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Newcastle Links Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fern Bay
Bathurst, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“not worth it”
Reviewed 25 March 2013

We recently stayed two nights at this motel and in our opinion it was not worth the approx $120 we paid for a "deluxe" room. Office staff were friendly however that could not make up for a couple of issues. The sign out the front said "Pool" and "Foxtel". It was quite hot and we wanted to have a swim...no pool. My husband wanted to watch the football...no Foxtel. (New management had not renewed the subscription). The beds were very firm, I ended up using the bedspread and blanket under the sheet for padding...even then it was difficult to sleep due to a cricket in the ceiling making a high pitched noise (lucky I had earplugs). Room was also not serviced until mid afternoon. When returning to the motel after dark, about 8.30pm, the sign was not lit and we missed the driveway.On the plus side it was fairly quiet even though on a main road and convenient location for our purpose.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

the room was disgusting the place should be bombed there was a baby cockroach in the bathroom the shower was mouldy the room smelled musty i didn't even want to stay there after i walked in do yourself a favour and find somewhere else for $115 a night this place is a disgrace.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2012

find another hotel is all I can say.
yes price was average $85, BUT it's not worth it.
rooms were very small, dark & basic, bathroom you have to walk sideways.
heating did NOT work, I froze all night, bed NOT comfy.
I stayed 2 nights, NO room service was done & I wasn't told.
no shops nearby to eat.
there was only 1 other car at motel so that says it all!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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2 Thank aussiesenior2
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INVERELL
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2012

Yes the room we had was clean and suprisingly spacious, but that is all the positives I can say about this place.
Upon arrival, the gentleman at the front desk could barely say 2 words to me. He didn't even get my credit card details, car rego number or sign any paperwork when I checked in! When we got to the room, I was taken back, but not deterred by the out dated furnishings. The room had a very stale smell in it. If I had the time to see reception about it I definitely would have.
The shower had little to no water pressure and the toilet wasn't very clean and the air conditioing was so noisy-very loud!
The location didn't bother me as such, because it was only a few (about 7km) from a venue we needed to go, but if anyone decieds to stay at Links Motel, please do not rely on the taxi service. It was half an hour late on the way to the venue, and on the way home, one didn't even show. We ended up having to walk the 7kms back!! By the time we got back, we were looking forward to bed, only to find the mattress was rock hard with a broke headboard.
Check out time couldn't have come fast enough. At least the woman at the front desk in the morning seemed much more pleasant.
What I was hoping to be a good weekend getaway with my husband, turned out to be a nightmare in my books, and I'm sorry but Links Motel was a contributing factor. For the $125/night I paid, it was not worth it. I have stayed in much better places for the same price.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Maria M
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Maribor, Slovenia
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2012

The motel is situated at the main road so it's easy to find although you might pass it as they are no signs before the motel itself. The whole motel looks a bit shady and is in need of thorough refurbishment.

The room was very small and so was the bathroom. If you are a bit taller/bigger you’ll find it difficult to use the toilet. Although everything looked quite clean I didn’t feel too comfortable using the kitchenware and have experienced few problems trying to get the kettle to work. The refrigerator was very loud but at least it was working. I was glad I have stayed only one night but I guessfor that price I should not expected any better.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank KNellas
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Wollongong, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2011

I had made a booking and paid a deposit $110.00, unfortunately I needed to cancel the booking, I gave 72 Hrs notice on the 12Dec11 to the motel via E-mail. Numerous E-mails and phone calls, the motel refuses to acknowledge my request for a refund. Be very very, aware, when paying a deposit to this establishment, they will not return it to you. In my way of thinking that could be called, Fraud. Oh, the deposit was paid on the 25/11/11.

Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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5 Thank Chris W
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2011

Shabby but guess okey for money spent . Staff not so friendly.

  • Stayed June 2011
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1 Thank Yume66
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Property: Newcastle Links Motel
Address: 1024 Nelson Bay Rd, Fern Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2295, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Fern Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fern Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Newcastle Links Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the 'new' Newcastle Links Motel. We are under new Ownership and Management and working on renovations to bring the 'Links' up to its potential. The Motel consists of 26 guest rooms offering different levels of accommodation from Double to Family. An updated BBQ area in the gardens is for guest use throughout the day and evening. The recent renovations include a breakfast room and Bar facilities for drink purchases to be enjoyed at the bar, in your room or in the gardens. The motel is close to Newcastle Airport (10 minutes drive), Stockton Beach, Stockton Ferry to Newcastle centre and Newcastle Port(only a 5 minute drive, great for fishing and relaxing). The Motel has a garden setting overlooking the Newcastle Golf Course, ranked in the top 10 in Australia. Golf packages are available, please contact us with any queries. Regular business workers and holiday guests are offered a special discounted rate on their welcome back. There are a few hotels, clubs and restaurants a 5 minute drive away and the RSL club runs a free shuttle bus to the motel. Several of the local restaurants deliver to the Motel in the evenings. Buses leave every half hour outside the motel (6.00am TO 8.00pm Mon to Sat)for Stockton Beach and meet the Stockton Ferry for a leisurely cruise to Newcastle CBD. By car its a 4 minute drive to the beach or approximately 18 minutes drive to Major Shopping Centres and CBD. Nearby are the Quadbike King Adventures and Fighterworld. We look forward to seeing you. ... more   less 
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