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Alice's Cottages and Spa Hideaways
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Pakenham, Australia
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98 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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“best stay in tasmania”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

What a great place to stay in Launceston. we had 2 nights in 2 different rooms. the English cottage is absolutely beautiful just like the pictures excellent presentation. Also the boudoir cottage was also very good each cottage is so different. the owners were very friendly and helpful couldn't ask for more from them. great breakfast in the fridge for the morning. the price is very good also. do yourself a favour and stay here excellent.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Delightful, quaint, reminiscent, cosy, welcoming...just a few words to describe alice's cottages. We have thoroughly enjoyed our 2 nights and certainly recommend this B&B. We were given very generous breakfast provisions, as well as being left some lovely port and chocolate nibbles to enjoy in front of the fireplace should we choose. The location is quiet, close to everything including being able of walk to the Seaport and Cataract Gorge. Would happily return.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, Australia
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

My Partner and I spent one fantastic night in the Camalot room, its a fun and romantic getaway. The bed was so comfy, the spa was luxurious and the atmosphere fantastic. Brekkie was yum and the staff were lovely.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2014

We stayed 3 nights in Aphrodites and highly recommend this place. It was peaceful and quite. Beds were soft and comfy. Huge bathroom. Kitchen was fully equipped with every possible thing one would need in a house and even clingwrap and aluminium foil was supplied. There was nothing to complain about. The owner Louise was extremely friendly so was the resident cat Thomas who visited daily.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

The reviews of the rooms and hosts are pretty much spot on. The rooms (we stayed in the English cottage) are very nice and cosy and the hosts hospitable, friendly and very welcoming.

I have a grudge though that nearly prevented me from booking at all. We had decided through the trip advisor reviews that it sounded like a nice place and we would book. Then we encountered the Draconian booking system used by Alice's cottages that call themselves "Bookaroom" or "Channelmanager". It states that it is an advertising and booking system. You must agree to receiving marketing emails and marketing phone calls or you can't book. An 'administration fee' of $20 will be charged if you cancel, regardless of how much notice to 'cover credit card charges'! Fortunately we didn't have to cancel our booking and we are still waiting for the influx of emails and promotional phone calls. It's the first time I've seen this. Most other accommodations are very flexible. We would stay here again - if the booking system was different.
Can you tell I'm still angry!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Shambolic129, Owner at Alice's Cottages and Spa Hideaways, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Thanks for your review.
We were embarrassed about how angry you were about the booking process. We were not happy either and have contacted the company that organises our bookings. We have to use them as many people use a third person ( booking company ) to book. This avoids double bookings. Our channel manager explained to us all the processes that they have to endure to change and cancel bookings plus the charges made by the banks etc etc.
These booking companies also have their charges to us.
We'd encourage people to contact the properties direct via email or phone for a better response. You can often negotiate a discount especially for longer stays.
Good luck with your next booking.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Strongly recommend to anyone who goes to Launceston. This place is just near to city, peaceful surrounds, quiet at night. You can just park your car right outside the cottage. The bathtub and spa is just awesome! Host are great, friendly.
The English cottage is soooooo nice ! :) Everything that you need for cooking is provided in the kitchen. The English cottage is very well maintained and is so clean! Seriously, there is Nothing for me to complain or dislike about.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2014

Alice's Cottages is a group of 19th Century Cottages carefully restored within walking distance of the Launceston center. It is located within a neighborhood and extremely quiet. Each cottage has a different theme, with antiques from that country.

Cataract Gorge and the seafood restaurants on the renovated harbourfront are within significant walking distances. However, on nice days both are worth the "hikes".

The owners, Rob and Louise, are the true quality behind Alice's Cottages. They will help you with information, reservations, and provide you with any extras you might need to make your stay comfortable. They are really good people and run a nice quiet, place from which to explore Cradle Mountain National Park and Northern Tasmania.

Room Tip: Any cottage will do, but I preferred the Scottish Cottage.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Alice's Cottages and Spa Hideaways
Address: 121 Balfour St, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Launceston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Launceston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Alice's Cottages and Spa Hideaways 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a wickedly wonderful romantic retreat in one of Alice's Cottages and Spa Hideaways tucked away in the historic heart of Launceston. The accommodation is self-contained with roaring log fires and bubbling spas. Launceston's finest restaurants and fabulous Cataract Gorge are a pleasant stroll away. Saviour the complimentary bedtime port, chocolate truffles, brewed coffee and sweet treats which all just tops a tremendous experience. ... more   less 
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