The Healesville Hotel has everything going for it: huge old-fashioned bedrooms that haven't been divided up to accomodate poxy ensuites, wonderful dining room with really good food , a really interesting food shop next door that could have only been put together by people who genuinely love and know their ingredients.
It is not perfect: on the night we were there one of the two bathrooms was out of order and the other is probably a bit cosy for a whole hotel full of guests (we were there on unfashionable Tuesday, but I did wonder what it'd be like on say Friday night). Their meet and great is pretty average (surely the first thing you say to a guest isn't "can I see your credit card, please" - maybe something like "Welcome to the heaslesville Hotel, let me show you your room, where have you come from, here is the bathroom, when you've got a minute we'll go through the formalites..." would have been nice. Especially as the waiting guest with suitcases has to stand in the dining room a while feeling self conscious.
And there was one other gripe: a really toxic exploded garbage bag near our car when we got in the next day. Unfortunately the garbage is stored next to the guest car park?!
BUT I would like to point out that the staff who were rather odd when we arrived were really nice the rest of the night. We had a great time. This is not an expensive hotel, the room was much better than a motel for the same price and they have a wonderful product/concept. Bit of slack management but with luck by the time you stay they'll be a bit more vigilent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old world charm with new world style, this classic country hotel is at the heart of the Yarra Valley.With it's outstanding food and wine the hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Healesville Hotel Yarra Valley