Tonic Hotel

Tonic Hotel

251 Talga Rd Lovedale, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320 Australia
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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tonic is - a place of uninterrupted relaxation and style, a place where you want to be a guest. A stunning spot - the Lovedale area of the Hunter Valley just 2 hours from Sydney. Simple modern surroundings - Australian design, steel and glass against native grasses. Non invasive service - discrete and informal, no formal check in and check out. Every luxury - crisp white linen, the best towels, groovy furniture and the latest in gadgets. tonic is opulent minimalism. we invite you to come and share
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Meeting rooms
Massage
Street parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Adults only
BBQ facilities
Executive lounge access
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Private balcony
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Safe
Iron
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Minibar
Refrigerator
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Melnii D wrote a review Mar 2024
Sydney, Australia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tonic was a great getaway, dog friendly, was very peaceful & tranquil.
Service ⭐️ not negative as there was no service so more N/A (not applicable) was sent code for room, and that was it our getaway started.
Beautiful location, can walk around the property, pool is dated but was good especially with the heat! Was a relaxing getaway from the city life.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you are very social and want to mingle this is not the place to be. More for Romantic, quiet,...
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William C wrote a review Jun 2020
St Peters, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After months of being inside I booked a weekend at Tonic with my husband for his birthday.
The view from the room was beautiful and peaceful, we loved watching the sun set in the afternoons we were there.
The room was large and comfortable, the bathroom was generous, and the breakfast items in the fridge were a nice touch.
I would recommend this place to someone looking for a romantic and relaxing getaway.
Although the place was fully booked, we almost felt like we were the only ones there.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Murray W wrote a review Apr 2021
Greater Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We love this place. Easy going, relaxing and plenty of creature comforts. Great, peaceful location close to most things. This was our second visit and we will be keen to book our third. The rooms were clean and well appointed. The hosts were great.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Merees C wrote a review Nov 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Given our stay as birthday gift, nothing like description. Concrete floors, plastic chairs, small metal table one mod chair. Had to sit together on bed or use the plastic chairs. Saw no-one room tired, no comfort or luxury as a 5 star property should have. Not a hotel but a small cabin in a group in a paddock
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SydneySider1983 wrote a review Oct 2023
Sydney, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Tonic years ago and had a great experience then, so decided to go back. Although the setting is beautiful and serene, sadly breakfast (which was amazing back then) is no longer included. It was a nice relaxing stay and we visited some beautiful restaurants and cellar doors, but please do bring that breakky back!
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Date of stay: October 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: - It seems breakfast is no longer included - It's dog friendly - There is a pool and BBQ
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Axel F wrote a review Nov 2015
Karlsruhe, Germany
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking for a romantic stay in Hunter Valley. From reading some of the reviews on Tripadvisor we thought Tonic Hotel (a so called design hotel) is a good idea but it wasn't. Here is our story of a two night stay during a week in September 2015.
If you're not aware it is an unstaffed set of cabins. Each cabin has three rooms. We were lucky due to the fact that no neighbors were present. We liked the view except there is a high voltage power line crossing right in front of the view. Not that romantic right? First day breakfast (out of the fridge - remember it is unstaffed) was a fruity breakfast we liked. 2nd day breakfast arrived on the afternoon of the first day with the cleaning lady which put it in the fridge. Croissants out of the fridge baked the day before - what's the idea behind that?
What we've found in the room as interior fits the words "design hotel" pretty much. We liked it. But when it comes to cleanliness we were absolutely not impressed:
- the interior of the water boiler looked like somebody put tea bags in there together with water (I tried to wipe it but with limited success)
- several long white/blond hairs on both bathrobes (half a dozen)
- the table used e.g. for breakfast was not cleaned before we arrived
- beard stubble in the bathroom next to the sink
To me it looked like every surface above the floor except the bathroom hasn't seen a cleaning tissue for a while.

I wrote a mail to the owners stating the lack of cleanliness. I got a call from Ian the next day which apologized for the lack of cleanliness and offered a discount and a free upgrade for the next stay as apology. I accepted and we verified that he has the correct credit card details so he is not wiring money to an online travel agent instead of me. After that I sent him another mail (as requested during our call) with the pictures with the things mentioned above in.
A few days later we left Australia and flew home to Germany. On 3rd of October I checked my credit card balance and didn't see anything from Tonic Hotel. I wrote a mail to Ian and neither got a reply nor the money as promised.
On 14th of October I send a reminder email that the money has not yet arrived as promised end of September during our phone call. I made clear that he had the opportunity to circumvent me writing this. No response.

Until today no money arrived or any answer on my emails. From this experience I cannot recommend Tonic Hotel unless you like it "dirty". It is not good money for value and the service is definitely not what we have expected in this class of hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tatler wrote a review Jan 2007
London
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Seeing as there aren't any reviews for Tonic yet I know my review is going to be fairly long - there are just so many good things to say. Hopefully more people will leave some too as it deserves it!!

I stayed at Tonic for two nights with my boyfriend just after New Year this year. After five nights in Sydney it was just what we needed - peace and quiet while still incredibly stylish and luxurious.

It was about 2 hours drive out of Sydney and very easy to get to with Sat Nav. Once you're there it's in a great location to visit the local wineries.

The 8 rooms are built into blocks of about two or three (with one 'apartment') and all face the same direction to make the most of the sunlight. This also means they are all very private. All the rooms have one way glass so even if one of your neigbours walks nearby they can't see in.

They have an amazing concept there which is beautifully modern but comfortable rooms, full of things that you would love to take home. When we walked in we were just jumping from one bit to another say "look at this" before realising that you could buy pretty much anything you wanted in the room if you liked - from the gorgeous furry slippers to the cushions or even the bed. It's not in your face though, just a really cool added extra. Fluffy towels, quality bathroom products, the lovely nic nacks and the welcome message on the giant chalkboard really topped it off.

One of the best bits for us though was the simplicity. There is a mini kitchen in the corridor with a fully stocked fridge. The ingredients for a breakfast of smoked salmon and eggs or chorizo sausage and tomato with bread are delivered to your fridge the evening before when they see you're out. Just what you need on a long holiday of restaurants and too many buffet breakfasts!

There is a small but perfectly formed pool next to a lovely communal 'house' with everything you'd need for a night in - videos, games, snacks, music, exercise balls - I could go on. The pool is not used that frequently because everone is off exploring the Valley so if you want a dip you're likly to have it to yourself!

The owners used to travel a lot and visited lots of hotels so it's the type of place where they really understand your needs. There's no 'check in' or 'check out' process, you just type in a pin code enter your room (although they are more than just rooms really with great bath & wetrooms) and then the owners just pop by and see you later. It's a refreshing change from the palava you get at most places! They also booked us in for dinner at two restaurants while we were there which was very helpful as places get very booked up quickly!

Overall Tonic is a fantastic, unique place to stay and I would completely recommend it!
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Date of stay: January 2007
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Ryleeh wrote a review Feb 2007
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
WOW! How do you put something into words that leaves you in awe and speechless? Let me try....

We had seen it on the internet and thought it looked very impressive. Booking directly with the property was easy and a few days before we arrived we received our code for our room. (There is no formal check-in or check-out).

Upon opening the door we were greeted by a chill out music cd already playing and a sweet smelling aroma.
When we stepped right in....I didn't know what to look at first!. The room was so modern and funky with all sorts of cool gadgets (you can buy almost everything in the room!). A blackboard with a welcoming message was a nice touch. A funky bean bag, a groovy teddy bear, fresh flowers and candles were things I've never seen in other hotels before.

A visit from one of the owners, Nici, was warm and welcoming. She popped in to say hello and dropped off our breakfast for the next morning - juices, breads/croissants/6 eggs, mushrooms, muesli, fresh fruit with a rice custard. And the next night she topped up the eggs, brought more bread/crossants, fruit with a cinnimon shredded coconut sauce, and salmon and more juices! Delicious!

The bathroom is gorgeously modern with a heated floor (must be in winter as I didn't notice it). Great aesop brand bathroom products. Lots of bath products to have a lovely relaxing soak :)

The $395 we paid per night was absolutely worth it. I have never experienced the tranquility and peacefulness I found whilst sitting on our deck eating cheese and crackers with a cold beer watching a storm off in the far distance.

The fresh country air, the lovely hosts, the funky zen-like living space of the room has been enough to make the decision that I HAVE to return again, hopefully soon!

I cannot recommend this place enough!!!!!
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Date of stay: February 2007
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MrsWaterhouse wrote a review Oct 2018
Sydney
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I really wish the owners of Tonic could take it back to what it was when it opened. Alas, it seems they just don’t have the same degree of care and attention to detail that Nikki (the original owner) had. We’ve been to Tonic many times over a number of years and the latest is the last. The original styling was cool, comfortable and chic but that was more than 12 years ago and the rooms have the same fixtures and fittings which are starting to look very worn. The bathrooms are still ok but the paint in the bedroom is chipped and dirty in many spots. It needs some love! Breakfast used to be amazing with beautifully handwritten descriptions and now it’s merely ok (not terrible, but it would be great to have decent bread rather than supermarket croissants and sliced). A better mini bar (a bottle of red, a bottle of white) would be good too but that’s a minor thing.

What’s odder is that in 2018, there is a hotel offering CDs and DVDs as entertainment options, and a music system where you could plug in your original iPod (if it were 2006). We didn’t find the DVD player, but a lack of movies and recent music was no real hardship.

Please Tonic owners, lift your game, get the stylists in and freshen everything up: you could have an awesome property and charge more, rather than having something that is looking very tired and dated.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Curiousrightnow wrote a review Nov 2008
Sydney, Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I am really dumbfounded by all the reviews on this site. Not one negative comment from what I can see. Thought people might be interested in our feedback. We book, based on Trip Advisor feedback all the time, both here and overseas and the feedback online is normally an accurate summation. We have to disagree with the comments here. This is NOT a luxury hotel. This accommodation consists of a number of units/cabins (in I think groups of four). These units, I imagine, were built very quickly with little regard for quality (for example, the walls are quite thin and you can easily hear your neighbours). The quality of the bathroom fixtures & fittings, very poor in our opinion, especially with the price charged for accommodation (we paid $720 for two nights). Also, when the shower is used the water ends up all over the bathroom floor & this takes some time to dry up.

We stayed in August, which for anyone familiar with the Hunter Valley is extremely cold. On arrival we found our unit had a disabled parking sign outside. Not being advised in advance we didn’t realise our unit was a disabled unit so we weren’t sure if we should park in the disabled spot outside our unit, although there was no other parking spot with the unit. The unit was absolutely freezing when we went in and having a concrete floor didn’t help. We had to fiddle around with the air con unit to get it started and wait a good hour for the room to heat up (I note another reviewer mentions being greeted by a warmly lit room……… we definitely didn’t score this treat).

As there is no door between the bathroom and bedroom, sunlight streams into the bedroom at daybreak via the bathroom. For people for whom daylight wakes, this is a major pain. Being woken at 06:30 on a “luxury” relaxing weekend away is not ideal.

Breakfast - while the food left (you have to cook it yourself in the Microwave) for breakfast was good, the table in the room is too small to eat comfortably, not to mention the height of the Microwave – not ideal for tall people, let alone disabled people.

Overall, this place did not meet our expectations or the standards portrayed by the “hotel” website or the reviews online (this is the first time I’ve been driven to upload a review!).

PS Bring your own shower cap, unless you want to pay about $10 for one!
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Date of stay: August 2008
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Melnii D wrote a tip Mar 2024
Sydney, Australia171 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are very social and want to mingle this is not the place to be. More for Romantic, quiet, couples getaway."
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SydneySider1983 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Sydney, Australia898 contributions122 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"- It seems breakfast is no longer included - It's dog friendly - There is a pool and BBQ "
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Sydney MissL wrote a tip Feb 2021
Greater Sydney, Australia12 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"The middle cabins 3 and 6, have no side windows (dark) and have guests on both sides (noise). Last-minute online discounts 25% off, too."
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Jeordie84 wrote a tip Jul 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom213 contributions138 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms overlook a couple of lakes and rolling hills - cant go wrong!"
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Julie-Anne D wrote a tip Mar 2018
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Over looking the dam"
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PRICE RANGE
₹12,703 - ₹16,881 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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tonic hotel pokolbin
LOCATION
AustraliaNew South WalesGreater NewcastleCessnockPokolbin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tonic Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Tonic Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Sutton Estate - Hunter Valley (6.1 km), Hunter Valley Wildlife Park (7.4 km), and Constable Estate Vineyards (7.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tonic Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Tonic Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Tonic Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Tonic Hotel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tonic Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Muse Restaurant, Circa 1876 Restaurant, and Sabor Dessert Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tonic Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Tonic Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Tonic Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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