My first three thoughts:
1. Tired seaside apartments with a 95% obscured view.
2. A Motor Inn without available parking.
3. Overworked staff.
As I checked in, the fellow on reception greeted me with a complaint about the previous customer. I am sure he was going to give the next customer a similar complaint about me. He gave me the electronic room key, but no indication of the room number existed on the key (for my security). Any paperwork that might help was also not given to me (presumably for the same reason.)
After I came back and said that the key did not work on the first room floor, he agreed that he had sent me to the wrong room. ‘They’ had changed my room to the second floor without informing him. After I came back and said that the key did not work on the second room floor, he barked a different room number at me. Just like he had done to the previous customer.
He did explain his mood. “I have been at work for 30 hours. The other shifts did not come in.”
I was welcome to enjoy the view if I left the building. And it was an amazing view from the bluff.
I was welcome to park on the street for $4 per hour, if I moved my car every 2 hours. If someone left the available parks, I could try and snaffle the vacated park. But I couldn't use the hotel park if I wanted to use my vehicle between 11pm and 7am as it would be locked in.
The lift was fantastic - straight from the set of a 50's movie. The outer door was manual, and I found it very hard to hold back whist manoeuvring my bags in and out of the lift. Worth the experience just so I could understand what my grandparents were talking about.
The hallways were dark, with much worn carpet.
I was pleasantly surprised by the room, though. Spacious and mostly clean (except for something indescribable climbing down the bathroom wall. Slowly.)
-->The room was quiet, with a well priced minibar. The bed was comfortable. I slept soundly. <--
In the morning, there was someone different at reception. She made checkout somewhat more pleasant than checkin.
Never mind, there are a number of other hotels in Newcastle.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Novocastrian Hotel Newcastle