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Port Stephens Marina Resort
Ranked #12 of 16 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Reviewed July 13, 2008

We stayed for just the one night before a whale trip. We booked direct online and went for the ground floor special rate and the room was fine. The decor had seen better days and really does need an update but for an overnight stay in winter it was good for us. We liked the way the different floors are different prices as the upper floors do have good views of the water, but if you arrive after dark and leave first thing, why bother worrying about the view. We had dinner in the town despite the dinner special they had in house, but had breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast was a good and generous buffet and pretty good value for money at $15. But the restuarant (which is on the top floor), and the property in general, really does needs a makeover to remain competetive with all of the newer properties that are springing up around the area. While we were there it seemed like they were in the process of ownership change, so perhaps the writing is on the wall. It has such a commanding view of Nelson Bay and the water it really would be a shame if were not.

  • Stayed: July 2008
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2  Thank AMoz
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Reviewed April 4, 2008

Very happy with my stay generally. Very pleasant and helpful staff.

Dividing walls were a bit thin, could hear every word from next door room.

Food served in the dining room was generally good quality and well presented.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled solo
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2  Thank hollygolightly71
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Reviewed February 1, 2008

Hotel staff were friendly, room a little tired but still comfortable, view beautiful

Stayed: December 2007
1  Thank Schlanger
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Reviewed December 11, 2007

The location on a hill above the bay affords great views of the marina and Port Stephens beyond. I found the hotel to be very clean, quiet and comfortable and my room appeared to be recently re-decorated.
It is a short stroll to the marina and shops while the bus to the Williamstown airport stops right outside. Despite being a bus route, the street is mainly residential and quiet.
Friendly and helpful staff here. My flight didn't leave until 6:00pm and as the day was very rainy the manager graciouly said I could stay in my room as long as I wanted.
Just had the more than adequate continental breakfast so I can't vouch for the resaurant but the views are wonderful from its top floor location.
Altogether a very pleasant stay.

Stayed: December 2007
2  Thank nanook99
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Reviewed August 27, 2007

I have recently stayed at Marina resort for two nights.
From the room, I could see the marina, and the sunset I saw from the balcony was incredible!
My room had a spa bath and a separate shower. I enjoyed the spa bath very much.
I found out the resort has a sauna, so I recommend you to take a swiming costume even if you're visiting during winter time.
The staff was very friendly, and their restaurant offeres nice & reasonably priced dishes.
The resort is also very close to the marina, so it's convinient if you're doing dolphine watching.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2007

We booked this hotel based on the pictures and information we had seen on a website. From the pictures we thought the hotel was by the marina, but it is actually at a top of a hill and has buildings infront of it. The staff were helpful but it felt vary dated and needed a lot of modernisation.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank w0rldwidetraveller
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Reviewed July 3, 2006

We chose this resort for a short weekend break away from our respective children as it boasted a heated pool and we both love to swim if at all possible. Upon arrival the desk clerk told us the pool was heated by gas and was not warm enough to swim in because of the rain(am still not sure what was meant by this) and it really wasn't swimable through the winter months. Whilst everything else was as to be expected, the walls are somewhat thin and arguments which continued way into the early hours were clearly audible from above?nextdoor?nearby? On a more positive note, the walk to the lookout is a must, the views from the room were fantastic and there is a great little Thai restaurant in the main street near the cinema arcade...take your wetsuit and your earplugs and you will have a great winter escape...

  • Stayed: June 2006
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5  Thank emminic1
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Address: 33 Magnus St, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Nelson Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 16 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Price Range: $88 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Port Stephens Marina Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marina Resort is a great place to stay while you explore Port Stephens. Marina Resort is well located in the heart of beautiful Port Stephens overlooking Nelson Bay Marina. A short 5m walk to the Dolphin & Whale Watch Cruises in the Marina, Cafes & Beach. Marina Resort is conveniently located near all of Port Stephens major tourist attractions. Our recently refurbished 44 room hotel offer spacious comfort with great views of the bay. ... more   less 
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