4.5
Very Good 202 Reviews
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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 202 Reviews
Exceptional
RBH58

Okay...it ain’t cheap. We’ll get that out of the way to start with. But if you are up for dropping $3k on a weekend away, look no further. Jackalope is the real deal. It’s achingly cool from a purely aesthetic perspective. The rooms are right on point. Their casual restaurant (Rare Hare) is terrific, and it’s a place that I actually think a vegetarian would be delighted with too. The signature restaurant (Doot Doot Doot) is just ridiculous. One of the top 5 meals I think I’ve ever eaten. Breakfasts there are sublime too. The thing that really pushes Jacklope over the top though, is the exceptional staff. Boy have these guys hired well! Great service is a really difficult thing to get right (too cool and reserved sucks, as does obsequious fawning), but the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and fun. A special shout out to Kieran and Amy from the bar! You guys rock!

We’ll be back. We’ve put the first couple of bucks in the piggy bank already! Thank you for a very memorable weekend.

Great destination spa hotel
janeclough1

Located in Merricks in Mornington Peninsula this destination spa hotel is outstanding for both its service and hospitality and the attention to detail in the styling and amenities. Very European in room decor the venue is situated amongst the rolling hills and is both picturesque and stylish at the same time. Great pool spa and several restaurants to choose from. Love it!!

You just wanna keep up with the Jones’s?
395timi

We have wanted to stay at Jakelope for some time and we finally decided to for our anniversary and my birthday.
Let’s start with check in, the lady who checked us in was amazing however I was the last person to be served after everyone who came after me was looked after first.
Our check in was supposed to be at 3pm, our room wasn’t ready until 4pm, granted they did give us a free drink, but it seemed like it’s a common thing after hearing it from a few other guests.
A nice touch when we FINALLY got our room we had a bottle of sparking waiting for us.
Bed sheets were torn, Breakfast ;average. Ive seen better fruit at Salvation Army Friday night feasts For the homeless in st kilda. Coffee was cold. Waited 30 mins for our food and the restaurant was empty, asked for jam for my toast waited another 30 mins.
Rare hate; restaurant looks great, service and food were okay.
Jakelope looks amazing, however close up is it very cheap.
Port Phillip estate by far exceeds this hotel in quality and service.
Room service was great and attentive; But does that justify the $900 a night price tag ?
I honestly do not know what the fuss is all about.
For a hotel in the middle of no where , The ammenities, facilities and dining options are extremely limited. Zero phone service and even though we had wife watsapp only connected as much as the phone service did. Hole in my bedsheet wasn’t a request.