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“Fine hotel, good location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hunter Valley Resort
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fine hotel, good location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

We stayed two nights at the Hunter Resort, mid-week and in winter, in their Hunter Room as part of a Groupon booking. The Hunter room is basic, a bit like a refurbished motel as another reviewer mentioned, but definitely fine. It has a very good bed, small fridge, wine glasses, and water cooker provided. Airco worked fine, it heated the room fast and very nicely, great since it gets pretty cold at night in winter. Shower was hot, but shower-head somewhat damaged and no adequate shower screen -- so after a shower there's water everywhere. No problem though, they clean it up nicely everyday.

Facilities around the resort are good, the Bluetongue cafe is open late. We had a nice tasting platter of BlueTongue beers, which we thought would be good to enjoy over a game of pool. While I'm not sure what the going-rate for a game of pool is, I'm not prepared to pay $3 a game in one of the facilities of the hotel. The horse riding you can book at reception was our highlight, for us as beginners it was a great trip on horse throughout the beautiful surroundings. With excellent guidance by a blond girl (forgot her name).

The cheese factory across the road, Binnorie Dairy, is definitely worth a visit. Great cheese for very reasonable prices.

To conclude, if you're keen to explore the Hunter Valley (especially the North side) this is a nice hotel to stay on a great location. Would visit again.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Dubbo, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2012

My wife and I spent 2 nights at the Resort - absolutely wonderful - relaxed, great food (and wine) at both the restaurant (dinner both nights) and the blue tongue cafe (lunch), all staff very helpful - wine theatre and tasting excellent - accommodation very clean and tidy - plus massages very relaxing - will definitely stay there again.
A very big thanks to all the staff at the Hunter Resort for helping us have such a very relaxed break away.

Room Tip: If you want to de-stress for a weekend - this is the place to stay (plus have the massage).
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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philiphele, Owner at Hunter Valley Resort, responded to this review, 6 August 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write about us. Looking forward to seeing you again!
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

I bought 2 groupon vouchers to stay with friends at the resort. It is more of a refurbished motel but was heaps of fun. The place has beautiful views, tennis court, library with fireplace, outdoor pool and cafes and restaurants nearby.
There were some issues with the groupon vouchers as it stated 2 hours horse riding but were told it was a misprint. Instead, I was offered $35 dinner credit but couldn't use it as already had dinner plans booked and arrived too late on the first night.
One complaint was the room gets very cold. I slept on the trundle bed by the large window and there a thin blank but no doona. My friends requested extra doonas but were given thin blankets instead.
Location is ok as it is near a cheese shop but a small drive from the busy part of town.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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47 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012

We stayed here for one night on a trip whilst visiting Sydney. It is a lovely location and our time here was very relaxing. The buildings and room are a little dated but I think in a strange way it sort of adds to the feeling of being out of the city. We'd had some wine in the afternoon so decided to eat in the onsite restaurant that night. Food was nice enough but it was very quiet and the atmosphere was a bit bizarre. Afterwards we hoped to try some of the beer in the bar, but we were informed it had shut. It was about 930, I think. However, we were able to buy some of the beer to drink in our room. So we were somewhat forced to go to bed very early but with a DVD and a couple of beers, so perhaps they did us a favour.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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philiphele, Owner at Hunter Valley Resort, responded to this review, 6 August 2012
Yes winter is a quieter time in the Hunter, however really happy to hear you enjoyed your stay...
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012

its a nice resort in a beautiful location and handy to the region. good cellar door with excellant wines and be sure to try the tour and wine tasting school. Wayne is fun and informitive.the restaurant has good food but if you are going mid week or quiet time be sure to book as they may close early. and you can buy your wine at the cellar and byo it to dinner and no corkage.
i wouldn't hesitate at staying here. all good.

Room Tip: if you can upgrade to a room with a king size bed..do it we had the best nights sleep and the rooms...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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philiphele, Owner at Hunter Valley Resort, responded to this review, 6 August 2012
Great tips for fellow Tripies... Thank you.
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Additional Information about Hunter Valley Resort

Property: Hunter Valley Resort
Address: corner Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Pokolbin
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Pokolbin
#4 Spa Hotel in Pokolbin
#6 Family Hotel in Pokolbin
#7 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,284 - ₹ 15,054
Hotel Class:4 star — Hunter Valley Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Everything you are looking for in the Hunter - all at the one resort...* Onsite daily vineyard tours at 9am* Hunter Wine Theatre daily at 11am and 2pm* Horse & carriage tour* Horse riding* Bluetongue Brewery Cafe * Hunter Valley Wine School * Fantastic food from our San Martino Restaurant * Board games, pool table, 3km walking/jogging track * Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre * Pool, tennis, heated spa, mountain bikes * Wonderful rooms featuring timber cathedral ceilings * Situated within our own 40 year old vineyards * Owned and operated by the Hele family * And within minutes of the resort... 3 championship golf courses including Cypress Lakes and The Vintage, The Hunter Valley Gardens, cafes, restaurants, hot air ballooning, cheese factories, a chocolate factory, antique stores, a whole shopping village, 3 pampering / massage businesses and over 140 wineries to visit! Or if you prefer, just sit back, relax and finish that book you have been promising to do... ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hunter Valley Hotel Pokolbin
Hunter Resort Pokolbin
Hunter Hotel Pokolbin
Hunter Valley Resort Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin, Australia

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