The iconic Vue Grand Hotel, Queenscliff, is a 90 minute drive from Melbourne CBD or Tullamarine Airport and only 50 minutes from Avalon Airport.
Time Line of the Vue Grand Hotel
1881: On the 17th July 1881 the first brick was laid for what was to be Queenscliff’s most extravagant and outstanding hotel. Six months later the first portion of the hotel was completed. On the 22nd December 1881, the Adman’s Grand Hotel was officially opened. The new building is acknowledged as one of the finest and best-appointed hotels in the Colony, affording a magnificent view of the bay and the surrounding country.
1890: The Vue Grand’s ballroom was dusted with a swirling finery of aristocratic ladies, dining under the high domed ceiling. By the turn of the century Queenscliff reflected the gentility and the wealth of the Southern Capital.
1927: October saw a huge fire ravage the hotel, the exact cause of which was never discovered, but the four year old son of the managers remembers playing with matches in an upstairs room prior to the family going to church. Two-thirds of the original building was saved and many of the architectural features can still be seen today. By 1930, two of the three floors were resurrected and ready for business.
1983: Equinox Hotels Pty Ltd purchased the Vue Grand Hotel. The building was literally stripped, and restored retaining its Victorian ambience and re-opened for business in late 1983.
2006: The Grand Investment Group purchased the hotel and embarked on further refurbishment of the hotel. Refurbishment started with the opening of Café Lure on the front terrace (now known as the Vue Street Bar). This also saw the addition of the two Tower Suites, the magnificent Turret Suite and rooftop bar.
2010: The Grand Dining Room was awarded Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Chef and Best Cellar of Local Wines in the Golden Plate Awards for Greater Geelong area.
2011: The Grand Dining Room has been recommended in the 2012 “Age Good Food Guide”
2011: The Grand Dining Room was awarded Best Overall plus Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Chef and Best Cellar of local Wines in the Golden Plate Awards for the Greater Geelong area.
2012: Listed and reviewed in The Age Good Food Guide
2012: The Grand Dining Room was awarded Best Cellar of Local Wines and a finalist in the categories of Best Fine Dining and Best Customer Service in the Golden Plate Awards for Greater Geelong area.
2013: The Grand Dining Room was awarded best Chef, Best Restaurant and Best Overall for the State (includes the Geelong and the Otways, Bendigo and Ballarat regions) Plus Best Restaurant—Contemporary Dining , Best Chef for the Greater Geelong Region.
2014: The Vue Grand was awarded Best Beer List in Australia by Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the year awards.
2015: The Vue Street Bar is listed on Lonely Planet.