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LPStew
Sydney, Australia

Dated and tired gold mine

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 Oct 2022
Centrally located, with all the amenities on-site, easy drive to wineries, walking distance to the gardens, Hope Estate (for big concert events), Harrigans pub, shops and some cellar doors. This hotel is a potential gold mine and could be one of the most desirable places to stay in the valley! The bed was good, linen clean, and room was neat and tidy.... but for the money we paid we expected a room which was modern and fresh, not dated and run down. I was looking forward to using the sunken bath but I could not look past the heavy rust on the metal hand rails and the dirty sky windows covered in bird poo. Despite the excellent water pressure and fancy double headed shower, it felt like showering in a corner cupboard in the dark! Provided shampoo and soaps etc were nice however not refilled prior to our stay and the body wash remained empty even after the room was serviced during our stay, the room iron was damaged which almost snagged on our clothing during use and the ironing board had a big burn mark on it which easily could have been fixed with a replacement cover. There was only 2 small tetra paks of milk provided in a fairly sizable bar fridge. Some tea and coffee sachets were available however no other mini bar, drink or snack options were provided. The buffet breakfast was adequate and provided lots of options. For over $400 per night, I feel this place could be so much better. With its location and obvious popularity, I feel like some $$ could be invested to give guests a more pleasant hotel experience. I will probably stay somewhere else during our next trip to the valley.
Date of stay: October 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2022 via mobile

This resort desperately needs a reno. Very run down in the rooms - it felt like an over priced motor inn. No mini bar options, had to ask for coat hangers in the room and had to buy drinking water. For almost $300 per night mid week stay I would have expected complimentary water. We had a spa bath in the room which had broken jets and personally these features seem a bit outdated. The car park was literally out the front door which made fell like a cheap motor inn. We ordered a bowl of hot chips as the restaurant was closed which cost over $20. Pillows terrible, showers small and big fridge for a couple of tetra packs of milk and cookies. I would not stay here again as there are much better accomodation options available on the hunter region.

Date of stay: October 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2022

As many others have said; great location, nice grounds (esp with the spring blooms) and rooms (esp the bathroom) that need refurbishment and a deep clean. But basic room cleanliness was ok and so were the cleanliness of the sheets and bed comfort; so liveable for a few days. The public spaces like the lounge, bar/snooker room and pool area were quite pleasant. Like many hospitality services, they're short-staffed, so only half of Elements was open for dinner. Thank goodness for the TA reviews; we booked dinner at Elements a few nights before arrival and I suggest that if you want to eat dinner in-house that you do likewise. The food was solid. B'fast was ok and being a buffet the restaurant looked fully open.
Despite being short-staffed, the staff in the restaurant and at the bar were friendly and helpful. Maybe we got lucky on checking-in and out, but there was no queue and the sole person on the front desk was efficient and helpful.
Giving a 3 for the average rooms would do the staff a disservice, while giving a 4 for the staff would be flattering to the rooms, so 3.5 if I could.,

Date of stay: September 2022
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Julie Pettit, General Manager at Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2022

Thankyou for your feedback Iancc.
Delighted to see some great feedback but also some great points for us to work on.
The team is our greatest asset and we are indeed proud of them. Thank you for acknowledging them in your feedback.
Kind regards
Julie at Mercure

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Reviewed 7 September 2022

A lovely place to stay and a great location for visiting the Hunter Valley Gardens. The resort is well laid out, but the room we had was tired and needing lots of small maintenance jobs to keep it up to standard. The restaurant was good with the fixed price for either 2 or 3 courses. Breakfast had a good variety and quality of food. The downside was the restaurant was booked out with groups for our second evening dinner and our choice was room service, or room service menu served in the library.

Date of stay: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 September 2022 via mobile

Centrally located for vineyard touring; friendly and helpful staff; standard rooms are large, clean and very comfortable- high quality bed. and good size bathroom. The Gardens are beautiful- overall a vey enjoyable experience and would recommend to anyone

Date of stay: September 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 August 2022 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights in the leadup to a wedding at the same venue. Every time I tried to call the front desk or room service the line was engaged. Majority of staff members were sour and not pleased to be there.

Rooms are old and outdated. Walls are paper thin. Woken up multiple times by drunken revellers or toilets being flushed.

Only saving grace was the food at Elements which was great and the surrounding gardens. Stay elsewhere and come for a walk to the gardens only.

Room tip: Stay on weeknights as it's quieter. Weekends it's full of drunks annoyed that the Hunter shuts at 8pm
Date of stay: August 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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