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Bendigo Hotel Ernest

Bendigo Ernest Hotel has finally put Bendigo on the map for luxury accommodation. Bendigo has always had its unique charm and hidden wonders, but it was missing that touch of luxury that makes your adventure truly unforgettable. Well, not anymore! The Bendigo Ernest Hotel has come to the rescue and put this incredible town on the map for luxury accommodation.

This extraordinary haven of comfort and luxury has been calling my name since it popped up on my radar in 2022, so when the chance finally came to swing by during our Aussie adventure, we didn't think twice. It exceeded all our expectations! In fact, we found ourselves returning not once, not twice, but thrice during the month back in our hometown of Bendigo. Talk about love at first stay!

After we arrived in Melbourne, Australia, we made our way to the heart of Bendigo in a short 90-minute drive on a dual-lane freeway. The warm embrace of this divine sanctuary welcomed us, a surprise welcome home goodies from my beautiful family. It was like stepping into a tranquil oasis, with park views and leafy green trees swaying outside our window.

The Bendigo Ernest Hotel oozes class and sophistication. Nestled within the walls of Bendigo's oldest bank, dating back to 1864, it's nestled in the beating heart of the original gold rush town. It's a hop, skip, and jump from the city's top-notch eateries, which are world-class, and the famed Bendigo Art Gallery.

And those ten individually styled suites? Each one's a masterpiece, decked with Aussie art, plush bedding, and designer touches that make for a stay unlike any other. We went room-hopping and even had the opportunity to cosy up in suites 1, 4, and 9 – all pure bliss, but 4 and 9 stole our hearts.

The underground cellar houses an exquisite and alluring bar, lit with soft lighting that creates a sense of comfort, relaxation, and the perfect Martini. Its intimate ambience sets the stage for a sophisticated escape.

Let's not overlook the anticipation building for Terrae, the upcoming fine dining restaurant scheduled to debut in Autumn 2024. Mark your calendars, folks! The prospect of indulging in exquisite cuisine while sipping wine in such a meticulously crafted setting is part of life's finer moments.

But wait, it gets even better. Picture yourself basking in the glorious Bendigo sun from the courtyard, soaking in the city's charm and the serene sounds of Rosalind Park. And the icing on the cake? Free, secure parking on site – a rare treat in the heart of a bustling town.

The service! The delightful Ella and her team are nothing short of beautiful souls. They embrace all guests with warmth and ensure that every moment of your stay is filled with joy and comfort. Their hospitality has us returning time and time again, each visit leaving us with cherished memories to hold close to our hearts.

So, if you find yourself yearning for a touch of luxury and a dash of heritage charm in Bendigo, look no further than the Bendigo Ernest Hotel. It's not just a place to rest your head – it's the perfect country getaway, an experience that will weave its way into your fondest travel tales, leaving you with a longing to return time and time again.

Bendigo Insider tips

When visiting Bendigo, not only will you find exceptional accommodation, but you can also immerse yourself in the culinary wonders the city has to offer. For a memorable dining experience, we recommend visiting MS Batterhams or The Dispensary, where you can savour the finest flavours and textures that Bendigo has to offer. Afterwards, indulge in handcrafted cocktails at Victoria Lane Speakeasy, an experience that perfectly complements exquisite cuisine.

If you need a morning caffeine fix, a short stroll will lead you to Pogo Espresso for an expertly brewed coffee, while Harvest Food and Wine invite you to savour their freshly made croissants. You are also spoilt with City Wine Shop, directly across from Hotel Ernest for an afternoon tipple. This vibrant slice of Bendigo's soul promises an unforgettable culinary journey that will undoubtedly leave you yearning for more.

Discovering the local culinary scene not only enriches your travel experience but also provides a glimpse into the heart of Bendigo's culture and community. These unique dining establishments capture the essence of the city's vibrant culinary soul, leaving a lasting impression that will draw you back time and time again.

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