Well, another good thing would be the location. Be forewarned, it is about a 90 minute drive from the airport, just FYI but very close to the Flinder's Chase National Park, so most will make it out towards this side of the island anyway.
ROOM: I got the econo lodge room for about $185 a night. The most disturbing thing for me was the bathroom. As you walk in, it is one tiled room with the toilet in one corner, the sink in another corner and the shower head in another corner with a moldy smelling shower curtain. That's it-no enclosed shower, nothing to separate the toilet, sink and shower! The towels were threadbare-looked orange but so worn and faded could've started out as a brown color. Only one small bar of soap, nothing else. HOWEVER, in my friend's room she had a soap/shampoo dispenser mounted on the wall! Good thing I always travel with my own shampoo and body soap!
The carpet was something you'd find in a school dormitory, thin and cheap. There was a small refrigerator in the room-odd though, for being so eco conscious you would think they would replace a refrigerator that leaks the cool air out-the door did not shut completely and the rubber seal/moulding was worn out. Another odd thing: my friend was also in an econo lodge room across the hall from me and she had air conditioning! But I did not! She did not have a television though...but I did (guess you can have one major electrical appliance but not both?). She also had a chair in her room, I did not, and don't forget-she had soap and shampoo! I do not know how they could get away with not having all of the rooms with the same amenities if you are charging the same price.
FOOD: ate at the restaurant once for dinner. Reservations had to be made ahead of time. Food was OK to a little tasty. Yes, a little pricey too but you are limited in your options. Luckily we did stock up on snacks before driving out towards this side of the island.
WALLABIES! now this was the BEST part for me as I loved 'em! They sell food in the lobby for them and when you go out and shake the bag they come running! Previous reviewers photos showed many wallabies with the resident kangaroo but I only had a few come by and did not see the kangaroo. Nonetheless the wallabies were so cute and timid I could not get enough of them!
KOALA sanctuary: less than 5 minute drive from the lodge and the night walk was well worth it! We went during the day but only saw a couple of sleeping koala's in the tree. But during the night walk (which is guided and have specific times-inquire with the lodge), we saw several with babies and even met the resident kangaroo and her joey in a protected area of the sanctuary-no she is not there as a captive but there as a rescued orphan when her mother was killed by a car and she was found in her pouch! Definitely recommend!
SERVICE: check in was easy, staff was friendly. However, later in the evening we encountered who I deducted to be the owners of the lodge. We were inquiring about the koala walk with the husband (?) and he was very aloof and standoffish. He didn't know the answers to our questions and was very vague and acted like we were wasting his time. His wife(?) seemed very impatient while speaking to the guests who were checking in and by her looks/dress and mannerisms, very pretentious which was kind of amusing for me considering where she was. The front desk also closes promptly in the evening-can't remember when but it's early- so good luck if you get there late. We saw the couple in the restaurant during dinner...they sat with the chef and had dinner like very important people!
I would not return and would not recommend this lodge unless you are willing to pay extra to be upgraded to their other rooms which, from photo's posted at least had a bathtub/shower combo! It was sooo not worth the money......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly situated adjacent Flinders Chase National Park a unique mix of eco-friendly facilities, local food and wine and located in the middle of the forrest provide an unforgettable wilderness experience. The idyllic location provides the perfect base for discovering the splendor of Kangaroo Island's natural wonders before returning to the tranquillity of the retreat to enjoy comfortable accommodation in the company of friendly native animals and an amazing array of birdlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat Hotel Flinders Chase
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- Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat Flinders Chase