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4.6 out of 5

"Lovely old house with lots character. Enjoyed our stay. Host very helpful and friendly. Only downside was the walls are a bit thin " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 02 Mar 2021

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Hotel Description

At Genesta House Bed and Breakfast you'll be within just a 10-minute stroll of Cowes Beach and Phillip Island Ferry Dock. Highlights at this guest house include in-room free WiFi and furnished patios.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with digital channels, and all 5 individually decorated rooms feature dining areas, sitting areas, and hair dryers. Nice touches to enhance your stay include free toiletries and premium bedding. Refrigerators and desks are also available. Housekeeping is available on request.

This business-friendly guest house offers free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and a terrace. Additionally, you'll find a garden and luggage storage. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Sights within a 10-minute drive of this 3.5-star Cowes guest house include Phillip Island Wildlife Park and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Fernery Room

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Maple Room

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Lilly Pilly Room

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Genesta House Bed and Breakfast ratings based on 31 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.6 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Genesta House Bed and Breakfast

Everyone (10) Couples (21)
4 out of 5
Lovely old house with lots character. Enjoyed our stay. Host very helpful and friendly. Only downside was the walls are a bit thin

Posted by on 2 Mar. 2021

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5 out of 5
Just such a cute gorgeous room and place to stay Very clean and very well located being close to everything well welcoming and helpful and friendly

Posted by , from Fraser Rise on 21 Jun. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

22 Jun. 2020 by Gary

Thank you for your lovely comments. It was our pleasure to host you. We look forward to seeing you both again soon.

4 out of 5

Posted by on 19 Jan. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

22 Jan. 2020 by Nally

Thanks you for your feedback. We look forward to seeing you both again soon.

3 out of 5
Lovely old house with lovely gardens in a good location. Good for o night stop. For us showing it’s age pretty well and probably in need of a good tidy up. They always look cute in photos but starting to question the relevance of these old places in today’s market. Certainly wouldn’t appeal to the younger generations.

Posted by on 7 Jan. 2019

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4 out of 5
Lovely and peacefull. Neighbours a bit noise however. Thin walls.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 10 Jun. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

20 Jun. 2018 by Maz

Hoping the ambience of Genesta House outweighed any distractions 🏡

4 out of 5

Nice room close to the beaches and main street

Pros: easy access
Cons: Fix the smoke alarms - other people cooked at the hotel and our room smoke detector kept going off. Other than that okay
Location: Great food Great fishing - New Haven
Found the place okay, close the main street, weekend we were there, the night market, music and food vans at cowes pier area. Great spot

Posted by on 26 Feb. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

3 Mar. 2018 by Maz

Thank you for the feedback. The toaster in the other room has now been moved to a different spot, so that won't occur again. Glad you loved our location! With kind regards, Marianne Rankin Owner Genesta House, Cowes

4 out of 5

old fashioned and quaint

Pros: the era in which it was built the beautiful gardens
Location: close to everything and you camn walk into the main town.
Old home of the are that has been restored to its era. clean and comfortable and was just right for our weekend. The host was very helpful. very private.

Posted by , from melbourne on 10 Nov. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

20 Nov. 2017 by Marianne

Yes, Genesta House is just a 2 min walk to the beach and main shopping area.

5 out of 5

Posted by , from Australia - NSW - Sydney on 4 Jan. 2015

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5 out of 5
Pros: Susan was so welcoming the place looked amazing
Location: Wonderful
Facilities: Home away from home; Value: Affordable; Cleanliness: Beautiful;

Posted by on 29 Oct. 2014

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5 out of 5
Pros: B and B was a beautifully renovated old homein excellent condition.
Cons: No off street parking
Location: Tranquil, Close to everything
Facilities: Distinctive, house renovations good; Value: Inexpensive; Service: Professional, owner was sick; Cleanliness: Spotless; Close to beach and shops/restaurants

Posted by , from Australia - NSW - Port Macquarie on 8 Oct. 2014

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About the Genesta House Bed and Breakfast

Location 18 Steele Street, Cowes, VIC 3922

Property Features

As a guest of Genesta House Bed and Breakfast, you'll find a terrace, a garden, and concierge services. WiFi is free in public spaces. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll have access to the outdoor pool and health club at a partner property. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star Cowes guesthouse.

  • 5 guestrooms or units
  • Towels for the beach
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Separate dining area
  • Refrigerator

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)

Transport

  • Airport: Melbourne Airport (MEL) (162.1 km / 100.7 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Genesta House Bed and Breakfast offers 5 accommodations with hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Rooms open to furnished patios. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate dining areas and include desks. Beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include showers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on request.

  • Private patio (furnished)
  • Dining room
  • Sitting area
  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric kettle
  • Kitchenware
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Free tea bags/instant coffee

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 6:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. Guests will receive an email 48 hours before arrival with check-in instructions. The host will greet guests on arrival.

This property does not have a front desk. Guests will receive an email 48 hours before arrival with check-in information. The host will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays and bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; guests can access their rooms with a mobile device. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Guests will receive an email with special check-in instructions
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Host will greet you
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are available
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property follows sanitisation practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is available
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety

Hotel Names

  • Genesta House Accommodation Guesthouse Cowes
  • Genesta House Accommodation Guesthouse
  • Genesta House Accommodation Cowes
  • Genesta House Accommodation C
  • Genesta House Accommodation
  • Genesta House Breakfast Cowes
  • Genesta House Bed and Breakfast Cowes
  • Genesta House Bed and Breakfast Guesthouse
  • Genesta House Bed and Breakfast Guesthouse Cowes

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for golf tee times. For reservations, contact the guesthouse before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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