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“A nice little getaway”
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Tonic Hotel
Ranked #12 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
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27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“A nice little getaway”
Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

We really liked staying here for a few days, the rooms are spacious and well decorated. Janelle's breakfasts are healthy, tasty and fulfilling. A great property that allows you to relax and watch the local wildlife play in front of you. Try to request an end room as if you have a room in between two others it can get quite noisy if you are unlucky enough to have loud neighbours!
Other than that this place is good value and worth a look.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

We have been searching high and low for a special retreat and we have found it and not being far from where we live is an added bonus. The rooms have a fresh yet simple design. Clean and very comfortable with everything you need.
Lots to do and see in the area, however we ended up staying in the Tonic grounds for 2 days as it was peaceful and just relaxing. The concept of the frozen curries available if one chooses to stay in is fantastic!
If you just want to go away and not have people fuss all over you, then Tonic is the place.
Being an adults only retreat it guarantees quiet and tranquility. You don't have to worry about tripping over children.
We are already planning our next stay....infact we won't stay anywhere else now we've found this place.


Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Tonic was a pleasant surprise, cute, funky and chic. Really helpful owners made us feel at home. Beds to die for and a view to incredible sunset each night before heading out to dinner :) Lillinos restaurant recommended by the owners was fantastic with a very tuneful owner (Luigi) with gorgeous dogs.
For something a little different from everything else Tonic is great and refreshing. Thanks Ian and Janelle, we will be back for sure.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We were really impressed with tonic hotel. Ian the owner was welcoming and helpful. As the place wasn’t too full he upgraded our room to a large private unit. The view over the lake was spectacular. If you are an early riser, take a walk early – it's so peaceful and beautiful with the mist over the lake and all the animals out and about.

The interior of our villa was gorgeous - modern but also really cosy… great entertainment system and free internet. Lovely breakfasts too.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Disappointing stay at tonic. Had all the elements to be 5 star & wonderful & perhaps was in its heyday but furniture is a little tired & the cleanliness of rooms was appaling. Dust everywhere, it was like it had not had a proper clean for along time. Will not be back here.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

If you're looking for departure from Hunter Valley kitsch, Tonic is stylish and quirky with some beautiful touches from the owners. Janelle and Ian really personalised the service and as this was a corner of the Hunter I hadn't stayed in before they offered some wonderful suggestions for wineries and restaurants that we weren't familiar with. We're coming back very very soon!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We loved sitting on the balcony and watching the sunset over the beautiful valley, with kangaroos hopping by and all the birds playing in the dam. Perfect for a gin and tonic. The owners were very helpful and friendly and we hope to go back there some time soon.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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
#7 Spa Hotel in Pokolbin
#11 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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