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“Disappointing - Noisy and not clean”

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The Clarendon Hotel
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Newcastle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 May 2012

Stayed here for work and was very disappointing. The pictures look great and I was not expecting a dark, smokey, dirty pub. The room had been renovated but not well and the bathroom was not as clean as it could be. The noise from downstairs was very loud.

Had dinner downstairs (if you can't beat them, join them!) and the food was well priced and OK.

They advertised parking but the place was completely packed so I parked across the road and moved the car in the morning to avoid a fine.

PROS: Central and affordable
CONS: Noisy and dirty
OVERALL: Good for stopover and affordable central accommodation, but not ideal for corporates. Pictures are misleading.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We only stayed one night - booked on-line from Port MacQuarie so was a bit worried when we turned up we nearly didn't go in the door. There was no-one in the dark reception but after a short wait but the young lass that came to check us in was clearly not happy to be at work that day,,, so a bit of an average start.
The room was decorated nicely and had a lovely comfy king size bed. We were facing Hunter street and opposite the railway line but had no difficuly sleeping at all. the only complaint about the room was a big stain in the middle of the room and that the shower door was broken (oh and the shower really could have been alot cleaner).
We ate in the pub downstairs which was great food and excellent service,,, also had good pizza delivered to our room through their friendly room service.
So overall i think it was good value for a night or too. Its in a good central location and compared to other prices around a couple of small things you just have to accept.
There's always the Crowne Plaza over the road for those who want a no stains or a spotless bathroom, but you'll pay for it.
Also very importantly, Newcastle is a really lovely little town - if you are just passing briefly have a good look around its a fascinating place with an abundance of history and amazing architecture... and dont miss a swim in the rock pools, Enjoy!

Room Tip: I would go for the rooms facing Hunter st if they all have double glazed windows, as at the moment t...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

We stayed at this hotel about 3 yrs ago and decided to stay there again. The hotel rooms have deteriorated dramatically in the past few years. They have a strong smell of cleaning products, yet the rooms are dirty with hair in the bathroom and stains on the carpet. The bathrooms are rusty, mouldy and water leaks through the shower to make the bathroom floor wet. The hotel is really only a pub! With average pub style accommodation. They claim to be luxurious, but this is not true. We would not recommend staying there!

  • Stayed: December 2011
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1  Thank GBMB1
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Terrible hotel. The owners should be ashamed of this establishment, as well as the way they market this dive of a joint on the internet. Very dissapointed....

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

I was horrified when I finally drove up, Hunter street looks terrible with many boarded up shops I was beginning to think I'd just drive on and find another place to stay, but having paid already I ventured in. The reception is an extention of the bar, with the same stale beer odours. The room was much better than the surroundings would suggest, with pleasant minimalist decor. The bathroom was a good size although could do with a good clean. I had a room facing Hunter Street and the railway but wasn't bothered once by it.

I only stayed one night whilst driving up the east coast and it suited my needs perfectly. I wouldn't choose to stay here for a longer trip.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Address: 347 Hunter St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Newcastle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Newcastle
#6 Luxury Hotel in Newcastle
Price Range: $122 - $235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Clarendon Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique to Newcastle, The Clarendon Hotel combines boutique hotel rooms upstairs with modern dining and art deco bar downstairs. For business or for pleasure, the relaxed atmosphere of The Clarendon is the perfect venue for all your accommodation and entertainment needs.Centred in the heart of the Newcastle CBD, the hotel is just a few minutes walk from fashionable Darby Street, the waterfront Honeysuckle development and the city’s iconic beaches. For visitors to Newcastle, the Clarendon provides a great home base for exploring the city and further beyond to all that the Hunter Region has to offer.For locals, the central location makes the The Clarendon the ideal meeting place for casual get-togethers and special occasions. Anyone catching a show at the historic Civic Theatre next door will find the Clarendon is the perfect place to grab a pre-show meal and intermission drink. Great value, great quality and friendly, professional service will make your experience at the The Clarendon a memorable one. ... more   less 
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