Hotel Review: The Hermitage Lodge, Hunter Valley NSW
When I booked a two-night stay at The Hermitage Lodge in the Hunter Valley for a special price of $500 (it’s normally $700), my internal monologue muttered, ‘It had better be good …. mutter, mutter, mutter’. I tend to think of things in terms of rent and that’s almost a whole weeks’ worth at Chateau la Hood.
It was for The First Husband’s 33rd birthday so I figured I should ease him into a middle age with a bit of luxury.
Sadly, luxury was not what we found. We lobbed up late in the evening, eyes-a-glisten with dreams of spas, open fires and fountains of wine until we saw our room: The Scarborough Studio.
It was a big hotel room. It didn’t even have a bath.
On the upside, there was a decked outdoor area overlooking a vineyard, limited Foxtel access and a self-serve continental breakfast stashed in the bar fridge that included creamy yoghurt, English muffins and plunger coffee that was included in the price. Also, the staff is truly lovely.
On the downside, we were paying $250 a night (on sale) for this?!
Nonetheless, we continued to throw money at the problem and booked into Il Cacciatore for dinner the following night. This went some way to making up for the disappointing room. The food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding. I have never tasted such delicious ciabatta.
The Hermitage Lodge is directly opposite Hope Estate which is the only reason I can think of that justifies the price. People go to concerts across the road and stumble home drunk, thus avoiding any pesky cabs or designated drivers.
For normal folk of average means, I wouldn’t recommend The Hermitage Lodge. You probably have some sort of ghastly nouveau riche hopes and dreams that are totally declasse. Apparently rich people like big hotel rooms; none of this fancy stuff.