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Briars Country Lodge & Inn
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Bowral
Sydney
1 review
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“Lovely location”
Reviewed 7 August 2010

We enjoyed almost every aspect of our stay at Briars last weekend. It's situated only a few minutes from Bowral in lovely surroundings.

The room size and layout are great, however it would appear that the housekeeping staff are not up to scratch. One couple in our group had 'suspicious' stains all over their bedspread, and we had small stains on ours. After showering on the first evening I grabbed a 'fresh' towel from the rack only to find that it had a large amount of dried snot or mucus in it, obviously from a previous guest! Additionally, on the first night we had a glass of red wine each, and when we returned the next day both glasses had been quickly rinsed and turned upside down near the tv, still showing red wine marks from the night before!

The reception staff were fantastic however and attended to any issues we had immediately and were very embarrassed and apologetic over the bedspreads and towel.

The rest of the hotel is very clean and well looked after, and we enjoyed one dinner and two breakfasts in the restaurant.

At this stage I would not recommend the hotel to a friend, purely based on the cleanliness issues of the rooms. Hotel management need to re-evauate their housekeeping staff because if the rooms were clean and better maintained then it would be a fabulous place for a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 17 July 2010

We paid almost 200 $ for a stay in a 80' style motel room. ..
we did not find anyting particularly wrong about this hotel, apart from the price ,which was double the real value of it.

The restaurant was ok , but cold . I would recommend to explore other possibilities in the region.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Wollongong, Australia
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

We were originally booked in to Briars in Bowral from March 2010 for Christmas in July lunch for 4th July at 12pm-2pm in the main room, then we received a phone call asking us if we would like to eat in a private room. We asked if we would have the 'same service' etc...So we agreed.
After travelling all the way from Sydney & the Illawarra to Briars at Bowral for Our annual family Christmas in July (we choose a different venue each year), Upon arriving we were taken to the private room upstairs which did not have tablecloths, telling us that we would have to go down stairs to order & again to receive our food, which they decided to bring up to us.
When we received our entrees, after 1 ½ hours they were cold, main meals were wrong as well as cold, it was well after 2 o’clock when we received them, the waitresses were very rude; one waitress actually came up yelling at us for asking why our meals were taking so long, the children only ordered hamburgers & chips & were starving, but the desserts were nice as well as fast except for the children, who were supposed to get ice-cream & jelly, but they had ran out of jelly so they got flavouring & sprinkles with their ice-cream when they finally got it! Still waiting for our coffee!!!! It was after 4pm when we finished our desserts. Still waiting for our coffee though, that they told us they would bring up.

We actually believe they had forgotten about us! Maybe we would have been better off to have kept our original booking downstairs! We will never be going there again!!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Hobart
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

Enjoyed our stay here. Good facilities, nice location with the rooms overlooking the gazebo and the lake. Relax by playing tennis or a a game of golf in a nearby golf course. Not the best of pools. A little far from the town centre, but if you have a car its no problem. Overall a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 13 June 2010

We stayed at Briars for one night after reading reviews on Trip Advisor, and have to say it did not live up to the reviews that had been written about it.
It's true that Briar's location is fantastic - its about a 3 minute drive into Bowral town centre, and placed perfectly between farmland, so you get that country feel whilst staying there. The grounds of Briars are also beautiful - a lovely lake right outside your rooms back door.

But this is essentially a glorified motel. Which is great, if you like that kind of thing. But I don't. The beds were comfortable, but one of our beds had stains on the sheets. The furnishings are dated and brick walls have just been painted over, not rendered, so it looks a bit sloppy. Security is minimal - the doors dont have inside locks, so anyone with a key to your room could get in - but I suppose it is Bowral, so wasnt too worried about this. The heating in the room was quite good - but make sure to turn the heaters down/off at night as I woke up sweating at 1am.
Breakfast was fairly nice, not a lot of selection but reasonable - had the usual scrambled eggs, fried eggs, toasts, baked beans, hash browns, cereals, juices, some fruit etc.
For what we paid, which I think was $70 for the night, it was worth it - but this is not a 4 star place.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Dural, Australia
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Reviewed 13 June 2010

We booked a night away last minute on Wotif. Having booked it online, we were a little worried when we read some of the reviews on Trip Advisor but need not have been concerned. The lodge isn't top end but it is clean and tidy, set in a great location and good value for money. The staff were friendly and attentive, the room was very clean and the breakfast of a high standard. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would happily go back again. If you want a very comfortable (but not necessarily expensive or flash) night away, we'd recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 22 April 2010

Each year a group of friends get together for a weekend of fun. Some of us have been friends since Kindergarten and our time together is very special.

The Brairs is the perfect venue for our weekend. Staff is friendly and accomodating. The food is amazing and the DJ on Saturday night, provides music for our taste that has us dancing the night away. We stay at the First Tee cottage and each of us has our own room and bathroom, as well as a gathering place looking onto the water.as well as chairs in order to be outside by the water if desired.. We have a fridge for our wine and have all the luxuries we could ask for in a very homey and cottagy atmosphere. We make sure to book every year before we end our stay for the next year.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Briars Country Lodge & Inn
Address: Briars Meadow 653 Moss Vale Rd, Bowral, New South Wales 2576, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Southern Highlands > Bowral
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Bowral
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Briars Country Lodge & Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 31
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