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“Vastly Improved” 3 of 5 stars
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New Norcia Hotel
Great Northern Highway, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in New Norcia
Perth, Australia
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“Vastly Improved”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

This historic building has been given a makeover within heritage limitations so there are no ensuites, but the washrooms are conveniently located, modernised and spotlessly clean. The service is 'country-friendly' and we enjoyed an excellent dinner in the restaurant. The tlocally-made wine is an experience, and we decided that the better-known wines were a more suitable complement to the meal.
As Aussie country pubs go, this ranks among the best.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

Simple but sufficient room, with lovely access to the wide first floor verandah with view of wonderful landscape and spectacular stars. Loved the European 20's style with squeaky Aussie flywire door. Good lunch on the terrace, pub meal for dinner, and all in the New Norcia environment. Loved it. And wireless internet worked.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2009

We stayed at the New Norcia Hotel with our two children. We arrived at about 3.00 pm. Nobody in reception. However down the passage way you can see the door into the public bar. My husband went through, whereupon the receptionist/bar maid came through to check us in. No all that friendly and failed to put us in adjoining rooms as per reservation request. I asked at check in if this was possible and she said no. The first room we tried already had someone checked in (thankfully not there) so down we go to change rooms. This time we are placed even further apart. Down we go again, to be given rooms together, but one.
The building itself is quite unique. The rooms are fine, and the shared bathroom facilities no problems. We had a few drinks before dinner in the public bar. I got the feeling that I was invading a private party between the three bar maids and some locals. Didn't feel all that welcoming. The dining room is beautiful and the food very good. Service good there. The funniest part of the night, was when the three bar maids (backpackers) had obviously had an after hours party and were making their way back to the staff quarters in rather a noisy manner. A fellow guest yelled over the balcony, "some of us are trying to sleep up here"!! The continental breakfast was fine.
All this place needs is a friendly smile here and there. Owners were there, but did not make any presence felt. Maybe with so many tourists there they get sick of it!?
New Norcia Hotel is good, but it could be so much better. In saying that, the building itself is magnificent and it is a real experience.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

I don’t think there’s much choice if you want to stay overnight in New Norcia (and it is worth a visit for the architecture and museum, despite the latter being somewhat self-righteous) and the hotel bills itself as part of the overall character of the place. The ale is certainly a pleasant sup (and so it should be for the price) but don’t expect the bar staff to be able to tell you anything about it – the one that served me had never tasted it! Most of the staff I came across were pleasant enough and many looked like college kids doing a summer job or backpackers working their way around. Apart from the bar, there’s a sitting room downstairs with some nice period furniture across from the office, a reading alcove with a selection of books for all ages, and the dining room where continental breakfast is laid out – serve yourself (standard spread of breads and cereal, no real coffee or fruit juice, though, just instant and squash).

As you approach the building it looks like you’re heading into an upmarket retreat. The impressive exterior and initial extravagance of the central staircase soon gives way to a much more humble corridor and it is at this point that one begins to feel the place is more akin to a Victorian poorhouse that has been converted into a 1970s-style youth hostel rather than an exclusive spa resort. The communal toilets and showers at the ends of the corridors have perhaps had the best of the modernisation budget and were generally quite clean despite the proliferation of spider webs both going up toward the high ceilings and lurking behind the cubicle doors. Partially blocked-out windows to provide cubicle privacy and public lavatory style flooring lent the room a less than welcoming look and raised some questions about the design sensibility. However, it was the bedrooms themselves that I found most disappointing.

It seems like no expense has been spent on the rooms, and whilst the linen was fresh and clean the rest of the room was dreary, dirty, and very tired looking. There was a fridge and kettle, an open hanging space, a couple of bedside tables and one chair. Thankfully, a small (I mean half the size of the one I had for a lounge room in a Dongara B&B half the size of this bedroom) electric heater was also provided as our corner room was quite chilly indeed. Badly fitting doors, held shut only with a tiny bolt, led onto the expansive, but desolate (no cafe-style tables and chairs laid out during our visit), verandah that felt about as inviting as a multi-storey car park. Imagining the room a little smaller, just a single with a desk inside it, put me in mind of all those awful student houses let out by greedy landlords that I visited in the north of England back in the 1990s. The windows were shockingly filthy and the sills littered with the corpses of long-since deceased insects. I’m glad we had slippers with us because the carpet had certainly seen better days (perhaps when it was used in someone’s tree-house).

All in all, an interesting place but as far as the hotel is concerned it’s not somewhere I’d care to revisit in its present state and I can’t recommend it, though I’m not sure if there are any alternatives close by for those wanting a stopover. You can grin and bear it, we did – it was just ok, but don’t be sold on this monastery tie-in historical hype; I’ve slept in better hostel dorms.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2009

We spent the last night of our 2 week trip in WA at the New Norcia Hotel, driving back to Perth for an afternoon flight. The rooms are comfortable but spartan, and the bathrooms are down the hall but this did not dampen our spirits. Recommend that you request a room adjacent to the front balcony. Dinner in the dining room and drinks afterwards by the open fire were especially good. The Abbey Ale is outstanding.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2009

New Norcia Hotel is in style of guest house within the New Norcia monastery grounds - for example, bath rooms are down the hall. Don't let this put you off though. Rooms and bathrooms are very clean and comfortable, and spacious verandahs down and upstairs. The whole building is very much "in character" with religous works of art, sculptures. Dining room and lounge bar both serve the meals and the downstairs verandah is the almost therapeutic as a venue to sip the Abbey Ale, a rich brew only available from the monastery. Staff very friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Definitely worth a night or two just for the Abbey brew and also the muscat! There is a very good-value entertaining 2 hour tour of the buildings/art/school available separately.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Great Northern Highway, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Avon Valley > New Norcia
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