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Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation
Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Pleasantly Surprised”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

My wife and I stayed here while attending a wedding. The rate was good and the room much better than expected for staying in a pub. The room was very spacious and we had a patio overlooking the adjoining field

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tarryn M, Front Office Manager at Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
So glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us, we hope to see you next time you're in the Hunter!
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Decent sized room, large bathroom, fluffy towels, comfortable bed, private balcony, good service.

We didn't pre book or get an online deal however believe we got value for our money.

Liked the complimentary earplugs but didn't need them. Would stay again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tarryn M, Front Office Manager at Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in the Hunter, we hope to see you next time!
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Sussex Inlet, Australia
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Fast check in, staff were very polite even though we had a voucher. The promised bottle of wine was in the foyer for us to pick our choice.

Our room (beginning with a 4) was spacious, cool with the air con already running which was nice as it was quite a hot day, a pleasant view outside the little courtyard of the grass and part of a vineyard, everything was clean and the bathroom was well set up. We really liked the way the shower door opened...haven't seen that before. Only little niggle was that there is not a comfy chair to sit in if you wish to relax inside...outside had a couple of patio chairs. We had to pull the table over towards the end of the bed and sat on that and rested the newspapers on the table, so was still comfy while reading the sunday papers...a MUST in our family ! There was no audible noise from the hotel "proper" and they even supply earplugs in case any noise annoys you, a quaint touch.

The grounds around the hotel are pretty and well kept and the pool area sparkling clean...all very inviting.

It's a bit of a trek around to the dining room for dinner and would not like to do it if it was pouring with rain. Unfortunately dinner was only so-so...a reasonable choice, but steer clear of the Filet Mignon...promoted on the menu as "cooked to meduim" which we thought meant they wouldn't cook it past "meduim"...but it turned out it is precooked and then served. The meat was not pleasant and the bacon wrapped around it was very smoky...lovely for breakfast, but overpowering when mixed with a red wine jus. The "potato rosti" was NOT a rosti but a jumble of limp potato and we had ordered a "creamy" mash thinking it would be special...even I make better mashed potato...but this mash was lukewarm and lumpy. It was an expensive meal at over $33 for the steak meal...so we were disappointed. The garlic bread and dessert was nice though.

On the other hand the breakfast (included in room rate) was well presented and plenty of choice, though would be better if HOT ! The coffee machine was good with freshly ground beans each cup and nice and hot...a change from jugs of coffee sitting on warmers. Also the toaster actually toasted !! hooray !

All in all a nice place to stay and we would be happy to stay again. We set off for the much anticipated Tiger Moth flight down at Cessnock Airport feeling we have had a relaxing break.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tarryn M, Front Office Manager at Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you for your lovely comments, glad to see you truly enjoyed your stay with us at Harrigan's. I will pass your comments onto our Head Chef to review and improve upon.
We are very proud of our property as well as our customer service skills that our team promotes.
Again, thank you for your great feedbaack and I will certianly share with our team!
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Corvallis, Oregon
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed here as a part of a convention we were attending. The room was "discounted" for a group rate, but was to me, as an American traveler, still overpriced. We stayed here for four nights and didn't have our carpets vacuumed once during our stay. Although supplies like soap and towels were replaced daily, the toilets were not scheduled for daily cleaning. Our Internet connection didn't work for the first three days of our stay. Only when I adjusted the antenna on the router in our room did the Internet connection start working. And even now the connection is sporadic. To its credit, the inn does serve a very good breakfast included in its price. The inn is nice enough in and of itself, but is not to the level it considers itself to be. I was really disappointed in Harrigan's.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Tarryn M, Front Office Manager at Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Hi
Thank you for your feedback we will certainly take your comments on board and are currently investigating our internet connection to ensure there are no issues in the future. We are glad to see you enjoyed breakfast, it certainly is a great start to the day!
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Stayed in early March although the place was fully booked nothing was a problem for the reception staff. Breakfast was plentiful and delicious staff were also very accommodating. Pub in the evening was pumping with a band playing. A party atmosphere can't recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Tarryn M, Front Office Manager at Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Glad to see you truly enjoyed your time at Harrigan's! We look forward to seeing you next time you are in the Hunter again!
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

This was my second stay at Harrigan's and i will most definitely be back for a third. The rooms are great value for money, very comfortable and very well appointed. All of the staff are friendly and very helpful, nothing is a problem. Eating at the bistro is a must! It is one of the Hunters best places to eat and has a fantastic and varied menu from perfectly cooked steaks to traditional favourites like Irish Pork Bangers and Mash or the always delicious beef and Guinness pie (i think i've had everything on the menu and have loved it all). On this visit, i had the Black Angus Beef Filet Mignon and i can tell you, it was amazing! The best Filet Mignon i have ever had by far!. Harrigan's gives you a great base for trips to the nearby wineries, is a great location to just relax and have a beer, something to eat and simply relax. For me the number one reason to stay at Harrigan's is the staff who really are a great friendly bunch of people who will always do whatever they can to make your stay a very pleasurable one. I'll be back and it can't be soon enough :-)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Jason D
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Tarryn M, Front Office Manager at Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Hi Jason,
Thanks for your great feedback, great to see you had a great time at Harrigan's! The filet Mignon is one of our most popular meals and my favourites also! Our new menu will be out soon so hope to see you again!
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Australia
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Stayed last Saturday night as we were attending a concert in the wineries
Great place to stay beautifull food best to book on the weekends
Lots of fun on return to pub great band dancing for all ages old and young
Great to be able to walk back to room as transport to other hotels is very limited
Cant wait to return staff very very friendly

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation
Address: Broke Rd | Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Pokolbin
#12 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a little Irish charm at Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation, right in the heart of the Vineyards. Offering superb 4-star accommodation, this unique property features 48 guest rooms and suites, each with its own private courtyard/balcony and undercover parking right outside. Relax around the resort-style swimming pool. During your stay, enjoy the casual dining experience of Harrigan's Restaurant, serving a choice of Irish and Australian fare. ... more   less 
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