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“All the comforts of a city hotel with the great service and care of country hosts.”
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Hotel Gracelands
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Parkes
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Will definitely use again. Brilliant facilities, great service and compared to other options around the area in the same price range, gracelands is by far the best choice. It would seem the owners have taken great care in creating a hotel that suits everyone's needs.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Spent one night on regional family trip.

As room renovations have recently been finished, room decor was modern. Water pressure in shower was average.

Free wifi was available (2GB limit).

Close to main street (5 min walk).

The renovations to the Hotel have not been completed in their entirety.

Found the "walls" to be a little thin, hearing quite a bit of noise early morning when that person (I assuming) was departing.

Overall, not a bad stay.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Reception was not open when I got there but good communication with the owner got me in the door. The room had been beautifully refurbished. It was clean and comfortable. The hotel is off the main drag so it was quiet and peaceful but a little hard to find as the hotel is set back from the road. Some extra signage that can be seen from the street would help. The owner and staff were pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Driving Melbourne to Brisbane, we chose to stop at Parkes for the first night. We chose Gracelands because of its location well off the main highway. The booking was made by email and Walt and his staff were well aware that because of the bush fires and floods that the Eastern states were going through, there may have been a chance we couldn't make it. However, all went according to plan, and because of our latish arrival time on the Saturday, the key was left for us to let ourselves in. No issues at all. The rooms have just been renovated and were large and extremely comfortable, with a kitchenette as well, allowing us to self cater for breakfast. We met the friendly staff the following morning on check out. Clearly, some ares of this totally renovated property are yet to be finished- the conference areas, the car park and the gardens, but if these renovations are as good as the rest of the property, it will be very hard to find a a nicer place to stop in Parkes. There is a large free car park just behind the motel at the moment- not sure if this will be the permanent car park but it is safe and off road. Also- love the Elvis mosaic at the entrance to reception. Will see you again next time we set off on a road trip north.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

My partner and I stayed at Graceland on the 7th Feb and we felt so welcome at this lovely hotel.
I made the booking with Walt, the owner, over the phone. Such a friendly guy.
On arriving Walt was there to greet us and he even showed us to our room.
My partner was slightly disappointed that the bar was still a work in progress but Walt took care of us and supplied us with a few drinks and he didn't take any payment for them. Walt deserves to succeed in this new venture and I wish him every success with Gracelands.
The room was just perfect and the bed was so comfortable, so comfortable that I didn't want to get out of bed.
Everything was just perfect. Don't be put off by the landscaping outside. This business is in its infancy and its still a work in progress. Really loved the place and will stay here if we are ever in Parkes again.
Enjoy it cause we certainly did.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

First of all, the owner, Walt, is just lovely and willing to what he can to give you a great stay (they even just purchased a couple brand new travel cots which is handy). A great host makes a real difference when an unknown area and is so much nicer than a city chain hotel. Needless to say, the rooms are perfect. Brand new, modern, spotless; which is an exception to the rule in these areas (where most hotels are clean but very outdated and worn). Plus, if you are an Elvis fan why would you go anywhere else? Will definitely make Gracelands a stop anytime I drive up north from Melbourne.

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Hotel Gracelands is the spiritual home of the Parkes Elvis Festival. Twenty one years ago the then owners were Elvis devotees and they had named their restaurant/reception home Gracelands. January was a quiet time in Parkes but Elvis was born on the 8th so why not try to rev up a bit of a festival?
Over the years the Elvis Festival grew like topsy but the owners decided some years ago to retire and Gracelands sat forlorn and unloved for about six years until a local young gun saw the potential and has embarked on a remarkable transformation. Hotel Gracelands now boasts 22 top class suites ranging from King single accommodation to deluxe Queen with a bath, and we found the prices to be very reasonable.
Naturally you will pay a premium for the Elvis Festival, every motel is booked out for a 100km, but at any other time the rates are great.
When we stayed, even though we live in Parkes, (we had to be amongst the first to stay here in the new format) the restaurant and bar had not yet opened but my guess that once it does the "joint will rock."
This hotel deserves to succeed. The owner has vision and the locals just love that fact that Gracelands is on the mend in a new format that should attract locals and travellers alike. Every one I have spoken to is overjoyed that this local icon has been rescued. As a local I may sound biased, but I am very objective with my reviews and I will stand by this one.

Room Tip: This is a very quiet part of town away from the Highway but only 5 minutes walk from the action so a...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 7 - 9 Bushman St | Corner of Albert St, Parkes, New South Wales 2870, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Parkes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Parkes
Price Range: $95 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Gracelands 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Gracelands is an iconic and beautifully renovated AAA rated 4 Star boutique Hotel which opened for business in Jan 2013. Perfectly located just a few minutes' walk from the main street of Parkes in a quiet setting at the foot of the picturesque War Memorial Lookout. This unique location away from the busy Newell Highway means all guests enjoy a peaceful and quiet nights rest. Hotel Gracelands sets a new benchmark for value & style in the Central West of NSW. Relax and dine at IKON, our atmospheric in-house modern Australian restaurant & wine bar. You won't be disappointed! All rooms are thoughtfully renovated with earthy tone decor and featuring the full complement of amenities to be expected of a modern 4 Star establishment Disability suites are available with generous on site secure car parking. Truly the best value in the west! ... more   less 
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