There is an even worse place to stay in Newcastle other than Adeena on King. That place is called Adeena on the Wharf (should be named Adeena on the Tracks). Both are owned and managed by Newcastle Executive Apartments (NEA for short), along with several others. Let me explain further!
Firstly, do not trust your booking even if you have it confirmed in writing.The owner,Tony, will ensure he uses you as his pawn in an ongoing legal dispute. My booking was made through check-in.com.au and I must stress I have no problem with this booking agency. The saga started when NEA contacted me to confirm my booking a few days before arriving. I stated I already had my confirmation and asked why they were ringing me. They explained they were just checking my details. Why? The first warning sign came when I was told that the address of my booking (No.4 Honeysuckle) did not exist and that I would be staying at a No.14 instead. Not being from Newcastle I asked to speak to a manager to resolve this isssue. Enter Amy.
Amy confirmed that indeed No.4 did exist but that they had changed my booking to No.14. After querying this decision for some time I asked Amy which apartment complex would she stay in if she were in my position. Based on her reply I agreed to No.14. Silly me.
On arrival I went through the process of getting into the apartment. Enter Tony. He appears after a phone call and directs me to the garage for parking and hands me the swipe cards for both the garage and the apartment. He then casually mentions he is in a legal dispute with another party within the complex, namely Chifley Apartments. Now at this point I must stress that I have no dispute with Chifley or its management. I was informed that because of this legal issue my wife and I are to enter and exit via the garage and are not allowed to use the front door or foyer. What a welcome!
I must admit that Tony was polite but never apologetic about this situation. Not his style as I found out later. After complaining to him about this arrangement he delivered a swipe card to our apartmant with strict instructions about the non use of the foyer.
To Tony's credit he did put in a call to his office to see if we could be moved to another location. It came to nothing.
Now for the apartment. My wife and I were given APT. 701. It is on the top floor and very modern. The view I was promised did exist - if you hang yourself off the balcony and crane your neck. Other than that we were greeted with the train tracks and a vacant lot. Thanks Amy!
Tony's reply to the view was that it did exist and if I wanted harbour views I should have booked the Crowne Plaza at triple the rate. Tony was correct on that point but the rate would have been closer to double his rate.
The apartment was in good condition but for a torn screen and a few marks on the walls and glass sliding partition. When later mentioning this to Tony,he stated over the phone that he "would throw a few punches my way".
Now for the best part! My wife and I had two sleepless nights due to the train activity and the nearby clock tower (on the hour every hour). As a consequence of this we had to take the Monday off work just to recover.
Conclusion. If you need to stay in this location book with Chifley Apartments. They have apartments away from the tracks and will look after you far better then Tony and Co.