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Mantra The Observatory
Ranked #5 of 42 Hotels in Port Macquarie
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Cessnock, Australia
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“Excellent Motel”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Excellent Motel Happy helpfull staff Beautiful location What more can we say about this motel .We had the best holiday staying at the Observatory can not wait to go back planning the next one there. Thanks Guys

Room Tip: We stayed in room 605/2 it had everything Beautiful furnishing Fabulous view
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tracey20100, General Manager at Mantra The Observatory, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your fantastic review. We are so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your holiday at The Observatory and plan to visit us again.

Thanks again for taking the time to write a review, we look forward to seeing you again!
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We stayed in 'The observatory' hotel/apartment in April on the way from Coffs Harbour. I must say I was so please that I requested two bedroom apartment with a Pacific Ocean view. Location was great, only thing that I was missing was a restaurant and someone to help us to bring our bags to the apartment. Very clean place, friendly staff and great indoor swimming pool.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Tracey20100, General Manager at Mantra The Observatory, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your great review. So pleased to hear you loved the two bedroom apartment, views and indoor heated pool.

Just to let you know we have an on-site seafood restaurant 'Scampi's and an on-site café, The Milkbar. 100m up the road is a fine dining restaurant called The Stunned Mullet - one of Port's best restaurants and in the Good Food Guide. Hopefully if you return you can get a chance to have dinner there.

We hope to see you again.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

This was our 4th stay at The Observatory Hotel, and we still think this is a great place to stay. The accommodation is first class, the ocean views amazing, and proximity to key city locations (restaurants, walks etc) is ideal. We found the staff very friendly & accommodating. We also hired bikes, and took the (challenging) 70km return bike ride to Laurieton, where we had a nice lunch (and really enjoyed dinner, and glass of wine, that night at the in-house restaurant).

Room Tip: Ocean Front Rooms are the best for views, and the higher you get, there's less street noise.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tracey20100, General Manager at Mantra The Observatory, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your fantastic 5 Star Review and for choosing to stay at The Observatory four times! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoy your apartment, the location and views, and the service from our team.

WOW, a 70KM bike ride is one way to keep fit, remind me not to go for a bike ride with you!

Thanks again for taking the time to write a review, we look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

I have just spent a long weekend at The Observatory Port Macquarie the hotel was fantastic, the apartment flowed well and the space was great. We were met by very welcoming and helpful staff who ensured a very smooth check in and out. The pool was ample and the spa was perhaps the highlight, whilst the chilly air nipped at my nose I was snug in the hot spa!

Room Tip: A variety of rooms accommodating all budgets, the sea view would have been pretty amazing
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Tracey20100, General Manager at Mantra The Observatory, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your fantastic review. We are pleased to hear that you loved the apartment, the heated pool, spa and the service you received from our staff.

Thanks again for taking the time to write a review, we look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.
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Ettalong Beach, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

I bought 3 nights at the Observatory from a Group Deal site. Couldn't be happier with the service, location, facilities. Located at one end of Port's beautiful breakwater + walk and a stroll down to Town Beach, The Observatory was everything I had hoped for i- quiet yet walk to town, restaurants, secure parking and understated ambience. Great heated pool, spa and sauna - at less than 4 hrs from home this will become my new weekend away destination of choice!

Room Tip: Go the beach view everytime!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tracey20100, General Manager at Mantra The Observatory, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you so much for the top marks!

We are thrilled that you had a great time and enjoyed the location, facilities and service and that you had a relaxing time in Port.

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again.
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South East England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

When looking for somewhere to stay in Port Macquarie we found very positive reviews for The Observatory on Tripadvisor. So booked from the UK and hoped. We should not have had any concerns everyone at The Observatory were very helpful and the apartment was very well equipped, comfortable and had a great view. We enjoyed a restful weekend and a good birthday meal at a local restaurant recommended by Observatory reception staff.

All in all a very professional set up with staff that do their job well. Thank you.

Room Tip: The higher the floor the better for views.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tracey20100, General Manager at Mantra The Observatory, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you so much for the 5-Star review!

It's fantastic to hear you had such a great time in Port and enjoyed our local restaurants. Sounds like a great way to enjoy your birthday!

We are especially thrilled with your feedback about our staff - we do try our best to offer service that is friendly and genuine.

Thank you for choosing to stay at The Observatory and we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in Australia.
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Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay. Great customer service. Stayed in hotel room on 6th floor, spacious , fantastic view of the beach and loved the closed in verandah. Secure parking and great coffee shop at the front door. Highly recommend .Look forward to staying again. Hopefully longer.

Stayed May 2013
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Tracey20100, General Manager at Mantra The Observatory, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your fantastic 5 Star review.

We are pleased to hear that you loved your ocean view hotel room, views and the Milkbar café.

If you get a chance to stay a few nights next time, take a look at our ocean view apartments, they are very spacious and are fully self contained, ideal for longer stays.

Thanks again for taking the time to write a review, we look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.
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Property: Mantra The Observatory
Address: 40 William St, Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444, Australia (Formerly The Observatory)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Port Macquarie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Port Macquarie
#1 Family Hotel in Port Macquarie
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Port Macquarie
#2 Business Hotel in Port Macquarie
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Port Macquarie
#4 Luxury Hotel in Port Macquarie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mantra The Observatory 4.5*
Number of rooms: 81
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mantra The Observatory offers seaside accommodation in the heart of Port Macquarie. Located directly across from the beach, this contemporary hotel boasts spectacular views over the ocean, river and hinterland, and provides close proximity to many of the areas natural attractions. Secure onsite car parking with an electric car charging station is complimentary for all guests along with free in-room wireless Internet access. Accommodation is modern and spacious with the choice of the Hotel Room, One, Two or Three Bedroom Apartment, and the Three Bedroom Penthouse. Apartments boast private balconies, air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, and large TVs with Foxtel channels. At Mantra The Observatory you’ll enjoy an excellent range of facilities including a heated lap pool, spa, sauna, BBQ area, and onsite dining options. Sample the region’s freshest seafood at Scampi’s Seafood Bar and Grill, or visit The Observatory Milkbar for a refreshing holiday beverage. A day spa is situated onsite for your convenience if you’d like to treat yourself to massage or facial during your stay. If you’re planning to soak in the sun there are countless beaches and picnic spots to explore, or for a little retail therapy the town centre is just a short walk away with a collection of boutique stores and retail chains at your fingertips. There is an abundance of activities on offer from the more adventurous including kayaking, fishing, horse riding and camel safaris, to family friendly activities such as wildlife and nature parks, local markets, golf, and ten pin bowling. ... more   less 
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The Observatory Hotel Port Macquarie
Observatory Hotel Port Macquarie
Observatory Resort Port Macquarie

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