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“Lilydale to Warburton Bike Ride”

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Oscar's on the Yarra
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Warburton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Four of us did the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, fabulous ride through the most picturesque scenery. The highlight at the end of the trail was our accommodation at the Best Western, rooms were well appointed with a balcony overlooking the river and lush green gardens. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We ate in the restaurant, excellent food and presentation. Facilities in the hotel were lovely with a balcony bar looking out towards the river. A really enjoyable experience and good value for money. We shall certainly be visiting again.

Room Tip: We had a balcony room overlooking the river, spacious and lovely.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We spent just one night and wished that we could have stayed there longer. The view of the river and mountains were beautiful and the furnishings in the lounges were classic. Breakfast was a good spread too. Room was clean but a little small relative to the huge bathroom. Will definitely stay there again. However, beware if you intend to use GPS to find the place cos we got lost using it.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

My partner is a keen mountain bike rider. I am not. Last year, she found a Rail Trail (https://www.railtrails.org.au/trail-descriptions/victoria/melbourne-metropolitan?view=trail&id=64) which went past this lovely hotel in the Yarra Valley. We chose a weekend and while she rode along the rail trail (Bike in the train to Lilydale from Melbourne) I drove the route (about an hour and 10 min from Melbourne). When we met at the Best Western Yarra Valley (AKA Oscars) we were met with an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility. The environment is beautiful with my highlight being the river which runs in the backdrop. The room we stayed in was a reasonably cheap night (especially as it included hot buffet breakfast for 2) however we were not disappointed. The bed was really nice and felt quite new which is a pleasant surprise for a hotel. The bathroom, while nothing outstanding, was clean and modern, large enough for a giant like myself to have a shower and never ran out of hot water... essentially everything that I could have wanted! The staff service we received was however, was above and beyond. I really had the sense that all the people who worked at the hotel and the restaurant wanted to make sure that our stay was as good as possible. I really liked their friendly nature. The meal at night was another highlight at the hotel restaurant. While neither I nor my partner like seafood, I'm sure this menu would really excite those who do. I had the lamb and my lady had the beef. They were both delicious and certainly prepared by someone/people who are very experienced. All in all, a wonderful, relaxed, quiet and friendly place to visit. It even has convenient access for those who want to ride the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

My wife and I had just one night to spend in the Yarra Valley and we wanted to make it special. We found what we were looking for at the Best Western. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful with answering our questions on what to see and places to eat in the area. Our room (#7) was lovely, well furnished and opened onto a small, quiet deck. Everything was spotlessly clean and amenities included an in-room coffee/tea service, bottled water and high quality toiletries in the bathroom. Wi-Fi was free and the signal was strong.

The hotel is set away from the highway right next to the Yarra River. It is a lovely 20-minute walk into the town of Warburton via the paved Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. You can also walk part of that journey along the banks of river.

We had an excellent dinner at Oscar's on the Yarra restaurant, which is part of the hotel (I have submitted a separate review of Oscar's). The included breakfast was also served in Oscar's, and it was exceptional. A large platter of freshly cut fruits, yogurts, breads, and a nice variety of eggs and breakfast meats were also on offer. The health conscious can also use a juicer to make a glass of juice from a nice combination of raw vegetables.

As has been mentioned in other reviews, our only criticism of the hotel was the inadequate sound proofing between rooms. We clearly knew one neighbor had a bad cold and the other was a heavy snorer, but it wasn't enough of a problem to change our overall positive impression of the hotel.

Bottom line: A beautiful hotel in an idyllic setting that we would be happy to return to in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Our family and friends enjoyed a memorable weekend together with the main focus being a family wedding which took place on the banks of the picturesque Yarra River, a stones
throw from the main reception/restaurant area. Accommodation, food & service excellent.
A wonderful location for a quiet getaway.

Room Tip: With river view.
Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

I surprised my husband with a weekend away as a present for his birthday. Located an easy ride from Melbourne we found this quaint well appointed haven. This boutique country hotel does not disappoint. The owner an Italian gentleman could not do enough for us and made our experience so memorable. The rooms, lounges, as well as the restaurant are all homely and well appointed. We dined in on the Saturday night. This was definitely the highlight of the weekend. Service was excellent and the food brilliant. I would go as far as to say one of the best meals we have ever had at reasonable prices. All in all we would highly recommend this Victorian gem.

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Spent two nights here and was very impressed by the scenery, the staff and the guest house facilities. Joanne at reception went out of her way to acquire speciality food that I could eat for breakfast, as I have food intolerances. Staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. Room was very clean and comfortable, with a nice view from the private porch. Beautiful view of the Yarra river from the dining room was very relaxing while eating the included breakfast!

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Additional Information about Oscar's on the Yarra

Address: 3185 Warburton Hwy, Warburton, Victoria 3799, Australia (Formerly BEST WESTERN Yarra Valley)
Region: Australia > Victoria > Yarra Valley > Warburton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Warburton
Price Range: £84 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Oscar's on the Yarra 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within the homestead, twenty two individually designed double bedrooms including a 2 bedroom apartment welcome guests to a relaxing ambience, private en-suite bathrooms, luxurious twin single or king pillow top beds, high-speed internet and LCD televisions - with many rooms basking in garden, mountain or river views. ... more   less 
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