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10 reasons to stay at Cradle Mountain Chateau

19 July 2011 2 Comments

Cradle Mountain Chateau in snow

If you’re planning a visit to Cradle Mountain National Park, deciding where to stay is always a burning question.

What hotel is great? What will suit your group? Where is closest to the action? What is the accommodation really like?

Cradle Mountain Chateau is one of the larger hotels in the Cradle Mountain National Park precinct. At 60 rooms, this four star hotel is located in a perfect setting to discover the Tasmanian wilderness. Like all hotels at Cradle Mountain, it is outside the National Park, but only a few minutes drive to the Parks Information Centre and bus terminal.

During a recent stay, we found the staff friendly and efficient, the facilities in top condition and the ambiance terrific. To be honest, all good 4 star hotels should be like that, welcoming, comfortable and, well, great!

What we always want to know when planning a hotel stay is what’s it really like?

To answer that question, here are our top 10 reasons to stay at Cradle Mountain Chateau.

  1. The Cradle Mountain area can have challenging weather. In cold, wet or snowy weather you have inside access to all facilities without having to venture outside and walk from your room to the bar…… or restaurant. A winner, especially after dinner when you can just wander back to your room without a jacket or umbrella in sight.
  2. The libraries, with wood burning stoves, are a brilliant spot to curl up and read a book in the afternoon. Or dry your boots and gloves in front of the fire after a day exploring the National Park
  3. The daily beer tasting is a wonderful introduction to matching Tasmanian beers with interesting food. It’s only $25 each and you get to taste some great beer, matched with yummy nibbles. Hats off to chef Jencie Stafford  for finding the perfect accompaniment to each beer, brilliant!
  4. Most rooms have glorious view across the Tasmanian bush where you can see native animals like wombats and paddymelon wallabies grazing. Yes, right out your window!
  5. The outside area adjoining the lounge and bar are a magnificent place to enjoy a drink in the afternoon sun and check out any local wildlife, or just spend some time gazing into the Aussie bush.
  6. You are within a easy stroll to the Wilderness Gallery and their Tasmanian Tiger exhibition. This exhibit features a rare Tasmanian Tiger Buggy Rug made of eight Tasmanian tiger skins. Sad but true. Oh, and there are 10 spacious rooms with some delightful photographs and objets d’art to admire.
  7. After a hard day exploring the National Park sometimes you just want to relax in your room with a snack or light meal. The room service menu is a perfect option if you just want to “stay in”, lay on your bed and relax.
  8. We know this is wilderness and getting away from it all, but each room has a television and a good selection of local and subscription channels. It’s nice to keep in touch with the rest of the world then escape to the lounge, bar, fires and a good book.
  9. If you love art, and photography in particular, the Chateau has a fascinating collection that adorns all public spaces and lounges. It’s easy to get lost in their beauty.
  10. We did not travel with children but the Chateau seemed very family friendly. There were several multi generational groups enjoying their visit during our stay. One bonus is that once the children are asleep, the lounges are not far from the rooms and it is easy to pop back and check they are ok. With some other accommodation at Cradle Mountain the rooms are quite a distance from the main hotel area.

Rather than repeating all the basic hotel information here, visit the hotel website to read all about the Chateau.  Keep an eye out for special offers , they can be fantastic value.  Also, keep in touch with Cradle Mountain Chateau on Facebook or @CradleMtChateau on Twitter.

Cradlemountain.net were guests at Cradle Mountain Chateau for a reduced nightly rate, this did not influence our review, we had a great time.

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2 Comments »

  • Ann said:

    I was at the Chateau the week after you. Generally agree with your review. Perhaps you are not caffeine addicts though. Despite the cafe serving a quality brand of coffee, the staff (2 different people on different days) had no idea how to make an espresso that was drinkable (aaarrggggh!!!!). Oh well. Had a great few days – blue skies, no wind – good walking despite the thaw making parts of tracks icy.

  • Frank (author) said:

    Hi Ann,
    Thanks for dropping by. You had much better weather than we did so congrats!(shame about the ice)

    Pleased that what we wrote is near the mark. Funny, I am an absolute coffee addict. Just about to get my third for the day…… I only had a couple of cups via the “cafe” during our visit. I don’t remember them being bad so that’s my positive.

    I think one of the problems most places have at Cradle (and other isolated places) is getting experienced staff. Lots of backpackers and gap year people grab jobs and by the time they are trained they are ready to move on.

    Thanks again,
    Frank

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