Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

4038 Cradle Mountain Road Tasm | Cradle Mountain, TAS 7306  [SEE MAP]Cradle Mountain, TAS  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Guest Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3

Way too many people

Dec 13th, 2019

Pepper cradle mountain lodge was alright. Front staff very friendly. Our room was basic but clean, and convenient to be able to park next to our cabin/room. The lobby lounge was nice and cozy and it’s the only place you could get a signal. Food at the Tavern was not too bad, breakfast was ok. However, probably because Pepper cradle mountain lodge was a better alternative compared to the other lodgings in the area, this place was so busy that it made your head spin. Patrons were overwhelmingly Asian of which most were from tour groups. If you are not ready for the shock after your tranquil Cradle Mountain walk, better go elsewhere. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4

Beautiful retreat but does need some tweaking

Dec 12th, 2019

We stayed in a King Billy Suite which has recently been refurbished. The accommodation was outstanding. We had a wood fire that did not smoke, a television with Foxtel (no wifi), a kitchen with coffee, tea and the opportunity to bring small take away items in for lunch (no room service). The suites are dotted around the property and it feels like they are isolated. There is a fabulous hot tub on the deck and visiting wildlife all around - wombats and wallabies. Highly recommend for couples. The accommodation is close to fabulous walking tracks in the area. The Bistro which provides hearty food is fabulous. I can’t say the same for the Highland Restaurant which we found to be extremely overpriced and not workable for patrons because of the format used. They have a tasting menu, the intention that patrons share meals, the minimum amount being 4. The meals are too complicated meaning that the quality and taste suffers in a way that is not commensurate with the price increase. Despite this criticism the staff are helpful, friendly and efficient particularly Lilly who makes a terrific coffee at breakfast for King Billy Suite occupants (one of the perks)and for who nothing is too much trouble. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Cradle Mountain Lodge......'and I.. I.. I.. I.. will always love youuuuu !!'

Dec 8th, 2019

Hello readers here I am reviewing CML again after a recent visit. Let me be clear, I am not afraid to criticize CML a little if necessary and I did in my last review from quite a while ago, but to the contrary, I love this place so much that I book my Tas trips around availability at CML and then fit the rest of the trip around that stay. So feel free to take that as a recommendation !!. My most recent stay was in Nov 2019, it may have been spring but typical of the area we enjoyed sun, rain, sleet and light snow which did settle for a while and made the place magical. But it's a reminder to be prepared with the clothing you bring. Had a traditional spa cabin so we could enjoy a real fire and not disappointed. All the familiar features of previous stays eg spacious room, large comfy bed, big bathroom. Plus an improvement from our last stay was the room included a Nespresso machine with pods that were included in the excellent in room tea and coffee supplies. Note this was an inclusion and not a mini bar inclusion to be paid for at additional cost. Thought this was a great improvement as in previous years CML has had a plunger and block of plunger coffee in the rooms which to be honest I don't reckon many people may have used and may have led to a lot of wastage with packs of coffee being open and half used. So the Nespresso is a good update and probably much more economical too. Lovely little welcome back card in the room on arrival, a savoury nibbles platter and a little box of House of Anvers Tas made chocolates. We stayed within a week or two of The Highland Restaurant, where breakfast is served, having had its renovations completed. Looks great with new seating, I think extra tables and chairs and a well fitted breakfast self serve area and a much improved enlarged bar which must be great for the staff. Breakfast is excelent, everything is self serve including hot drinks from a couple of excellent machines but staff do make it clear when you check in for breakfast that barista made coffee is available to order too. The kitchen also makes some fun fruit juice combos each day which are very tasty, they are included in the buffet and do not need to be ordered. For those of you reading some older reviews here concerning the aforementioned renovations they are being carried out over a long period of time I guess weather and peak season permitting. Some older reviews may mention that breakfast was a bit poor but this was when the Highland Restaurant was being renovated, now it's ready to go so all is good. Likewise for future bookings you should be aware that the Tavern Bar & Bistro will get its refurbs around Feb to March 2020. SO just be aware if you're staying at CML then things may not be 'as advertised', best to check their website for updates or call ahead. My last word on more recent negative reviews were comments about potholes in the roads around the lodge. It's a busy place that gets cars, 4WD and coaches on occassion driving on it's little roads. CML is also in a place that rains, which can then freeze, expand and thaw and cause cracks and degradation of its roads it kind of goes with the territory. On my most recent visit I did think there were some big potholes more than I'd ever seen of previous stays, but it was winter into spring and I imagine due to the renos perhaps a few more heavy vehicles have been on the lodge roads than normal and broken it up. This is NOT a reason to not stay here you will not break an axle !!. Finally why stay here ??...because it's the best !. OK there's a limited selection of accommodation providers on the Cradle Mountain Road, which is a good thing and long may it stay that way or the place will be totally ruined. But although CML is the most expensive, it offers great onsite facillities, there are excellent short and longer walks available from the lodge so you don't even need to take the bus into the national park every day, you are surrounded by beautiful nature with wombats and pademelons just wandering around the accommodation and if you're lucky you'll spot a platypus in the lake or the river too. I find this place absolutely magical during every stay. As I said before it's an expensive option but this aea of Tas isn't somewhere you may just casually go to and hope to grab a motel room for a night, it's not a stop over it's a destination. I for one would be highly disappointed with a one night stay because then CML would seem like a very expensive option, but do it right stay for say 3 nights and enjoy the experience. ** Final big thanks to staff member Ajay always friendly and smiling and very helpful with wine choices in the bar TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Luxury in the mountains

Dec 8th, 2019

My wife and I stayed in a suite at Peppers Cradle Mountain in early November 2019. It was unseasonably cool and we had snow both days we were there. Additionally, the lodge is in the midst of renovations, but the staff performed admirably from housekeeping to the restaurant. We appreciated our newly renovated suite and fireplace, and the restaurant itself served delicious and large portions at dinner. There was apparently a lot to do nearby, but the weather kept us indoors which turned out to be very enjoyable as well. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Wonderful stay after a rainy cold cradle mountain hike.

Dec 5th, 2019

Should be summer time coming in Nov... didn't expect cradle mountain still cold and rainy... unlucky with the weather but we were lucky booked the cradle mountain lodge for a night. Very nice experience staying at the cute lodge... room has the fire heater keep us warm. Nice wild park view looking the wallabies, wombats were amazing. Breakfast and coffee were outstanding there. We had a good rest there and we love the peppers. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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