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Ramada Resort Shoal Bay
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shoal Bay
Sydney
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37 reviews
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“Family Christmas holiday”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Greeted by a super helpful porter who was a local and loved being a local, a great introduction to us. Great Location, so nice to be able to look out over the water! Right near a choice of nice restaurants, even an IGA. Such a beautiful spot. Water is so clean and clear. If you dont like lots of kids, I would not recommend it over the christmas period but really perfect for families.

Room Tip: I would recommend spending the extra to get as much of the view as you can, it is so beautiful but o...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Harrington, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Stayed for 1 night in the 1bed Zenith studio to attend a wedding.Upon reading the reviews i was a tad hesitant.received a ph call on the way to say room wouldnt be ready til 2pm.I know it is a very busy time of the year but really needed to get into room by 1pm.No problems the staff will put ur room on the top of the list.Received another call to say all was on track.Decided to have lunch at a cafe nearby & got another call to say room is ready & it was only12.30.Check in was smooth.Car park easy.Not that many stairs.Knowing these studios were out the back with no view i was expecting dog boxes.I was shocked!When i opened the door i was gob smacked to find a very spacious(for only 2 ppl),imacculatly clean comfortable well maintain unit.The unit was quiet,the bedding spottless & comfortable,the kitchen & bathroom sparkling,the air con cold,2 large lounges,huge tv all for a resonable tarriff.Check out was simple.
I cannot believe some of these previous reviews.
I will definately be returning in the future.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Stayed for two nights I was a little worried after reading some of the other reviews. We had no issues what so ever. The service on arrival and departure was wonderful, very friendly and helpful. Had a lovely 1 bedroom side view apt the view from the room was great it was clean and well maintained.The Air Con worked beautifully thank god as it was 45 degrees outside. We had a lovely stay and certainly would come back.

Room Tip: Barrington side view apt 806
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

I had to go to Nelson Bay for work so decided to take my mum for a weekend away.
We arrived at 12pm to be greeted by a rude receptionist who told us our room wouldn't be ready until 2pm. So we left, had some lunch and returned at 2pm. We had to wait until 3pm to get our room and were told we would be give a late check out as compensation.....30mins later!!
The rooms are fine. Not clean, dated and noisy.
I would have preferred to stay at home and drive the 3 hours to and from work on Monday.
Don't stay here....it is a total waste of money

  • Stayed January 2013
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Travelers are raving about these Shoal Bay hotels

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Friendly staff, were always helpful. I left my car windows down during the rain (idiot!) and the staff went out of their way to get my extra towels and helped me dry the inside.
Just great!
Enjoyed an extensive modern and fresh menu at the buffet one evening, would recommend it to all.
Really enjoyed the live music by the pool - great idea!
Will be returning next holiday :)

  • Stayed January 2013
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Very happy with the resort, very professional friendly staff and a great place to stay! We stayed 4 nights and we were very happy with our choice. From the rooms to the food and drink we were very impressed. Highly recommended place to stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Our stay at shoal bay resort was awesome! Great location and really friendly staff. The spa facilities were exactly what we were looking for on our relaxing weekend away.I would highly recommend this resort to anyone visiting the area.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ramada Resort Shoal Bay

Property: Ramada Resort Shoal Bay
Address: 35-45 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia (Formerly Shoal Bay Resort & Spa)
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Shoal Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shoal Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ramada Resort Shoal Bay 4.5*
Number of rooms: 183
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shoal Bay Resort & Spa is the ultimate beachfront Resort perfect for romantic escapes, family holidays, pamper weekends, beach getaways, weddings, special events and meetings and business. Shoal Bay lays by the entrance to Port Stephens, overlooking the white sands and the magnificent volcanic Tomaree headlands. Boasting crystal clear waterways and extensive National Park with unspoiled bushland, Shoal Bay is certainly one of New South Wales most stunning destinations. Just 2.5 hr drive north of Sydney and 30mins from Newcastle, this award winning Resort offers a diverse range of accommodation styles and options to suit a variety of budgets and can accommodate up to 700 guests. Accommodation ranges from Standard Studios through to Waterview, Beachfront and Bayview rooms with a choice of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments located across 7 accommodation buildings. The Resort features 4 restaurants including the award winning Catch at Shoal Bay, 5 bars, the iconic Country Club Hotel, Occie’s Kids Club (operating throughout NSW School Holidays periods), Shoal Bay Resort Store, Whitesands Conference Centre, an outdoor heated Resort pool with children’s wading area and complimentary secure undercover parking. Relax at the Aqua Spa wellbeing sanctuary for adults (min 16 yrs+) offering a true Thalassotherapy experience for guests through the 3 mineral spa pools and 25m heated lap pool. Take yourself on a journey to revive your mind, body and soul, indulge in a range of menu treatments that enhance the total well being and surrender to the experience of products that will relax, de-stress and energise you. ... more   less 
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