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465 Macleay Valley Way | 1klm Fm the Roundabout Exit Sthn End of New by-Pass, Kempsey, New South Wales 2440, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Kempsey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“One of the Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stopped here on the way to Sydney, if you want great service and value for money, this is the place for you.Clean with great comfortable beds and the best pillows that we have ever had at any hotel. Free wi fi and some Foxtel channels. You are made very welcome by Tracey and Martin.

Room Tip: There is no fitness centre, did not mean to rate it.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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power465, Owner at Kempsey Powerhouse Motel, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
It was great to have you stay with us. We love to hear from people who enjoy there stay but we also accept any criticism we can fix. Happy travels
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gosford, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

If you're looking for the Ritz, you shouldn't be in Kempsey. The Powerhouse is well priced, clean and has very comfy beds. Tracey made me feel very welcome after a hard day's work and travel. I'll definitely be back. Recommend eating at the attached restaurant too, great steak, done perfectly.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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power465, Owner at Kempsey Powerhouse Motel, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Thank you for your kind words. You are right though, our chef does do a great job. We are very proud to have her here in a motel restaurant. Tracy also goes out of her way to welcome all our guests. The check-in process ensures you have all the info to have a comfortable stay. Please come again, we strive to serve well. Martin
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Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Older style motel but very clean and well maintained. It is located a few ks out of town, however there is an excellent restaurant/bar on site. Reception very helpful, long life milk in fridge but offered free fresh milk on arrival. Free wifi and foxtel with good reception. Bathroom small, clean and quite functional with hairdryer etc. Owners are currently updating all bathrooms. We had a look at one of the new bathrooms which have been very tastefully redecorated. Also saw the unit with spa bathroom which was very large, modern and comfortable. See separate review for on site Lantern Restaurant.

Room Tip: Ask for unit with newly renovated bathroom.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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power465, Owner at Kempsey Powerhouse Motel, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. We always get excited when we get comments as we can always fix the problems but only if we know about them. The bathrooms are happening slowly as it is difficult to tie tradesmen down while working on a budget. We are doing our first queen room bathroom now so we are hoping to have it back on line in August. So if you remember, ask for a new bathroom, we would love to hear your comments. Thank you, Martin
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I have stayed at the Powerhouse Motel for the weekend on two separate occasions and will be returning in a fortnight as I have business in Kempsey. It's a lovely warm, inviting family owned buisness, Tracey and Martin are very welcoming, friendly and will accommodate to any of your needs. It's only a short 5-10 minute lovely drive over the bridge to the main town and it's 5 minutes from the highway, I highly recommend this Motel as it's very peaceful and private, I always enjoy my stay at the Powerhouse Motel. I had the opportunity to see a family sized room that was very spaces with 3 single beds in one room and a queen/king in the other, it's also one of the first rooms to have the bathroom renovated to a more modern style, it brightens up the hole feel of the room and am looking forward to eventually staying in one of the newly renovated rooms but am very comfortable and happy with how the rooms are now. Love the family feel to the hole place, I feel safe, comfortable and will be returning soon.

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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power465, Owner at Kempsey Powerhouse Motel, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We want to ensure everybody is comfortable with their stay and if there are any problems we want to know about them to fix it. We will eventually get to renovate all the rooms and replace all aircons but it all costs money and time. Thanks again, Martin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I have stayed at this place for work and found the people very welcoming. All we needed was good quality and the lunches were the best, prepared well and a lot in them.
The rooms are large, very stylish and modern. Much thought and love has gone into these rooms.


Would not stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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power465, Owner at Kempsey Powerhouse Motel, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Always nice to hear from happy travellers even when you travel with work. As you mentioned, we like to provide lunch for those who are working in the area, and if we could improve we want to know.

Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay

Martin
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Newcastle, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stayed with our family of six on our way from Newcastle to the Gold Coast as I had some business in Kempsey on the way. It's in a quiet bushland area about 500m from the highway. Kempsey is another 5-10 minute drive away, sometimes much more because traffic into town can be ridiculously heavy at times. Staying here is ideal for an overnight rest stop.

We didn't try the restaurant, but I had the room service breakfast which was good quality and fair value (with the usual predicable breakfast menu). Well worth it to avoid the drive into town if you are in a hurry.

We had a room with an extra connected bedroom to sleep our 4 kids. With only one bathroom between them, it made things a bit "busy" but that's what we paid for, so can't complain.

The free WiFi bandwidth was excellent for us, with no messing around with expensive pay-per-hour services still so common these days. Non-premium Foxtel on TV. Main bed was comfortable. The kids beds in the bunk room didn't look great, but we had no complaints. Pool looked good but didn't have time to try it out.

Decor was a bit dated, but well kept and they are renovating soon, according to signs in the rooms. Every indication is of owners that care about delivering the best service they can and are working on improving all the time.

All-in-all highly recommended for an overnight rest stop for families or singles.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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power465, Owner at Kempsey Powerhouse Motel, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Thanks for the feedback, we always appreciate your views, and other travellers can also get a better idea of our premises.

We hope that next time we can offer you some wholesome meals to feed your family. Our chef has an exceptional ability to satisfy the many needs of our guests. We have been lucky enough to have the Lantern Inn rated high on the list too.

Hope to serve you again.

Martin & Tracy
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Wooli, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Just stayed in the Powerhouse for 2 nights, very comfortable, excellent free Wi-Fi, extremely friendly management, everything you could need in the room and all first class. They are in the process of renovating bathrooms to make it even better, although not needed in my opinion

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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power465, Owner at Kempsey Powerhouse Motel, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Thanks for going to the trouble of providing us feedback. We will try to respond in a more timely manner in future.

Glad to hear you had a comfy stay.

Martin
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Address: 465 Macleay Valley Way | 1klm Fm the Roundabout Exit Sthn End of New by-Pass, Kempsey, New South Wales 2440, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Kempsey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Kempsey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on 5 acres of manicured bushland, the Kempsey Powerhouse Motel is a quiet place to unwind after a day on the road. It is suitable to sit amongst the trees up the back and enjoy the wildlife that abounds or watch your children kick a ball around in safety well away from the road. Pet friendly, but as there are only a few pet friendly rooms available booking is essential and we recommend you call us in person. It is also very conveniently located set back from the highway halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. The now completed Slim Dusty centre is only 200 mts diagonally across the road. The motel is close to beaches and other interesting icons around town. 21 Very clean and spacious units, ground floor units with parking outside the door. All rooms have had a modernized makeover with the bathrooms being our main priority at present. Ample truck, trailer and caravan/camper parking available near units. A very affordable a'la carte restaurant and bar is available Mon to Sat from 6.00Pm in winter and 6.30Pm in summer. Booking a table is recommended on arrival to ensure you do not miss out on a delicious meal. Room service is also an option. A wide variety of Australian meals is offered. Children, romantics and groups are catered for and often large groups enjoy buffet style meals. Your hosts, Tracy and Martin, are welcoming folk who enjoy and take pride in caring for the needs of their guests. ... more   less 

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