I was looking for a quiet weekend away with my partner. I decided on the Denman because I had heard so many fantastic things about it from friends, and to be honest, it was even better than what I had expected! Fantastic views of the mountain, the friendliest and most engaging staff imaginable (and that went from the owners/management, across to all of the waiting staff in the restaurants and the incredibly knowledgable and witty bartender), comfortable bed, an affordable price, with a great breakfast too!
The Terrace restaurant deserves an entry all to itself. The staff were courteous, knowledgable of finest details of all of the dishes and wines, and were both highly entertaining and more than willing to offer advice on the local area's activities.
After finishing my a great dinner, that was in fact CHEAPER than when we normally go out, I discovered that the restaurant was actually the restaurant of the year in the ACT and southern NSW, and it showed.
The bar downstairs the Apres bar attracts a lively and fun bunch, with a great bartender who knew his drinks inside out and stocked a fantastic local and international range of spirits. I threw a couple of obscure cocktail requests his way, and not only did he know all of them, he offered a personal twist on each if I was so inclined. He is worth his weight in gold as a barman, having worked around the world, he has more than a yarn or two to share and is great company as one indulges in a tipple at the end of the day. With a 24 hour license the bar has done well to maintain a lively, fun, but not at all obnoxious feel (as I have become accustomed to in other 24 hour licensed bars around the world)
Do yourself a favour if you are looking for a great place to stay with great wine and song, you honestly can't go past this place in summer or winter (for the record I have come down this time for summer, but this will become my regular winter haunt).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Denman Thredbo, is a family run hotel with an emphasis on warm and friendly service, it is the ideal place to stay, play, relax and enjoy all that the beautiful Snowy Mountains has to offer. One of the first properties built in Thredbo, the building which now houses The Denman has been welcoming visitors since 1962. In keeping with the heritage of our beginnings the rooms are compact and comfortable with the added character of an older style ski chalet. Many of our rooms have views of the mountain and thanks to our central location, you are just a stones throw away from the village square with its cafes shops and bars. The chairlifts are a five minute stroll and if you don't feel like walking the village shuttle bus is at our doorstep (winter only). Take some time out from the outdoors in the Library, Terrace Restaurant or Apres Bar and soak up the ambience and old world charm of our hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Denman Hotel Thredbo Village