LUXURY hotel Yarra Valley Lodge in Victoria’s wine region, a 45-minute drive from Melbourne city centre, will undergo progressive renovations to its guestrooms and conference facilities from this April.
Lara Connolly, director of sales of Yarra Valley Lodge, said works will last three to five years and renovation plans for the conference facilities are still being drawn.
“Our designers have come up with some ideas, but we will discuss among ourselves what we would like to really do to our conference facilities,” said Connolly.
“Business will not be disrupted at all and corporate clients can still hold their conferences with us during the refurbishment, as works will be done in phases,” she added.
The property, which still looks fresh and well maintained since its last refurbishment in 2007, offers 102 guestrooms and 10 meeting and event spaces of various sizes. Its largest function room is the Marmion Ballroom which can seat up to 380 delegates in a theatre setting or 400 for cocktails and be divided into two for smaller gatherings.
The ballroom’s adjoining Conservatory, a space lined with large glass windows that let in daylight and views of the lush greenery outside, is favoured for morning and afternoon tea breaks. It can also be “dressed up dramatically” for dinner functions, said Connolly.
Yarra Valley Lodge was one of the featured properties in AIME 2014’s Taste of the Yarra Valley pre tour programme from February 15-16, providing accommodation for some of the participating business event buyers and hosted a dinner reception for all.