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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Meridian Resort

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Meridian Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Old Bar
Certificate of Excellence
St Marys, Australia
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4 reviews
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“It was great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

We stayed for 5 nights and had a ocean view apartment, It was very nice ,clean and every thing you needed.Loverly to just walk out the door and look at the ocean.
Paul and his wife are very nice people and are to happy to accommodate you with what ever you need. The pool warm and great for a swim ,and the shops are only 5minutes away..

We hope to go back next year
Rhonda & Ken

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

My husband and I stayed for 6 nights in an ocean view apartment and were very impressed by the standard of accommodation, the friendly managers and the value for money considering the proximity to the beachfront. This apartment ( no. 11 ) was clean, spacious and well stocked with all the bits and pieces that we needed for our stay. We were also provided with a garage which was great. Old Bar has everything you need - lovely cafés, restaurants, a supermarket, bottle shop etc. There is a fantastic Thai restaurant called Sai Thai which we highly recommend. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2014

We've been staying at this resort for the past 6 years. Two families share a ground floor 3 bedroom ocean view apartment. Over the years the apartment has been refurbished (new furniture and flooring).The facilities are great not to mention the friendliness of management. Paul and Jean are always very helpful and accomodating. The large grassed area is great for the kids to play ball games (cricket, soccer and basketball) and to fly kites. The swimming pool (partly shaded) and games room are a great place for the kids to hang out (not to mention the adults!). Easy access to the beach with a short stroll to the patrolled beach. Highly recommend a stay here. Very family friendly.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

I have stayed many times at the Meridian over the last 18 months for work. The resort is just fantastic

The property is immaculate and the hosts concentrate on the small things like trying to give you the same room each time, making sure the front door is open (so much easier when you have luggage) and storing small items for me.

I no longer have to stay for work but look forward to returning for a holiday

thank you again for your great hospitality

Rod

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Canberra
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

Hmmm ... in reading other reviews, I am continuing the "death in the family" emergency stay situation of a couple of others. However, we took a different approach. We rang late that afternoon and accepted a 1 bd room apartment for 1 night. it was at the back of the resort, ground floor and overlooked the street front. The apartment's here are obvi lock-offs so they can have studios/1 bedroom and 2 bedroom flexible spaces. although we appreciated the additional space of a lounge room / 6 person dining table and full kitchen. Laundry and bathroom are combined - with tub/washer/dryer in with the toilet/shower/vanity. No bathtub.
When it became clear we needed another night, I just asked to extend and were lucky for the room to still be available.
Now this place is fantastic if you have little kids and are here for a holiday- there are millions of kids with lots of safe space for them to run around. kids were riding their scooters and bikes around and around the driveways / they were in a spacious and shaded pool area / they were out the beachfront side on a large grassy area playing ball games / they were in a large games room. there were new friends and lots of fun.
If you get one of the beach front, ground floor units (lowest numbers) you can get access straight out onto the grassy area - we saw plenty of families sitting out there on picnic tables for meals.
the units are each privately owned so i suspect they are all furnished differently - but with the basics. Our bed was soft and left me stiff each morning - I just suspect it is a bit old. Otherwise everything was great. Everything was in good condition / all worked perfectly / very clean / new and modern and excellently maintained. Not plush but very comfortable for a holiday apartment. Lots of storage and cupboards and wardrobes.
The location is out of town - more than a stroll out of town - need a car to get anywhere - and it is about 1 km walk along the beach to get up to the patrolled area of the beach.
The complex does not have any food/catering available - no cafe or even supplies. Just a drinks machine. so you have to bring EVERYTHING with you. Fortunately Old Bar town centre has a supermarket and lots of small shops (butcher, F & V, DVD rental, newsagent, cafes, restaurants) to get what you need. we rented a beach towel for $2 from the main desk.
The internet is free for a small download over 3 days - through a supplier - but I could never get it to work properly. the signal was too weak and kept dropping out. I used my smartphone in the end and abandoned theirs.
Parking was in a bank of garages next to the apartments. These would be good for leaving the kids bikes and sports equipment. i think you can lock the garage if you want.
we had a great comfortable stay. Old Bar is a great place - very relaxed and only 20 mins to taree or Forster/tuncurry. These apartments are very comfortable and if you have kids under 12 - they will have a good time!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Chatswood, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic common room with dishwasher and fully stocked with plates, cutlery, 2 BBQ and two large tables

Ask for an ocean side ground floor unit if you have kids as large fenced grass area perfect for cricket or just a run around for the kids

Great kid friendly pool (as the beach is too dangerous for younger kids) with shade over part which is good for midday swims

And last of all fantastic owners - nothing was too much trouble and they even lent my wife their juicer on Xmas day - fantastic customer service and really gave the resort a special something - highly recommended resort for family groups

Stayed December 2013
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PaulOldBar, Manager at Meridian Resort, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
Thankyou very much for your kind words. I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay with us as that means we were successful in our endevours. We wish you a very Happy New Year & please pass that on to the other family that were also holidaying with you. :) :)
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Newcastle, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

Our family made a booking for four nights in order to stay close by our family in old bar whilst dealing with a very sad event for everyone. We stayed at the resort for two nights and due to personal circumstances we did not need to stay at the resort for the remaining two nights. On checking out we were given no option but to pay the four nights in total. While we understand we were half an hour late to checkout and understand perhaps to be charged for the third night we did not expect to be charged for the fourth night. On asking why this was the case we were told it was the policy of the resort which was stated in the terms saying 'no refund on early checkout' and the resort would not be able to let the room out for these remaining nights. The manager told us we should have made them aware of what our situation was which we acknowledge this now but we didn't really know what it was, taking day by day as the situation required. The managers simply told us it was policy and nothing they could do for us and it was now in the system. We expressed our disappointment with their lack of understanding and our intention that we would be needing rooms later the next week for at least 15 people. Only then did the managers very hesitantly reply that they would be prepared to give us a credit for the fourth night on our return if we booked at least two nights with the resort later in the week. We were very shocked and unhappy about the treatment and lack of understanding we received from the managers at the resort and want everyone to be aware of the policy which seems to be in place in relation to making a booking and the actual use of the rooms and the obvious no cancellation policy of the resort!!!! A cancellation fee, fair enough but to be charged for a room that you are not using for two nights simply because it is policy is beyond comprehension!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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PaulOldBar, Manager at Meridian Resort, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Dear Haley607. Without trying to be disrespectful to you, the situation you found yourself in is not uncommon. We have many people who stay here that do not know how long there stay will be. Like yourself, people come to stay with there loved ones in the knowledge that they will pass away but don't know just when. We have Barristers, Judges, Police Officers & others who come to stay because they are here for a court case & don't know what day it will finish. We have tradesman from out of town who come here to work not knowing when the job will be completed. All of these people tell us up front of there circumstances & don't want to be caught without accommodation. When we are told of circumstances upon making a booking, or even just on arrival, we without exception understand & work with it. Unfortunately you never told us anything. The first we new of it was when you came to the office to hand the key in. I'm very sorry but we can't run a business that way. If you unfortunately ever find yourself in a similer situation, no matter where you are can i suggest to you to just communicate with your accommodation provider & i am sure they will help you the best they can. Comminication is the key word.
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Property: Meridian Resort
Address: 32 Lewis St | Old Bar Beach, Old Bar, New South Wales 2430, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Old Bar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Old Bar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Meridian Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 34
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