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The Oak & Anchor Hotel

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9 Bank St, Port Fairy, Victoria 3284 Australia
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#9 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Port Fairy
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CJ O wrote a review Oct 2021
Belmont, Australia3 contributions
We stayed and dined at the Oak and Anchor and could not have been happier with our choice. The suites are beautifully appointed and dining in the restaurant is a must. The food was beautifully presented and most importantly delicious! The staff in the restaurant are professional and friendly. So close to everything Port Fairy has to offer!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Maree T wrote a review Sep 2021
Gippsland, Australia38 contributions3 helpful votes
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Bed 9/10, Nearly fell over seeing the open plan bathroom. Had read about it, but didn't realise everything was on view from the sitting area, just thought it was a big all in one bathroom. We went and used the loos in the restaurant a couple of times! Some things just need to be kept to yourself! Obviously not geared for anyone making a cuppa. The kettle was on the bottom of a movable trolley where 'buyable' items were in pride of place on the top shelf. Had to rearrange everything to be able to use the kettle. Would be nice if the windows could be unlocked so they could be opened especially as we couldn't sit in grounds due to Covid restrictions. Very friendly staff and food in restaurant was first rate. Not keen on filling jug and water bottles from tap beside the toilet. Realised too late we should have used the bath tap! Tiny fridge but served the purpose for milk and a couple of beers. Got the feeling it was 'use the restaurant, don't make anything (even a cuppa) in room'. Fine apart from during Covid restrictions when limits to numbers in eateries apply. Locks on entry and for rooms were annoying. Considering refurbishments have been major on other things, it shouldn't be hard to have self locking doors. Some basic tourism info would be handy, nothing about that in the compendium. I got the feeling this has been set up for people who will solely use the on site cafe/restaurant for all food and drink. Some charging points or more accessible PowerPoints would be helpful too. Design not practical al all, designer done I'd say. Lots of light from the passage comes through into room from around the door jams, distracting when trying to get to sleep. Very clean, not my cup of tea though!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: Ask for floor-plan first!
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BackPacker569981 wrote a review Apr 2021
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The Good: Stunning renovation in keeping with the history of the building. Great finishes in the room. Very comfy bed. The not so good..... -THE "OPEN PLAN" BATHROOM!!!!!!! Not shown in ANY of the pics. All of their photos could go into any premium travel or lifetstyle magazine. They went out of their way NOT to show the shot of the loo from the bed. Open plan may mean one thing to the designers but it doesn't mean NO DOOR to me..... or others we have told. We have subsequently found that the web is littered with horror stories of the no door bathroom in hotels. We thought open plan meant spacious and never knew such things existed...........and we are VERY well traveled. Check out OUR pics at the bottom of the photos tab -Then there's the coffee/tea making facilities in a cart......on the bottom shelf. You need to get down on bended knee to get to the kettle and then take it to the bathroom to fill before returning it to its base to boil. All the while being careful not to hit your head if you have pulled out the TV arm from the wall. The power to the kettle was provided from an extension lead plugged into the the TV point and run down behind the curtain with the socket sitting on the ground next to a basket of coffees and teas. - No wardrobes only a styled hanging rail. - No fridge......Their response was along the lines of ......We didn't say we had them - Exceptionally bright LED lighting throughout and no dimmers. - No usable power points bedside...only in the bathroom We didn't stay the second night as it was really weird having the toilet a few feet from the bed behind a perforated metal screen. We sent an email about our concerns and the next day received a 2 page defensive tirade about their team, their styling and hospitality skills and just how terrific they are etc etc. We took it to mean .."what would you know? We're the experts here" It was a shame because the hotel position is great and generally the original renovation ideas are a standard many in the regions could learn from. We have subsequently heard back from the proprietors who have said the fridge situation has been rectified. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and and assume the kettle situation has also been fixed. I won't upload that photo......... Nothing else seems to have changed changed including their accurate photography of the bathroom situation and their refusal to admit there is a problem with disclosure. I don't believe we should have to call an accommodation provider to find out about the toilet position.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: The courtyard room may have an ensuite rather than an "Open plan". It reads differently...
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lizzy122015 wrote a review Apr 2021
Melbourne, Australia184 contributions67 helpful votes
Fortunately when we arrived at the hotel, another of our party was able to let us in, and tell us the code for the key box outside the front door. There was no meet and greet, in fact we had no contact with the owners for the three nights we were there. After navigating the two flights of stairs, we opened the door of our room to find a totally open plan bedroom/bathroom/toilet, which was a shock to the system! Totally impractical, particularly for we older people. There was no privacy at all. No shelves at all in the shower for toiletries. No fridge at all, even though we were left milk in the room. Some of our party are on medications which have to be refrigerated, which was an added complication. There was nowhere to put cases/clothes, although the room was huge. The only amenity provided was a kettle, cups and teabags. No coffee, for the coffee drinkers of the world. Best I can say is that the rooms were huge, and the bed comfortable. The noise from the bar immediately downstairs was very loud, which stopped us from opening windows. They desperately need to address the privacy issues.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: Not a good place to stay if you can't manage stairs, or if you like doors on bathrooms
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jollytr wrote a review Mar 2021
Victoria, Australia85 contributions54 helpful votes
We had one night in Port Fairy and we are glad that we chose to have dinner at The Oak & Anchor. The food, which is meant to be shared was excellent. Fresh san choi bao, creamy cauliflower and seeds, soft chicken bao buns and crispy sweet potato fries. Each dish was well presented, plentiful and tasty. The service was friendly and the overall ambience meant that we enjoyed a great night.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Oak & Anchor Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Oak & Anchor Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Blarney Books and Art (0.3 km), Whale Bone Studio Arts (0.3 km), and PORT FAIRY FARMERS MARKET (0.1 km).
What are some restaurants close to The Oak & Anchor Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blakes, alexo Pizza & Bistro port fairy, and Bank St + Co.
Is The Oak & Anchor Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Port Fairy.
Are there any historical sites close to The Oak & Anchor Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting George Dodds Reserve (0.8 km), Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives (0.5 km), and Battery Point (0.7 km).