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Summit Ridge Alpine Lodge
Ranked #2 of 3 Falls Creek B&B and Inns
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south africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“fabulous food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2010

We stayed in a mez room for 3 nights. Great location with ski in/out. Helpful and friendly staff and the food was sensational. I am a Cordon Bleu trained cook and I could not fault our dinners - truly delicious and a good wine list. The Mez room are smaller than they look on the net and a very steep ladder. Comfortable king size bed but the decor a little dated - some fresh white linen and larger towels could go a long way! Bathroom basic standard motel/hotel style but the bath is not full length for the tall folk like me. We had a white-out, windy day so did not go up the mountain and got an in- house massage which was pricey ( as you would expect ) but very good. TV VERY SMALL and not great reception but you can cope with that. Breakfast was fine and generally a nice warm atmosphere it was a shame you could not relax in front of the fire during the day as the dining room/sitting area is closed after breakfast until the evening. One thing that drove me mad was the Beatles music at every breakfast! There is another small, lounge for guests but not that cosy. I would certainly go again - not 5 * but very comfortable and good on all fronts.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2010

Well, after my partner and I booked our holiday ski package we began to read reviews of the Summit Ridge Alpine Lodge and noticed some varying differences with personal accounts of their stays, so we had to wait and see for ourselves so that we may form our own opinion. On our return we were motivated to provide our own review, which, we hope, will appeal to anyone who appreciates a carefree, no-fuss, holiday.

The accommodation: Adequate. This may seem like a dull turn to use, but what I am saying is that if you are looking for a spacious 5 star resort room you may be a little dissappointed. Having never been skiing before I had no idea what to expect, but my partner told me that this far exceeded any ski lodge she had stayed at for a similar price. Adequate was all we needed. We had a lounge to sit on to watch TV. We had a roomy bathroom with a bath; and for those who have returned from a day of skiing will know - a hot, deep bath is possibly the most relaxing and soothing luxury imaginable. Upstairs was a king size bed - again very rewarding at the end of a day on the slopes. Each window in the lodge has beautiful views; whether it be from the restaurant or from our room. There was plenty of space to hang and stack our clothes, a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and pretty much everything that we needed. It was modern, clean, fresh and serviced as often as we wanted.

The restaurant: Possibly the most superb food I have ever tasted. We knew that the restaurant had won many awards, so the expectation was high. The food excelled our expectations. We tried nearly everything on the menu and was surprised at how perfect the flavours came together. They have a huge range of some of the best quality wines available, and were able to match a wine to perfectly compliment each course.

The staff: This is what will make the difference between a wonderful, memorable experience and a holiday easily forgotten. The hosts were superb. Their professionalism and attention to detail ensured that we were looked after and had everything that we needed. Each member of the "team" were exceptional in their helpful service and friendly manner. If we needed to employ staff, we would have stolen them all! Thank you all so much for the above and beyond service and help you provided.

The experience: My partner and I would wake up in the morning, wander dow to the restaurant for a beautiful cooked breakfast, grab our ski gear and head for the slopes. Then at the end of the day we'd return from the slopes, leave our ski gear in the drying room, stagger to our room, have a bath and a glass of wine before dinner. We would spend much of the day deciding what wonderful meal we would have that night. We then would have an after dinner drink on the lounge by the fire, before making our way to our heated room for a cosy night in. Each guest we bumped into during the day made similar raving comments.

The conclusion: We loved it, and will definately return again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2010

They sell it as a 4 and a half star resort.The rooms are 2 to 3 star at best, mezzanine style , VERY SMALL, and very dated. Frankly a shade above backpacker standard in my opinion.
The resturant is the only thing this property has going for it and even that is over hyped by managment.
Service is inconsistant, Wendy is nice however the less said about Simon the better. Given the price vs the standardMy advise would be , stay elswhere and check in to the resturant while your up there.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2010

I stayed in Summit Ridge for the first time last year and I must say I was very impressed. Being able to put my skis on and slide to a lift from out the front of the lodge was such a treat. The lodge itself is kept immaculately clean and the restaurant is simply gorgeous. Wendy and Simon and the entire team were so helpful and accommodating during our stay which is really comforting being so far from home. I would not hesitate in recommending this hotel to people who want a fantastic lodge experience, fine food and wine and a location second to none. Great holiday.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2010

Summit ridge is the perfect alpine escape from the city. The lodge is absolutely immaculate and the friendly owners were always around to assist us with any questions we had about falls creek. The room was a great size and serviced daily so it was nice to come back from a day skiing to a fresh clean room everyday. They also have the float tank which we found the best way to get rid of the aches and pains of a day on the mountain. I wish i could have my own. Summit ridge also has a restaurant which in our opinion the best dining experience falls creek has to offer. The dining room is beautiful with leather couches in front of a fire place and very smart and contempary layout of dark wood tables and leather bound chairs. Just walking into the dining room is a very warm and welcoming feel. The food we had was unbelievable. I had gnocchi to start and my girlfriend had parpadelle which we are told is all hand made in house by the chefs and was amazing. I dont think you see that much at falls creek. For mains My girlfriend had duck and i had the slow cooked rack of lamb. We were speechless at the quality of food to come out of a ski lodge setting. All this was complimented with a while list a could have sat and chipped away at for days. The staff were very switched on with the wine and pairing to the dishes we selected. Overall we had an amazing time at summit ridge, ive just booked our holiday for this year again at summit and cannot wait to get there. Truely exceptional.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank happytraveller80033
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ACT
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2009

Very nicely renovated, classy and romantic dining room - just as the pics on their website. Beautiful view of snow laden gum trees as you have your meal. Meals were ok - they do try, but did not have the flavor, snap and pop I'd expect from a top class restaurant that they're trying to be. Also, vegetarians, dont bother - nothing for you on the menu and well, you'll get the dish sans meat. Service was pretty good - once or twice we got the sense that it was a bit forced. Wendy was great however, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. Pre-paid guests might have had a slightly shorter menu than other diners - what we saw on the display board outside was different to the menus given to us during our stay. Facilities were excellent, drying rooms, etc, ski in, ski out, not far from the runs & ticket office. Just be aware that it'll cost you close to $100 in oversnow transport to get you gear up there and back to the car park. Didn't see much of Simon, except when he was lighting the fire or working on his ski-do parked outside. The mezzanine suite is in reality a lot smaller than the photos suggest, and don't drink too much - the stairs up to the mezzanine is little more than a ladder (you can't turn you back to it and walk down). Sure we'll stay there again, we had a great time - just next time we'll try to haggle a more fitting cheaper price....

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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4 Thank sanshar
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2009

The best thing about Summit Ridge is definitely the location and the dining area which features in the photos on their website. However the rooms are basic, and we had a few 'issues' such as being unable to get wireless from our room, and feeling like we were imposing somewhat by requesting a vegetarian alternative to their 'all meat' menu. Staff were generally great apart from one less than helpful person on our last day there, which was a shame. Very accessible from the ski field but be aware that there are a few logistical issues in gettting a lot of gear up on oversnow transport.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Summit Ridge Alpine Lodge
Address: 8 Schuss St, Falls Creek, Victoria 3699, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Falls Creek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Falls Creek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Summit Ridge Alpine Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Summit Ridge Alpine Lodge is the definition of a true mountain lodge featuring a huge stone open fire place, large leather couches with exceptional food, wine and ambiance. With recently upgraded suites and under new management we invite you to experience the dedicated, friendly service in one of Falls Creek’s finest boutique ski lodges.Our superb position on the highest street in Falls Creek provides true ski in - ski out access, quiet seclusion and spectacular views. Enjoy our exclusive mezzanine suites with a king size bed and amenities over two levels or our deluxe queen suites. Both have full size bathrooms with a bath for that relaxing soak. These suites have been designed for discerning guests who value space, refinement and privacy. Indulge yourself with the amazing flavours and aromas of our restaurant, and explore our wine list with over 200 fine wines. Spend the evening nestled by the roaring log fire with a glass of wine, curl up with a selection from our library or warm up and relax in our sauna or spa. ... more   less 
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