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“Big disappointment”
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Squid's Ink Hotel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Belmont
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Squids Ink at Belmont is a major disappointment. The reality is nothing like the pics on web.
Rang to say we would be late checking in and were told "I can't find your booking". The man was just plain rude. When we did check in he was even ruder. Couldn't have cared less. Next morning there was no one there to check out.
Found out that the previous weekend they had just closed the function room despite having a wedding booked in.
The rooms did not look like the internet pics and the courtyard view was a view of the car park. Way too pricey for what we got, will never stay there again and do not recommend it.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Great value for money and position.
Some traffic was heard in the night but the owners were very nice and friendly . Our check in and check out times were very flexible which accommodated our needs perfectly.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 30, 2012 via mobile

Booled on line.
No one at reception , no on room instruction booklet, no Foxtel remote so poor TV 4 channels. Not even a glass to drink from, 1 fork 1 spoon ( room for 2) . Old bathroom . No working Wifi ( and no reception to ask) small , tired room , overpriced

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Lake view room, very tired rooms, old bathroom and cruddy old tv set... Has an outdoor area and small wharf viewing the lake which is beautiful, but the tired old rooms and bathrooms are certain disappointing. Bedding and mattress is of modern standard and had a great sleep however, would return just for the wharf and sleep quality....

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

OK so its a cheap place to stay but when I mean cheap I mean the entire hotel should be demolished. The rooms are extremely small and very very tired. Old fittings, old everything. There is no food available either at dinner or more surprisingly breakfast which makes it a bit hard when you have a big day ahead of you, so you need to find somewhere else to eat as soon as you leave. On checkout at 8:00am I had to call the main hotel number as the entire hotel was locked up as the people who run the hotel were not out of bed yet, so I had to wait downstairs for 10mins before I could checkout. The lady couldn't even print me off an invoice, all she could do is give me a receipt from credit card machine, a bit difficult for work.
The location on the banks of the lake is wonderful but totally spoilt by this hotel, it could be such a wonderful place to stay in the heart of Belmont - too bad. Just forget it.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

Room was basic,noisy from traffic.Refrigerator and garbage bin had not been cleaned due to lack of staff.Friendly gent in reception apologised and refunded $50.Restaurant not open.Positives were proximity to lake, beach and clubs/pubs and acceptable cleanliness.Poor value for $160.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

Stayed one night. Very nice people but advertised as having restaurant opened 7 days but . there is no restaurant. Had arranged to have dinner with friends, they drover all the way here and then we had to go back to Newcastle. Outdoors not as per photos. Clean rooms but well overpriced for conveniences. Tiny room very old fashioned, broken blind. very limited tv including foxtel. Bad reception on old tv. Had to squeeze around furniture and very old fashioned tiny shower. Broken blind had to ring to get help to close it. Overpriced at $145. would not recommend or stay again. Now staying in 2 bed modern unit closer to town for only$125 with pool.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Squid's Ink Hotel

Address: 690 Pacific Hwy, Belmont, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2280, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Lake Macquarie > Belmont
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Belmont
Price Range: $71 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Squid's Ink Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Squids Ink is set on the shores of the picturesque Lake Macquarie, a mere 90 minutes north of the Sydney CBD. Squids Ink has 10 Waterfront rooms, 14 Courtyard rooms, 2 Spa Suites and a Veranda Suite. Our gourmet restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday thru Saturday. ... more   less 
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