It’s dated, but the great location and comfy beds might be just the ticket
VAST open plains, vineyards and intimate cellar doors. The Barossa Valley is a destination that makes you feel like you’re somewhere far, far away, and yet it’s just an hour’s drive from Adelaide. It makes for a perfect weekend escape from suburbia, and is a drawcard for interstate and overseas tourists. And regardless of where you’re from, when you retreat into the Barossa Valley you want to feel immersed in its atmosphere.
The Barossa Weintal Hotel/Motel doesn’t quite give visitors that experience.
The Weintal is clean, it’s safe, and the staff are lovely, but at the end of a picturesque drive it came as a disappointment to walk into a dimly lit, outdated room.
Walls are rendered in muted hues of beige and pink-cream, which blends with the timber furniture and brown carpet. The room includes a flat-screen TV, a kettle, glasses and mugs. We had brought nibbles for the evening and were a little surprised not to find any plates or knives.
The bathroom was pleasantly clean and a nice double-sized shower provided good water pressure. The big mirror was welcome as was the good (neon) lighting.
The big winner for us was the beds. There is a queen-sized bed and a double sofa pullout, which sits against an old single bedhead that the owners have decided not to remove, and a single bed.
The beds were plush, comfortable and provided a great night’s sleep. The splitsystem airconditioning system was also most welcome on this chilly night.
The next morning we decided to check out the Weintal’s buffet breakfast – an offering that included dry cereals, tinned fruit, toast, muffins and pastries.
We opted for the $15 continental option, which gave us bacon, beans and fried eggs. For what’s on offer, we agreed that breakfast should be included in the $160 overnight stay price.
The breakfast area also has a coffee/hot chocolate machine, but we decided to go elsewhere for our caffeine hit.
We headed to an adorable cafe called Nosh, and while waiting for our coffees we noted that we could have had a much more satisfying breakfast here for less (think Bircher muesli with fresh fruit for around $7).
Located on Tanunda’s main street, the Weintal provides a good base for exploring the region. It was only a 15-minute drive to dinner at Lyndoch Hill (lyndochhill. com) and barely a 10-minute drive to Marananga, where we enjoyed a fabulous event at Appellation restaurant at luxe hotel The Louise as part of the Tasting Australia festival.
For those interested in a tipple at the end of a hard day’s sightseeing, the Weintal has an on-site bottle shop that stocks a good range of local drops.
All in all, I would recommend the Weintal for anyone who is after a no-fuss, quick overnight stay, perhaps as part of a business trip.
But for those who want something a little more Barossan, try for a B&B, or be willing to pull out a few more dollars for a more modern resort down the road.