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Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores
Ranked #19 of 32 Hotels in Port Stephens
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Positives outweigh the negatives”
Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

It's a really basic hotel, in desperate need of a revamp and refurb. I'd say it probably not had any work done to it since the early 90's. But our time there was made by the staff who catered to our every need and were very friendly. Try and book as high a room as possible, the views are amazing.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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SalamanderShores, Manager at Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores, responded to this review, April 30, 2014
Thank you for your review on our property regarding your recent stay. We are certainly placed in an enviable location and am very glad you enjoyed the beautiful water views over Port Stephens. Our staff take great pride in looking after guests and I will certainly pass on your comments to the team!

There are small changes and updates constantly being undertaken on the property which are sometimes difficult to notice, however we do always endeavour to offer guests an enjoyable stay at an affordable price.

We do hope to see you back in Port Stephens again soon!
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Lake Macquarie
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71 reviews
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We purchased a Scoopon deal to stay for 2 nights in a Spa room, so price wise we had a very good deal. The hotel would have been magnificent in the 80's but appeared dated by today's standards. Our room was located on the 4th floor with views over the bay. The room was large with a comfortable bed, and a 2 person corner spa bath. The bathroom was also large with a good sized shower recess, the only downfall was the small analogue TV.
The highlight of our stay were the Rainbow Lorikeets which would fly onto our balcony in their dozens and eat out of your hand.
The hotel is well situated with a path to the beach and jetty, and directly opposite the Soldiers Point Bowling Club.
We had one meal in the hotel's club bar which was terrible and another in the restaurant which was ok but very slow. The buffet breakfast each morning was excellent.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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SalamanderShores, Manager at Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores, responded to this review, April 30, 2014
Many thanks for your recent review of our property and for your favourable comments regarding our location, breakfast buffet and abundant birdlife, which live in the surrounding bushland. We are certainly fortunate in terms of location and the views and relaxed atmosphere the property can offer guests.

We hope to see you back in Port Stephens soon.
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Reading, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2014

We found this hotel via the Tourist Information: the sea view sold it to us and rightly so. We were given an upgrade to a spa room - a good luxury, and the room was spacious with everything working, and important things really well cleaned and prepared. Food good and with staff genuinely prepared to work hard and to help. Good location, and watching the sun rise from the balcony was areal positive. Garden rather pleasant; tiny beach, but you are better to drive to other beaches.
Downside: decor tired, lots of minor maintenance needed with chipped paint and tiles; carpets could do with deep cleaning; perhaps most telling was that just about every ceiling light fitting had its complement of dead insects. Car park is the first experience for visitors and looks depressing; the architect must have concentrated on the design of the seaward-facing side of the hotel, as the car park or rear of the hotel is ugly - nothing that the management can do about that and the sea view is what matters.
Recommended despite the issues above.

Room Tip: Higher floors give better views above the tree screen. 4th floor, which we had, works fine.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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SalamanderShores, Manager at Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Thank you for your recent review on the property. We are located in an enviable waterfront location offering stunning views and a relaxing ambiance and we are delighted you enjoyed these aspects during your stay.

We hope to see you back again in Port Stephens soon.
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Kurrajong, Australia
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stayed on the 5th floor in a spa room which had a balcony overlooking a lovely jungle garden. We were woken in the mornings by bird songs and enjoyed watching a great variety of bird life. The room decor is outdated as is a lot of the resort, but the bed was very comfortable and everything was very clean. The shower was great as was the spa in our room. The reception staff were welcoming and efficient as were the wait staff. We ate in the restaurant each night and the food was delicious. We would recommend the steaks. Breakfast was also quite nice, especially being outdoors under the umbrellas where you can watch the wildlife(even the odd bush rat). You do need to be able to climb a few stairs from the lower level where the bar and restaurant are before you can access the lift to get up to your room. Overall a very relaxing pleasant place to stay but don't expect a modern resort and you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: Upper level rooms on the ocean side would have great view, garden view also nice as you get to see...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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SalamanderShores, Manager at Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Many thanks for your review following your recent stay - "Beautiful location & peaceful", describers the property perfectly! We are very proud of the feedback we receive on all our staff from reception to restaurant and will pass on your lovely comments.

We do hope you will stay with us again next time you visit Port Stephens.
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Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Pros : Friendly staff, Nice Food A1,great views,friday night band great, Be prepared to "drink" before heading back to the room.

Con's: tacky cheap 80's cane decor, dirty carpet, bed bugs, unappealing 80's bathroom, small Analog television Very bad "reception" soo frustrating!, No free WIFI, No privacy on Balconies.

Room Tip: If your fussy about your sleeping environment.. not a good place. If your not..the food was great.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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SalamanderShores, Manager at Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores, responded to this review, March 16, 2014
Thank you for reviewing the property following your recent stay. Glad you enjoyed the food and the views, we certainly are in an enviable location. We do hope to see you back again soon.
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Property: Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores
Address: 147 Soldiers Point Rd, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2317, Australia (Formerly All Seasons)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Port Stephens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores - affordable waterfront accommodation. Nestled in three acres of manicured gardens, the Hotel is a secluded hideaway 2.5 hours from Sydney. Close to attractions, the great value All Seasons Port Stephens Salamander Shores offers direct beach access and coastal fun for the whole family. Its 80 accommodation rooms boast garden or bay views and its many facilities make it ideal for a relaxing holiday or weekend getaway. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Comfort Inn Port Stephens
Port Stephens Comfort Inn
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