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“A fautless experience”
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The Ark Stanley
Ranked #1 of 7 Stanley B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Balliang Australia
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22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A fautless experience”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Like other reviewers,where do we begin.On arrival we were warmly greeted by our hostess Rhonda who showed us to our spectacular room with harbour views and natural light.We were blown away by the sheer luxury of the room with every need thought of.The shower was the biggest and best we have ever had.The Ark is in walking distance of all restaurants and all the interesting shops.I wish we had of stayed longer.Thanks heaps Chris and Rhonda ,what you have achieved is a credit to you both

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Thanks Nick N for taking the time to leave a review for us here. We were fortunate enough to have been your hosts for your short time in Stanley and we are happy to hear both you and your lovely wife enjoyed your stay with us as well. It's a bit of a distance but hopefully you can make it back again soon. Best wishes Rhonda
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Launceston, Australia
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Wow you really need to stay at The Ark, we were even welcomed to the property while we were unpacking our car, how personal is that, totally loved that. The rooms are amazing and nothing is a problem for the owners. Everything about The Ark is fantastic and would recommend you book in for your night at a beautiful beautiful property

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
It was a pleasure to have shared our location with you on New Year's Eve and we were glad you chose to travel from your spot in Tasmania to be in Stanley. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us and for sharing your thoughts. A safe and happy new year to you both. Rhonda
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Melbourne
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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 review, 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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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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 review, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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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 review, 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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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 review, 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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Ashmore, Australia
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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.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, 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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Property: 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 7 B&Bs / Inns in Stanley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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