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1 Nicholson St, Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875 Australia
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#5 of 13 hotels in Bairnsdale
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Our boutique 21 room hotel provides the perfect weekend getaway or corporate retreat. The Riversleigh is conveniently located near the central business district in Bairnsdale on a quiet street over-looking the Mitchell River. This historic hotel - an East Gippsland Icon, dates back to 1886. The Riversleigh (3 Victorian terraces) were renovated to their original elegance in 1987 and has recently undergone a major refurbishment to provide modern day comfort within the original elegant surrounds. High ceilings, plush linen, a picturesque setting and attentive service are just the first things you will notice upon your arrival at the Riversleigh. Three room options are available; Classic Queen, Deluxe King, & Executive Suites all offering private ensuites (two of which feature spa baths). Whichever you choose, you'll be impressed by the relaxed, warm feeling and the sense of history that pervades this 1880's mansion.
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Simon J wrote a review Today
Harrietville, Australia8 contributions
Two nights in a queen suite for a work trip. The room was spotlessly clean and well appointed with all the amenities a seasoned design professional requires. The place was quiet and the continental breakfast was top notch, I started my day well and truly fuelled and firing on all cylinders. A great renovation of an historical building that provided me with a wonderful connection to Bairnsdale’s past.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Retired Traveller wrote a review Apr 2022
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We were bumped to here by another establishment due to overbooking. For the advertised over $200 price tag we scored a smallish ground floor room in need of a good dust and clean. Could not work out if the smell in the bathroom was mould or sewer or a combination of the two. Leaky tap washer. Tea/coffee not replenished daily. No one to assist with check in. People walking around like lost sheep trying to work out how to find their room. There is no river view unless you score an upstairs room facing the river. Generally a quiet area but plenty of noise from the first floor when someone is walking around. Breakfast was good quality and the attendant was super helpful and friendly. Wi Fi was fast.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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SheWhoNibbles wrote a review Mar 2022
Buderim, Australia13 contributions10 helpful votes
We loved sour stay at the charming Riversleigh. Easy access, great instructions and directions with a HUGE and comfortable room on the ground floor. Lovely comfortable room and super comfy bed with a vey tasty breakfast in the quaint dining room. Would definitely recommend the Riversleigh.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: Lovely old building with large, clean comfortable rooms.
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DebCastleton wrote a review Mar 2022
Melbourne, Australia52 contributions5 helpful votes
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My husband and I were attending a funeral in Bairnsdale. We came from Melbourne and asked about whether we could get in earlier to get changed, which was thankfully, able to happen. Staff were lovely and helpful. Our room was lovely and comfortable. Breakfast was served in two charming rooms. I would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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REG149 wrote a review Feb 2022
Newport, Australia16 contributions24 helpful votes
Stayed just one night here and everything was perfect. Lovely spacious stately room with tasteful decor, comfortable bed, easy check in and check out and to top it off a great brekky in the tea rooms with garden view. Would happily stay again
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rod_NR92 wrote a review Jan 2022
Granville, Australia36 contributions43 helpful votes
Riversleigh is such a lovely and inviting building, which drew my wife and I to stay there. The building is wonderful and our room was nice. That’s where the good ends though. This is a boutique hotel charging boutique hotel prices but without the customer service. The place was almost devoid of staff. The only time I saw anyone was at breakfast and the cleaners. Reception was vacant. The bar was always closed. I couldn’t even get in the front door because it was locked. I had to walk around to the back. The lack of staff presence manifested badly during our stay. On our first night there, at an ungodly hour, there was a fire alarm. There was no-one on site to take charge of the situation or direct us. We had to figure that out ourselves. On our last night there was a lot of noise from some of the guests, including a group being noisy close to midnight. Again, there was no-one on site for me to speak to, to have them shut up. I found the reception phone number, called it, and was told by a recorded message I had to call another number, which I could not memorize, hence I had to call the main number again, this time armed with a pen. Upon calling the other number I was put on hold for about 10 minutes, waiting to speak to someone. After managing to speak to someone they said they would send someone there to fix things. 10 minutes later the noise continued. Sure it may have only been 10 minutes, but it was close to midnight and my wife and I were trying to sleep. Like the fire alarm incident (in which it took ages for someone in authority to turn up), we had to resolve the matter ourselves, ie I had to tell them to shut up myself. I should not have had to do this. If there was someone on site at all times this would not have happened. It was bizarre. It was like the staff had fled and left us to fend for ourselves. No-one serviced our room the entire week we were there. They were happy to take our money but not provide the service expected for a boutique hotel. I saw corners being cut instead. I do not accept Covid as an excuse. They need to have a continual on site presence for such basic things as guest safety and emergency response management, even if that presence is reduced. The advertising for the room said complimentary breakfast. That’s a nice anchor. Upon checking in though you discover it is only a continental breakfast. The breakfast was adequate, but again, there were signs of management doing things on the cheap over and above providing a high quality boutique hotel level of service. There was coffee, but you had better like the instant variety, because there was no freshly brewed coffee to be had. Little things like that count, and given what we paid, it’s something to expect. My advice is, until they lift their game with service levels, stay elsewhere. Do not be wooed by the nice historic building. It’s not worth it. There are plenty of other options in Bairnsdale.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Roy L wrote a review Jan 2022
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We recently spent 2 nights at this charming hotel. It was spotless and the rooms were so comfortable and spacious. The staff were so friendly and went out of their way to make sure their guests were happy and satisfied. Belinda the lady in charge was so accomodating and her lovely friendly personality made our stay so homely. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is visiting Bairnsdale.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Room Tip: Downstairs rooms large and comfortable
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Silken93 wrote a review May 2021
Melbourne, Australia59 contributions15 helpful votes
A couple of days spent in Bairnsdale found us booking into this lovely old place. A few hiccups with regard to booking but all was sorted by friendly staff. Liked the idea of no keys. Easy walking distance to Main Street and restaurants. Dry quiet and comfortable.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Doug G wrote a review Mar 2021
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This is probably the closest thing I've had to a "Fawlty Towers"experience. We stayed 3 nights. The room wasnt made up after the first night. We tried to complain but got an answering service. When the room was made up, the rubbish was not removed and the room was not clean anyway. The water in the fridge / coffee etc was never replenished during the stay. If you stay here save yourself the angst and dont run your fingers on any of the tiled ledges they were filthy. The breakfast was pleasant but basic. A firend paid the extra $3 for tomato with his eggs and it was a source of amusement each morning to see if he got it, someone else got it or no-one got it. The coffee comes from an automatic serve youself machine that made me regret forgetting to bring coffe bags. The staff seemed completely indifferent to any of our issues or the similar issues of other couples in our group.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Tandembiker H wrote a review Mar 2021
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights here and felt really lucky to have found this gem. Gorgeous old building, rooms in lovely condition and very nicely appointed. Staff were delightful and really accomodating. Breakfast in the downstairs bay-windowed dining room just a lovely way to start the day. Hotel in great location for access to town, river and bike paths. Good storage for our bike. Overall a fabulous stay. Thank you!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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USD 136 - USD 142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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comfort inn bairnsdale, bairnsdale comfort inn
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Riversleigh
Which popular attractions are close to The Riversleigh?
Nearby attractions include East Gippsland All Abilities Playground (0.3 km), East Gippsland Art Gallery (0.08 km), and Seven Sundays (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Riversleigh?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Riversleigh?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Riversleigh?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Riversleigh?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Riversleigh?
Conveniently located restaurants include Earth & Soul Pizza, Mitchell River Tavern, and Oz Mex Mexican Restaurant.
Does The Riversleigh offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Is The Riversleigh accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.