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“Lovely and undiscovered authentic Bed and Breakfast inn”

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Amber Lodge Bed and Breakfast
Singapore, Singapore
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“Lovely and undiscovered authentic Bed and Breakfast inn”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

I was all set to book either one of two other B & Bs that were in the top ratings on Mt Tamborine but they were both a little overpriced and I tried finding more. Eventually, I don't know why I missed this, I found Amber Lodge. I guess the photos shown online really did not do justice to the place. This B&B is what I consider as authentic and wonderful. We had the Regency Room which was the best choice as it was bigger and had another daybed (which we didn't use but was nice to have it in there).

ROOM
The room was beautifully and authentically furnished with classic English/Country style decor, complete with small touches of roses be it on the bathroom wall or even with the towels they nicely roll up and place on the bed. There was ample of space for you to place your baggage, a small clothing rack and a small dining table for two for a quick cup of coffee.

The windows were nice and tall with proper curtains and the room was carpeted. There was air-conditioning with heater function that was nice and a ceiling fan. There was a small TV (real small though) which had a DVD player function so you can watch DVD in bed.

BED
The bed is one of the highlights of this room. A really comfortable bed with nice bedding, soft pillows and an over-hanging canopy of sorts that made the room all the more romantic. In fact out of the 4 Gold Coast accommodations I stayed, I felt this one had the best bed. But that is to be expected, considering this IS a BED and BREAKFAST. That's why I consider this, an authentic bed and breakfast. The bed HAS to be comfortable, and it was.

BATHROOM
The bathroom is nothing to shout out about but it was very clean and ample for us both. It is long and narrow with the toilet at one end and the shower at the other. There was even a "sanitation tag" on the toilet to proved it was cleaned and sanitised for our use (that was nice). The shower was good as it came complete with a proper stall and door (not shower curtains!) and the shower was nice after a day out.

The owners took the effort to put together a small kit of essentials comprising of shower gels and such though we used our own. The door was a sliding one, to save space and they also provided a pair of nice comfy bathrobes in the room for your comfort.

EXTRAS
There is a small microwave oven and mini fridge in the room which was a plus. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate sachets were available along with a good electric kettle for you to make your own drinks. There is also complimentary port wine on the dining table with some sweets.

Free parking is available in front of the house at their front yard. There are also stacks of old DVDs you can borrow to watch in your room. You can also enjoy reading a book in front of their nice warm fireplace, in the living area.

LOCATION
The house is located at the corner of the road, very close to the main shopping street - Gallery Walk. You can walk over easily without having to drive.

BREAKFAST
Breakfast was usually included in the room rate, unless they run an offer without breakfast. i personally consider a B & B authentic when they include breakfast with their room rate and provide (not continental) but proper cooked breakfast. This was what I got. We started with some fruits in a cup, nicely done complete with a really pretty doily decorated under the glass on the plate. Margaret really took the effort. Appreciate the nice touches.
The second came the main breakfast. I had my bacon and eggs while my husband had the crepes. We enjoyed our own breakfast which was savoury and nice. My bacons were gorgeous.... I don't know why but somehow Australian bacons taste so good, thick and lean! The scrambled eggs was nicely done as well. The crepes looked very fancy and all was done with effort. We also had our coffee that didn't disappoint and juices.

CONCLUSION
I'd recommend this B&B anytime. The room rate is reasonable at $149 complete with full cooked breakfast, unlike some others that provide continental and require a top-up. This gem is still not discovered by many, considering the number of reviews here. I'd highly recommend you to try out this B & B instead of going to the more commercial ones with a fancy website and professionally taken photos. This B&B may not have a cool website with professionally taken photos but I hope my photos here and do some justice to this 'hidden' gem at Mt Tamborine.

Room Tip: Caught a peek at Chelsea Room which was nice and cosy too so if Regency is already taken, Chelsea is...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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150 Mile House, B.C. Canada
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

We stayed one night at this lovely place. Hosts Margaret & Ken were very friendly & helpful. Room was very homey, comfortable & clean with ensuite attached. Very well located as was within short walking distance to Gallery Walk which is full of lots of little boutique type shops, restaurants & wineries. Breakfast was lovely, could have had a full breaky which looked wonderful when we saw it on the table of the people seated next to us but we opted for a lighter meal. The fruit salad was freshly prepared & was delicious along with cereal, toast & choice of coffee, tea & juice. All in all we would definitely recommend this B & B

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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NSW AUSTRALIA
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

Had one night at the Amber Lodge it was centrally located to the shops and restaurants and we appreciated being able to walk to dinner. Check in and out quick and smooth. Our room was private, spacious and had everything we required, however my husband found the television a little small. A great breakfast, especially the fresh fruit, an amazing variety.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

We recently stayed here for our daughter's wedding weekend and could not fault this B&B. We booked out the 3 rooms for our family and every room was very clean, comfortable and well maintained. The beds were so comfortable and the ensuites were immaculately clean. Each room also had tea & coffee making facilities, a toaster and microwave, a handy extra in a B&B. We could all share breakfast (which was provided in the price) in a delightful dining room that opened onto a deck. The breakfast was so delicious and well presented and no one would every go hungry, there was so much on offer. Another nice touch, was complimentary Port and sweets in the rooms.The hosts, Ken and Margaret, could not be more friendly and obliging. The location was another bonus, only 100 metres to the main street where you could stroll past restaurants, cafes and galleries, but situated in a quiet side street so noise was not a problem. Overall we could not fault this place, we highly recommend it.

Room Tip: There were 3 rooms available, all had queen size beds. One room had a bay window and another had a s...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

We stayed 2 nights for a weekend getaway. This B & B is located just a few minutes walk from Gallery walk, which is essentially the hub of Mount Tamborine, having lost of interesting shops, restaurants and cafes nearby is great. The breakfast served was delicious and generous home cooked Bacon and Eggs, as well as fried potato, which was nicely presented in a timely manner. My husband is not keen on B&B's, he always feels uncomfortable like he is in some strangers house. Even though the hosts were very scarce, and respectful of peoples privacy, you do get that feeling, as the rooms are part of the main house at this B & B. So if its not your thing you might want to stay elsewhere. The bed was comfortable, we had nice robes provided even though we did not use them, and there was also port and chocolates provided as well (nice touch). The only other negative I would have is that the ensuite in our room was quite small with little to no bench space.It was difficult putting makeup on and doing my hair with out bench space in the bathroom. Our room was at the front left of the home as you look at it from the street. It was very quiet at night and we were not disturbed at all. The parking area is tight at the front of the property if you have a larger car, but at least you are off the street.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Robina, Australia
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

My husband and I stayed at Amber Lodge recently for our Anniversary. Although we live on the Gold Coast we just wanted to get away from the rat race for the weekend. We didn't have a booking and thought we would "wing-it" and chance a nice place to stay. Well, I can say it was hard and maybe we should have pre-booked, but then we found Amber Lodge. Ken and Margaret were really welcoming. We arrived late in the evening so we weren't expecting such a greeting but they made us feel really comfortable and accommodating.

Our room was really cosy. Great CD players with Ipod function, so we were able to listen to our own music! The room was very clean and although it was cold outisde it was nice and warm inside as there are 2 fires. :-))

All I can say about the breakfast was, HUGE, delicious a nd freshly made for the time that we requested. My husband can eat a lot and he couldn't eat it all. We were asked when we arrived what we would like but at least we didn't have to think about it in the morning. Or, if you are like me, hoping all night in bed that the maids come round to each room to take your breakfast menu like you get at other hotels!!!!

I loved the earlier comment that there was port in the room. A nice little night cap and again that homely feel. You don't even get that in 5 star places, so thanks guys.
Amber Lodge is in a great location as well so you don't even need to drive far to anything.

I must say I was surprised to see the comments from the other chap. We travel alot and realise all hotels and motels are a 2pm or later check-in. Why would you just expect that you can check in earlier unless you have arranged it prior.

Our anniversary weekend was really relaxing. We'd stay again and recommend to friends!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Byron Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

Looking at the previous reviews I feel as though we missed out on something that the other writers seemed to receive

To the owners credit Amber Lodge allowed for 1 night stays which was not readily available at other establishments.

Amber Lodge is rated 4 roses- not quite sure what this means?

We liked the beds which were comfortable with plenty of pillows- linen was well appointed with nice faux fur throws etc, ensuite was clean with usual standard appointments except tissues. Yes there was a flat screen television and and ample DVD library, although the reception of the television was very poor making viewing rather unpleasant. The bedside radio was not working as was one of the bedside tablelamps.

On our arrival which was around 11.00am we parked in the front yard and found that no one was at home even though they had a vacancy sign out the front and were expecting us. Although we understood our rooms would not be available until usual check-in, we foud it rather unusual that no one was at home. As we had travelled a distance we were looking forward to the warm welcome the others had spoke of. When we returned around 3.00pm we were greeted with general introductions and a strong smell of pea-n-ham soup ( bread baking may have been more appealing) and quickly shuffled into the kitchen/office where final payment was requested. A request for how we like our eggs to be cooked the following morning was taken at this time. We found this rather disconcerting but obliged- No mention of their signature blueberry pancakes for us! When we asked for some fresh milk to make a cuppa in our room, we were promtly told that longlife milk was provided in our room- one small jug was provided for the two rooms! Breakfast was substantial but there was no offer of a second slice of toast or as to how we would like our toast- either on the side or with your meal. We felt that our host was a little over the B & B business and this did come across quite strongly, with no friendly talk at breakfast or questions of our plans for the day etc.

As we bid farewell the light in our room was turned off behind us and the front door promptly shut.

As the other reviews have stated Amber Lodge was comfortable, with the basic standards being met., although Amber Lodge did lack a genuine warm welcome and a love of their B & B business.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Amber Lodge Bed and Breakfast
Address: 8 Wongawallan road, Eagle Heights, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland 4271, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Scenic Rim > Tamborine Mountain > Eagle Heights
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Eagle Heights
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Amber Lodge Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peace and tranquility await you at Amber Lodge Bed and Breakfast in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Look forward to bush walks in the rain forests; we are a short stroll to the famous Gallery Walk where you will find cafes, art galleries, arts and craft shops and so much more. Wineries, breath-taking views.... ... more   less 
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