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What We Love

  • The 23-foot-tall jackalope (part antelope, part jack rabbit) that greets guests at the entrance
  • Complimentary minibars (sadly not including wine)
  • The drinking water is rainwater, collected in barrels
  • Swimming up to the edge of the infinity pool to get the best view of the vines

What To Know

  • Breakfast is included
  • Only 20 of the 42 rooms have vineyard views
  • Semi-transparent walls mean the bathrooms are not entirely private
  • Free WiFi
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Overview

Futuristic design hotel in a vineyard near Melbourne, with installation art and two buzzy restaurants

The Lowdown

A restored brick cottage is now just a part of a black metal exterior that looks like the coolest Amish barn in existence. The Jackalope, set in the middle of 27 hectares of vines in the Mornington Peninsula (a costal wine region that’s a popular weekend getaway for Melburnians), is a destination hotel for wine lovers, foodies and anyone who loves lounging by a sleek infinity pool sipping a cocktail. Palettes of steel grey and black make the rooms look like Star Trek cabins, but they’re laden with comforts: think Japanese soaking tubs, double vanities, Bose speakers and king-sized beds. Dining options are excellent: the casual but cool Rare Hare, with its bevy of local produce and long wine list; the sci-fi-esque Flaggerdoot, a cocktail lounge that looks like the workshop of a space-age alchemist; and Doot Doot Doot, seasonal fine dining under a Jan Flook-designed, 10,000-lamp chandelier that represents the bubbling sensation of fermenting wine.

In the Area

The immediate area surrounding Jackalope is mostly farmland and vineyards, so if you feel the need for more activity than the hotel can offer, you’ll need a car. It’s a 20-minute drive north to the McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Garden, an outdoor art space with 100 sculptures scattered among the trees. There are free tours here two days a week. Two wineries are within 15 minutes’ drive: both Polperro and Montalto make good Peninsula wines and both have sophisticated restaurants that make an excellent destination for an afternoon out. The Bushranger’s Bay Walking Track, a 25-minute drive to the south, follows the coast line along the cliffs and boasts fantastic ocean views and you’ll probably see a kangaroo or two. Fun fact: the film Where the Wild Things Are was filmed here.

How to Get There

Jackalope Hotel
166 Balnarring Road
Merricks North, 3926 Australia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 155 Reviews
Anniversary Stay
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a wonderful experience at Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Penninsula. We had great plans to explore the Pennisula but never left the hotel. The service was exceptional, both restaurants amazing and served by David Reyne at the cellar door, what more could you ask for. The horizon pool and spa is worth the trip alone

Mythical Like the Name
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Jackalope hotel was decent and service was solid. For food it was great the first question was not “what is your room number”. The staff truly cared about getting your needs.

The entrance like many is Grande. It’s looks amazing as you come up the road and the lobby is chic. Checkin was flawless and the view of the vineyard gorgeous.

And then it happens..... you either are assigned a parking lot view or a vineyard view room. Both rooms are identical, except for a few suites that I’ve once stayed in, the only difference is the view. Overall room layout is decent, but nothing exciting.

Bar service was solid and customer focused.

For the price of the room it’s mythical like a jackalope unless you get a winery view. If you don’t go elsewhere. Even with a winery view in my ratings it’s still only a 4 star hotel.

Anniversary getaway
Reviewed 7 days ago

This place is perfect for a weekend getaway.The food and service was great and we especially loved the pool and the outlook. We booked the "all the guilty pleasures" package which included a 5 course degustation dinner at Doot Doot Doot, a $100 food voucher for Rare Hare and cavier and martinis on arrival.
The hallway is a little bit dark and "spaceship" like but this was the only non perfect thing about the place.

Inconsistent service lets it down
Reviewed 7 days ago

Booked a vineyard room for the stay. The pre arrival treatment was good. On arrival at 2.45pm the room wan't ready. Jakalope only guarantee room availablity from 3pm so this wasn't a problem and we were offered a weclome drink in the bar. The bar is very quirky and we found a sunny spot to enjoy a glass of wine - bizarrely bubbles are not available but spirts are. Little did we know that this would be the start of the how the Jakalope fails to delivery on its hype. We hadn't had lunch and ordered a 'club sandwhich' from the snack menu. We were the only people in the bar but the kitchen proved to be very slow in responding with the wait staff chasing it up 3 times. When it arrived it was very disappointing. Crusts off two very thick stale (we do not belive it was toasted) bread with barely any contents and no embellishment for over $20.
Our room when we got there did not disappoint. Facing the vineyard on the upper floor, it was gorgeous. Less so was the discovery that while the room had been serviced there was no teabags at all. Again the service let them down. The call to reception was treated supersiliously but the person who can to replenish supplies could not have been nicer. Note the mini bar is included but not replnished during the day. Breakfast is included and here the service hit a new nadar. The wait staff are clearly at war with each other and there is a preference for clearing empty tables and not making eye contact with guests in favour of eying each other off when guests are waiting or their tables need clearing. The food itself was ok but when staying more than one night the failure of the wait staff to recall having served you the previous day was disconcerting. Particularly when one day they were disengaged and the next day they couldn't have been nicer. Check out again highlighted the inconsistent service with payment being taken but the receipt for it has still not been sent.
Jakalope promises a luxury experience but fails to deliver in a case of favoring Insta style over substance.

Contemporary Comfort
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula has a prime position overlooking vineyards as far as the eye can see. Friendly professional staff & a luxe room overlooking the stunning infinity pool & spa. Breakfast was delicious with a variety of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, as well as cooked to order, spanner crab omelet was divine as were the freshly baked lemon curd donuts.