Victoria has a poor offering of nice regional hotels, and when I heard about the opening of the new Mitchelton Hotel in the small town of Nagambie, I was super excited to try it out.
Nagambie is a lake side town about 1 hour north of Melbourne. The town is pleasant and the lake is nice, there are a couple of old wineries, including Mitchelton and Tahbilk.
The hotel is a part of the Mitchelton Estate and it has joined Accor to be branded a MGallery by Sofitel. It certainly fits the bill of the brand, by being boutique, modern and understated middle-of-the-road luxury.
The hotel is essentially one building with 2 sides. Make sure to book the river view rooms for 30 dollars more, as the vineyard rooms only look at a dry patch of grass and the car park. The rooms are very spacious and minimalistic, and does not detract from the view to the river and bush. The balcony is huge and understandably so, you really want to take advantage of the view. The furniture are wonderfully plush, especially the massive leather sofas at the common areas (I want one !)
There are 2 corner suites at the end of the building, which are essentially 2 normal rooms joined together, I recommend them if you’re staying for more than one night. And make sure to ask for the river view suite.
The hotel is surrounded by a few other buildings, including the cellar door, the restaurant, the cafe/boutique, the aboriginal art gallery and a massive look out tower. The lookout tower is strange, but it’s a landmark of the area, the view from the top are satisfactory.
The pool is a highlight, it’s flanked by plush seating and you can have some wine delivered to you. The water is super warm and you can hang by the edge and look to the river. Baby enjoyed her dip very much, and also loved rolling around the grassy riverside landing.
Being a winery, you will never be thirsty. We got 2 glasses of welcome wines, a bottle of bubbly, 2 more glass from Accor, and some wine tasting from the cellar door.
Room service is quick, cheapish and has no delivery fee. The food comes straight from the restaurant next door and it’s really quite good. Your rate also include a la carte breakfast, which is a bonus, and quite a lovely way to end our stay.
Service is friendly and easy going. We had Tracey and Anthony, and they are both very professional and lovely.
Score: 4.56 The Mitchelton hotel is an absolute bargain for what it offers, which is a brand new minimalist boutique hotel surrounded by gorgeous scenery, matched with excellent service and lubricated by quaffable wine.
Pro tip: We went on a Sunday, which was only 276 a night. And make sure to stay in a river view room.