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Review of Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

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Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in American River
Knebworth
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3 hotel reviews
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

From the moment we arrived we were made very welcome. Our room was available early(as we had managed to get on the 9 am ferry.) Although they were in the throws of updating some rooms nothing was too much trouble. Our room was large and well appointed. The restaurant served excellent food, generous portions ! All staff were brilliant and seemed to be enjoying their jobs, which was refreshing. We explored most of the Island and loved every moment. Thank you for a great stay.

Room Tip: Rooms that overlook the river, with balconies, have a better view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

The Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge is ideally suited (American River) for exploring Kangaroo Island. The rooms are clean and ok. The restauant is good but not cheap (24 AUD for an indeed excellent breakfast, 30 AUD for a Kangaroo steaks and 8 AUD for 0.3l beer). Unfortunately free WiFi is only available in the hotel lobby and bar, but the lobby closes at 11pm (No internet connection in the rooms). A tipp not ralated to the hotel: Mind that all gas stations on Kangaroo island close in the late afternoon.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed here 2 nights in February and really enjoyed it. The staff were super friendly and also helped us out with early morning breakfasts delivered to our room both days as we had early starts both days. This was such a nice touch- really appreciated a good breakfast to start the day early with.

The place itself looks slightly dated but kind of added to its charm- the place has been there for a while and the pictures of people there many decades ago added a certain sense of history.

We ate in the restaurant both nights and enjoyed it very much both times. Was quite busy on the Saturday but the service was still good.

We did the dolphin dive with Kangaroo Island Marine adventures which I'd highly recommend, although wrap up warm! Was just a 30-40 minute drive to Emu Bay where it departs from.

We also attempted the nocturnal tour one night- basically just had a wander around the area with a torch and saw a few wallabies- we didn't go too far from the hotel, but sure there is lots to see if you venture further out.

Highly enjoyable stay here and on Kangaroo Island as a whole- beautiful place!

Room Tip: We had room 28 which was a sea view room, though is a lot of trees between you and the sea.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

We got a great deal to go to this hotel, and the fantastic and friendly service made it even more worthwhile. Even though they were renovating at the time, the only disruption to us was that the sauna wasn't available. The staff couldn't have been more helpful, and the studio room overlooked the water.

Room Tip: Be prepared for the wetlands smell - but the scenery is worth it, and if you don't like it, just...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

Imagine sitting on the veranda of your studio room watching the black swans have breakfast while the sun rises over the American River estuary, while the parrots and magpies chortle and chirp in the trees overhead. Magical moments indeed!
The studio rooms are spacious and well equipped with a small " kitchenette" and dining area, couch, king size bed, single bed, walk-in wardrobe, extra storage and large verandas. Parking is right outside the room. The pool is large enough to swim very short laps. The barbecue area is adjacent to the pool and dining area, and the staff are happy to furnish you with all equipment needed for a personal use of the BBQ. Special thanks to Felix, who was very helpful. The hotel is well-placed for exploration of KI by car. Some of the best beaches are relatively ( KI standard) close by. Best beachs hint: Pennington for surf, Island Beach for wide white sand, calm, clear water and no people, and Frenchman's Rocr in Penneshott for reliable dolphin experiences. Recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

Well run hotel in a beautiful location. Rooms not supper luxurious but very spacious and functional. Didn't have meals so no comment there. The pool was smallish but OK for a swim; despite previous reviews, it was clean++. Only three loungers by the pool of which one was broken but you don't come to Kangaroo Island to sit by the pool in the hotel. At dawn and dusk one can see kangaroos, possums, pelicans within a few hundred yards of the hotel. Great walks in both directions. The sea shore is deep in sea-weed but is walkable in boots. Better sea-shore walks elsewhere on the island. The local store is well stocked and is a petrol garage as well.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Location: 40 minutes away from Penneshaw, located in the American River. Half way point between Penneshaw and Kingscote

We got a standard room with the window facing the swimming pool. This room must be the pokiest room imaginable. Mercure managed to fit a bathroom, toilet and cupboard all in the size of a normal hotel bathroom. The kitchenette is a bar corner table with a fridge that has not been defrosted in a long time. The floor is very squeaky and rackety.
The main bed didn't even have a headboard! A single bed managed to be fitted in the pokey little room which reminded our child of a cubby house and harry potter's room under the stairs. It would have been alright if it wasn't for the state of the bed (see bed pic) - the bed sagged and did not provide any reasonable support (even for a child) and the bed had so many stains, it should have been removed from service already.
The room's saving grace was the working air conditioner and the Nespresso machine provided by management instead of instant coffee.

All in all, not worth the money paid, specially for a "Mercure" hotel. It's ok being an old place but the place needs quite a bit of TLC. Having seen what a superior room looks like (having walked by a few during the day), these rooms should have been what a standard room should look like.

Restaurant: We had a good dinner experience. The dinner main menus were quite good. The lamb cutlets and the whiting were particularly good. We would have eaten more than once here if they offered/catered for kids.
The breakfast buffet was a totally different matter. The price for the buffet was quite reasonable but the service could definitely be improved! The lady just kept tossing the plates roughly on top of each other and did not look like she was particularly happy to be there at all....

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

Property: Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
Address: 73 Scenic Dr, American River, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5221, Australia (Formerly All Seasons Kangaroo Island Lodge)
Location: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > American River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in American River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kangaroo Island, one of Australia's great wilderness destinations, is best known for its magnificent coastal views, unique landscapes, uncrowded beaches and fascinating wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, Australian sea-lions, New Zealand fur seals and Little penguins. Kangaroo Island is a place of natural beauty and a place to escape. Kangaroo Island Lodge is situated on the banks of Eastern Cove in American River, with all rooms perfectly perched offering exceptional water views over the bay. Amid lush coastal vegetation, Kangaroo Island Lodge blends in with its natural surroundings. There is no better place to unwind and to enjoy the peace and tranquility. The seclusion of this area allows for the abundance of wildlife to roam free. Tammar wallabies, brush tailed possums, black swans, Cape Barren geese, Australian pelicans and the rare and endangered glossy black cockatoos can all be found in here. The outer bay of Eastern Cove offers excellent sailing and fishing in protected waters. The Kangaroo Island oyster industry is also located in American River, with the Oyster Shed located just down the road from the Kangaroo Island Lodge. If you are a keen walker, there are two main walking tracks, the Independence Trail and the Fish Cannery walk. Both walks meander through the natural coastal scrub where numerous species of wildlife and birdlife can be seen. So why not come and escape to the Kangaroo Island Lodge? ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel All Seasons Kangaroo Island American River
Kangaroo Island Hotel
Kangaroo Island American River
Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge American River

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