I stayed for four nights on a company conference package. The hotel is relatively new and design is contemporary. Rooms were well fitted, a little small by Novotel standards for a couple but fine for a single on business. Many rooms have an ocean view - or glimpse. The bedding is excellent. Bathroom is good, and follows current Australian practice with small bathrooms that eliminate the (useless) narrow shower/bath in favour of a commodious shower. Water temperature was good but shower pressure average. Amenities were standard Novotel. The conference rooms were well appointed with good AV facilities. Air conditioning in thus hotel is fantastic.
The meeting chairs are excruciatingly uncomfortable, perhaps designed to keep attendees awake, albeit in a state of agony.
Morning and afternoon teas were average (warm or weak coffee) and the snack food was acceptable, but this of course depends on the company menu selection.
The BBQ area is in a public courtyard and has zero atmosphere. The BBQ meal provided was sub-standard. The steak was served in a Bain-Marie and was like leather to slice and equally tasteless. No mustard or tomato sauce condiments were provided, and I would have to rate this as one of the worst hotel BBQs imaginable. If I ran a conference in Newcastle, I would choose another venue for a night under the stars. Food at lunch and breakfasts was average at best.
Service was very good, and staff were generally courteous and attentive. With limited housekeeping staff, we didn't have a room refresh until 1 pm, but that is normal for 4 star Australian business hotels.
WiFi is available in rooms and public areas but we found speeds were often slow and downloads problematic.
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