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The Riversleigh

1 Nicholson St, Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875 Australia
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A sense of tranquil relaxation so close to the town centre. Stay at The Riversleigh to enjoy the warmth of a country hotel combined with the luxury you expect from contemporary boutique accommodation. Located in the heart of Bairnsdales central business district on a quiet street overlooking the Mitchell River, The Riversleigh features elegant period fittings with tastefully-appointed modern rooms, providing a unique accommodation experience. The Riversleigh provides a relaxing environment with a Modern Victorian-era feel, accommodating Business and Leisure guests. If you are planning a visit to the unforgettable Gippsland region, be sure to build in some time to explore Bairnsdale and its surrounding areas along the way. With its complex history and rich Victorian heritage, Bairnsdale offers a one-of-a-kind window to the past that is sure to inspire your imagination. Plus, the convenient location of the Riversleigh in Bairnsdale makes it the perfect base from which to spend a leisurely day exploring the town and drinking in the atmosphere of this distinctive and often overlooked gem near Gippsland
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Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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WillJune wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia62 contributions50 helpful votes
This is more a review of Gippsland and it is open for business. We had a long weekend in Gippsland from west to east, Warrigal, Sale, Glen Garry, Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Nichloson, Lakes Entrance, Metung, Mount Taylor and Mirboo North. What a fantastic few days and the weather was perfect. Everything was green and beautiful. No real sign of bushfires. We enjoyed time in Sale, lunch in Narkoojee, dinner at The Loft in Bairnsdale on the first day. On the second day we went to Lakes Entrance for a beautiful lunch at the floating restaurant, and what a change this place has undergone since the last time, fantastic. Dinner in Paynesville at Pier 70 really great food, again a changed location since the last time. On the third day visited ninety mile beach and then on to the Italian Fiesta at Mirboo North, which was an incredible event of all things Italian. Riversleigh was our stop point, and we enjoyed two nights there with bed and breakfast. I think there were only about three couples staying and we were told that everyone has cancelled through to the end of March despite a 48 hour cancellation policy. We went to Gippsland to spend some money there and to try our bit to help the economy, so we spent at every stop. The business Owners are desperate for people. It is such a beautiful area and so much to see and do. We live in a suburb of Melbourne but were happy to visit Gippsland, so get out there. The issue is with the forest areas from Bruthen onwards, but note the road to NSW border was open i.e. through Mallacoota. We noted that farmers had taken care of the undergrowth in most places, so there is an issue with he management of the forests and the reduction of the fuel load. The fire came to Sarsfield which is close to Nicholson Winery. They were having their grapes tested this week for smoke damage. They opened their fantastic new wine tatsing and functions area a couple of months ago, but they had to stop for the bushfires, and will relaunch in April. We wish them well. We would encourage people to visit Gippsland, even for a couple of nights to help those who are suffering, hold off your cancellations. Riversleigh was a great spot to stay with parking and breakfast (weekend no cooked breakfast but a good spread to set you up for the day) and the staff were very helpful. Love Gippsland!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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MFitz wrote a review July 2020
Sydney, Australia31 contributions43 helpful votes
The staff were fantastic and the breakfast was served so well in the lovely quiet dining room. You have a choice, muesli or the hot breakfast I chose the muesli, so tasty. The tea was served in a lovely white teapot with extra hot water. My room was really quiet at the back of the hotel overlooking the garden area. It was drizzling however it was really convenient getting my bags from the car even though the parking is at the back of the property the access was easy, no steps. I would have loved another night, unfortunately due to Covid I could only stay the one night as the NSW border was going to close the next day. The staff were so good and never charged for the extra night I wanted to stay because of the extreme circumstances. They would be suffering due to sudden cancellations, yet the professional calm way they handled everything is remarkable.

The suggestions for dinner were great. I had a terrific meal at the hotel across the road. Wonderful food and service there, reasonably priced for such a delicious meal.Best satay chicken Ivd ever had.Mitchell River Tavern: Fabulous food, cosy venue. Staff also told ms that the Grand Terminus Hotel is also good for food. It’s a good walk away in the main area of town. I’d like to try that next visit.

The bed was so comfortable. They had turned on the heater for me so the room was lovely and warm. Couldn’t have been happier. It was a cold early July evening. The garden area is serene with a swing seat.

Thank you, Riversleigh for your wonderful hospitality. I will return.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Malcolm W wrote a review Apr 2020
Coffs Harbour, Australia244 contributions95 helpful votes
We received a warm welcome here and were shown into a lovely large first floor room with a huge bathroom. Plenty of car parking outside but quite a narrow entrance to get the car in from the front of house. Nevertheless a superb place I really slept well here. Just across the road you can access a walk down the river, a lovely walk around 6 kilometres all the way. You pass a huge colony of fruit bats on the way round and they are quite a size? We had seen them before at Cairns in the trees along the seafront walk. apparently they fly huge distances following their food sources in Australia. So it's possible we some of the same bats in Cairns about 3000 kilometres away? During our stay we were sent breakfast packs to our room because of the virus and weren't obviously able to use the breakfast dining room.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: I believe there are rooms at ground floor level with wheel chair access.
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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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Retired Traveller wrote a review Apr 2022
Geelong, Australia18 contributions2 helpful votes
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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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Alan T wrote a review Sept 2022
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We booked and had email confirmation. Arrived 2.20pm on a Sunday afternoon to find building completely empty and securely locked! After a few phone calls we found someone who kept asking for our Reservation Number - they had not given us one! But she kept asking for it. Then she decided that she could let us in under a new booking - great. So eventually we get in and we are the only guests - so the lounge with open fire (on a cold wintry day) is locked and we have no access.
The room and the breakfast were both good but we wonder how you can run a business in absentia with staff who don't understand simple information!
Summary? A Shocker!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Faircrit wrote a review Mar 2023
Guernsey, United Kingdom182 contributions113 helpful votes
Their website suggests that guests will "enjoy the warmth of a country hotel combined with the luxury you expect from contemporary boutique accommodation."

We had a reservation for 2 nights. On arrival we parked our car in the accommodation car park which is adjacent to a builders yard at the back of the property ("country hotel"?). We then tried to find our way in but the front door was locked and nobody was responding. We eventually managed to get in via a side door and were asked for our reservation number which we didn't have as the reservation had been handled by our travel agent and their booking reference wasn't sufficient. We eventually got booked in.

The public areas of the building were under renovation.

Our room (no. 7) was adjacent to the road, poorly furnished, and had the smallest possible shower room with sink & toilet. The sink was cracked. The floor and walls were tiled and reminiscent of old London public toilets.

Breakfast was entirely DIY - nothing cooked was available and you had to make your own tea/coffee.

Luxury boutique accommodation - NOT!
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Simon J wrote a review June 2022
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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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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Jan O wrote a review Nov 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
30 years ago my hubby and I spent our wedding night here. We try to stay here whenever we are passing through Bairnsdale and have probably stayed in all the rooms over the course of this time.the rooms are comfortable and quiet. The balcony rooms stunning.

But the breakfast in that beautiful 100 year old 12 foot ceiling heritage room with garden views all around is lovely.

We always do the Mitchell River walk which is right ob the doorstep AND they have chargers for our EV.

The recent automation due to staff shortages has changed things slightly but it’s great value and we love the Riversleigh!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chloe B asked a question Oct 2017
Melbourne, Australia
Is late check-out available?
850shaner wrote a tip Jan 2023
Brisbane, Australia208 contributions46 helpful votes
"We had room 21 on second level- very nice"
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Vivi wrote a tip Dec 2022
Geneva, Switzerland158 contributions40 helpful votes
"The check-in was a bit of a pain as you have to do it online, then receive instructions via email. Pay attention!"
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Alan T wrote a tip Sept 2022
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"Book elsewhere"
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SheWhoNibbles wrote a tip Mar 2022
Buderim, Australia13 contributions10 helpful votes
"Lovely old building with large, clean comfortable rooms."
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Roy L wrote a tip Jan 2022
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"Downstairs rooms large and comfortable"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$194 - AU$215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
comfort inn bairnsdale, bairnsdale comfort inn
LOCATION
AustraliaVictoriaGippslandBairnsdale
NUMBER OF ROOMS
22
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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 (0.09 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 and street parking are 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.