|see those windows on the left? that's our room|
Last winter, we had lunch there in front of the fireplace. This time, we stayed a couple of nights in one of their charming art deco rooms. The hotel had previously been sitting vacant for a decade, so it was a big job for this former Brisbane couple to bring it up to speed. And what a ripper of a job they have done.
|the back entrance via the outdoor deck|
The hotel now consists of 8 rooms, a bar which serves lunch/dinner and tapas, and a restaurant serving dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Run by a French chef no less! The story is that the chef was moving up to Brisbane from Tamworth but his van broke down in Tenterfield and here he stayed. Lucky for the hotel and lucky for the diners.
|the bathtub in our huge bathroom|
Personally I would need a ladder to get into this tub, but I'm sure taller folks would love to climb in. I loved the huge shower with rain shower head, and the lovely, sweet-scented and organic bath amenities (which you can purchase from the hotel if you really love them). The basket weave tiles were a hit with both of us; Mr P. being a building designer found them particularly fascinating as we hadn't come across them before. Oh did I mention the heated towel racks? Fabulous on a cold morning.
|yep that's me in the mirror|
Okay so I am not the tallest person in the world but I did feel this room was meant for taller folk than me. I literally couldn't see myself in the mirror, and I would need a cherry picker to get me in the bath. Even the wardrobe was a bit giant size and I could barely on my tippy-toes reach the hanger part inside. I sometimes get the feeling that interior designers are 6 feet tall blokes who have no idea about the fairer sex needing a bit of leeway in the height department.:=)
|that's BB my travelling bunny on the mantel|
We loved the decor, and the calm and relaxing atmosphere but there were a few quibbles. Hubby and I both like lots of surfaces to put our stuff on when we are away. Fortunately there is a mantel which helps but we would have loved a small coffee table in front of the lounge and perhaps an arm chair. Mr P. who is always working would love a work desk. Free wi-fi was a real bonus though. And please someone tell me why hotels almost never have reading lights over the bed? Since a lot of travellers are business people, you would think a reading light was essential.
|looking out onto the balcony|
Even though the hotel is on the main highway, the rooms are very quiet as the windows are double glazed. The curtains are thick and heavy so they shut out the light from the streetlamps and the morning sun. Make sure you shut the bathroom door when you go to bed 'cos wow, when we opened the bathroom door in the morning, it was like a Hollywood set lit for the next scene.
|how gorgeous are these railings! Titanic here we come...|
|salmon steak, polenta and a creamy dill sauce $30.50|
Here's my dinner on our first night in. Mr P. had the chicken pot pie. The bar has a mates' rates special for $19, which includes this one.
|chicken pot pie $19|
The next night we stayed in again and had tapas at the bar. I have a weakness for tapas, and these really fit the bill. I could have tucked into a few more of those arancini to be honest.
We got an extra 2 arancini which cost another $4. They were creamy and had a lovely mushroom-y flavour. Stuffed olives, polenta chips and scallops were followed by the special dessert of the night - French crepes. Mine had banana and chocolate sauce while hubby had strawberry. These were delicious!
|stuffed olives $9.50|
|polenta chips $11|
The polenta chips were fine but I guess I have been spoiled by the ones at Jamie Oliver's which are sprinkled with parmesan and so damn delicious. These were a bit flat in comparison.
I loved these! So firm and tasty and full of flavour. And luckily for me, hubby isn't fond of scallops so I got more.
|French crepe $12|
|and another crepe $12|
One thing to remember is that they do have a ground floor room which is suitable for disabled guests, but the other rooms are upstairs without a lift. The helpful owner carried our bags upstairs so don't let the lift-lessness put you off. We had a fab weekend away and I would love to come back soon.
The Commercial Boutique Hotel
288 Rouse St., Tenterfield NSW
Ph: 02 6736 4870