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Published February 8th 2015
Pub accommodation with a difference
My fiancée and I headed away 4wd-ing over the weekend. We covered tracks through the Connondales and Bellthorpe range and were having such a good time that we decided that we'd pull up somewhere locally for the night and keep going the next morning. We booked an ensuite room at the hotel in the lovely township of Kenilworth.
On face value it isn't the most modern or fancy pub that you'll ever encounter - especially coming from some of the more touristy surrounding towns such as Montville and Maleny. We have however stayed in some truely terrible pubs throughout our travels in Australia and, accommodation wise, the Kennilworth Hotel is actually very comfortable.
We stayed in room number three, which was very clean and had obviously been recently renovated. Having an ensuite was also a big bonus. It's not something you see all that often in the older pubs but to be honest the shared facilities were that clean I don't think I would even have minded having to share. I understand they also now boast a couple of 'family rooms', which have televisions and air conditions. Pub accommodation in Australia is obviously moving forward! The only downside to our room was that the shower really was a little average, but at $85 per night it is excellent value if you are merely looking for a place to sleep and nothing too fancy.
We also stayed for dinner and it would appear that the Kennilworth Hotel is super popular when it comes to dining on a Saturday night. The meals are mostly your usual pub fare but are reasonably priced and well prepared. We both decided to go for the T-bone special for the evening - at $25 per meal it was a massive feed and we certainly weren't hungry afterwards.
The hotel also seemed to be very family friendly. There were a lot of large family groups with small children dining on the night we were there. There are even some visiting locals to keep the children amused.
That said if you are dining as a couple the back deck area can get very noisy as the children play so I would highly recommend getting a table on the slightly quieter front patio. All in all the locals don't seem to party too late on a Saturday night and we were still able to get an excellent night's sleep.
We ended up waking up the next morning happy and refreshed from our stay, ready for a hearty breakfast at nearby Nanna McGinns. We would gladly recommend the Kenilworth Hotel for anyone trying to stay in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland on a budget.