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“Excellent Location, Clean and comfortable great value for money” 4 of 5 stars
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The Nelson Resort
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   3 Government Road, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia (Formerly Nelson Lodge Motel)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Nelson Bay
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Excellent Location, Clean and comfortable great value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

We stayed in the 3 bedroom apartment just prior to easter for 2 nights with our 2 yea old son and friends from NZ, I booked this place purely for the location. It is situated within walking distance to the marina, park restaurants and shops.
I was really suprised with the cleanliness of the rooms we had so much space.
Yes it was a little noisy at night and other travellers were also noisy but you get that anywere.
We had drinks around the pool and it was nice and warm for our toddler to have a swim.
I thought the price we paid was very reasonable and i would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

First of all, the hotel has wonderful new owners! So, it’s headed in a fresh new direction. The hotel has “new this and new that”, nice landscaping around the front, fresh paint inside and out with soft colour tones adorning the rooms, new linens and furniture too (nice)– all a plus. My guest “suite” was basically well-appointed with a small two-seater sofa, flat screen Samsung t.v. (tellie) on the wall, good sized shower and bright bathroom (clean, clean) with a very large mirror, thick towels (hmmm), some kitchen wear (love this touch in Ausie hotels), toaster and small frig. The a/c in the room was a bit noisy (the small self-contained window units built into the outside wall always tend to be louder unless well-maintained); so it was hard to decide between road or a/c noise! Wireless is available for 5 dollars/day, which is reasonable, but the signal is very low with only two bars from top floor and the transfer rate slow. The hotel is located on the main coastal and next to the town center with easy access just through a walkway at the rear of the hotel. However, the area around the hotel is a bit noisy. Starting before dawn there are garbage trucks collecting trash (about 6am), followed shortly by the large trucks (lorries, haulers and construction) that accelerate/decelerate up and down the steep grade just outside the hotel (7am to 5pm!). Also, the roaring motorbikes or sports cars can be easily heard throughout the day and night (I can’t imagine what the busy summer holiday weekends are like!). This is most unfortunate for those who would otherwise enjoy a quite vacation with the balcony doors open to let fresh sea air flow (I stayed on the top floor facing east towards the bay). So, traffic noise – strike one. (Shoal Bay seems more quite). There is a drive-up bottle shop and loud bar right next door with late night bands (my gosh! Is there a noise ordinance in this small town?) – strike two – big time. But for some, having a booze store and bar right next door to a hotel may be a plus! And the view, well, not much of any view except the bottle shop, hotel, parking lot next door (the combo “all-in-one” Hotel/Bar/Liquor store ‘XXXX Gold’ Seabreeze Plaza – what a dump – like a small town party house on steroids) – strike three for no view. If you are looking for a quite place with a very good ocean view….well, possibly Shoal Bay and Ana Bay may be a better choice.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2010

Having travelled from sydney with kids, it was a refief to get to this hotel and find plenty to do. Our kids spent the whole day flipping between the pool and the tennis court. The room was clean and new - bed was supurb. they could do some work and replace the washer in the guest laundry, it looked to have done some work!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

This motel is in a very central spot. When booking the room online, the advertisement advised that the room had an iPod docking station and a beautiful view from the private balcony. It did not have either of those, we were loooking straight into the pub next door and there was no iPod dock at all. We left the next day at 7:30am, the office was not open and there was no after hours area to leave the room keys.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3 Government Road, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia (Formerly Nelson Lodge Motel)
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Nelson Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Nelson Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Nelson is a small boutique resort in the centre of all the action that make Port Stephens great. Walk to the marina, beach, shops, cafes and cinema! Plus we have a heated pool, super cool cafe with Suspension coffee, plus free tennis and sauna! ... more   less 
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