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Whitespirits11

Ghost hotel in a ghost town

Review of Risby Cove
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2023
I would say this is a decent motel, not a boutique hotel. Props to the marketing/website person for making it look so desirable online when in fact it's a bit old, tired and...well, deserted.
Look, if one is keen to stay in a motel thats clean, quiet and where the staff (when you find one) are friendly then it's a nice place. But to be a boutique hotel it would need a fair few adjustments.
We stayed in Cove, one of the king cabins. Good bathroom, good heating, decent enough spot by the lovely water. But if you wanted to call it boutique you'd need to change the carpet, update the furniture and give everything a coat of paint.
It's a motel.
Laundry facilities are helpful after a while on the road, mind you. Just be aware it's one washer and one drier so you may have to get in early or wait a while.
Anyway... Aside from being a bit let down by the actuality opposed to the website, it was a comfortable stay. On the first night we had the place entirely to ourselves. Not a soul on site, the water lapping, a strange noise echoing from the forest.... All we needed was a fog to roll in. 🤣 Next day three more roomloads of guests had arrived when we came home from a walk, each looking bewildered as the check-in process for them involved a key in an envelope left by the door. (We had been fortunate enough to find someone on site when we rolled in). The restaurant was closed except for Wednesday, I guess because why would you fire up the ovens for eight people? Fair enough. But none of it the twinkly waterside off season wonderland we had anticipated.

If there's anything we have learned in Tassie, it's that a good font will get you far. Backing it up is the hard part.
Stay at Risby Cove if you're not too fussed and just want a place to sleep.
Date of stay: May 2023
Room Tip: Motel not hotel.
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2023

A great apartment on the waterfront for the three of us. Watched the sun go down from our windows. Super meal in the restaurant well looked after by the staff with a great range of food and wine choices (recommend booking a table).
We had travelled over from Hobart.
Our only regret was that we should have stayed another night, but then ....

Room tip: Book a resturant slot. Not much to do in Strahan except boat +/- train trips (steam train not always running)
Date of stay: May 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2023

👍we had a top floor 2 bedroom apartment.
Overlooked water way,very comfy,clean,electric blankets to warm bed for sleeping.
Quiet and very peaceful.
👎unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for their restaurant.
Our scallop marinara was very disappointing 🥺

Date of stay: May 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2023

We stayed in a waterfront room and it was absolutely fabulous - plenty of space, well equipped, spotlessly clean and with a lovely balcony at the water's edge. Its a pity there is no meaningful breakfast option, given that there is a restaurant on site.

Date of stay: March 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2023

Stayed 2 nights in Strahan. The afternoon we arrived power was out in a large part of the town including our accommodation. The proprietor, Zarela, kindly offered to make us a cheese platter for dinner as the restaurant was out of action. They were able to make a lovely vegetable soup using their gas facilities and they provided this free of charge to all their guests. This was delivered to all their suites which was a lovely touch seeing that it was difficult to find somewhere to eat that evening. The accommodation was very comfortable. We stayed in the Sawmill which looked over the harbour. A short distance away is a lovely walk through the rainforest to Hogarth Falls. A stay at Risby Cove is highly recommended.

Date of stay: March 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2023

We stayed in Strahan for two nights. The Risby Cove was a good location and the room was well appointed. We were in one of the cabins which was comfortable and spacious. Nice views over the water. We didn't eat at the restaurant. Would recommend staying here if visiting Strahan.

Date of stay: December 2022
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