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The Nelson Resort
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 6, 2012

We stayed at The Nelson Resort for a two night getaway. The motel has obviously been around for quite some time but has been renovated quite well. One thing I should say from the start is that there really isn't anything 'resort' like about this motel. It has a pool and a coffee shop and that's about it. Don't expect anything resort like when booking otherwise you will be very disappointed.

Our room had a queen bed and a single bed. It was clean and the furnishings reasonably new. The bathroom was very good for a standard room. A large shower with good pressure has been placed where a bath probably once stood.

The was a small balcony attached to the room. Unfortunately right next to a busy road but blocked by a tree offering a little bit of privacy.

The semi indoor pool was very nice with a good outdoor area attached to it with tables and chairs and a couple of barbecues for the use of guests.

There were no mini bar facilities but I rarely use them when staying in motels anyway. The room does however have a small kitchenette with tea/coffee making facilities, a microwave, fridge and basic crockery and cutlery.

Checking in and out with a very painless experience. The staff were friendly and efficient.

The Nelson Resort is simple honest accommodation (but far from 'resort' standard). It's location is very good being a short walk from the Nelson Bay CBD.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Darren S
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Decent enough room, but off season we asked for best room available and got room with a view of a tree and next to main road which was noisy ! We were also attracted to here with offer of free wifi but that is only for 1 hour. Bed too soft. Overall room is decent enough, clean and well provided which you need as eating out options are limited.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from main road
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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andrew579999, Owner at The Nelson Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2013

Hi there

Sounds like we were barely a pass mark, sorry we did not meet expectations. For other travelers correct the wifi is only free for 1 hour each day, however we only charge $5 for 24 hours. These systems do cost a lot and at $5 we are just trying to cover costs and provide the best possible service, not make a profit.

Thanks for your thoughts,

Andrew and Emily Macdonald

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The Nelson Resort was the one 'luxury' that we indulge in after a series of backpacking/cheap accommodations and we got absolutely more than what we paid for.

We initially booked the hotel for its close proximity to the marina, where we were to go on the whale watching trip and then found out that it was pretty much close to everything, even the shops which made it very convenient. After walking so much in busy Gold Coast and Sydney CBD with heavy backpacks, the environment here was a welcoming respite.

The staff were very friendly and checking in/out was hassle free. The bathroom was very clean and the bed was so comfortable, the room did really look as those in the website! Free parking is also provided and pretty close to the rooms. The free 1-hour wifi was the cherry on top. I don't mind staying here again and again if I get the chance to visit Nelson Bay again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed here as part of a 5 week Oz road trip as a mature couple.We booked it from the Internet via Booking.com.Some of our previous accommodation had been less than hoped for but, after a warm welcome at reception, we were delighted to find the accommodation to be of a good standard in our refurbished room, as well as a complimentary bottle of wine. The promised free wi-fi failed but the reception girl allowed us to use hers on the desk which was much appreciated.
The motel was in a good location, near to the facilities of the resort. Free parking was a boon as was the proximity to the supermarket for self-catering if needed.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank BlueSnapper45
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Fantastic location, only a 2 minute walk across the road to the Marina. A refurbished old style motor inn with all the modern mod cons. Clean room with nice clean modern bathroom. Great pool and BBQ facilities. Very helpful at check in, giving the run down on places to go and also gave us 3 lots of brochures on restaurants, attractions etc.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

This was our 3rd stay at The Nelson Resort, as always we had a great weekend. The spa apartment was fantastic, great view. The front desk girl was very helpful and friendly. Great location close to Marina and a variety of restaurants. Just park your car no need to drive anywhere everything is in walking distance.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The Nelson is a pretty refurbished motel, centrally located on Nelson Bay, right opposite the marina and lots of food options around. The folks who renovated it did a decent job. It's like a girl whom you noticed again after a professional makeover. You can still see signs of the old motel self, but it now looks more stylish and exciting.

We stayed in a deluxe family room, which is spacious and pretty comfortable. It has a small kitchenette, a brand new bathroom, a flat screen tv with limited channels, even an iPhone compatible speaker. From the balcony we could see a little of the Port Stephens bay. The package would have been more complete if they have replaced the old, cranky air-conditioner unit.

The hotel is right beside a busy road, you'd get some traffic noise. The heated pool, which I think is one of the hotel's selling point, isn't really as hot as was claimed.

Overall it's still a central and comfortable option if you're staying at Port Stephens over a few days.

Room Tip: Rooms in one of the wings have better bay views. No harm asking.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Nelson Resort

Address: 3 Government Rd, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia (Formerly Nelson Lodge Motel)
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Nelson Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Nelson Bay
#2 Luxury Hotel in Nelson Bay
Price Range: $105 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Nelson Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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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