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“An old world charmer” 4 of 5 stars
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Old George & Dragon Guesthouse
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   50 Melbourne Street, East Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales 2323, Australia   |  
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“An old world charmer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed at the OG&D for one night only last Saturday.

Everything was as we expected.
The room was clean and tidy, service personal and of high standard.
The breakfast was forst class - choice of cereals, fruit yoghurt etc.
The cooked breakfast is a choice of fresh cooked goods from eggs to the"works". Ours was too much to devour.
There is a shared kitchen for tea, coffee with a fridge. (No fridge in the room).
Our only complaint was the traffic noise as we were in the room on the road side.
We told the Owner and she explained there is a new by-pass going in - so maybe this will fix things.
Overall - very good.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

I stayed here recently and I'm quite pleased with rooms and service. Friendly and helpful staff. I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

Booked in for a night as going to the superb restaurant next door and when we got there were shown to a pokey room with a double bed in a room called The Abbey. It was dark, the view out the windows were brick walls, and it smelt musty. In fact the whole establishment smelt old and damp. I'm sure a few air freshners placed discreetly round could fix that.
And it felt unloved, there were no flowers, no atmosphere, just depressing.
Then we found out that breakfast (which when I booked was a full cooked breakfast) was continental with one cooked item. What the hell is one cooked item?? Do I order an egg and get hubby to order the bacon and then we share them??
The Lady who has just taken over this residence has obviously not done her market research. We paid $240 for a room with the choice of muesli, rice bubbles and other sad cereals plus 'one' cooked item for breakfast and got to spend the night in a room that reminded me of Nana's house in her retirement villa.
So although the stay was disappointing the restaurant next door in the same night was not, in fact we still rave about it and it's delicious food and fabulous service.

Room Tip: Ask NOT to have the Abbey Room.
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Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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OldGeorgeDragon, Owner at Old George & Dragon Guesthouse, responded to this review, May 9, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write the review. I apologise the stay did not meet your expectations, if I had known there was something wrong during your stay I would have done my best to correct the situation but I was under the impression everything was ok.

The Old George & Dragon Guesthouse is an old federation building, which features 3 queen rooms (including the Abbey) and another 2 king rooms. The Abbey is themed with English country home colours, though each room has its own theme but overall the Guesthouse is about “Old world charm”.

The Guesthouse was built in 1840 and is also heritage listed as is the building next door. There is little we can do about the brick wall outside the Abbey; we have dressed the windows with antique style curtains with lace over the window so guests in this room are not just looking at a brick wall but still allowing light into the room.

We regularly allow air through the building and use air fresheners, we move the air fresheners throughout the building to avoid them becoming too strong. We are also purchasing a louvered roof for the courtyard to also improve air flow.

Guests have a choice of continental breakfast and / or hot breakfast, I am sorry I did not explain myself clearly about the hot breakfast – we cater individually for our guests, with guests choosing from bacon & eggs, omelettes & scrambled eggs on toast etc.

Guests help themselves to fresh fruit and cereals while the hot breakfast is cooking. We also cater for gluten free guests were this cereal looks like Rice Bubbles. For your information, we do not serve any high sugar cereals; we only use quality products for breakfast including T2 for our large range of teas and Jams made by well known original chef of The Old George & Dragon Restaurant, Ian Morphy.

I am sorry you did not choose to experience our breakfast. Though I am glad to hear you enjoyed the restaurant next door, as so many guests do enjoy the Dinner & Stay Package we have available.

I appreciate your concerns and have taken them on board, we value all feedback given about The Old George & Dragon Guesthouse.

Rosemary Thrift
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2009

We loved our stay at this small establishment, great service and hospitality, gorgeous room decorated in an old world theme. Our room had a four poster bed, antique furniture, LCD TV and DVD player. In the guests kitchen, guests can freely make plunger coffee or one of five different leaf tea for yourselves. There is a large selection of DVDs to choose from as well.
The best part of the stay was the gourmet breakfast which is served between 7-9 am each day. What you can expect is freshly squeezed juice, fruit salad served in a tall glass with a dollop of yoghurt, cereal of your choice, cooked dish of eggs (omelette, scrambled,or Benedict) served with local sourdough bread, toast with jam if you can fit it in, and lastly freshly plunged coffee or tea.
All the staff are fabulous to talk to. The location was great for day trips to the nearby vineyards or Barrington National Park.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, VIC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2007

Quite disappointed with the service on the accomodation side but pleased with restuarant

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2006

Was taken here by may partner for my birthday as he had seen it on a travel show and thought it was worth the trip to check it out. Our experience didn't start well (they didn't have our booking even though it was made 3 weeks prior) but ended with two people with overfilled stomachs!

After we arrived and found they didn't have our reservation they said they could squeeze us in but we had to be out in 1.5 hours, no big deal for us as we are rather quick eaters.

We were given a menu which was three courses for a set price. The menu was extensive and he chose the scollaps, whill i had the seafood chowder. Both were served with a sour dough roll. Both tasted wonderful and none of the scollaps were over cooked, but nice and soft. Both were large servings for a entree.

For the main I had the beef in blue cheese sauce with snowpeas, while he had rabit stuffed with bacon and mustard. Once again the serves were very large and we could finish the steamed vegetables and cheezy potatos that were served in addition.

We struggled to decide on whether or not we could fit in dessert but i went for the creme brulee with berries while he had the key lime pie with coconut ice cream.

Totally stuffed we left the resturant content.

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Address: 50 Melbourne Street, East Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales 2323, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Maitland > East Maitland
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in East Maitland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Old George & Dragon Guesthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old George and Dragon Guesthouse is a unique icon centrally located in the heart of the Hunter Valley just minutes away from the historic township of Morpeth and just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney. Furnished with exquisite art and antiques, the style is tranquil and relaxing, the service discreet and professional, with the grace and comfort expected of a luxury guesthouse. This beautifully appointed heritage guesthouse is also the perfect base for touring nearby historic houses, the famous wineries of Pokolbin or for excursions to Barrington Tops and Port Stephens. The spacious suites, cozy lounge and garden courtyard blend to create the feel of an elegant private home. ... more   less 
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