"The good things in life are family, friends,good food & wine,books you can't put down & as much travel as you can cram in."
Published November 9th 2011
The Queenscliff Hotel is a beautiful boutique Victorian hotel located opposite an immaculately kept park on the shoreline in Queenscliff.
Gorgeous both inside and out, you feel like you have stepped back in time - the sort of place where you would expect to play croquet in a boater hat.
The tree shaded courtyard at the rear of the hotel is perfect for a glass of chardonnay in the afternoon. Or take your glass out on to the verandah fronting the building and watch life slowly drift by. You can feel your blood pressure dropping.
We ate in the hotels restaurant and the food was simple but delicious and very reasonably priced, less than $30 for the mains and we bought a bottle of very good red wine for $26. My only criticism was the amount of time we had to wait for our order to be taken. There was only one waiter and they were really under the pump. Never lost their cool though, and did a great job under the circumstances.
Our room was a little on the small side and if we had had the fireplace lit (extra $30) I think we would have been sweltering. As with a lot of old hotels they have upgraded by adding in en-suites (tiny) and that has taken away valuable room space.
There is no TV - my husband was a tinsy bit horrified. And unfortunately there is no Wi-Fi or internet of any kind. Then again, if you are wanting to get away from it all that includes the aforementioned!
The breakfast, which is included in the room price, was one of the best we have ever had. Bain-maries were full of thick cut bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages and more. Three types of cereal, thick yoghurt, freshly poached pears and prunes. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
Queenscliff is very old worldy , life is definitely slower paced. It's the sort of place where you promenade not walk, where you throw a line in off the pier and contemplate the day. If you are feeling stressed, go there. If you love big city nightlife, don't.