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“Hunter makes it Hard”

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The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Sydney, Australia
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261 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Hunter makes it Hard”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

The Hunter Valley is sooo pretty with lots to do, its a shame the available accommodation is limited to three star but pricey options. We booked and paid with another couple, For some reason we were given rooms at the opposite end of the hotel and even though we paid the same price their room was about a third the size of ours with a dingy outlook. Weird because doing that is bound to cause tensions and a little confusion about costing. Breakfast option was a bit boarding school and bad value. But having paid so much for the room we felt bound to take it up. The bar was very under serviced when people came back from the concert. It should not have come as a surprise that people may like a drink at 10pm after a concert. The scenery was magnificent, beds were comfy. Bathroom was squeezy and the decor was cheap. Staff seemed pre occupied and a little officious, in their defence they seemed to have a lot on their plates.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the landscape - really pretty.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We bought a high tea for two for St Valentines Day this year and with a two+ hour drive to reach there, were looking forward to a special experience. Approaching the hotel along a tree lined drive, it was situated in a lovely parkland setting that overlooked gently rolling hills with mountains behind.
However our anticipated highlight of the day was spoilt by the poor service. In the spacious lobby, there was non-one to greet us or show us where to go. Our table in the conservatory was attractively set up and looked most welcoming. But then the service continued to unravel. The waitress though friendly, told us that she was at the end of her shift and that someone else would be taking over from her half way through. Everything then came in a rush. Our tiered plates of chunky club sandwiches, cakes and tarts were hurried over, and a glass of wine poured. Our first waitress left. The new waitress attended to the only other couple there but essentually ignored us. Then she left. We waited and waited for our tea and eventually after 50 minutes my husband went to search for her.
However in spite of the thick bread the fillings for the sandwiches were different and interesting while the choice of tasty cakes and tarts was good. We were expecting a dainty high tea but these potions were too large - six huge sandwiches and eight medium sized cakes and tarts - just too much food for the occasion. My husband was not at all satisfied with his tea. Overall, for the price I would not recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Stayed one night for a wedding near by.

Couldn't believe how much this place costs. I've stayed in some mic places around the world and haven't spent this much. So i obviously expected a lot...

Check in was slow. Not sure if they were busy or just back logged.

Room was sufficient, but dated. Newish bathroom, but that was about it.

Stopped by the bar before departing for the wedding. Really poor selection of beers, but that was nothing compared to the wine range! Come on, you're in the Hunter! The bar tender also forgot out order (1 x beer, 1 x wine)... Beyond me that one!

Didn't dine here, but 2 others at the wedding did and the feed back was average. High prices, the waitress forgot the order and needed to come back and ask. Extremely slow service.

Check out was as slow as check in and we got charged for someone else's drinks from the bar. Was in a rush so didn't have time to argue.

This place has potential, but needs new management and staff. Until that's sorted out, they should be charging $50 night!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Tired old run down, needs to be renovated. Checked in then went to the room and found that it hadnt been cleaned! The staff were apologetic and gave us a room upgrade but I would never stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2013

We attended a beautiful wedding at the Sebel and had very high expectations based on the price of the accommodation. Rooms are tired, there is nothing contemporary about this property. The garden for the wedding was a perfect setting. The function was beautiful due to the work put in by family and friends in theming. We enjoyed our stay but there are loads of nicer places to stay that are much better value.

Room Tip: All rooms a located close to the main reception building. Nothing is very far from anything else, eg...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is a lovely colonial hotel with superb rooms and wonderful views. The very smart restaurant requires guests to be dressed smart casual, definitely no shorts. The surrounding area is very beautiful too.

Room Tip: Request a room on the first floor of the Manor House where you will have superb views over the open...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Property: The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
Address: 336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
#5 Romantic Hotel in Pokolbin
#7 Family Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley 4*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When you are looking for a close but elegant holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city, we invite you to consider The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley is less than 2 hours drive from Sydney's CBD in the glorious, panoramic Pokolbin countryside. Featuring an excellent array of meeting, conference and event facilities, this stylish hotel combines the elegance of a bygone era with all the comforts and luxuries of a contemporary lifestyle. This romantic Hunter Valley accommodation is perfect for a couple's weekend away to reconnect, unwind and spend time with the one you love.Set within 70 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and gently rolling grounds with magnificent views over tranquil vineyards and the wineries of the Hunter Valley, The Sebel Kirkton Park offers exceptional accommodation and a superb array of activities for leisure guests, as well as the conference and incentive delegate. Elegant function rooms and stunning scenery make this the ideal venue for stylish wedding receptions.Couples and families will enjoy the manicured gardens, tennis courts and the many facilities at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley. With 71 beautifully appointed rooms and suites it is the ideal choice for romantic weekends away or time out with the children. There are several Hunter Valley accommodation wedding and weekend getaway packages available as well.The hotel accommodation rooms and suites are spacious and well appointed, majority with ensuite bathrooms, some with individual spa baths, complimentary cookies and tea making facilities, cable television, minibar and all rooms have broadband connectivity. ... more   less 
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Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Hotel Pokolbin
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