Spacious rooms, views over Robertson Park and a quick walk to all Mudgee’s bars, restaurants and shops, the historic Parkview Hotel is the place to stay in Mudgee for convenience and luxury.
Double-height ceilings, comfortable en-suites and access to the wrap-around balcony so deep it covers the path below, the Parkview Hotel offers the perfect blend of heritage grandeur and modern sophistication.
It’s easy to imagine its first owner, wealthy pharmacist William Richards Lester enjoying his life in this house in the 1870s.
But the Parkview’s journey hasn’t been simple.
Over its 150+ years, the Parkview has seen many folk pass its threshold. You can see its fascinatingly varied history here, but the Parkview has been a private residence, a pharmacy, a boarding house, a guesthouse, a B&B and finally in 2016 the luxury hotel it is today.
You can see our video walkthrough of the Parkview here:
The Parkview location
Sitting opposite Robertson Park, which used to be Mudgee’s marketplace, on the intersection of Market Street, Duoro Street and the right angle turn of the Castlereagh Highway, the Parkview Hotel is perfectly located.
Only a couple of minutes’ walk to the nearest pub, and on from there Mudgee’s town centre—its shops, restaurants and iconic clock tower, you’re also right across the street from the Mudgee Visitor Information Centre.
You’re also only a walk from the Cudgegong River and the art trail that follows its backs towards the town centre.
The Parkview rooms
Our room—Suite 1—is enormous, taking up the whole northeastern corner of the building. The superior king bed looks more like a double, dwarfed by the lofty ceiling. There’s enough room here for a dining table for four, a three-seater sofa and coffee table, and minibar.
But it’s the details of the room that really add to the luxury and old-world charm.
The wrought iron candelabrum chandelier, the white marble mantelpiece and back fireplace, the ornate mirror, giant sash double-glazed windows looking down on the street.
A fully equipped modern en-suite with high-end finishes, a complimentary coffee pod machine and well-stocked minibar brings the room up to date.
There’s also a door that leads out onto the beautiful timber-decked saloon style wrap-around balcony that spans the width of the path beneath.
You get a real feel of that classic Aussie country hotel vibe leaning out on the balustrade watching the afternoon go by.
One downside to the room looking over a busy street: while it makes for great viewing, the traffic continues throughout the night.
However, the hotel has done well with clever double and triple glazing to mitigate noise. We didn’t notice it and I’m a very light sleeper.
The Coffee House at The Parkview
While there is no room service available at the hotel per se, the cafe that’s connected to the hotel—The Coffee House at The Parkview—offers some of the best coffee and breakfast options in town.
My loaded egg and bacon roll came with a big crunchy hash brown and rich chutney, while Christina’s roast trio of mushrooms was served piled high on a wonderfully dense polenta waffle under wilted spinach and a generous mound of the town’s favourite—High Valley fetta.
It took us a while to pick these two dishes.
The menu is replete with the likes of Biscoff pancakes, corn fritters with halloumi and avocado, breakfast enchiladas and a range of Turkish toasties.
The chocolate brownie here is also off the chart and the scones look like bankable options too!
Mudgee Visitor Information Centre
Having the Mudgee Visitor Information Centre right across the road from the Parkview Hotel is a bigger benefit than you might at first think.
Not only do you have the excellent centre staff, who know the region better than pretty much anyone on the planet, here on-hand to help you with your trip, they also have your back with last-minute souvenirs.
The centre has a great little shop with a well-curated range of handmade products from the region—from artwork to honey, olives to stationery. There’s even a good selection of wine, beer and gin from the region too.
Shopping here feels a bit like having crib notes on the whole area.
The centre is also home to the regional gallery, which has at least two exhibits at any one time of local artists. Well worth time in your day to look around.
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