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Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
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147 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Excellent Rooms & Location plus extensive gardens and resort atmosphere”
Reviewed March 23, 2009

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 !

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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203 reviews
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Reviewed February 4, 2009

This is a nice hotel that could be great. My big beef was no in-room internet...unacceptable in today's higher end hotel. The room was clean but we had two double beds instead of a queen or king... not so great. The breakfast was $24 each and a complete robbery with canned fruit and bad machine coffee, had breaky been included I would have understood but they should recommend guests who have to pay...go to one of the excellent local cafe's instead. Also the pool was dirty and towels only available at the front desk...yet the property is very well located and beautiful...as I said... great potential, a bit short on delivery.

Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Leura, Australia
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81 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2008

Great hotel, grounds, staff, food, location........must I go on?
Recently stayed for a weekend with partner and we will definitely return again.
Room was spacious (studio King) with private small patio, clean, quite and relaxing, lovely king size bed. Car parking is similar to a motel style with parking outside your door.
No problems getting onto the 2 tennis courts or into the pool or spa.
Restaurant (in house) food was excellent, (if a little long to appear) booking essential.
Breakfast is typical hotel buffet style and quality but finishes at 10am by which time the 'good stuff' will have long gone.
There's a nice little library adjoing the reception and bar with comfortable lounges, great to unwind after a meal in the restaurant.
Hotel staff were among the most courteous and helpful I have encountered during my travels, nothing was too much trouble.
There's a short walk to McGuigans winery (10m !) which is handy for the wine connoisseurs.
The Hunter 'village' and Gardens are only 5 mins walk away.
Overall, a lovely hotel, if a little overpriced.

  • Liked — Friendly Hotel Staff, calm relaxing atmosphere / location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Aussiemiller
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wellington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2008

good location within walking distance to wineries and gardens and shops. Nice hotel standard - quiet rooms which we are fussy about.
nice decor and restaurant ,whilst not cheap ,meals were good.
recommend it.

  • Liked — nice rooms
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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australia
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Reviewed October 10, 2008

This hotel is great , close to the Hunter Valley Gardens and Village, Comfortable beds and nice linen. Rooms are big enough for a family of 4 , Pool area fantastic and heated great for an afternoon drink whilst the kids swim.
Staff were always helpful and friendly , even supplied neddle and thread when i needed it. Library comfy for pre or after dinner. Steakhouse resturant nice but there is nicer around the area. Buffett Breakfast was fantastic.This hotel is pricey however you are in the Hunter Valley and every thing is pricey

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Thank marnimaya
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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

The central location of the Hunter Valley Gardens attracted us and we are happy we chose to stay there. We stayed at the hotel for a Saturday and Sunday night in August, and overall were impressed with the accommodation. From the outside it looks like a refurbished motel but once inside the rooms you get a very different impression.
According to the accor hotels website the rooms we booked were standard rooms, but unfortunately we got 2 double beds (a queen or king would have been more suitable). The hotel appeared to be fully booked on the Saturday so we didn't bother to ask to change to a room with a bigger bed.
The rooms were very modern and looked as though they had been recently refurbished. Our rooms were on the road side of the resort and we were concerned that we might get some noise from traffic on the busy road, but this was not the case. Another nice feature of our rooms was the courtyard with table and chairs. As the rooms were on ground level the courtyards led to the pool entrance. The weather was a little cool so we were not able to make use of the courtyard and pool, but it would be very nice in warmer weather.
Staff at the hotel were "only just" helpful. I didn't get the feeling that they would go out of their way to help but they gave the information that was requested or did what was asked.
An important thing to note is that it is probably a good idea to book for the restaurant if you want to dine early. We chose to dine in the restaurant on the Sunday night at around 7-7.30. As the hotel did not appear to be anywhere near fully booked that night we did not imagine that it was necessary to book. We were informed that we would not be able to get a table until 9. There had been no mention at check in, that it would be a good idea to book for the restaurant and the restaurant had very few occupied tables at 7 o'clock. We had difficulty understanding how they could be fully booked when there were many free tables. The restaurant staff explained that they were short-staffed as one waiter had not turned up. We went to the library area to read and ordered cocktails to enjoy while we waited for our table. About 40 minutes after ordering, our cocktails had still not appeared and i am sure would have been forgotten if we had not given a reminder. The delay was accounted for by the lack of one staff member on the night.
As I said before HVG is a very nice resort that has been refurbished very tastefully and despite the few problems we had, I would stay there again without hesitation.

  • Liked — The rooms
  • Disliked — Not being able to get a table in the restaurant despite many tables noccupied
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2008

We just returned from a weekend away at the Grand Mercure and we were overall impressed.From the moment we checked in through to check out we found all the staff friendly and helpful.Our room was comfortable and in good condition with its own courtyard and a full bathroom with sunken bath which was a nice touch.The grounds of this hotel add to the pleasure of a stay,as does the proximity to the Hunter Valley Gardens.The only shortfall on our stay was at breakfast which is fairly standard Accor fair and definately a good idea to arrive early.
This was our first visit to the Hunter Valley in 4 years and when we return we will definately return to this hotel.

  • Liked — Comfort and Quality
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
Address: Cnr Broke & McDonalds Roads, 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 Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Pokolbin
#3 Spa Hotel in Pokolbin
#6 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens 4.5*
Number of rooms: 72
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