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Bannisters by the sea
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Mollymook
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I travelled over from WA with mum & friends for a special treat for the Dinner & Days Cooking "experience" with Rick Stein. The whole event was very well run from start to finish and a must for foodies and fans. The 3-4hr drive down from Sydney was very pleasant and the countryside lovely to take in... Bannisters is in an idyllic location atop of the cliffs with priceless views from the ocean front rooms and very clean & comfortable. The staff are attentive, friendly & professional & nothing is too much trouble... Rick should be very proud of his set up and is a genuinely nice guy, passionate about food, interesting to watch in action & listen to his varied stories & the food here is exceptional. Worth a splurge!

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
Thank TravelTrishWA
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters by the sea, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2013

Dear TravelTrishWA,
Thank you for taking the time to share your family’s experience of ‘An evening with Rick Stein.’
It was absolutely our pleasure to look after your group and we were so pleased that you made the trip from Western Australia.
Feel free to contact me directly should you wish to make the trip again, we would love to have you back.
Warm regards,
Peter Bacon
General Manager
Peterbacon@Bannisters.com.au

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Enjoyed a night in the hotel, upon checking in we noticed a problem with the toilet and was promptly upgraded to a beautiful jacuzzi suite. Location is spectacular and found the rates on this site extremely cheap for the room and view. Unfortunately didn't have time to check out the pool or the day spa but both looked fantastic

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank gibbo623
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters by the sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Dear Gibbo623,
Thank you very much for your review of Bannisters. Its wonderful to hear you thoroughly enjoyed the views and ambiance of our clifftop location. I am also very pleased you were well looked after by our staff and the issue with your bathroom was resolved immediately.
I do hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back on your next trip up the coast.
Kind regards,
Peter Bacon
General Manager

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I booked into Bannisters overnight, not because I necessarily wanted to stay there, but because I wanted to try Rick Stein's celebrated restaurant, which is part of the house. The only room available was known as a "luxury suite" at $465 for the night. Now I suppose it was worth that much, given that it was directly above the ocean with quite a magnificent view. Had it been in the City of Sydney, it would probably have cost considerably more. I had a bedroom and a separate sitting room.

The bathroom had a spa and brilliant shower, but both lights were non-functional, which made life a bit difficult. Fortunately I could open the louvres into the sitting room and gain a bit of light.
Another quibble lies in the fact that there was no offer to help me with my luggage. As a septuagenarian I found it difficult to manage the various levels, stairs etc while carrying my luggage.

Breakfast is included in the tariff and it's here that Bannisters lost the fifth star. Despite the fact that my breakfast comprised just two slices of toast, and I had spent $465 for the room and $280 for dinner for one, they still charged me $4 for an espresso in lieu of the dreaded drip-filter stuff on offer! The ultimate in pennypinching.

By the way, the restaurant is very good.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank StayalotNewcastle
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters by the sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Dear stayalotNewcastle,
Thank you for your review of Bannisters, I certainly appreciate you taking the time to review both our hotel and restaurant and am thrilled you had such a lovely evening at the restaurant.

I am very pleased you enjoyed your view and the rainshower in the suite. I am very sorry that you were not offered help with your luggage upon check-in, we do have a porter service and I have addressed this with our Front Office Manager.

Included in our rates is a fully cooked breakfast at Rick Stein at Bannisters and a continental buffet. As you will find in most luxury hotels the espresso is additional.

I would like to follow up on your comments about the lighting in your suite with our head of maintenance. I agree that lighting is a very important aspect of the functionality of the room and if it needs updating we will certainly address this as soon as possible. If you have a moment I would appreciate a quick email with either your booking number or the number of your suite.

Thank you once again for your review and I do hope we get the opportunity to welcome you back to Bannisters on your next trip south.
Best regards,
Peter Bacon
General Manager
peterbacon@bannisters.com.au

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

There is not a great deal of choice on the South Coast of NSW, unless you are happy with white bread motels. This used to be one of those -- an unremarkable property that made the most of its stunning headland location with big windows and rooms all facing the right way. It's had a makeover since then. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable, the service very attentive. But it's difficult to disguise your roots, even if you are Rick Stein. Inside the room you could be in a five-star resort. Outside you're in a nicely appointed motel. However, when compared to what else is on offer on this long stretch of coastline (where all the best possies are taken by caravan parks!), Bannister's is a gem.

Room Tip: They're all good -- even the cheapest rooms have the great view!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Boyd A
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters by the sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Dear Boyd A,
Thank you for your review of Bannisters, it is lovely to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your stay.
We do have a truly unique spot on the coast and I am glad to hear you enjoyed the views as much as we do!
I do hope we have the opportunity to welcome you Bannisters.
Kind regards,
Peter Bacon
General Manager

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed for a girl's weekend and splurged on the Terrace Penthouse. I couldn't fault anything about the hotel. It was perfect. The staff were helpful and charming. The penthouse was flawless and had everything - fruit plate, iPod dock, dvd player, spa bath, plunge pool...

The day spa was fantastic. We each had the Pinnacle Signature Wellbeing Facial. The therapists were all excellent and attentive. The products were organic.

The only slight down side to our weekend was the restaurant. We shared two entrees, three mains and two desserts. The fish pie, seafood curry and ginger pudding were up to standard. The rest fell short of my expectations. Not bad, but a bit overpriced for uninspired dishes. That said, our lovely waitress arranged for our dessert to be sent to our room so we could run back to the plunge pool. A very small blip on an otherwise perfect weekend.

We will be going back.

Room Tip: Terrace Penhouse has a plunge pool and limited views, but also gets fumes from the restaurant. If yo...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Tenbillion
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters by the sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you for your lovely review tenbillion! I certainly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at Bannisters.
I am thrilled you thoroughly enjoyed the penthouse and were well looked after by Tahlia and the spa team. I will be sure to pass on your wonderful compliments.
I am disappointed that the restaurant fell short of expectations. On your next stay I welcome you to contact me directly so I can ensure we regain your confidence and provide you with some outstanding seafood!
Warm regards,
Peter Bacon
General Manager

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed for three nights in what must be said is a stunning location. The room finishings were very good but the noise transmitted from other rooms and from the car park area was disappointing It just needs that to be attended to. We were asked to have our room free from 0930 to 1400 for servicing so it was disappointing to return to the room close to 1400 to find that it was still unserviced.
The Pool Bar is a must to visit

Room Tip: An ocean view is a must
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank LesW2020
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters by the sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Dear LesW2020,
Thank you very much for your feedback from your stay at Bannisters.
I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed our clifftop and pool bar ambiance.
I do apologise for our delay in servicing your room and any inconvenience caused. This is a very rare occurrence in our accommodation division and I can assure you this will not be case with any future visits to Bannisters.
We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Bannisters in the not too distant future.
Best regards,
Peter Bacon
General Manager

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

The accommodation appears to be an older hotel upgraded to a reasonable standard. The views from our room over the ocean were lovely. However, if you are not a slim person you may not fit into the shower cubicle. I am of slim build and continually knocked the glass sides. We went there for Rick Stein's food and it was exceptional. Probably the best I've eaten, but the wine was very disappointing. Book ahead for both room and restaurant.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Tania K
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters by the sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2013

Dear Tania K,
Thank you for taking the time to review both the hotel and restaurant, I was delighted to read your wonderful review of Rick Stein at Bannisters. Bannisters was originally built in 1970's as a seaside motel, we have completed a succession of major upgrades and refurbishments over the last 7 years to bring the hotel to a 4.5 star level. We are proud of the hotels unique character and advertise this on our homepage. We are constantly improving our rooms and I will certainly take your feedback about the shower on board. As stated in my reply to your restaurant review, I would very much like to hear from you regarding your wine so I can fully investigate.
I hope to welcome you back to Bannisters in the not too distant future.
Best regards,
Peter Bacon
General Manager

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Address: 191 Mitchell Pde, Mollymook, Shoalhaven, New South Wales 2539, Australia (Formerly Bannisters Point Lodge)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Shoalhaven > Mollymook
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Mollymook
Price Range: $271 - $526 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bannisters by the sea 4.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally built in 1970s as a seaside motel, a succession of upgrades and refurbishments now sees our accommodation offering 4.5 star rooms with panoramic ocean views and private balconies. We offer a choice of ocean deluxe, spa rooms, luxury suites, jacuzzi decks and penthouses as well as Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant, a pizza bar and rejuvenating day spa. With close proximity to local surf beaches, Bannisters makes an excellent choice for your coastal retreat. ... more   less 
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