We stayed at Tuileries for two nights on the dinner, bed and breakfast package. We enjoyed our relaxing, stress free stay.
The rooms are all an identical layout, but each is furnished and decorated differently. They are spacious and comfortable, as are the bathrooms. Our room and furnishings were in a reasonable to good state of repair/condition. The king sized bed was very comfortable, with plenty of good quality pillows supplied. The towels were also of good quality. Appropriate glasses etc. were provided, and the small fridge had plenty of room for the wine we brought with us and acquired along the way (once we emptied out the mini-bar contents!).
The deck is lovely and the outdoor furniture was comfortable. It was obvious, however, that the outdoor table hadn't been wiped for some time, let alone the chairs. The first six or eight units are overlooking a relatively nice (though probably not operational) vineyard. The remaining units were obviously built later, and though a vineyard has been planted in front of these too (for aesthetic purposes), it has not been at all maintained and was entirely sad looking. Such a pity, as this concept is quite central to Tuileries' sales pitch, and a decent looking vineyard would be relatively easy to achieve. Unfortunately, our room had this relatively sad outlook. If I had my time again, I'd choose one of units 14, 15 or 16. They're at the very end of the row, had more modern decor than the others, and looked across both vineyards on an angle, thus improving the view somewhat.
The food in the restaurant for dinner was very nice. We eat out in Melbourne very regularly, and the food here was certainly comparable. The wine buffet involves five whites and five reds, from which you can taste and pour on a self-serve basis. The charge is $8 per glass (an honor system), with a 'bottomless glass' for $22.50. To be honest, we only found one white we liked, and went straight for the GSM in the reds (which was very nice). But we nonetheless got our money's worth!! The staff in the restaurant (and the attached wine bar, where we enjoyed an after-dinner cocktail one night) were all very friendly and helpful, and appeared genuinely interested in making sure our experience was a good one. It was also really lovely to be able to wonder back to our room after a lovely dinner and more than a couple of drinks... ;-)
Breakfast was held in the on site cafe. The first morning we were told we couldn't have espresso coffee because the waitress 'didn't have the machine on.' This was very disappointing, as the percolated coffee on offer was undrinkable. The second morning, the staff were offering real coffee, though they were so busy we cancelled our coffee order rather than wait our turn in the queue. Real coffee is very important to some of us...this would be one 'point for improvement' I would suggest to Tuileries. The breakfast menu was the usual fare, and of reasonable quality.
Overall, we had a relaxing, enjoyable weekend at Tuileries. The DBB package does represent good value, and we would go again, either alone or with friends.
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- Also Known As:
- Tuileries Hotel Rutherglen