! Thanks for sharing, and we hope you can return to us one day.

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Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

We regretted just spending one night in Stanley really. The Ark is simply a beautiful, beautiful accommodation literally just in front of the beach. We got upgraded to the Admiral suite which is a wonderful gesture by the owners and the Admiral suite is pure incredible. It occupies the entire second floor of the building and the windows open up to views of the vast Bass straits from all sides of the house except the back. The room is also very tastefully done up, bright and outfitted with modern fixtures which makes it an extremely easy and comfortable place to stay. The lounge chairs, the retro sofa, the vintage dining chairs (which incidentally weigh a ton) all add character to the room. The Ark is so much more a luxury option than a whole lot of 5-star hotels out there. This place deserves unreservedly the highest of praise. I really wish the owners the best and please keep on doing what you've been doing. I do recommend any visitor to Tasmania to make a detour to Stanley, if only to stay at the Ark, but also visit the quaint little town of Stanley which currently isn't overrun by tourists and incidentally has very decent restaurants too!

Stayed: December 2013
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

You're quite a distance away Marvinhah but we do hope you can return one day and perhaps take the opportunity to not only revisit The Ark, but experience some other great locations in Tasmania, of which there are many. Your kind words are much appreciated and we are extremely happy to hear your time in Stanley was memorable. We are glad too that the offer of the upgrade to the Admiral suite upstairs was accepted and well received; we love those views upstairs so much that we just have to share them when we can. Thank you Marvinhah, wishing you many more happy holidays.

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

We only stayed one night in the Corinthian room and wished it was longer. Although not large and not one of the rooms with the wonderful view we couldn't have been happier. The quality inclusions and décor were second to none. Great value for money with underfloor heating and heated towel racks and bath robes included. The owners have obviously spent a lot of time and effort to get things just right.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

Thank you Carol V for taking the time to leave a review for us, we feel quite special as we see it is the first review you have left. We do hope you can return to stay with us in the warmer months, when you won't necessarily need the heated floor, heated towel rail and fluffy Sheridan bathrobes and instead you can use the airconditioning. It is Tasmania though, so we have to be prepared.! Thanks again Carol V, happy travels.

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Additional Information about The Ark Stanley

Address: 18 Wharf Rd, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Stanley
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Stanley
Price Range: $140 - $192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Ark Stanley 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Guest House The Ark Stanley is situated in Stanley Tasmania, a restored period residence, positioned directly opposite Tatlow’s Beach and at the base of the plug of an extinct volcano standing approximately 150 metres high, known as The Nut. Our location takes in sweeping views across Sawyers Bay, and of course upward to the impressive and towering Nut. The Circular Head area, and the township of Stanley in particular, is a much-loved tourist destination and has something for all, be they adventurer, explorer, naturalist, historian, fisherman, romantic or holidaymaker. The residence has recently been tastefully restored, renovated and enhanced. With an eclectic decor, paying homage to yesteryear and planning for the future, an outstanding home has been created which is proudly offered for guest accommodation. We look forward to making your stay enjoyable. ... more   less 
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