Elvis Presley – the King of Rock ‘n Roll has arrived in Bendigo with much acclaim for the four-month long Elvis: Direct from Graceland the exhibition launched this month at the renowned Bendigo Art Gallery – but so has Ernest!
Bendigo Ernest Hotel officially opened its doors last month to coincide with the Bendigo Art Gallery’s sensational exhibition and is certainly fit for a King.
Situated in the heart of Bendigo’s C.B.D, and a stone’s throw from the thriving regional Victorian city’s coveted eateries and the renowned Bendigo Art Gallery – Bendigo Ernest Hotel is the region’s newest boutique hotel offering that provides holidaymakers with a luxurious, modern, authentic and ambient getaway set against a grand heritage backdrop – that Elvis himself would feel at home at.
The brainchild of owners – David Cook-Doulton and Martin Shew – and named after owner David Cook-Doulton’s grandfather – Ernest, the Bendigo Ernest Hotel is an immersive experience that combines historic grandeur with modern features and is set on an historic gold rush-era bank building and is the perfect location for those wanting to immerse themselves in the regional city’s Viva Bendigo experiences over the next four months.
Boasting ten modern, individualised suites, each room is adorned with alluring Australian art and swept with contemporary aesthetics, luxurious bedding, and designer furnishings – combining to forge a memorable and bespoke stay for visitors to the heart of the Victorian Goldfield region and is fast becoming the go to place for Elvis fans travelling to the regional city.
Housed in the oldest bank in Bendigo that was erected in 1864, the historic space belonged to the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney and retains its original features including its underground cellar and bank vault. The building’s walls hold tales of bygone wealth and woe, with a bullet hole on the ground floor said to hail from the gold rush days.
The Ernest Hotel’s rooms and suites have been meticulously transformed to introduce modern details, all whilst staying true to the historic venue’s history. With sleek furnishings, high ceilings, gracious light-filled windows, and awe-inspiring artwork, the spaces are a narration of yesteryear’s journey into today’s comfort.
As a testament honouring Bendigo’s devotion to art and culture, the Bendigo Ernest Hotel merges voguish interior design with an intentional showcase of exquisite art, thereby fashioning a unique experience where guests are truly surrounded by the wonders of creativity.
The Bendigo Ernest Hotel understands that guests need to feel indulged in order to experience true luxury. As such, each suite has a specially curated range of pampering and gracious essentials to promise a refreshing, rejuvenating and relaxing stay. These include complimentary bathroom amenities by Salus (includes Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner and Hand & Cuticle Cream) as well as technological luxuries including a Smart TV with Netflix, free wi-fi and a Nespresso Machine with free Padre coffee pods.
For the comfort of all guests, the Bendigo Ernest Hotel has been restored to ensure inclusivity without compromising on style and comfort. The Accessible Suite located on the hotel’s ground floor, has been designed for guests who require additional space and amenities. It features all the essentials – a king bed, spacious bathroom, roll-in shower with seat, lowered basin and support handles – creating a soul-warming space to farewell the world outside.
Additionally, the Ernest Hotel understands that a holiday is not complete without one’s furry friend. For only a small extra price, the hotel’s pet-friendly suite accommodates house-trained dogs – so they are equally able to enjoy their stay away.
With future plans to activate a world-class experience restaurant and an underground cocktail bar within the old bank vaults – it is the ideal venue for discerning travellers to experience all that the City of Bendigo – recently recognised as a City of Gastronomy by the worldwide UNESCO Creative Cities Network – has to offer. The Hotel’s now vacant restaurant space has been temporarily transformed into a refuge for reflection and reprieve. Offering hotel guests, the chance to escape reality, it is a sanctuary specifically designed to instil tranquillity.
The hotel’s outdoor oasis provides guests yet another hideaway to relax and rejuvenate. Guests are encouraged to find their place amidst the courtyard and bask in the Bendigo sun as they admire the city’s charm and the serene sounds of Rosalind Park.
Instilled with artistry and enveloped with grandeur, the Bendigo Ernest Hotel serves as an idyllic space for your getaway of discovery, exploration and romance. The hotel’s fully serviced suites deliver a sybaritic experience, creating an ideal home base to explore Bendigo’s many tourism offerings. Book your stay now.
For more information, please visit: https://hotelbendigo.com.au/
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