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Staycation at Mercure Bendigo Schaller

Mercure Bendigo Schaller is a standout boutique hotel perfect for your next staycation and base to explore the many delights of Bendigo. I was invited to spend a night Mercure Bendigo Schaller and check out Bendigo, and was impressed on arrival with quality artwork everywhere, the engaging staff, and my free drink at the bar. 

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There has never been a better time than to explore your own backyard and plan your next regional Victorian getaway.  And for those wanting to escape to the regional city of Bendigo – in the heart of Central Victoria - the Mercure Bendigo Schaller located in the heart of the booming regional city, Bendigo – is your place to stay. The four-star boutique hotel is located in the very heart of the thriving Bendigo township and Mercure Bendigo Schaller is an affordable Accor Hotel that offers contemporary accommodation at affordable prices. My Deluxe Superior Room was a double room with plenty of space and features, including a lounge and balcony with a view.

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Fabulous rooms.

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Stunning views.

Named after one of Australia’s most iconic contemporary artists - Mark Schaller – the property is close to Bendigo’s city centre - only a short walk - from the Bendigo central township - with easy access to the Bendigo Art Gallery and the Bendigo Showgrounds precinct and all of the award-winning Bendigo City of Gastronomy restaurants, bars and shops. Basically, this hotel is close to everything.

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Extraordinary art everywhere.

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Relax in the modern lounge.


I was able to experience the delights of the Malayan Orchid restaurant in the heart of Bendigo, known to be a premier Asian restaurant in Australia, where I was treated to mainly Chinese dishes with the standout dishes being the Barramundi with Ponzu and soy sauce, Chinese Five-spice Prawns, and the Lobster Lo Mein.





Hustler is a standout burger and BBQ destination in Bendigo, where I enjoyed an exceptional The Hustler signature burger, delicious Popcorn Shrimp, Picles Plate and Bridge Rd Brewers IPA for lunch.

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Step inside the foyer of the Mercure Bendigo Schaller and you will feel like you are in a funky inner-city boutique hotel – adorned with contemporary artwork - with all of the facilities and amenities you would expect from a leading Australian hotel brand– but in the heart of Regional Victoria.

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Fabulous balcony.

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Mercure Bendigo Schaller offers three room categories*, the rooms are compact yet very well appointed and functional room styles - catering to all guest needs. Each air-conditioned room offers free WI-FI, original artwork from Australian contemporary artist Mark Schaller, and a coffee machine. On top of this, guests will be able to enjoy dedicated sport and cable channels on a 42-inch flat-screen TV from their high comfort beds whilst indulging in local produce from the room’s mini-bar.
(*Standard double room with balcony, standard two single beds with balcony and superior double room with balcony).

Understanding that most guests will be driving from Melbourne metropolitan, Mercure Bendigo Schaller also offers free parking* for guests on arrival. (*limited parking spots available, first in first serve basis. Please see reception for parking alternatives). To complement Mercure Bendigo Schaller’s vibrant art decor there are contemporary communal spaces throughout the hotel, including the on-site sculpture garden, form a unique environment that foster creativity and inspired thinking. Enjoy all the benefits of the hotel and explore nearby attractions of Bendigo.


Check out the city centre with its extraordinary gardens (notably Rosalind Park) and grand architecture. 

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Visit the Golden Dragon Museum.

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Chancery Lane is a compelling laneway in Bendigo.

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Shopping in Bendigo is top notch with attractive boutique shops as well as large department stores. Bhunny Design jewelry spotted at standout Lanamee Bendigo in Killian's Walk.

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Ulumbarra Theatre.

During your stay, visit Mercure Bendigo Schaller’s on-site cafe and bar - The Pantry - for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Located just inside the doors of the Mercure Bendigo Schaller, make sure to enjoy a relaxed meal full of fresh produce accompanied with delicious locally produced craft beer and wine. I enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast with coffee, Eggs Benedict and side of bacon.
Guests are also welcome to utilise Mercure Bendigo Schaller's on-site fitness centre and rent a bicycle to experience and explore the regional town.
Along with family orientated activities, Bendigo also offers exquisite food and wine experiences. After being declared Australia’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2019, Bendigo’s food culture has only grown and developed - making the Mercure Bendigo
Schaller the perfect base for food and wine enthusiasts wanting to explore Regional Victoria.