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wendim57
Adelaide, Australia

Lovey spot

Review of Risby Cove
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 Mar 2024
Stayed for 2 nights in one of the Sawmill Apartments right on the river.
Is a really lovely place. Very clean and comfortable.
Whilst we did not get to see the sunset due to the weather could imagine would be lovely.
The only downside is that the toilet is located right next to bathroom door which is adjacent to the bed. ( Bit awkward even for a married couple of 20 years)
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Reviewed 30 March 2024

We had a 2 night stay at Risby Cove and on arrival, thought wow, the location is amazing. Then everything else went downhill from there. The rooms and furnishings are very outdated. The bathroom vanity tap dripped continuously; thankfully the closed door silenced the sound. The bathroom fittings were old and there was considerable mould around the basin. The TV didn’t work and there was no locking mechanism on the front screen door. We had a great view of the harbour from our upstairs window. Sadly, the flyscreen was covered in dust and there were dead insects at the bottom of the window. Even the downpipes (at eye level) outside our room were rusted and covered in cobwebs.
The hotel needs a lot of love and attention to bring it up to a quality standard.

Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 March 2024 via mobile

This Hotel may have seen better days but they charge like they’re five star. The location of our accommodation was overlooking the cove - spectacular view from the front verandah. So much potential but overall experience was just disappointing. Rooms were spacious but very dated & tired looking. The heater didn’t work and the television didn’t work. We couldn’t contact anyone as the office was closed. There aren’t a lot of choices for accommodation or restaurants. They’re so ridiculously expensive. NRMA recommends the village as a tourist destination but apart from their cruises along the beautiful Franklin River & the various hikes - there’s not a lot to do.

Room tip: If your budget is tight there’s a well stocked IGA open until 730.
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 December 2023 via mobile

Comfortable and quiet, but I agree with other reviews. This is far from being a boutique hotel.
On the plus side its setting is beautiful and the restaurant very good, but the furnishings are tired, old fashioned and basic.
Had we been expecting a motel we wouldn't have been disappointed, but as it sells itself as a boutique hotel we were.

Room tip: Booking for the restaurant is essential
Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Katecambridgeshire
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Reviewed 3 December 2023 via mobile

Wonderful place to wake up. The service was great at the reception we loved the views. We will be back. Quiet and homely when you sit with the curtains open all you see is the wilderness and water. A short walk to the pub and trips up the river. Thanks so much.

Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Michael E
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Reviewed 27 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.

Room tip: Motel not hotel.
Date of stay: May 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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