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Hotel Nelson

3 Government Rd, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315 Australia
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#1 of 7 motels in Nelson Bay
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Hotel Nelson is a medium sized hotel located right in the centre of all the action that make Port Stephens great. Walk to the marina, beach, shops, cafes and cinema! Plus we have a heated pool, super cool cafe with P&R coffee, plus a steam room, gym, bocce court, BBQ's and bikes! We are a full service hotel, with rooms serviced daily, breakfast available 7 days, lunch Tuesday to Sunday and friendly hotel staff who will happily help you plan your day out in the magnificent Port Stephens!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Fishing
Taxi service
Electric vehicle charging station
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Snack bar
Meeting rooms
Steam room
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Harbour View
Languages Spoken
English
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Jenafarious wrote a review Feb 2024
Murwillumbah, Australia240 contributions89 helpful votes
First time visitors to the area. Room was very inviting, clean and airy with plenty of space. The king bed was super comfy with a selection of pillows. Very large bench in the lounge assisted with keeping all of our small items in one place. Storage was good and the kitchettete had everything we needed including fridge/microwave. A/C worked very well and the small balcony was usable with a glimpses of the bay and the surrounding streets. Very walkable to CBD and harbour areas with many food options and a bottle shop next door plus woollies supermarket just a block away for any items you've forgotten or require. NB: Breakfast was byo as we were advised cafe below wasn't available first night. There were other options but if you like to eat first thing probably better to self cater as we did quite easily in our room. Cost saver too! Large attractive swimming pool available but we didn't use this trip. A lift is available but has a weight limit of 2 adults plus 1 case which I found annoying and meant a juggle plus an extra trip. If you take the stairs again an extra trip or juggle of items to top floor. Rooms were marked with animals which was helpful in a way. Decor very modern Hampton style blended with timber but have feeling of beach chic & all furniture quite comfortable & well placed. Lots of carparking onsite but not for RV or trailers. Large items could perhaps be parked in harbour but metered parking. Good for a short - med stay. Very friendly, great coffee in popular cafe downstairs and lots of food options a very walkable distance to CBD and harbourside. Recommended. #jenafarious National Parks, boating, fishing available close by.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your detailed feedback! We're thrilled you found our room spacious, comfortable, and well-equipped. We apologize for any inconvenience regarding breakfast availability but are glad you were able to self-cater easily. Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we hope to welcome you back soon!
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John H wrote a review Jan 2024
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What a perfect spot for a couple of nights, or longer, to stay in Nelson Bay. Absolutely perfectly located in the town with some rooms having views over the bay. Situated very close to popular restaurant in both the town and marina. A pub right next door and an excellent cafe for breakfast or lunch, Little Nel’s, attached to the hotel itself. The rooms are modern and well equipped, at least ours was, and swimming pool onsite. We’ll definitely stay there again. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Petra A wrote a review Dec 2023
Sydney, Australia158 contributions20 helpful votes
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Really nice hotel. I stay 2 nights for a marathon. The hotel is essentially across the road from D'Arbora Marina and a 2 min walk to the main shops. Woolies is just 2 min walk away and there is a shortcut you can take. The staff were excellent. The room was clean, modern and has air con. The pool area is great and the place is all well maintained. Little Nel (the cafe) had excellent coffee. I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Thank you for your wonderful review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us during the marathon. It's fantastic to hear that our convenient location, excellent staff, clean and modern rooms, great pool area, and delicious coffee at Little Nel all contributed to a positive experience. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit!
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Gerald S wrote a review Dec 2023
Venice, Italy64 contributions75 helpful votes
Fantastic hotel with all the amenities a couple or family could want. Our room was a one bedroom with sitting room and kitchenette. All very comfortable with and upto date. The staff where very polite and accommodating. Outside there is a pool with sunning area and a BBQ for guests to use. It is located very close (within) the beautiful town of Nelson Bay and close to bars and restaurants. We went for breakfast at Little Nel which is part of the hotel and it was fantastic. Overall a great experience and a place we would definitely stop at again.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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allan s wrote a review Nov 2023
Kalgoorlie,Western Austarlia252 contributions152 helpful votes
Stayed here several times, last time July 2022, came back again so happy with the hotel/motel. A big plus for me is fresh real milk (if one asks for it ) every day. Quite upmarket, clean, tidy, great location.View from room/ balcony is great too. Only downer was some Fox channels not working, minor niggle only. Will doubtless be back
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Emma B wrote a review Oct 2023
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Spacious rooms with everything you need, comfortable beds, very clean and tidy. Freindly and helpful staff. Heated pool, gym and free on-site parking in a fantastic location, within walking distance to cafes, restaurants and the harbour. Highly recommend, this is our 3rd stay and we will be back.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 11 Dec 2023
Dear K9836UGemmb Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experience with us! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that our spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and cleanliness met your expectations. Our team takes pride in providing friendly and helpful service, and it's rewarding to know that we've made a positive impression on you. We're thrilled that you found our facilities, including the heated pool and gym, to be to your liking. It's wonderful to know that our location was convenient for you, with easy access to cafes, restaurants, and the harbour. We appreciate your loyalty as a returning guest, and we look forward to welcoming you back for your fourth stay! If there's anything specific you loved about your stay or if you have any suggestions for improvement, please feel free to share. We always value feedback as it helps us enhance the experience for our guests. Once again, thank you for recommending us, and we can't wait to have the pleasure of hosting you again in the future! Kind Regards, Management
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Alex T wrote a review Sept 2023
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
The Nelson Hotel has the best location the best staff even the cleaners are happy and helpful.We love coming here The cafe is great too Reception is wonderful Newly renovated rooms are very functional and comfortable
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Dear Departure677014 It sounds like you've had a fantastic experience at The Nelson Hotel! Positive feedback like yours is always great to hear. It seems that the hotel has succeeded in creating a welcoming and enjoyable environment for its guests. The combination of a prime location, friendly staff, a great cafe, and newly renovated functional rooms all contribute to a positive overall stay. Kind Regards Management
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Annette H wrote a review Sept 2023
Bath, United Kingdom318 contributions141 helpful votes
Absolutely gorgeous room, very well equipped, comfortable bed and pillows, sparklingly clean room and bathroom it’s good shower and loads of hot water. Staff lovely, easy parking and in a good location for the marina, be@ch and town restaurants. Would definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hannah E wrote a review Sept 2023
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We had a lovely stay at Hotel Nelson this weekend. Everything was perfect from the location to the homely decor of the bedrooms. We booked the Whale Watching packaging directly with the hotel and the staff were very helpful in getting this all organized. The staff were welcoming and friendly throughout our stay. The heated pool was great, especially for the winter months and I would definitely recommend eating at the Little Nel. We ate here twice during our 2 night stay and were very impressed. Overall a gorgeous weekend and we will definitely be returning.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Aussie Uber G wrote a review Aug 2023
Port Macquarie, Australia12 contributions2 helpful votes
Good location in Nelson's Bay, was fine for a quick 2 night stay, rooms cleaned really well, comfy bed ams pillows. Easy parking right near room. I could walk everywhere and staff were nice. Not much else to say, id recommend if you need the above.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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PRICE RANGE
AU$185 - AU$253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Nelson Lodge Motel
LOCATION
AustraliaNew South WalesGreater NewcastlePort StephensNelson Bay
NUMBER OF ROOMS
39
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Nelson
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Nelson?
Nearby attractions include D'Albora Marinas (0.3 km), Artisan Collective Port Stephens (0.2 km), and Nelson Bay Cinema (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Nelson?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Nelson?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Nelson?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Nelson?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Nelson?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Little Nel Cafe, Sandpipers Restaurant, and Nice Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Nelson?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Hotel Nelson located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Nelson Bay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Nelson?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Nelson?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Johnny's Well (6.6 km).
Does Hotel Nelson have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.