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Cradle Mountain Hotel
Bendigo, Australia
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“Close to nature with luxuries”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

A really special place to stay. Booked in a spa room with bush views and a small balcony. We spent two nights and enjoyed every relaxed minute. Wild life aplenty observed in the surrounds. Close to the National Park with access to walks to suit all abilities. Food was expensive. Dining in the Restaurant proved to be much better than the Bistro for both food and atmosphere. .

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Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

Beautiful place, very quiet, warm fires in cold weather,very comfortable rooms, great price on booking. com. Buffet meal was nice but a little expensive for buffet. I would highly recommend this place to stay though. Only 1 km to visitors centre.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

There is very limited accomodation options at Cradle Mountain. We wanted 4 star type hotel accomodation. The hotel is obviously a top pick for Bus tours, so the buffet was popular but not our style. The common areas had a barn like feel. We skipped breakfast as the buffet was the only option and not that appealing given the price. The al a carte resturant had limited opening hours so you had to make sure you booked to get in but the food was good and warmed the heart at the end of a solid days walking. Service was friendly but inexperienced.
The rooms were comfortable without being outstanding, bathroom fittings dated, but still quite functional. Above all well insulated against the overnight storms - heavy rain and snow in October! The room heaters are good but a bit tricky to work out if you aren't familiar with such devices - ie live in sunny WA.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Stayed 3 nights in Nov 2013. Average temperature was 12 deg C & rained each day. Close to Cradle Mountain Information Centre (where you catch a shuttle to access the many walks). Chateau was comfortable with communal lounges with log fires which were regularly refuelled. Rooms clean, heating good although had to use small fan to circulate some air. Food in Chateau was overpriced with few options. Best option was toasted sandwiches in room service. Bottle of wine in room was $38! No shop for snacks or other supplies. Went to Peppers for morning tea which was really lovely. Also travelled 60kms for beautiful breakfast at Sheffield, well worth it. Wilderness gallery ok but $3.50 for entry!? Overall a relaxing stay & really enjoyed walking the Dove Lake Circuit. Issues with food was the only downer.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

This is one of the few accommodation options close to the Cradle Mountain National park. Location is fantastic! Only a 5 min drive to the visitor centre where you purchase entry into the park. Beautiful setting, we even saw a wombat crossing the road right outside the hotel.

The hotel is a bit over priced to be honest, however you pay the premium for the location. We stayed in a deluxe double room with jetted tub. The jetted tub was well used after a day of hiking.

We had the buffet dinner for $38 which was quite expensive in my opinion, but there was no other cheaper dinner options. The food wasn't too bad.

They also have free wifi which is very convenient as there is no 3G service in rural Tasmania if you're not on Telstra. Overall positive experience.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a night and had dinner and breakfast here. Also did mcdermmotts night wildlife spotting your which is highly recommended as it was excellent.
The hotel itself had a beautiful location, we had a spa room which had a little balcony that opened up into bush land and we had wallabies at our window. Room was comfortable and we slept well.
Good at the grey gum restaurant was nice and staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast buffet in Quolls was also nice, though we would have liked more of a cold selection. It was an excellent location. We would stay again.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newport, Victoria. Australia
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Stayed at the chateau for two night over Melbourne Cup Weekend. Have stayed at the Chateau a year before and thought it was okay but this time very average. Firstly, the rooms was not warm, the weather was snowing and the outside temperature was very cold. Very old televisions, also has 'snow'! We never ate the $38 buffet as a year ago it was terrible and chose to go to the chalet instead. The chalet pub has more atmosphere and the food half the price! Breakfast was pathetic. Worst scrambled eggs ever, and it was too difficult to provide poached eggs or fried eggs! Seriously...!#@...and that's a full smorgasbord cooked breakfast at $25 a head. Bookings were a nightmare with a new computer system. The presented bill at the end of the stay was laughable, especially when we had already fully paid for our booking!

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Property: Cradle Mountain Hotel
Address: Astell 3718 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania 7306, Australia (Formerly Cradle Mountain Chateau)
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Cradle Mountain Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the fringe of alpine wilderness, Cradle Mountain Hotel sits on the edge of Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. It's the perfect base for alpine walks. Be pampered at the end of the day with hearty mountain fare and a crackling log fire. The Hotel is home to The Wilderness Galley, a magnificent collection of nature photography. ... more   less 
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Cradle Mountain Hotel Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania

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