We chose The Nelson fResort or a girls weekend away because it was central to the bay and everything was in walking distance.
The resort has recently been refurbished and is no longer a 60s flashback but a chic, friendly hotel. The rooms are fresh and airy, the decor elegant but casual - you could really make yourself at home on the couch (and we did!). The kitchenette was handy for storing our champagne and cheese, and the full length mirrors perfect for us girls to do our make up and dressing up. A big thumbs up for the beds...they have those quilted matress toppers on them....aaaahhhh, so comfy! I was so glad that the bathrooms are new too.
We were a bit concerned that our room balcony faced the street, but we it was really quiet in the evening/morning, and there was no noise from the courtyard carpark either.
We dined locally, at the one hat restaurant, Zest. It was really good. Surprisingly good for a regional restaurant and great value for the quality of food and the wine list.
It rained the next morning so we had coffee and breakfast at the cafe in the resort. Loads of newspapers and magazines at the cafe/reception area and a great view of the bay. The coffee was just what I needed, definitely up to Sydney standards and I regret not getting a takeaway for the drive home.
Hotel accommodation in the bay area can be hard to find - there's a lot of serviced apartments or holiday house rentals. If you want to stay somewhere central, with easy access to the beach, but don't want the cost of a large apartment, then this is a good option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Nelson is a small boutique resort in the centre of all the action that make Port Stephens great. Walk to the marina, beach, shops, cafes and cinema! Plus we have a heated pool, super cool cafe with Suspension coffee, plus free tennis and sauna! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Nelson Resort Nelson Bay, Port Stephens