Dreaming of the perfect weekend escape to somewhere bursting with colour, food and stunning historic architecture? Toowoomba is the perfect spot for you. Nestled in Queensland’s Darling Downs, right by Lockyer Valley and Main Range it offers a real breath of fresh air and relaxation. It’s a haven for foodies, art lovers and nature, all rolled in with an amalgamation of the old meeting the new.
I recently spent a weekend in Toowoomba exploring what this vibrant city has to offer and was lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Vacy Hall. This guesthouse is listed by the Queensland Heritage Council as well as a place of National Historical Significance. It’s also privately owned which makes it much more special – you can feel the love that has gone into preserving this building making it feel more like a home than a hotel. So if you’re looking for luxury accommodation in Toowoomba, look no further than Vacy Hall. Here’s my review to inspire you.
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You’ll find Vacy Hall located right in the heart of Toowoomba’s CBD, but don’t be mistaken in thinking that this means you’ll be right in the hustle and bustle of things. Sitting back from Russell Street, the leafy circular driveway instantly transports you away from any noise and straight back in time to a little piece of nature.
Its closeness to the city centre makes it the perfect place for your weekend away with much of Toowoomba all within walking distance. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful spot, Vacy Hall is the perfect place to escape and relax but still be close enough to the city to easily explore it.
With only a handful of rooms plus a separate 2 bedroom cottage, the whole of the Vacy Hall feels incredibly homely and like you are stepping back in time. I stayed in the large Queen Suite and was mesmerised as soon as I walked through the door. The room is huge, beautifully decorated and felt both cosy and spacious all at the same time.
The bed was large and extremely comfortable ensuring a great nights sleep after a day of getting to know Toowoomba. The full-length windows overlooking the garden were also stunning and made the room feel even more luxurious and the thick curtains blocked out all the light for night time.
One of the traditional features of the room is the striking wood burning fireplace with a seriously comfy sofa opposite to relax into. It’s the perfect thing to have on a cooler night there and something that is certainly memorable. Along with the plush leather couch, there is also a small table and chairs to sit at; I always appreciate having somewhere to sit in hotels so having both options is perfect.
The en-suite bathroom was also a great size with ornate wallpaper keeping with the style of Vacy Hall. The shower was roomy with shelves to hold toiletries and blissfully hot water. It can feel a bit on the cooler side up in Toowoomba so a warm shower is very much welcomed. Along with this, the old fashioned basin fits perfectly with the decor and is something I could only dream of having in my home one day.
In one stunning wooden cabinet in the corner of the room, there was a TV, a small fridge with tap and bottled water and tea and coffee facilities. As the room and the whole of the guesthouse has been kept in such a traditional way, I absolutely loved that these amenities could also be hidden away in this cabinet. As well as this, the ornate wooden wardrobe provided plenty of room to hang clothes for the weekend.
Friendly customer service
With Vacy Hall being such a small and personal place to stay, the customer service here was incredibly friendly. I didn’t come across many staff members but each time I did they were welcoming and approachable but didn’t fuss. The staff were there to answer questions if I had any but the calmness about Vacy Hall makes you feel like you’re staying in a family home without any pressures at all.
Handy amenities and optional extras
Aside from the amenities in the rooms, Vacy Hall offers some great extras. Along the hall, there is a cabinet full of additional items such as extra tea and coffee and an iron – perfect for if you’re heading out to the Empire Theatre for a show. There are also some great options you can add on to make your stay even more of an escape. If you want to enjoy breakfast here then you can simply choose from the menu, mark it on a slip in your room and then drop it in a box in the hallway to pre-order it for the following morning. As well as this, Vacy Hall offers a super late check-out on Sundays if you stay for a minimum of 2 nights. By super late I mean 5 pm and for a tiny cost of just $40, it’s incredible value for money!
Tom and I arrived late for our stay meaning reception was closed. This was no problem however as there was a simple and secure safe outside the reception area to access our room key. Vacy Hall simply sent me a text with instructions on how to open which was no problem at all. This was great for us as we didn’t feel pressure to beat the weekend traffic in order to check in but were reassured we would be able to easily find our room.
A tour of the rest of Vacy Hall
As well as the luxury rooms at Vacy Hall, there is also a gorgeous lounge for guests to relax in and lots of seating in the garden. A verandah wraps around the back of the building and is full of colourful flowers, comfy seating and swinging benches. Every part of Vacy Hall is about comfort and escapism.
Vacy Hall is the perfect hotel in Toowoomba for a weekend away. It truly felt like I had left the busy world behind and was able to switch off. It’s a real hidden piece of luxury right in the heart of the city and the best place to stay to relax whilst still feeling at home.
As there’s so much to see and do in Toowoomba, being so close to so much was essential in order to do everything we wanted to. The location of Vacy Hall is unbeatable but it was so refreshing to feel like I was further away from the hustle and bustle at the same time. It’s the perfect place to stay for a luxury break to re-energise and explore the city.
Disclosure: A huge thanks to Vacy Hall who kindly hosted my stay. All opinions and views are entirely my own and based on my personal experience.