Jean’s review of the newly opened Shadow Play by Peppers
Arrival and check in.
A room fit for all playful purposes
In the Shadows you’ll find a hidden foodies haven
Really the wonder of Shadow Play by Peppers isn’t the big rooms, the spacious lounge rooms or the oddly small bathrooms. It’s not even the wonder of the shared space of the winter garden, and being able to see across the Melbourne city from what seems like a mile high. No, the real hidden wonder of Shadow Play by Peppers is the food and wine. At first glance don’t misjudge the small space of Edwin Wine Bar. It packs a delicious punch of locally sourced wines, beers and food. So much glorious food. And let me tell you that we tried a LOT of the food, both at dinner time and in the morning for breakfast.
Not only is it the quality that is coming out of the kitchen, you’ll be equally impressed by the knowledge of the senior staff on the local produce. Down to the names and backstories of the producers. The team have invested considerable time in exploring local producers around Victoria and getting to know the producer and the product before buying it in. You won’t find any cheap CUB branded beer happening here!
Rather then my waft on for ever and a day about the glorious pate eclairs, the slow cooked lamb and the delightful earl grey beignets let me show you some of the food that we devoured.
Overall review of Shadow Play by Peppers
4 out of 5 stars
This is a good hotel. A nice hotel. A chic and rather well thought out hotel. How would these guys get that extra 1 star? Well a complimentary mini bar would be grand. That’s always a winner in my mind. One thing I would like to see is the removal of pod coffee and pods machines. Even the locally support coffee pods are terrible for the environment. Instead encourage people to come down to the bar for a complimentary café latte?
Would I return and stay at Shadow Play by Peppers? Without a doubt. Within the rooms there is nothing truly mind blowingly amazing but the rooms are clean, fresh and the hotel itself is in a safe location. Even though this hotel carries the Peppers name don’t expect the luxury that the regional Peppers hotels and lodges offer, like Cradle Mountain Lodge. More so it represents a good reliable hotel experience at a reasonable price point.
The perks are the lovely and exceptionally well trained staff and the food. The Peppers F&B team really do know how to craft an enjoyable and delicious experiences.
As we stayed in late May the weather was not friendly enough for us to try out the pool and the rain did ruin the view from the winter garden. It was gale force winds at one point and really not worth trying to go for a swim. Had we had more time and I wasn’t about to fly out to Nepal we would’ve taken advantage of the late check out, slept in a bit more and enjoy a fresh dip in the pool.
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