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“Quite a gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Athelstane House

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Athelstane House
Ranked #1 of 9 Queenscliff B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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412 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Quite a gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

This boutique hotel is a fabulous experience. The hotel has charm presumably dating from 20's or 30's. Lovely public spaces including wonderful, wide verandas where you can happily lose yourself in a book for the afternoon or enjoy a drink. Rooms are very smart, completely refurbished with great bathrooms attached. Ours was indeed small (we chose a small room) and probably not recommended for more than one night. The breakfast (included) was excellent. The complimentary pre dinner drink was appreciated. Staff are so friendly and welcoming. And, a great dinner - not an extensive menu but great options.

Room Tip: Room 4 is very small
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

My now fiance and I stayed here for the long weekend in January (Australia Day). When we arrived we were blown away with how welcoming staff were, we were walked to our room and given complimentary drinks! The hotel is located pretty much in the centre of town! Perfect location, we walked everywhere! The food was amazing!! Beyond amazing! We will definitely be back as my partner proposed to me on the balcony, will be a special place for us for years to come! We had such a relaxing weekend and cannot wait to visit again! Special thanks to Richard for your hospitality!
Kirsty Balcombe

  • Stayed January 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

My fiance and I truly enjoyed our stay at Athelstane House. The service was so warm and genuine and we were made to feel right at home in this boutique accommodation. We took the smallest room, yet didn't feel cramped. Having access to a cosy common room downstairs and a balcony area upstairs where you can enjoy the seabreeze on deck chairs made us feel we were staying at a home, rather than a hotel. The bed was comfy, the linen crisp and clean and the bathroom nice and spacious. A delicious a la carte breakfast in the lovely dining area and complimentary drinks were included in the price of the room. We stayed there two nights and my fiance had the eggs benedict (on toasted brioche) twice, it was so good. The decor was just right too - simple and tasteful; no gawdy beach art and paraphernalia that you tend to find at many seaside accommodations. So many reasons to go back if the management keeps all this up, especially the wonderful attitude to service. Kudos! Thank you, Athelstane House.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Just before Christmas my daughter and I had 2 nights at Althelstane House. Overall we enjoyed our stay. Noisy children at such a venue are unfortunate. The rooms vary in size and worth choosing a more expensive one. The restaurant and service were very good.

Room Tip: The more expensive the better the rooms.Back rooms are quieter I think.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

My wife and I finished a week long tour of the Great Ocean Road by spending 2 nights at the Athelstane Hotel in Queenscliff. This small hotel is a absolute delight, with great character and a real air of relaxation. If you are looking for a 5 star setup with polished marble bathrooms and all the bells and whistles-this isn't the place for you. Rather if you are looking for a very laid back, relaxing environment with clean comfortable rooms and access to a restaurant that serves outstanding meals, then visit the Athelstane. Richard and his staff are extremely friendly and helpful and this is by far one of the best hotel experiences I have enjoyed. We'll be coming back.

Our second night was briefly interrupted by the fire alarm activating, due to the sensitive nature of the detectors. False alarm so no need to worry. As a result the staff of Athelstane House declared breakfast to be a champagne breakfast with bubbly complimentary to those who felt like a glass or two.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

A wonderful little hotel with the best customer service l have come across in a long time. Thank you Richard for being so attentive and friendly. As soon as we walked in we knew we had chosen well. Relaxed straight away.
We stayed in the court yard room and it was perfect size, cosy and bright and all the furnishings are nicely put together. The bed and pillows were so comfortable. Unfortuanately we could only stay one night but we are planning to go back soon. Breakfast was delicious in their very nice restaurant.
We highly recommend Athelstane House.
Your kind of customer service makes the biggest difference. Thanks again!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Victoria, Australia
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110 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

I agree with all the positive reviews and recommend selecting a room with a private balcony. This is not a 5 star Melbourne hotel but neither is it of the souless variety- it exudes charm and the character filled sitting rooms, the broad verandahs and the ever obliging staff mean that this is an experience not just a place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Athelstane House
Address: 4 Hobson St, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Queenscliff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Queenscliff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Athelstane House 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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