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Best Western Plus Hunter Gateway
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Rutherford
Broome, Australia
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82 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Hotel or motel??”
Reviewed August 25, 2011

When I booked this I thought I was booking a hotel, when I arrived it was a lot more like a motel. The rooms are all ground floor single units with plenty of parking, but once in the room it could easily be a hotel room. It was clean and comfortable with a large bathroom, fridge and minibar. Only snag being that you have to go outside for anything, not that there was much provided. It was raining, so I didn't check out the pool, breakfast was $15 extra in a separate building, that was about it, not really a hotel.
There is a handy garage, and two fast food chains across the road, but if that's not your thing be prepared for a drive to the nearest town. There is a pub serving food next door, but when I went it was fully booked one night, and had sold out of the specials the next night, so I ended up with an expensive but tasteless meal. Overall, I had no real complaints, but it wasn't cheap and I'm not sure what I was paying for.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Sydney, Canada
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Needed a relatively cheap place to stay in Rutherford and although it is a motel, it is clean, modern and had a sense of character.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2011

Mecure Maitland (Rutherford/ Aberglasslyn)

Location :
11 Denton Park Drive (Rutherford) not Maitland as in the central town. It's on the right of the round about going away from Maitland toward the Hunter & Greta etc. Signs won’t get you lost.

Reception:
Friendly staff, easy check in/out. If you have Accor Plus or A Club be sure to mention and produce both cards.

Hotel facilities:
Offer Breakfasts at a reasonable price, given it will fill you up and is good quality fare. Chef likes his offerings and it shows in the food presented. Normally a hot buffet if the numbers are up. Otherwise they will still cook you whatever you want. It was fine.
Easy parking, Pool behind reception.

Rooms:
We stayed in a Privilege King. Large king bed area with wide screen TV. Side chair. No Chaise lounge as pictures may indicate, but still adequate. Bed was firm to soft. Pillows wonderful. Private outdoor sitting area off sliding doors to patio.
Bathroom was clean, nice walk in shower.
Robes in the hanging closet with slippers. Small hang space, but large enough for the reason for staying.
Mini bar/fridge etc, offerings, all very reasonably priced for a minibar. Coffee Machine. Hot water jug and sachet coffee/tea as well.

Food:
Not offered other than for Breakfast, but they will book a table for you at the Bradford.
At the Highway end of the complex (entrance as above) stands the Bradford Hotel (Pub) with great value lunches and dinner, TAB and the pokies if you like that sort of thing. Live bands on offer at times etc. Staff are very friendly.

The usual takeaways and bottle shops are across the road beside the petrol station and car wash.

For its young age, (Built AUG 2010) it’s OK, but will need to be watched as I could see it getting a bit raggedy in future. That all depends on management.

Overall, a great place. At ACCOR Plus Members rate prepaid $161 we paid a night plus $13.50 PP breakfast, can’t really complain about anything, so I’m not going to.

This is a base Hotel/Motel to work from for adventure/sights etc., for the region, not a lounge about all suite Hotel.

Use it for what it is. It’s fine.
R&G

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2010

We bought the spa package which involved a spa room, nice patio, bottle of wine and delicious breakfast.

Very very happy - best accommodation in Maitland having stayed in a few places would definitely go back!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2009

We booked last minute.com Queen Deluxe Room for $110.
Staying for one night after a wedding function also at the Bradford. This is newly built so as expected room was modern,quite spacious & very clean.
Bed was very comfortable.
Location is great for travellers traveling through area or wishing to base themselves somewhere inbetween Newcastle & Hunter Valley. Pub on site was nice, check in quick. We would stay again if need be for a function there.
Didn't stay for breakfast so cannot comment on this.
Great Value for the money we paid.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
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sydney
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2009

Stayed overnight at this hotel. Rooms were wonderful and fittings were modern and new. Hotel has only been open 18 months. Ate in the restaurant and food was excellent. Off highway location was excellent with no traffic noise.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2009

Stayed here on the way out to the Hunter region. Nice modern, clean rooms that look like they've recently been refurbished. Sound from the TV didn't work on a couple of channels but overall a comfortable nights sleep. The attached pub/restaurant makes getting dinner easy and the staff were friendly.
Breakfast buffet is simple - scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms and toast and they have the usual cold cereals and yoghurts.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Best Western Plus Hunter Gateway

Property: Best Western Plus Hunter Gateway
Address: 11 Denton Park Drive, Rutherford, Maitland, New South Wales 2320, Australia (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Hunter Gateway)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Maitland > Rutherford
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Rutherford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Plus Hunter Gateway 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The BEST WESTERN Hunter Gateway consists of 61 well-appointed rooms; all situated at ground level, with easy access and off street parking. Opened in October 2007 this modern, Motel and Conference Centre complex is situated 5 minutes west of historic Maitland the gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region. The BEST WESTERN Hunter Gateway is ideally located for a break on route, either traveling to northern NSW or southbound to Sydney. Enjoy a short break to go winetasting in the vineyards, play golf or travel to Port Stephens to cruise the bay on a dolphin watch. ... more   less 
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