We stayed here for two nights on the 21st and 22nd March 2009. We were here to see the Chris Isaak concert at the nearby Hope Estate winery so due to the demand were only able to get a standard room and there was a two night minimum stay (not that we were complaining as there are plenty of wineries nearby). We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the room. It was on the second floor and had it's own balcony. the fittings and decor matched that of reception, the bar, lounge and restaurant (chic country club). The bathroom had a pebble feature wall but the real highlight was the massive shower head (certainly not environmentally friendly but again we're not complaining). The rooms also had a very handy feature which I have only seen at one other hotel (in Singapore) and that was a dimmer switch for the bathroom so you could leave a soft light on during the night so that you don't need to switch on a bright light if going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. We loved the room even if we were given two doubles instead of a king or queen. On the downside and it may sound minor but given the amount of things to do in the area there was very limited tourist info in the rooms. Staff were very helpful and gave us a detailed guide book and map but how hard would it be to leave the latest Hunter Valley Guide in each room? We had breakfast buffet both days which was fine but it was $32 each. We have an Accor Advantages card so got 50% off and if it were not for this we probably would not have had breakfast in the hotel. We had lunch at the Steakhouse restaurant which is in the hotel and the filet mignon served to my wife was extremely tender and worth every cent. I had a minor problem with the amount of flys in the restaurant and they really detracted from breakfast and the meal but I noted this on the comment card and we noticed on our final day that the doors were closed and the flys had dissappeared. The lounge and bar are very relaxing and on the Saturday night they had a live musician. mcGuigan winery is about 20metres away, Tempus Two/Roche about 100 metres and Hope Estate about a kilometre. The hotel also sells half price tickets to the Hunter Valley Gardens which saves you about $10 each. They are about 10 minutes walk away. The gardens and pool area is well maintained. As we were leaving we asked to look at one of their superior rooms and so the staff member on duty cut us a pass card to go and have a look. He explained that standard, superior and deluxe rooms are all exactly the same-No difference in layout or size- the real difference is in the bathroom- superior has a sunken bath with skylight and deluxe has a spabath. As above were were impressed enough with the standard room and the entire property and would definitely stay here again. We're already planning our next trip !
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- Mercure Hotel Pokolbin
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