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Dorsal Boutique Hotel

1 West Street, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
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Dorsal Boutique Hotel
Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in Forster
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Te Puia Springs
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The dorsal had amazing views out to the ocean and coast. The Staff were only just happy to be there although it was the middle of winter. The food in the restaurant was very good but the atmosphere was lacking. As I said it was the middle of winter

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place. Quite a spacious room, very clean but is probably getting near the time of its life where, to retain the "boutique" description, and to help the boutique prices not sting so much, it needs some updating. But that view. Seriously makes up for any other failings - just spectacular. Considering that area is quite busy (right near the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stayed in a Superior room (403). It had a king size bed and a single bed. There was a sitting area with two comfortable armchairs and a coffee table. The view from the room and balcony was spectacular - nothing between us and the ocean. We could hear the sound of the waves which was very peaceful. The room... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Friendly staff, not quite boutique hotel though. Room was spacious but ordinary. Spa was just a normal bath tub with jets. View was awesome. Restaurant had great service but limited menu and a little pricey. Overall an ok visit. No room service.

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Kempsey, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We chose the Dorsal Boutique Hotel for a romantic getaway with my partner. The room was clean, views to die for and spa bath even though small was a bonus. Our weekend weather was terrible but the views and location of the hotel made visiting town for window shopping so easy. The staff were fantastic and friendly, the restaurant offered... More

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Canberra, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We stayed 2 evenings in late November and paid $200 per night. While the view is spectacular, the hotel is definitely not a boutique hotel. The room was spacious but lacked character (very minimalist). The bathroom was extremely small and there was not enough storage or surface area for your normal bathroom products.The staff were quite off hand, very unprofessional... More

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The hotel itself was fine. Large rooms, friendly staff, good restaurant. It's on the beach and goose to the town so very central. But 2 key issues I found: 1) I was advised that the town was too rough to go out by myself after dusk so that therefore confined me 2) the free internet is via dial up and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for just 1 night over the busy Christmas holiday period. At $300 per night it is expensive but everywhere if Forster is priced high at this time of year. Our room was large and clean and the view from the balcony is easy to take in with a beverage of choice looking over main beach. While the room,... More

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Tamworth, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Have stayed here a number of times over the years, primarily for business. Think this is my last stay. Restaurant is overpriced and has become quite ordinary. Service is questionable and when you consider that the cost of the room and the restaurant are equivalent to city based beach hotels, the value simply isn't there. The view is fantastic, but... More

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

This hotel has the potential to offer such a fantastic holiday experience - it is right opposite the beach, has a beach facing restaurant and court yard and is close to the main town centre, but, the staff and management are seriously inexperienced and unfortunately lack customer service skills. Plus the rooms whilst they are clean are very dated and... More

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Address: 1 West Street, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Forster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$

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