Stayed here on the weekend during summer. Ok its peak season but the Gong is hardly Monaco and the rate paid (std room), whilst not high, was terrible value as it would have bought rooms in quite a few 5 star hotel in the Sydney CBD during the same period. Ocean view rooms are advisable to avoid staring at the street or worse, the hotel roof.
The hotel looks run down and shows its age everywhere. The decor and condition of common areas are screaming for refurbishment, especially the lifts. The rooms are on the small side, are clean but again, show their age and were reminescent of an 80's motel. Bed and pillows have the texture of marshmallows. In short, it's comfortable and clean but old and run-down. Prices are ridiculous for what you get, and although the bedroom furnishings are new-ish, the tv is small, the bathroom old and the corridors etc do not reflect the prices being charged.
The staff are friendly and the breakfast decent. The hotel's saving grace is its location, which is right across from the beach. Parking is free too which is a bonus, although the garage is quite tight both in terms of spaces and manuverability.
There arent many choices around the area, but if you want modern facilities and a bit of luxury, which you would expect given the relatively exhorbitant rates being charged, you will be very disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just one and a half hours south of Sydney in the beautiful Illawarra, Novotel Wollongong Northbeach is one of New South Wales’s most popular getaway and business venues. Situated opposite North Wollongong beach, the 4 1/2 star hotel boasts 204 accommodation rooms and spa suites featuring stunning ocean and mountain views. The hotel caters for both the leisure and business traveller, offering a range of facilities and services including a swimming pool, spa, sauna, fitness centre, day spa, restaurant and two bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Wollongong Northbeach Hotel Wollongong
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