Just an hour away from Melbourne by ferry, the beautifully refurbished Portarlington Grand Hotel offers 18 elegant rooms for visitors to enjoy a coastal getaway with a touch of refinement. Some rooms include bay-view balconies featuring the original pub’s painstakingly preserved balustrading. All the rooms bear touches of sea-foam green on the fireplaces and across the luscious carpet. Details of gold, dark wood and intricate tiling in the bathroom add a hint of sophistication to this hotel that oozes tranquility.

During your stay, head downstairs to the charming bistro for a pot brimming with the town’s famous mussels. A raft of local Bellarine Peninsula booze-makers star on the drinks menu (think Jack Rabbit, Terindah Estate, Flying Brick Cider Co and The Whiskery) while the pub’s food offering makes heavy use of the area’s excellent seafood.

Behind the historical hotel’s restoration was the Little Group, which also runs Port Phillip Ferries and developed Melbourne’s new Hyatt Centric hotel. Local architecture and interior-design firm Techne was charged with the redesign.

Textural feature walls, handpainted by local outfit Scanlan & Makers, are a beautiful backdrop for the elegant Zuster furniture dotted throughout, as well as the ornamental fireplaces, dramatic archways and blue-green colour palette.

Rooms start from $235 per night.

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Updated: October 21st, 2022

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