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The Landmark Nelson Bay
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   61-A Dowling Street, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia   |  
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Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Maitland, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“2br apartment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stayed with 2 friends in a 2br apartment and it was great. Handy to everything. Clean. Pool is large with a 'beach' area which would be great for little kids.
We loved the on site AJs restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Owners are funny and friendly, terrific service and the food was wonderful.
Close to clubs and local shops.
Would stay again.

Room Tip: Ask for a front room up high so you get a nice view.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

It was easy to find and stands atop a hill, giving a nice impression as you drive up the driveway. There was plenty of parking in front and behind the resort, we parked in front as you get out of the car and turn around you look over the bay to the beautiful waterviews.

The reception was staff was very friendly. Account is settled upfront and we were given a brief introduction and the keys to our waterview 1 bedroom apartment, room 205.

Lifts were quick (slow lifts are a pet hate) and we entered via security door, then the apartment door to a long corridor. Bedroom was on the right, followed by a bathroom with shower and spa bath, then a small kitchen but good facilities – full fridge, half size dishwasher, 2 hot plates, microwave, cutlery and crockery and tea / coffee making facilities.

The kitchen opened onto a small dining table with 4 chairs, a comfy looking lounge, coffee table, flat screen TV and a great sized balcony overlooking the hotel pool, neighbouring bowing club and then the bay views. Perfect place to read in the sun or have your morning coffee (of which I did both!). The apartments are serviced weekly which is no problem for us, only staying the 2 nights.

Down off the hotel lobby there was nice couch area in a glass panelled room off the pool area. Would be a great place to sit on a windy or cool day and enjoy the sun through the windows or work in comfort. There were also some foozball tables and next room along was a games room with kids arcade games, followed by change rooms for the pool, and a sauna which unfortunately wasn’t working while we were there.

The outside pool was a heated at a nice 27 degrees so usable all year round and had shallow areas for kids and a spa down the end. Surrounded by deck chairs with umbrellas and pretty much in the sun all day long thanks to its north facing aspect on top of the hill, a perfect place to relax on this unseasonable warm late autumn day.

Good variety of food options here which is always important to me! AJ’s restaurant is part of the hotel and offers a $12 breakfast buffet. The bowling club is also conveniently located in front of the resort and good for cheaper drinks and a nice bistro dinner (delicious chili and prawn linguini which was way too big but I ate it anyway and washed it down with two glasses of an excellent Verdelho).

The main town centre and the fashionable d’Albora Marinas are just a 5 minute walk from the hotel, where there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops and things to do – an old school independent cinema, fish-feeding at the bay, pelicans, a kids playground, a beautiful foreshore to walk along and fantasise about owning one of flashy yachts or boats moored along the marina.

HIGHLIGHTS
- location of resort, all day views of the bay, but quiet and away from the main drag
- all day sunshine, very important to the sun lovers out there, especially ones missing summer like me
- d’Albora Marinas at sunset
- friendly service

LOWLIGHTS
- LOUD garbage shute nearby and even though the hotel has time restrictions for usage, guests checking out early on Sunday morning ignored the times and made a racket, not fun waking up at 6am to crashing bottles and garbage repeatedly on a Sunday
- waterview apartment balcony was bliss, except for when there were lots of kids in the pool below, got a bit noisy for relaxing, especially when the pool spa was turned on

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Booked online… then rang to confirm booking, I spoke to a lady, who didn't know how to use the system, couldn't check my booking, said she would get someone to ring me back and didn't,
I was also told that the rooms would be serviced everyday, which latter found out at check in they are not. when I asked if there is mini bar available in the room she said yes, latter on found out, there is no mini bar, no restaurant, no bar, no public area. no signage of the hotel on the road, no room service available, rooms smelt disgusting, was not clean dusty everywhere, very unwelcoming, beds felt like concrete to single beds put together…. and the restaurant adjoining the hotel was gross, they said full buffet breakfast… was no cereal, no yoghurt, no fresh fruit, instant coffee… hot buffet was gross, dinning room was not to brag on either, Im also a hotel Manager so i know how busy and stressful it can get but this is no excuse. it is not a resort just because it has a pool.

I will not be staying here, ever again. was a waste of time.

Room Tip: Don't Stay here….beds felt like concrete, rooms smelt rank….bathroom extremely dated, spa bath i...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Clean rooms, nice view, served it's purpose. I found the staff to be quite impersonal, though. We were just a number. Overall a pleasant stay. The luggage trolleys and lifts were a bonus which made things easier, although luggage trolleys weren't available after hours.

Room Tip: The higher floors would have a better view.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We stayed at the Landmark 5 years ago and enjoyed our stay, so thought we'd give it another go when returning to Nelson Bay. Nothing has changed in those 5 years. We stayed in a 1 bedroom spa apartment. The decor is a bit dated, but it was clean, spacious and had everything we needed. We especially like the little kitchen with a dishwasher. It was lovely to sit out on the balcony and see the water, even if the club car park is in between you and the water. It is a decent walk or a drive to the main shopping / eating area of Nelson Bay. The bowling club is very close and convenient for dinner and a few drinks.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Central Coast
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I have stayed in some really wonderful and really poor places over the years. I travel for work and have travelled a lot for holidays. This getaway was given to us by my soon to be in laws for an Engagement Gift.
The staff at this hotel were lovely, check in was a breeze, the view from the balcony's gorgeous on a good day! However, I get really disappointed when you stay in a hotel and the bed is a hundred times worse than your own at home. It was seriously, as hard as a rock. I have gone home with a bad back because of it! No pillow helped, they were just as bad.
I also didn't realise we were staying in a hotel where cleaning of the kitchen would be required before you check out. This is a Landmark resort! I have stayed in these everywhere. I guess just a bit disappointed with the actual rooms, everything just seemed old and outdated.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glenning Valley, Australia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We went for our anniversary as we love the area.Rooms were of a good size and facilities adequate. The staff were so friendly and helpful.
It is located in a very central position and a short walk to shops and eateries.
The pool is heated and very clean. It has a ramp into it so it is disabled friendly.

Room Tip: As for a north facing room to get the view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 61-A Dowling Street, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Nelson Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Landmark Nelson Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 125
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