Built in 1888, the ‘Grand Hotel’ dominates the landscape of the historical seaside village of Portarlington, Victoria. Proudly standing high on the hill, the three storey, rendered brick structure overlooks Port Phillip Bay – all the way across to Melbourne . . .
Though details of the architect and builder and even the actual build date are elusive, it is confirmed that the ‘Grand Hotel’ was established by 1888 as the banquet celebrating the laying of the Memorial Stone for the new Portarlington Post Office was held there on the 28th September 1888:
” . . . Cheers were then given for Mr and Mrs Levien, the children singing the National Anthem , with the accompaniment of Mr Grave’s band.
The affair was further celebrated by a banquet at the Grand Hotel, Portarlington, the chair being cccupied by Mr J. Dalley, president of the Bellarine Shire Council; the vice chair being occupied by F. Willey, Esq, J.P. . . “
Source: Excerpt – Queenscliff Sentinel, 6th October 1888
The ‘Grand Hotel’ continues to be an iconic landmark of Portarlington, notable for its height and central tower. Originally built to capitalise on the flourishing tourist trade of the 1880’s, its proximity to the Portarlington Pier brought tourists via the regular steamer service. The Sea Baths, beautiful beaches and beach activities were welcomed by the holiday makers who could enjoy the grand facilities of this beautiful hotel . . .
The building remains essentially intact, however the elegant cast iron verandahs to the top three floors are no longer – it would be wonderful to imagine them restored one day . . .
– Close proximity to Town Centre – obtain Directions here
– Car Parking available along Newcombe Street
– Other Historical POI’s in Portarlington
– Facilities available at Portarlington
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- Off Street Parking
- Sealed Road