Reading a number of the recent reviews I was wondering if perhaps we had been luckier than most. The weather was kinder to us than for some others and already knowing the area perhaps I was better prepared for what the resort had to offer. Also, our room had definitely had a refurb. So our experience was generally a very positive one.
After checking in (easy to find, well sign posted on the highway just north of town, reception very thorough & helpful) we followed the directions to our apartment tower. The “underground” carpark held a disconcerting experience when a scrub turkey demanded right of way. All parking spots there were taken so as instructed we dropped our bags at the lift & parked in the outside carpark about 50 metres away from the front door. The parking level lift has a sign asking people to please not feed the scrub turkeys - spoke to one of the staff who said they are attracted to the handouts and are becoming a pest. Still nice to see “wild” critters hanging around though.
We booked a 1 bedroom spa suite for 5 nights and, apart from an incredibly soft bed, have no complaints. Beautiful, if distant view of the ocean, traffic noise on the highway about 300 metres away on the away side of the tower from the rooms only noticeable in the wee small hours of the morning, more than masked by the noises of the wildlife. Lots of cicadas, crickets etc.
The bed is huge, but so soft it was a problem for me. A younger clientele with more forgiving backs may find it a plus. The bedroom had a conventional TV. The separate lounge/kitchenette room was well appointed - a large flat screen TV there with full sound system & DVD player. A table for 4 to one side of a sofa bed. The kitchenette was well appointed with hotplates (not used), microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, dishwasher & crockery for 6 (?? Maybe not expecting people to wash up so often). The small laundry cupboard had a washing machine & dryer. (We love the convenience of this).
The grounds are looking good - 5 tennis courts, 3 pools & looks like a pitch & putt (all looked popular). Lots of birds - waterfowl, ducks, cormorants, peewits, willy-wagtails, magpies, rainbow lorikeets, plovers, swallows etc. And the scrub turkeys. Carp & eels in the lake - not so keen on them. Went for a walk through the rambling resort down to the secluded beach. While secluded, this is still a public beach so there were a few non-resort folks about. Also, it isn't a patrolled beach so swim with care.
Did not eat in the restaurant but we ordered pizza & steamed veges one night from the take-away menu - very good & no complaints about the price. The bar was nice & nothing wrong with prices during Happy Hour (5-6pm) provided you stuck to the Happy Hour specials. They provided nice nibbles too.
The gym is quite well equipped - a rowing machine, a couple of treadmills, a couple of steppers, 3 bikes & a range of resistance machines. Also hand & bar weights. The gym guy was taking a (presumably paid) personal fitness session when I arrived, but he showed me the towels & where to drop it after & offered to help if I had any questions.
Wireless internet was expensive - $20/per day or $50 for 4 days - and proved to be unreliable at peak times in the evening.
Pluses, views, semi-isolated location, plenty of parking if you are prepared to walk 50 metres. 1 BR spa suites have lots of room to rattle around in for a few days and are comfortably appointed.
Minuses - the bed was the only big one. If I get really picky, the paintwork on the ceiling of the bathroom is moisture affected and headroom in the shower is probably around 2 metres. (lowered ceiling to accommodate ducting & pipework for spa in room above I suspect). Also, if mobility impaired, getting in to take a shower may be a problem as it is in the spa bath, so requires some high steps to get in & out.
The attraction of a place like this lies in their need to put up signs in the carpark saying not to feed the scrub turkeys - it definitely isn’t proximity to the city centre.
Would I recommend it -yep, would I come again - yep!
- Also Known As:
- Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Hotel
- Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Hotel Coffs Harbour
- Accor Coffs Harbour
- Novotel Coffs Harbour
- Coffs Harbour Novotel
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- The Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort is a 4 star hotel located 10 minutes drive from the centre of Coffs Harbour. Perfect for a holiday or break on the beautiful New South Wales North Coast, the hotel features 170 superbly appointed rooms, plus arestaurant, bar and conference rooms for up to 500 people. Guests can enjoy excellent leisure facilities, including a 9 hole golf course, tennis and volleyball courts, three swimming pools, indoor and outdoor spas, fitness centre and Tranquility Day Spa ... more less
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