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Nan Tien Temple Pilgrim Lodge
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wouldn't recommend staying here”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

I stayed here on my own, just for a night. While the temple itself is beautiful, the same couldn't be said for the Pilgrim Lodge. The room had a dingy feel and there were bugs and cockroaches, both alive and dead in various places. Given that this is a spiritual place, I expected it to be cleaner and to meet a minimum standard.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Lovely, clean and welcoming. We travelled to Wollongong for a funeral and all accommodating was booked out. I came a cross the lodge while trolling for motels and was pleasantly surprised.
We booked. Family room, it was clean, spacious and welcoming. Staff were friendly and everyone seemed to be enjoying their stay. No alcohol or meat wasn't a problem and tea, coffee etc were readily available. The grounds were beautiful, I wish our stay was longer. Vegetarian dinner is $10 and I think breakfast was $8 good value. Make time to see the temple and the grounds, they are beautiful.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

The pilgrim lodge was a very clean, comfortable and friendly place to stay. The temple and grounds are beautiful with lots of interesting things to see - unfortunately we were not there in time for the tour. Still really pretty and interesting to walk around. Also the whole complex was much larger than I expected. Pilgrim lodge staff were fantastic. Staff in some other areas of the temple looked at us a little suspiciously (we had our 5 children with us) but were generally friendly.

I was not impressed with the food offered. I am a vegetarian but did not like the food offered at dinner and the dining atmosphere was slightly stressful. We felt pressure to finish everything on our plates - including the extra food which was brought to us and put on our plates even when we said we had had enough. Breakfast was better than dinner.

There were a few (lady) monks wandering around who were very pleasant to talk to and very welcoming to
us and the children.

I would highly recommend a visit here, I would like to go back and do the tour someday.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2011

Clean comfortable rooms, with relaxing location in grounds of Nan Tien Temple.
Book for a great vegetarian meal or have some tea and snacks at the tea house.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Reviewed December 28, 2008

We paid AUD85/night for a double room and AUD140/night for a family room comprising 1 double bed and 2 singles. Nice, clean rooms but the double bed is bit too small. We also realised that the size of the TV and toilet is directly correlated to the size of the room ;)

Situated within the Nan Tien Temple (biggest temple in Wollongong), the place is great for people who wants some quiet time, as well as visit the serene temple grounds. I think the temple also conducts a host of activities.

Note that the main gate will be closed after 9pm so if you return late, you have to call up the reception or the security to open it for you.

  • Liked — Serenity
  • Disliked — Size of the double bed
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Nan Tien Temple Pilgrim Lodge

Property: Nan Tien Temple Pilgrim Lodge
Address: Berkeley Rd BERKELEY, Wollongong, New South Wales 2506, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Wollongong
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Wollongong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pilgrim Lodge Wollongong’s unique accommodation setting. This 100 room hotel is opened all year round, located in the grounds of Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern hemisphere. The Lodge overlooks the lotus pond, peaceful temple, tranquil gardens, the beautiful rolling hills and famous escarpment of the Illawarra. Ideal for general guests, overnight functions / conferences, group bookings or special group packages which can include: A guided tour, Gentle Tai Chi, Meditation, Tea ceremony and Chinese craft, Experience the serenity & power of the drum & bell ceremony or stroll the lush gardens & sit by the ponds and enjoy your comfortable accommodation setting. ... more   less 

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