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The Sunnyside Tavern
Ranked #3 of 28 Newcastle B&B and Inns
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

We had a a Friend up for the weekend to go to the entertainment centre they stayed at the Sunnyside Tav.
Geez this place is a hidden secret,awesome food great looking staff (I want my wife to get into one of those uniforms)
Now for the rooms u can't beat em for value and comfort he was there on a Friday and Saturday night in room 9 didn't hear a thing found parking easy and is still raving about it to me
So Sunnyside, we will be back for a meal and would recommend your accom anytime

  • Stayed November 2012
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Stayed here with 2 friends whilst in Newcastle to watch international netball series at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre which is within walking distance. The hotel is a little out of town but the staff helped us out by driving us in on the afternoon that we first arrived. The rooms have been recently renovated and are in good condition although a bit small. Over all a good place to stay if you need to be near the ent. centre.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Only stayed one night (Saturday) and found the room quite modern although smallish. The bathroom is very clean but really tiny. The shower recess had no shelves so everything, e.g. shampoo, soap had to go on the recess floor. The water was nice and hot and the shower very powerful, but due to the small space, hubby had to leave the bathroom to dry himself off, he is a large size man, but that is impractical. They also advertise there are hairdryers in the rooms, which is not correct. Apparently there are only three in the hotel, so we had to have one delivered to the room. Not a big problem and when it arrived, it was a good one. The bed was very comfortable but the noise outside the room made it difficult to sleep. They had a live band playing the night we stayed, which were very good, but we could hear them loud and clear in our room up until about 12am! There is also some sort of generator which seems to start up every hour or so, again making it very difficult to get a good night's sleep. We had a few drinks in the bar, the staff are very friendly, even shouted us a drink! That was a nice gesture. We ate in the restaurant where the food and service were very good. The hotel is a little out of the way, position wise, but would be good if you were attending a concert at the Entertainment Centre or were going to the Football Stadium. All in all, an OK stay but the noise of the band was a little too much, so I would probably not stay there again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

Beware-a one bedroom family suite is one big room only. Quickbeds and wotif rate same as direct hotel website.
Avoid friday nights-our room 1 was directly above the band-very noisy, you could feel the floor shaking/vibrating. Band finished playing around 11pm.
Had to park the car on the street-little hotel parking, esp on weekends I would predict.
Comfy beds, nice new bathrooms. Communal coffee machine with pods supplied but no milk. Thought too pricey for the room and the area. Probably wont return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Mic S, General Manager at The Sunnyside Tavern, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Hi Alison,
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I'm sorry that your stay wasn't what you had hoped for. The hotel does get quite busy on weekends and when the patrons are enjoying the band noise can be a problem. I have instructed our website hosts to make it more apparent on the accommodation page of our website that we do have soloists or duos on a Friday and Saturday night from 8pm until 11pm so that future guests are made aware.
The long weekend that you stayed was even busier than normal with practically all of Newcastle's accommodation booked out which unfortunately will lead to a higher room rate than on normal weekends.
I'm glad you found the rooms nice and comfy, we completely refurbished them 15 months ago and we are very proud of how the rooms look and also of the service our staff offer. However, I do feel that we dropped the ball by not providing your room with milk and I sincerely apologise for this.
Once again Alison, thanks for the feedback.
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

We were looking for a good value place to stay in Newcastle on a one night stopover on our tour of the eastern coast of Australia. Accommodation prices in Newcastle are not cheap and we settled upon the Sunnyside Tavern thinking it was quite far from town. We were pleasantly surprised, it only took a few minutes by bus to get into the centre, Broadmeadow train station was very close for onward travel, and we were even given a lift via the shuttle back to the rail station.
We ate at the tavern on both nights and they had meal offers on every night. The food was great, and the conversation with the local punters was lots of fun. We slept very well, and can't really fault the place, the management and bar staff were lovely. Perhaps the only thing we would say was that 99 dollars for a room without breakfast or a private bathroom was steep, but then our alternative son that particular night were very limited, and we would be more than happy to stay again in the future. It's a lovely newly done up place (and I'm a very picky customer).

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

Stayed at the sunny side Tavern prior to going on our cruise from Newcastle. I rate our stay as Excellent. Staff and facilities were not lacking in any way. Our room was modern, great bed. The restaurant was great. No complaints. A great place to stay. The pub downstairs was a great place for a drink and relax. We checked out the shared shower and toilets. All new very clean aswell.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Sunnyside Tavern
Address: 20 Broadmeadow Rd, Newcastle, New South Wales NSW 2303, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Newcastle
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Newcastle
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Sunnyside Tavern 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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