Royal Hotel in Mornington
The hotel, built in 1855, and opened in 1857, was first known as Snapper Point Hotel (sic). But the visit from Prince Alfred, Duke Of Edinburgh in 1868, the hotel took on its rightful name of The Royal Hotel. Historically, it was well positioned as the half way point for the Cobb and Co travelling from Melbourne to Sorrento. But earlier history, unfolds the fascinating tunnel, used for unloading of goods from ships,which leads from the nearby shoreline up the steep incline through the cliffs to the cellar storage area of the Hotel - the remains being a feature shown through a glass inlaid area of the main dining room.
It is not every day that you get spoilt not only by the magnificent decor and ambience of a fine old hotel, but you also get treated to a walk through history outlined by one of the passionate staff of The Royal Hotel, Morgan, at Mornington. During our inspection of this prominent hotel that overlooks Schnapper Point and the adjacent bay, we we treated to a magnificent sunset lit stroll along its fabulous verandahs and well presented suites upstairs.
The hotel has a number of rooms to choose from, many leading onto the private full length balcony upstairs, and all with excellent appointments and full facilities, but No. 6 with its separate lounge is a real winner.
Just imagine, a leisurely day driving down from Melbourne, only 55 minutes via East Link now, inspecting local wineries and walking the many beaches with great cliff-top views, strolling the pier at Schnapper Point, and then returning for an afternoon drink or cappuccino at your own balcony to watch the sun go down over Port Phillip Bay - with the You Yangs hills silhouetted in the far distance.
Photos and information submitted by Gary Pope, Many Thanks.
From there, wander downstairs and enjoy a pre-dinner drink around the open fire in the historic tavern at the side of the hotel, mixing with the locals for some tales of what's happening around this long time fishing village - yet now home to some international yacht building industries. Topping off the evening, is fine dining with a sumptuous menu prepared by well known chief chef, Scott Gallagher.
Outside, the hotel boasts a great courtyard victoriana styled beer garden, a top place to meet with locals to enjoy an ale on a nice afternoon.
"We can highly recommend a visit to The Royal Hotel, which offers sensational value for accomodation and excellent service and hospitality...." (Gaz).
- 770 Esplanade
- 03 5975 5466