Melba Lodge is in a great location, but unfortunately over-rated.
Having stayed in many places, we appreciate its features may make it 4 star, in theory. However, it appears as neither a hotel nor a genuinely friendly B&B – more of a functional guest house. By saying it wasn’t “genuinely friendly”, we mean we didn’t sense the owners loved what they did & we didn’t feel welcomed. We just felt another one of thousands bedding down for the night.
We paid $175 for a queen bedded room which we expected to be small - but it had a meter of space to both one side & bottom of bed and approx 2 meters of space to the other side of the bed. TV in the bedroom was very small & on high cabinet, mattress firm but adequate; bedding looked clean but didn’t look new or smell fresh. Electric blanket was essential as the room was extremely cold. Ensuite had shower only, which was fine – but it looked old & was functional. There was heat lamp, but with high ceiling it would take while to heat. Bathroom was so cold our towels did not dry overnight, despite hanging up.
Breakfast was adequate and cooked food was fine – one tip for the owner, the two poached eggs side by side on toast with herbs in the middle of each, looked more like female anatomy. More tasteful presentation advised! Mushrooms were tasty & coffee was nice & hot though.
So in summary, all was adequate & clean, but just lacked ‘warmth’ in every way.
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