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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first stay at Shenanigans however I have been there before for their Saturday night karaoke. Considering I paid less than $80/n I really can't fault it. The beds where comfortable, their air conditioner worked a treat and all the linen and towels where clean. The furniture is old fashioned but I honestly think that just adds to...

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Mike T, Owner at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

Thanks Julia. Glad you were happy with the STAY side of Shenanigans. We have looked into the laundry side of things, but basically have no where to put it that would be accessible to guests. Do appreciate your feedback. Thanks, Mike T

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 October 2016

I needed a stop overnight for a business visit, which would be central, comfortable and not overly expensive. Shenanigans fills the bill. It is centrally located, parking is available at the back and rooms comfortable. It describes itself as "pubstyle accommodation" and that is exactly what it is. But you have to like communal showers and toilets, and being able...

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Mike T, Owner at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

Thank youKen. Certainly appreciate your comments. Pubstyle is not everyones cup of tea, but we like to think that we do this style fairly well...most of the time. Thanks again, Mike T

Goulburn, Australia
Reviewed 30 July 2016

There is a photo in every inch of this fascinating décor. It is so nice to see that an old old pub can be refurbished, redecorated and still retain its "feel" of a place for everyone and everything. Polished and spotless everything meticulously ordered to collide into a charming décor. Ohhh the food? Varied small menu well planned and delicious...

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Mike T, Owner at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

Thank you Kayeleigh. We set out to make our pub as homely as we could...not wanting to be all glass and chrome like most other pubs and clubs. Your comments are gratefully received. Mike T

Rutherford, Australia
Reviewed 31 December 2015

My wife & I are reasonable regulars at Shenanigans, our first meal was there, we married & had our (small) wedding/reception there & many family meals are had there. Always excellent meals, friendly staff & great service! I would recommend this fine pub to anyone.

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Mike T, Owner at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

Thanks for sticking by us...especially with Maitland's CBD being a bit of a "construction war zone" in the last few years. Kind thanks, Mike T

Newcastle
Reviewed 20 December 2015

Wow, over the last year the food has really gone down hill. The quality of food is now no better than what I could do at home with ingredients from Woolies or Coles! The chips are little measly things, not the big old steak house ones they used to have. The garlic bread used to have confit garlic on the...

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Mike T, Manager at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

Sorry you didn't enjoy our meal. In our humble opinion the chips are great and are often commented on for their flavour rather than the tasteless, doughy, frozen ones we used to serve. And yes they are smaller, but we serve the the same weight quantity, so no loss there! The garlic bread for a very short time was served...

Narrabri, Australia
Reviewed 28 April 2015

Stayed here for five nights and had a great stay. The cereal and toast included breakfast was very handy as was the tea and coffee. This was all available in a separate kitchenette and dining area which was a nice little common area. The shared toilets and showers were clean and recently renovated. Generally it was pretty quiet but my...

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Mike T, Owner at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I think it was very fair and aptly described what we have...so thanks again! As for the noise...the pub down the road is a 3 am trader and occasionally things are a bit loud with people passing by. I lived upstairs at the pub for 15 years, and can honestly say that it is easier to...

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 26 April 2015

Shared bathrooms for all rooms were ok. Kind of felt like staying in grandmas house and she hadn't opened it up to let it air out for a while. Wouldn't stay here again but would eat here. With some updating this could be a great place to hang out as it is in town. Has uncontrollable air conditioning which is...

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Mike T, Owner at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

I am naturally disappointed that we won't be seeing you again, but at the same time content with the fact that you "got what you paid for." That is exactly what we aim to do, so thank you! Glad you liked our food too...good chefs at present and friendly pleasant staff to match. Thanks, Mike

Sydney
Reviewed 31 March 2015

Had dinner here tonight. After waiting 1hr 15mins for dinner I must say we were starting to consider walking out. I did ask how long our dinner would be and was told it was ready but continued to wait 30 more minutes. Another waitress apologised and gave us 4 vouchers for desert, I asked if they could redeem mine for...

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Mike T, Owner at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

I am so very sorry that we did not meet your expectations and have responded directly with another who was at your table. Thanks, Mike

Maitland, New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 23 February 2015

average food average service average flavour ,been here with friends, family and by myself.they have live music .lots of antique memorabilia on the walls. staff were ok but i didnt enjoy the food, i probably wouldnt go there again for a feed but maybe just a drink

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Mike T, Owner at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

I have attempted to respond to your review previously but it keeps coming back to me. I am naturally disappointed you found little to like about my pub...I must admit I don't have anything more to say, which I must say is rare for me!! If passing, please do pop in...I'm sure you just got us on an off day...

Portland, Australia
Reviewed 22 January 2015

We have eaten here a couple of nights. Monday was very quiet and Thursday much busier with some live music. Atmosphere is great but overall could do with a bit of liven up as staff give feeling they have been there for a while and comfortable in their ways. A smile and a bit of fun is needed. Food is...

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Mike T, Owner at Shenanigans at The Imperial, responded to this review

My apologies because I reckon I did respond to your comments a while ago but clearly the gremlins are at work. Glad you liked our pub generally. As for staff, we have some excellent people, who, on a busy night such as you described, work really hard to get the job done, and I guess, a "smile" is not always...

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Shenanigans at The Imperial is a family operated, Irish themed Pub with 14 non ensuite, non smoking rooms over 2 floors, a 7 day a week bar and bistro on the ground floor,and is located in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW, Australia. Special discounted rates for two or more nights are available, including a weekly rate of AUD350.00 for a single person and AUD470 for two people sharing. The pub has a great bistro serving local produce for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, including lunch and dinner specials from around AUD10. The rooms are extremely clean and comfortable, all with reverse cycle air conditioning and flat screen television, and the setting is quiet and comfortable. Management does not permit smoking, the consumption of alcohol or the use of illicit drugs on the two accommodation levels. A self serve light breakfast of tea/coffee, toast, cereal and orange juice is included in the tariff. A laundry service is offered at competitive rates. The first pub on the current site The Birmingham House, dates back to 1851. The City of Maitland is historically significant, being first settled in the very early 1800's and provides the perfect base for day trips to the arts and crafts village of Morpeth, the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, and the mountains of the Barringtons. Maitland is also just 30 minutes from the best beaches Australia's east coast has to offer and only 2 hours from the bright lights of Sydney. The Irish decor of Shenanigans is a perfect example of Dublin-designed Guinness theme pubs, and well worth the visit alone. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shenanigans at The Imperial

Address: 458 High St, Maitland, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Maitland
Price Range: $102 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shenanigans at The Imperial 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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“Ask the staff for what you like, I am sure they will assist.”
 of 5 bubbles Kayeleigh, 30 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Try and get a room away from the main road side.”
 of 5 bubbles Trudge0808, 27 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Needs a renobut for basic accommodation its ok”
 of 5 bubbles kayb574, 25 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Parking available at rear of hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles Dingoh, 9 Nov 2013 | Read review
“All rooms are a bit noisy, keep away from the kitchen lounge area rooms”
 of 5 bubbles Tenterfieldrover, 8 Jul 2013 | Read review
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