My partner and I booked this without preview and while there were mixed reviews we continued with the booking (for the night of 03 Jan 14). Yes the hotel looks old and tired, so would you if you were 100+ years old. The rooms were clean, smelt fresh and bed was sort of comfortable. Remembering the managers only have the pub as a lease and cannot make any changes. The staff were friendly and very helpful and made us feel very welcome. The locals were also very friendly and helpful. Previous reviews class the accommodation as in poor condition or sadly neglected. It is an old pub but clean, I have stayed in worse accommodation where it smelt bad and where showers were filthy. I think some people expect more from a pub, this is not the Hilton, Sheridan or is it a Rydges it is not a 5 star property - don't be so precious. It is a pub, with pub type accommodation. I have stayed in various accommodations and I have no problems with my stay, in fact I will be recommending it to other bikers who are looking ofr good accommodation, reasonably priced with good service. Congrats and we will stay there again!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened on new years day 1901 with 16 rooms & stabling out the back, the original 'commonwealth was a popular addition to Orbost. The licensee was James drew. Following the arrival of the rail way in 1916 & the end of world war 1, this district boomed. A new, larger, architect-designed hotel took shape, built for owner-licensee, Mrs. Agnes marshall. Competed in 1927 & further enlarged in 1933, this building still retains many destinctive features of the 1920s-30s including some beautiful art deco styling. It also boasted hot & cold water & electric lights. Orbost has only been a two pub town & the 'commonwealth' is called the 'top pub' by locals. ... more less
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