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The Grand Hotel Newcastle
Ranked #10 of 28 Newcastle B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 July 2013

If you can..I heard a lot about this place so i decided to take my wife and a friend there for dinner.
Menu is standard Australian pub fare..nothing to get exited about, which was fine...boring old 10 dollar schnitzel etc
We where in pasta mood so a simple Bolognaise and Napoli where the choice...what arrived was the most disappointing meal i have seen for a long time...totally overcooked pasta and absolute tasteless sauces with a bit of Parmesan on top...Friend had a special which looked like a big massive Fishcake with some sauce drizzled and had that whiskas odor with a whiff of Salmon..all in all.. horrible..saw other plates coming out with soggy chips on neighbors table and they complained about the the tough steaks among them self
I also had a chance to glimpse into the Kitchen and to no surprise i saw some poor chefs working in a total old grotty shoe box Kitchen...filthy to the max with piles of unwashed dishes.
Note to Owner or manager..step up your game if you want to be seen as a professional and renovate that disgraceful heap of......Our waitress was nice and pleasant and tried to do a good job
Will not be back there soon or at all and spend my money rather somewhere else and so should you

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 March 2013 via mobile

Stayed 2 nights for business. Good value for money, nice old pub, good clean spacious rooms. Location not far from the CBD. Rooms up two flights of stairs, so beware if you have trouble with mobility. Would stay here again.

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2  Thank the_southbank
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Stayed in the Grand room and loved the feeling of space and light.High ceilings, Comfortable bed, bathroom was adequate, large TV panel with good reception and a balcony you could throw a party on.We ate in the restaurant downstairs and had very good service and the meals were above average.Beware though that the Grand room is above the bar and on a Saturday night the live act resonates through the room.Good news is that the bar closes at midnight and from then on it is peaceful.I imagine that any other night would be fine. All staff we encountered were enthusiastic and ready to please.Looking forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Beefster61
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

Rooms are passable but avoid the restaurant/bar - the young barmaids are rude and the waitress serving in the restaurant short changed me. The crowd at night seems all local and they seem fine with regulars but are not welcoming to strangers. I booked because of the price and central location but would definitely not book again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Stephen C
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

Great location if you want to be by the beach and restaraunts are only a short walking distance. Or if you want you can dine in the pub , very good pub food at good prices, and the staff are very friendly even offering to bring our meals to our room we passed on that but got desert brought up , the manager wad also very friendly. Rooms are small but the balconies make up for it, the bathrooms have been renovated and are nice. We had a double bed which for me was to short as my feet were nearly over the end I'm only just over 6 foot.Just know that its street side pay parking , having the police station next door makes it a safe stay. Overall great place to stay would stay again, looking forward to it.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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2  Thank Greed R
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

We were really happy with our recent overnight stay here in this lovely old pub. We booked the grand room which was very spacious, bordering on enormous. Loved the huge private verandah which for this room wrapped around the corner - about 30 square metres in area. The bed was very comfy but the bathroom is dated and the over bath/ shower set up is very slippery; a rubber mat wouldn't go astray. There was a mini fridge and microwave if you want to self cater. Really enjoyed the live music playing in the bar when we returned from dinner and when we turned in for the night there was no noise from the pub or from the downstairs night club. A big plus for us was the easy walk to and from the foreshore, no taxis so we saved time and money. My husband's favourite part was the Cooper's Celebration Ale on tap. Will definitely stay again, hopefully in summer so we can stroll to the beach.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2012 via mobile

I booked this hotel for five nights on Wotif without realising it was a pub so I got a bit of a surprise when we arrived. However, if we had to stay in a pub, this was a very nice pub. It has beautiful old fashion interiors and the owners have done a lot of work restoring this beautiful building. We were worried about the noise at night but it was fine in our room and the pub closes at 10 pm on most nights anyway so noise was not an issue. The location was great, within walking distance of the beach, the board walk and Darby Street restaurants. On the down side, there is only street parking available, the bed was a bit squeaky, the shower did not have great hot water (you could only have a warm shower) and the bathroom sink took a long time to drain. But if you are only looking for an overnight or two night stay, then the affordability, location, charming atmosphere, and service is a good reason to stay here. The restaurant is good value too.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank Madfishbob
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Address: Cnr Bolton & Church Streets, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Newcastle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #10 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Newcastle
Price Range: £66 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Grand Hotel Newcastle 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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