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“Hotel Caught in time warp - Ok if room is cheap” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle Beach Hotel
Ranked #17 of 22 Hotels in Newcastle
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hotel Caught in time warp - Ok if room is cheap”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2012

Everything about this hotel is very old, but service is friendly.

I had a corner room which had great views on two sides.

The bathroom is very old school and the shower is in the bath, and the shower head was at my breast level and i'm 185cm, so even bending down to wet hair was hard! Also a window above bath which you stand in front of and has faulty horizontal blinds with missing bits and holes in them and facing the street! (not for the shy!)

Make sure you eat somewhere else, the restuarant should not even open its looks and smells bad, they must keep it open just to say they have a resturant. Its too small a hotel to have a resturant of any quality, i walked passed it several times during dinner and no one at all was in there.

The Carpark is ONLY open from 7am to 9pm and you can NOT get a car in or OUT after that!! Also there is parking on street but is metered between 7am-9pm

Over all its a average budget hotel, make sure you are paying much less than the other good hotels in area or you will be disapointed.Its saving grace is that its kind of got a nostalgic feel to it and my room had a view of the sea. otherwise i would have scored it lower

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank DJHazmat
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Ken B, Manager at Newcastle Beach Hotel, responded to this review, March 12, 2012
Hello!
We appreciate you taking the time to review our property. Your comments on the shower over the bath, the height of the shower head, and in particular the faulty blinds have been noted. We’ll get maintenance on to the blinds issue right away.

Just a few things we need to clear up though:

* Our car park gates lock between 11pm and 7am. Cars can come and go at any point outside of those times, but we lock up late at night. Your vehicle is always accessible from inside the building with your keycard, day or night.
* Street parking in Newcastle East is metered by the City Council between 9am and 9pm all days. It’s free overnight. You can get an all-day ticket for approx $7 (coin or credit card) at the meter opposite the north end of the Hotel.

Thanks again for your comments, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss your stay further.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

We almost didn't stay here because the reviews weren't very good. But we needed a place to crash after a long day of driving. We required a car space and we wanted to be able to walk to the beach as we love Newcastle Baths (sea pool). The variety of brilliant cafes within walking distance are great. The room cost $138 for 4 of us. We had a view of the sea from our room (over some backyards) and all in all it was fine. Staff were 'original' but helpful. Only real criticism was the door to balcony didn't open so the room was a little claustrophobic unless we had air con on. From that point of view I couldn't imagine staying here for days on end.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Kellybluecoatt
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

Parking: limited "tight" garage places available under-cover (otherwise paid on street). Need to wait for reception staff to open garage (among their other duties).

Lift is "quaint"/antiquated but adequate.

Rooms are motel-style but adequate. Few rooms with baths. Good views if ask for a "harbour view". Can be noisy from street.

Short walk to beach, local "places", CBD.

Food? Forget it. Dinner tasted/appeared to be micro-waved. They couldn't do a "blue"/rare steak- ?using sous vide.

Plenty of places within 3-7mins walking distance for dinner/breakfast.

The staff and their friendliness/helpfulness "make" this "time warp" hotel.

Oh, the guest laundry with washing machines and dryers are a "big" plus.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank bronte4
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

Friendly check in staff, lucky early check in so I got parking- then didn't move the car until checkout for fear of loosing our spot and being left with paid 4 hour parking on the street. Cigarette butts and beer caps on balconey- great view of the wall next door. Thin walls so 2330 entertainment was the fight next door then seronaded all night by their airconditioner.

Woken at 0530 by the bloke upstairs yelling at his kid to get back to sleep! Noise proofing sideways and up and down is none existant.

Don't use the electric kettle anywhere but the bathroom for risk of a fine for setting off the smoke detectors......haven't they heard of an alarm system that copes with that.

Bathroom???...shower over shin height bath, painted tiles with cracked grouting! Terrible lighting.

Living area- bedhead with chipped paint, no bedside lamps on ceiling down lights over bed. Only seating was 2 dining chairs or the beds.

Friends stayed at Chiefly Apartments for $5 more...got a kitchen, gym and swimming pool????

Only plus was that it is near the beach.......shame the water was still to cold.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank May T
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2011

I don't know where to start, this cannot be classifed as a hotel, it barely counts as a motel. I can't believe their rates, they actually charge just as much as a standard 3 star hotel.

The elevator was almost a manual elevator, the corridors smelt like smoke, mouldy. Once in my room, I didn't even want to take my shoes off in case I caught something. There were stains on the carpet. The bathroom was so old and run down.My room was classified as a room with a view, but i had a tiny glimpse of the water and I was looking into someone elses apartment.

I truly feel sorry for this place as it really needs to be improved as I don't believe it will be around for much longer if it isn't upgraded.

It was very difficult to find and drove around for a while trying to find it. Even the Sat Navigator couldn't find it.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank mazydee
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2011

Unfortuantely I took a standard room, and of course, with no photos of these rooms in the website.....(I should of known better) I found it to be quite different to expecations; very shabby and very tired. It was however clean, the linen and towels OK and the bed quite comfy, although the bathroom tiles had been painted over and it felt a bit cheap.. My room smelt fresh, it got stuffy so the opening balcony door was handy (the aircon was frightening when turned on!) and no, there was definitley no view! I found the hotel itself a bit odd, quite souless and empty feeling (no bar or dining area), smelt of stale air and fryer oil, and on checking out the receptionist couldnt have been more disinterested! Could be so much better, and deserves to be given it's peaceful location

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank twirpie
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Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

Interestingly we read that the hotel survived the Newcastle earthquake and was a used response headquarters, the current owner is in the slow process of updating the hotel. It is perhaps quirky - and perhaps would be a great retro hotel if the rooms can be updated. The rooms are clean although the smell of air fresheners is very strong, fortunately we opened a window and went out for few hours. The hotel needs new linen, our bed was okay -what I expected that when we went entered the room, the single beds had been upgraded. We didn't order room service or eat in the restaurant - I didn't feel like going back in time and the weather was too beautiful to be in the restaurant. The reception gentleman was very helpful recommending a local italian restaurant for dinner and helped us with secure parking for our car underneath the hotel.
The location is great, but we paid way too much for the night however there was a concert in town that weekend. It is very close to the beautiful old heritage buildings and beach so we certainly paid for location. I hope they manage to do the upgrades soon because you would be better off at another hotel or stay out of the city area.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank amber44_10
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Property: Newcastle Beach Hotel
Address: 21 Parnell Pl | Newcastle East, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia (Formerly Hotel Novocastrian)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Newcastle
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 22 Hotels in Newcastle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Newcastle Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newcastle Beach Hotel is located in the ever evolving, historical east end of Newcastle, just minutes walking distance to two stunning beaches, Newcastle's hustling foreshore and boardwalk restaurants and is a 10-minute walk from the Newcastle Port and the Nobby's Lighthouse, one of Newcastle's iconic landmarks. If you're an early riser, the best way to start your day is with a trip to the Newcastle Baths,less than a ten-minute walk from Newcastle Beach Hotel. Beautifully situated along the water, the Baths are teaming with locals and provide a stunning backdrop for a refreshing morning swim. ... more   less 
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