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“Amazing hosts!”
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Tonic Hotel
Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 20, 2012

First timers to the Hunter Valley. And what an amazing time we had all thanks to the wonderful Ian and Janelle. We loved it so much that we already have our next stay planned this coming month. And wouldnt stay anywhere else. We made memories and friends to last a lifetime (the wonderful hosts Ian and Janelle).
Add breathtaking views, great location, total privacy and you have the perfect getaway.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

We had a fantastic stay at Tonic Hotel. Stunning views from the rooms! Ian and Janelle were such great hosts. Definitely the best hospitality I have experienced at any hotel. They really did go out of their way to make us feel comfortable and at home.
The hotel is located close to some great restaurants and is not as "commercial" or "generic" as staying at places such as the Crowne. Definitely will be back again. Such a fabulous place to escape and relax!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

The best hospitality I have experienced from any hotel! No annoying waiting in a line to check in or check out ... just a simple code to get in and out of your room! We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment which was amazing! Huge rooms both with en-suites... with an ultra modern design and gorgeous huge balcony to laze about on or eat a meal on watching the sun set.

The lounge room and fireplace with super comfy couch and foxtell was also a win - not to mention the well equipped kitchen where you will find breakfast supplies replenished daily with different treats each day such as banana bread, croissants, yoghurt, muesli and so on!

Ian was extremely helpful and wonderful in making our stay memorable. I definitely plan on returning... But remember slippers or socks as the floor can be freezing haha
100 % recommend
Thanks again Ian

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

You experience the hospitality and friendliness of Tonic before you even arrive, with new owners Ian and Janelle happy to share their knowledge of the area and its produce. Hints and tips for great places to eat and wineries to visit.

My three girlfriends and I were off to the Hunter for the Lovedale Long Lunch so we stayed in the Lodge at Tonic - an expansive two bedroom, two bathroom lodge complete with its own gas fireplace, fully stocked kitchen and divine views out over the lake.

We awoke on the first morning after a wonderously restful sleep to see the resident Black Swans gracefully moving about the lake, searching for their breakfast - ours was tucked away nicely in the fridge and included a fantastic selection of croissants, bread, farm fresh eggs, truss tomatoes, bacon, jams, museli, orange juice - need I go on? The next day, it was even better!

The lodge was modern, clean and spacious, and all products were first class. The common areas of the property are also well appointed, with a delightfully stocked kitchen, full of cheese, home made dips and meals for those of us not wanting to venture out.

Ian and Janelle were wonderful hosts and nothing was too much trouble. I can't wait to come back to Tonic.

Room Tip: Spoil yourself and get the lodge!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

We loved our stay at Tonic Hotel - as a first-timer to the Hunter Valley, it really made my stay. Ian and Janelle were fabulous hosts - so friendly and welcoming; nothing was too much trouble. We were hugely impressed with the quality of the accommodation - the Lodge was perfect for friends (or a couple of couples) travelling together, with a large loungeroom, leather lounge, flatscreen TV, gas fireplace, dining table and beautiful, large, fully-equipped kitchen. The quality of the furnishings, fittings and products (Aesop shower stuff - result!) was excellent. And the view out over the deck of the black swans gliding across the lake was only topped by the incredible sunset. Gorgeous. Breakfast was very generous and incredibly tasty - and so easy given the set-up and fit-out of the kitchen (including the dishwasher!). They have really thought of everything - the common room is stocked up with gourmet curries if you decide you fancy a night in. Staying in the Lodge gave us the feeling we had the entire place to ourselves. I never thought we would want a night in when we were surrounded by so many fabulous wineries and top-class wineries right in the heart of the Hunter, but we loved the Lodge at Tonic so much, that's exactly what we did! Thank you Ian & Janelle for making our experience so perfect and so much fun! I would definitley recommend Tonic and can't wait to visit again!

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 19, 2012 via mobile

Huge bathroom with Aesop body products and a tub that can just fit two and beautiful bath salts.

The location is spitting distance from a range of wineries and the fantastic Leaves and Fishes restaurant but feels a million miles away.

Yummy breakfasts are also included and kept for you in the fridge though I couldn't wait til morning for the amazing banana bread!

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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Arriving just in time to see the beautiful sunset over the lush green rolling hills of the Hunter Valley was the perfect start to a weekend getaway. Tonic delivered all that was promised, a very stylish and spacious room with a private deck, the most comfortable bed with luxurious linen, flat screen TV and great sound system with iPod docking station, lovely bathroom with heated floors, a delicious breakfast to prepare in the room, and all in the most peaceful surrounding. To see three magnificent balloons floating just above us on Sunday morning was indeed a treat, as well as seeing the black swans in the dam, and the kangaroos close by. Janelle and Ian, the new owners of Tonic, were very friendly and knowledgable about the local area, assisting with dinner reservations and recommendations of what to see in Lovedale and the Hunter. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Tonic Hotel

Address: 251 Talga Rd | Lovedale, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Pokolbin
#6 Spa Hotel in Pokolbin
#9 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range: $151 - $469 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Tonic Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
tonic is - a place of uninterrupted relaxation and style, a place where you want to be a guest. A stunning spot - the Lovedale area of the Hunter Valley just 2 hours from Sydney. Simple modern surroundings - Australian design, steel and glass against native grasses. Non invasive service - discrete and informal, no formal check in and check out. Every luxury - crisp white linen, the best towels, groovy furniture and the latest in gadgets. tonic is opulent minimalism. we invite you to come and share ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tonic Hotel Pokolbin
Tonic Hotel Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin

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