I've stayed at this hotel many times, with my most recent stay of 6 weeks being the longest. During all my stays, I'm not sure I've ever encountered a rude/unpleasant member of staff. They go out of their way to help you...unfortunately they can't do much about the hotel itself. The main thing this hotel has going for it, is the wow factor of being right on the water. I do love the views from the rooms that are on the water side, and sitting in the lounge area by the restaurant. The rooms themselves, whilst large and very clean, are beyond drab. White, grey, tan without an ounce of character or personal touch. A friend entered the room for the first time and summed it up "I've never stayed at a Crowne before but I thought they were supposed to be nice?" It has the basics you need but the details are lacking. I'm 5'10" and the shower head comes to my chin, forcing me to duck when washing my hair. There is free WiFi if you are an IHG member, but the quality is terrible. There are two flat screen TVs, but they are so old with poor quality, signal resolution and remotes that it's not worth watching. The channel selection is poor, definitely not a hotel catering to intl business. There is a couch which is uncomfortable. There is no reasonable parking: valet and park yourself are the same price and its a far walk. Not much they can do due to the location but it is very expensive. The rooms are certainly fine if you are only staying a few days..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy stunning harbour-front views, elegant bars and restaurants and easy access to Hunter Valley golf courses and premier wineries when you book your stay at Crowne Plaza Newcastle. Relax and rejuvenate in total comfort when you chose from one of our varied selection of 175 suites, each with separate living room and a spacious working area. Indulge in a delicious meal at Crowne Plaza Newcastle's signature restaurant, Seasalt, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and enjoy fresh-caught seafood and dishes expertly prepared from fresh local produce. Sample some little known gems from the Seasalt wine menu or try an award-winning Hunter Valley tipple. Why not meet friends or network with colleagues over a pre-dinner drink in our hotel bar and watch the sunset over the harbour?Guests seeking to remain active while they travel can enjoy full complimentary use of our on-site fitness centre, featuring an array of gymnasium amenities and a 25-meter private pool.Events and wedding celebrations are also a speciality of Crowne Plaza Newcastle, with nine versatile function spaces available for guests to choose from. Most meeting and function rooms boast an abundance of natural sunlight and picturesque views over the harbour's rippling waters.Crowne Plaza Newcastle is conveniently located just a 25-minute taxi ride from Newcastle Airport in Williamtown, or 2 hours' drive from Sydney Airport. We're 100 metres from Civic Train Station, and a tourist tram serving local attractions stops outside the hotel. The Hunter Valley is 45 minutes by car, while Newcastle's beaches are just 800 metres away. The harbour-side location also means that local industry, especially coal, is close by.Enjoy complete comfort and exemplary service when you book your stay at Crowne Plaza Newcastle and experience all the history and wonder of this beautiful coastal location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Newcastle Hotel Newcastle
- Newcastle Crowne Plaza