We stayed at this place for one night in January. The "Oriental Room" had red and yellow walls and otherwise awful furniture. Not sure about the Chinese/Japanese theme but it was definitely off. The proprietor was unsmiling and very businesslike. Don't expect a warm welcome. Maybe the reason for this was that we had already prepaid the ridiculous rate of 220 AUD -- had we known what exactly expected us, we would not have stayed. The whole house looks like a re-arranged concrete mess of a place from the 70s. The location is not exactly great; there are no decent dining places around. (The "country club" down the street that was recommended to us by the owner was more of a bowling alley.) The beach on the other side of the street is on the inside of the bay -- so no surf or anything; however, the real beach is a short ten-minute drive away. As for the room itself -- everything was worn and dated. On top of that, it had a very unclean feel to it. Apart from the shower area that had hair all over it and the soap jar that had been filled up with half soap half water, the carpets were dingy. The bed wasn't very comfortable and there was a light shining on the outside that couldn't be turned off and made sleeping somewhat difficult. There was some "breakfast" in the fridge, but nothing was fresh and the bread was borderline stale. The pool in the back was tiny and felt more like a jacuzzi temperature-wise -- we didn't go in because it also didn't look too clean. Still can't believe we stayed there and spent that amount of money on it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our serviced apartments are located directly across from picturesque Salamander Beach and close to shops and restaurants. Our guest rooms are very large, non-smoking, air-conditioned and have private entrances and large ensuite bathrooms. In addition, all guest rooms have a TV and DVD players, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee and tea making facilities and access to the solar heated pool & garden area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Salamander Beach Accommodation South Pacific/Port Stephens, Australia