Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

4038 Cradle Mountain Road Tasm | Cradle Mountain, TAS 7306  [SEE MAP]Cradle Mountain, TAS  [SEE ADDRESS]
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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4

Rustic lodge in an amazing location

May 1st, 2020

We hadn't realised beforehand that you cannot drive into the Cradle Mountain Park. They encourage everyone to use the shuttle buses from a centralised car park. The advantage of Peppers in that it is right by several walking trails, and also the bus stop at the Ranger Station, so it is very easy to access the park direct from your room. As we checked in we were encouraged to book one of their guided tours, which we did. We were so lucky to be the only two people on the evening wildlife-spotting trip and so got to experience Dove Lake and the Cradle Mountain views in near solitude - apart from our excellent guide and a whole load of wombats. The cabins themselves are pretty dated, although comfortable enough. We were quite a distance from the main lodge - remember to take a torch if you walk to dinner as it can be pretty dark on the way back. The food was good, but quite expensive (not many alternative venues!) and the dinner menu was exactly the same as lunch. When we were there the separate bar was not open and the adjoining shop only sells limited snack options. Bring your own provisions if you don't plan to eat in the restaurant. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4

Great position , quiet and near to walks

Apr 6th, 2020

Everything here for a visit to Cradle Mountain. Get the bus to Dove Lake and do some walks. Good food at the restaurant. And back to your room for a nice warm fire (gas) and chill out with no TV. We only stayed one night (2 full days) but we could have stayed much longer. Staff were great. So was the wombat outside our room and the wallaby on the walk to dinner. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3

A shortened visit

Mar 31st, 2020

We arrived at peppers Cradle Mountain lodge just as the Tasmanian government released tough new laws to combat the Coronavirus. We were due to stay for two nights in one of the cabins at the lodge. Our cabin was lovely, with a fake open fire, comfy but a bit small. The grounds around the lodge are wonderful with many walking tracks that are easy to explore. We had to cut our visit short to catch an early flight back to Sydney. Because of the new government rules the restaurant was closed, which was understandable but very disappointed. We received our meals, from a very limited menu, to our room. Our dinner was nice but not worth the $60 we had to pay for a basic pasta dish served in a takeaway dish. We paid for a full buffet breakfast but again received a small hamper with muesli and some small pastries. We could not eat the muesli because they didn’t supply us with breakfast bowls. I understand the difficulties involved, but the lodge was not busy, so a reduced fee for our dinner and breakfast would have been appreciated. To top it of, I got charged $5 for a phone all to Hobart to organise our flight home the next day. I hope that the lodge will take these minor complaints on board. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 2

Under construction

Mar 30th, 2020

At the time of booking - and paying full rate - there was no indication on their website that the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge would be under construction. The claim ‘Luxury in Tasmania’s Wilderness’ purported on the website could not be further from the truth. The room we booked - at just under $400 a night - was utterly disappointing. The fireplace was gas operated, but had a nearby stack of logs (covered in a thick layer of dust) purely for aesthetics - and the remote for the gas fireplace didn’t even work properly. The weak, flimsy-headed shower leaked out onto the floor, and the ‘spa’ was a glorified bathtub. The cheap furniture in the room was also grossly marked - not like the classy patina of a leather lounge, but a dried white fluid on fabric lounge stain. The Tavern Bar & Bistro was closed for renovations, and the shoddily thrown together ‘Devil’s Bar’ had all the hallmarks of a cheap and nasty temporary replacement - sparse food menu, drinks on the menu simply unavailable (with no offer of replenishing their supply from the connected restaurant in the same building), and a panoramic view of the construction site. We ended up visiting the Cradle Mountain Hotel just up the road for dinner - a far more atmospheric place, with lovely staff. Combine all of the above with the no-can-do attitude of the staff, and Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge has more of a 3-star motel feel - for almost $400 a night! You get the feeling that this used to be one of the best places to stay in the area... and then changed management to cost-cutting, ‘good enough’ approach - lacking the quality and finesse that you’d expect from high-end accommodation. We had an afternoon at their Waldheim Alpine Spa planned, but after seeing how the rest of the place is run we reconsidered. Thoroughly disappointing for a Peppers establishment. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 2

Disappointing

Mar 23rd, 2020

We went there with high expectations. My 60 th birthday celebrations. Booked a spa suite $500 a night and got a log cabin on stilts. Had to drag our bags upstairs and the room was very basic. Not worth the money. Do not book an expensive room, TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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