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Arnica Views

10 Observatory Rd, Mount Dandenong, Victoria 3767 Australia
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4.5
#2 of 5 B&Bs in Mount Dandenong
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
Value
Arnica Views is quite different from a hotel. We offer boutique style accommodation with 7 fully self contained retreats. Perfect all year around for special occasions and to escape the everyday. Guests can expect to rediscover romance (and eat well with extensive breakfast supplies included!). Located on the summit of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, approximately an hour's drive from Melbourne and away from the noise of the main road. Arnica Views is set amidst two acres of magnificent 85 year old English gardens, offering splendour throughout every season. Cooinda House is at 1562 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda and accommodates up to 8 guests. It has 4 bedrooms each with their own ensuite, a large kitchen, 2 living areas, 3 balconies, laundry, garage, heating and cooling. Breakfast not supplied.
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Free parking
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Spa
Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Refrigerator
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Romantic
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Wicko wrote a review May 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After much deliberation my wife & I decided to stay at Arnica Views, we chose the Barn & what a choice it was very comfortable & romantic which was exactly what we had wanted for this was our first weekend away for 25 years with out the kids. From the minute we walked in we were impressed it was clean & the hosts preheated the cabin supplied a bottle of wine & candles by the spa, the surrounds were just brilliant. We would & have recommended this a place to go to get away from the regular hussel & bussel of life in fact we have already re booked our next stay. Thank you again Arnica Views.
Anthony & Kerrie
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Date of stay: May 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Best Views great accommodation
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Groeneveld wrote a review June 2020
Melbourne, Australia270 contributions116 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely property. Very spacious with log fire makes it the perfect choice for a relaxing short couples stay. You won’t leave hungry either with generous breakfast provisions.

Overall Coorabell comes highly recommended for those looking to escape the daily grind...
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Brian L wrote a review Jan 2021
32 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The spa was great after a day out walking; the secluded and leafy surrounds were lovely. It was great to be able to walk to the SkyHigh restaurant and do a couple of walks in the area. Room was well presented, and there was plenty of breakfast provided (for cooking yourself).

Main issue was that the sign on the road was old and faded; it was easy to miss. Observatory Cottages next door had a very bright and clean and lively sign. For someone driving past, you would not get a good impression from this. Also the entrance road was narrow and dark, and required a hard turn to enter/exit.
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Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Ade11i wrote a review Feb 2023
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Poor Communicators

I booked a 3 day stay at Arnica View in Jan 2023. If you are coming to the area I would highly recommend that instead you look elsewhere—there is one in the same area on tourist rd— is beautiful but with much better communication than the staff at arnica views.

The reason for my poor review is because of the poor communication that occurred prior and after my scheduled stay. I was denied access into the country of Australia due to a problem with the Australia ETA. I was told that the problem will not be rectified within the next two weeks, therefore I was forced to cancel my stay.

I understand that Arnica Views has a strict cancellation policy. However, I emailed them within five minutes of my initial booking to ask questions about the cancellation policy—I did not receive a response. During my fiasco at the airport I gave them a call and left a voicemail—no response. In the next 10 days, I called multiple times and left multiple voicemails—no response. However I did get sent to voicemail by whoever was handling the phone.

During this period of time, on two separate occasions, I was able to talk to two separate individuals. They told me that they would be talking to their boss about my concerns and that they would reach out by email. This did not happen. It honestly felt like they were intentionally ignoring me.

My poor rating is not because they took my $840. It is not because they didn’t offer me credit for a future stay. My poor rating is because they didn’t provide me with common courtesy and at least talk to me. If I’m spending the money to book an expensive room, I would at minimum appreciate a response rather than being intentionally ignored.

If you are booking a stay in the area, and you are spending money….don’t choose arnica views. It doesn’t make sense to spend the money and risk not being able to get in contact with someone when there is a problem with your room, logistics etc.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dannymelbourne74 wrote a review Nov 2023
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The surrounds are lovely. The place is just ok. Bedroom loft with only bathroom being downstairs. Very inconvenient at nighttime. Boast of fresh breakfast supplies, but, despite the many bakeries nearby, they provide a frozen (yuk) rather than fresh loaf of bread. A few maintenance issues too (eg broken window winder meant couldn’t open bedroom window). Nearly good, but just not quite.
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Date of stay: October 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Not great for older guests or guests with limited mobility - spa bathtub downright dangerous.
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Paul B wrote a review Apr 2022
Chirnside Park, Australia307 contributions103 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in The Loft for 2 nights. Great price, friendly and helpful service via email and text. Breakfast materials provided . Romantic with candles (just no matches). Great spa but be aware Loft has steep stairs and low roof. Image has a couch but unit had 2 comfy chairs. Spa was relaxing
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: One car per unit only
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spider729 wrote a review Jan 2012
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My fiancee and I arrived at 3.00 for a relaxing night to be greeted by the maid saying she did not have our name. She took us into one of the rooms to make us a coffee while she tried to contact Paul or Tania. We sat in a room for over an hour next to a bed that had been slept in the night before. At 5.15 Tania came in and said that we were booked for the next day and that it was going to cost us an extra $65 because it was a Sunday. She said they had made up The Loft for us without my consent. She did not give us an altermatum. We brought dinner to cook on the bbq but there was no bbq with the Loft so she took us down to another used room with a filthy bbq and said we could use that. As we were walking back she said that it will cost us an extra $95 because we had to pay for the maids and her wages because she had to come in on her day off. I said that we would come back the next day when we were originally booked in and she was extremely rude and said that was not an option and she was not going to argue with me. I refused to pay the extra $95 and paid $65. There were filthy ashtrays full of cigarettes outside our room where we sat for a drink. We were not treated fairly and it ruined our night. Sitting in a room for well over an hour where someone had slept, was totally inappropriate and unprofessional. I shouldn't have to pay her wages or the maids. She should do everything to accommodate her customers. If she answered her phone when we arrived at 3.00 none of this would have happened because we just would have organised to come back the next night instead of paying an extra $65. It was Tania's mannerism and bad attitude that was appalling.Have never been treated that way in any other place we have stayed.They should have given us an option. Disgusted and very dissapointed. It totally ruined our night and we just wanted to go home. I was very upset.
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Date of stay: January 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ArnicaViews, Manager at Arnica Views
Responded 16 Feb 2012
The guest arrived a day earlier than they had booked. Staff and management went above and beyond to make our guests comfortable with tea/coffee, seated in one of the premium retreats, whilst preparing the accommodation as quickly as possible. There was a delay in establishing the guest error as the bookings manager had to be called to the property from a day off. The guests were fortunate enough to be using a half price discount voucher which required the payment of an upgrade fee for a weekend evening, so management felt it was reasonable to request this fee, clearly printed on the voucher. To ensure the guests had the opportunity to cook their bbq dinner, there was a genuine offer to utilise the kitchen and bbq area of one of our premium retreats, not yet serviced from weekend stay . Staff were paid overtime at Sunday rates to ensure these guests did not have to make the hour trip return home to Frankston only to come back the following day.
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Parangie wrote a review Jan 2012
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived around 4pm and were told there was no electricity. We had a long drive from the city and accepted the room as long as we could have a spa. I asked Tania if the spa worked and she assured us it did and told us there was hot water. We turned the tap to fill the spa and even though it started with hot water it quickly turned cold. We filled the bath and it was freezing! No spa, no hot water, no heat, no lights on a 9 degree night ahead of us. Tania told us we could contact her that night if there were any issues but she didn't answer so we left messages on three separate occasions. At this point we had been there for around 2.5 hours when we decided to leave. Since Tania wasn't responding we left a message telling her we were leaving. The following day we called her to redeem our two nights for a later date and she told us that, this was her day off and she didn't agree that we hadn't used our stay there and she'll mull it over and abruptly hung up in the middle of my sentence. We were appalled and disgusted that this business would rip us off $200 and then be so rude to us when trying to negotiate a resolution. That was a very expensive 2.5 hours and a horrible ordeal. We are still waiting for a resolution as Tania is still supposedly mulling it over.
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Date of stay: January 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Ben S wrote a review Jan 2011
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions69 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This review is limited in that I can only report on the service I received from whoever answered the phone at 7:25 pm tonight (12 January 2011).

I was set to book online, but I just needed to check the availability of the room I was after.

So I rang Arnica Views at 7:24 pm. The phone rang through. I thought that maybe someone was on another line, so I called back. The phone disconnected after the second ring. I attempted a third and final call.

The phone rang just once, and a female at the other end of the line screamed the words '[--] OFF' at the top of her voice before hanging up immediately.

I was taken aback.

So there you have it. If these folks were having a bad day, or if they were busy - understood. But take your phone off the hook or get an answering machine.

I am more than happy to provide a legally authorised Statutory Declaration and provide forensic phone evidence in the case my facts or statements are contested.
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Date of stay: January 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from ArnicaViews, Owner at Arnica Views
Responded 25 Feb 2011
We have only just seen this review and are completely taken aback and not sure what has happened. Our phones are diverted after hours to an 'after hours message service' so can only assume there has been some sort of cross line. Why anyone running a beautiful business such as ours would treat potential guests in this manner is beyond us, we just wouldn't. A million apologies for any confusion and we would invite you to a complimentary stay to experience the amazing service and property we offer. Again, really confused with this comment.
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chemopom wrote a review Feb 2012
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here on a Zizzle voucher. We were happy with everything and would have returned again.
Upon departing, we discovered the reason we had heard a chainsaw for most of the morning. A massive limb from one of the trees had fallen off. We thought that it had just missed our car . The male owner was busy removing the debris from around our car. He asked us to have a look at our car to assess the damages. We looked at the passenger side and discovered a minor scratch. We were unconcerned at this point.
We later discovered a tennis ball sized dent at the top rear passenger side roof and a cracked rear stop/indicator light on the driver's side which we had previously missed as all the debris was on the other side of the car.
Upon calling our insurance company, we found out that the establishment was not responsible for the damages. The female owner denied that the limb that her partner was quickly removing from the scene was the cause of the damage. She said that another guest had commented on the appearance of our car and was concerned about parking next to it due to a couple of previous scrapes and dents. She basically accused us of trying to scam them and said that it was a pre existing damage.
I believe they were dishonest in trying to hide the damage. They could have easily said sorry, we are not liable. This would have been preferable to their lies and cover ups.
Buyer beware!!!
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Date of stay: November 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dannymelbourne74 wrote a tip Nov 2023
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not great for older guests or guests with limited mobility - spa bathtub downright dangerous. "
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Paul B wrote a tip Apr 2022
Chirnside Park, Australia307 contributions103 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"One car per unit only"
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Candy-Will S wrote a tip Jan 2022
Melbourne, Australia148 contributions71 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Manor room was huge"
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Wicko wrote a tip May 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best Views great accommodation"
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Marianne H wrote a tip July 2018
Metung, Australia17 contributions24 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't get a downstairs room, judging by other reviews of noise above!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arnica Views
Which popular attractions are close to Arnica Views?
Nearby attractions include William Ricketts Sanctuary (0.4 km), Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (2.8 km), and Dandenong Ranges National Park (7.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Arnica Views?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Arnica Views?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Arnica Views?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Arnica Views?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arnica Views?
Conveniently located restaurants include Thai Tables, Pig & Whistle Tavern, and Hutch & Co.
Are there any historical sites close to Arnica Views?
Many travellers enjoy visiting William Ricketts Sanctuary (0.4 km).
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