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Review of The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

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The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Sydney, Australia
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273 reviews
103 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Can't Be Faulted”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

Have stayed at the Sebel twice, both times we were more than happy with the service, the rooms & restaurant . Received a double upgrade 1 time, staff more than happy to accomodate this if hotel not full. Only problem we had (& this is NOT the fault of the hotel) was with the swimming pool, as it is an inside pool & some parents don't care about inconveniencing other guests,when children are allowed to be excessively noisy (screaming & hitting water with large inflated swim rings/floats) the noise echos & is very unpleasant. We had to leave the pool area which was a shame because it was a very hot day.

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  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2011

Had a wonderful stay rooms are in keeping with hotel style
Food well priced and buitifully presented
The staff were very helpful and always smiling
All in all a lovely hotel

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Travelers0095
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2011

We just spent our first weekend away to the Hunter Valley and friends suggested that Kirkton Park was a nice place to stay. Firstly we both loved the Hunter Valley and Kirkton Park has some wonderfull views of the country side. We stay in a Heritage room which was $209, the room was normal size, neat and tidy but getting dated at the edges, the King bed was saggy and uncomfortable (the first night in ages I've woke up with a sore back). The room opens up to a balcony that wraps around the building and the view is excellent, there is one big problem. on the balconcy is a compressor unit that services many rooms air conditioners. Being a cold night the room next door had the A/C on all night and the outside unit made plenty of noise, I must had been woken up about 6 times. The restaurant is way over priced and so is the breakfast (which while OK is nothing special). The gardens are bueatifull and the pool and gym are good facilities. We had a nice stroll around the gardens to walk of the breakfast. Lastly the check-n , check-out staff either tried too hard or in the later case where just smug and unpleasant. I would stay again as the location is excellent, although I will check the room for a decent bed and make sure I'm away from the AC noise.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Riccardo040
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2011

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the sebel for a weekend wedding. Following some mixed reviews I was a little afraid of what I might find at this hotel in terms of room quality. But, having stayed in a heritage room, I can report that the room was very nice, it was clean, comfortable, had a good flat screen tv with plenty of free to air and a small selection of foxtel channels. The bed itself was one of the best I have slept in in any hotel. I have found many hotels tend to have soft or saggy beds, but this one was very firm and for once I woke up refreshed as opposed with a sore back. The hotel grounds are kept in very good condition and the open fire lounge was a pleasure to return to after the wedding reception wrapped up. We were very well looked after from start to finish at the wedding reception at the same venue.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Monterey_Traveller
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118 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2011

I stayed at the Sebel Kirkton Park for one night this week while travelling on business. I had stayed there and reviewed the hotel 2 years ago, however this review reflects the "now" of this hotel, which I did not view as favourably as my past visit. My room was in the "Manor House" and was well presented and comfortable. The room was equipped with a flat screen TV with a wide range of channels available. The room and hotel seemed very tired, but generally appeared in good condition.

Check in was quick and efficient, ample outdoor car parking was available, free of charge. I had dinner with business associates and the food and service was excellent in the restaurant.

Downsides :

- At about 11PM I was in my room and had completed my work, feeling like a drink I looked in the minibar, only to find it empty, except for a small carton of milk for tea/coffee making. Further investigation showed that the minibar was only stocked if you ordered from a list on the desk in the room, and a minimum order of $25 applied. This seemed most inconvenient, especially if you only wanted one beer or soft drink. If for only this reason, I would choose to use the nearby Crowne Plaza (who feature conventional mini bars) rather than return here.

- In the morning I was making a cup of tea, and went to get the small carton of milk from the mini bar, and found that it had already been opened and was 1/2 empty. This shows poor systems of work at the hotel, to allow used/opened goods to remain in the fridge between guests.

- Unfortunately this hotel has introduced credit card surcharges. I find it deplorable while hotels can enjoy more benefits of credit card use than most other industries (booking guarantees, pre-authorisations, charging for no-shows, charging for late charges, avoiding large cash transactions), the industry has been one of the most bullish industries in Australia to introduce credit card surcharges. It also makes it misleading when comparing prices between different hotels. I go out of my way to avoid providing repeat business to hotels who surcharge.

In summary, despite the nice restaurant and room presentation, I would not choose to stay here again - there are much nicer places available in the Hunter Valley.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank OzML
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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2011

We were married at the Sebel on the Easter long weekend and between friends and family managed to fill around half of the rooms in the whole resort.
Our suite was large with a great loungeroom, king size bed and roomy bathroom with a spa bath. Other rooms were smaller but all with flatscreen TVs and most with balconies overlooking the valley.

Location is right amongst everything, next to the Golden Grape and with many wineries, spas and golf courses only a short drive away. The grounds are perfect for amazing wedding photos and April Werz is a great photgrapher in the area and knows how to make the most of the Hunter.

Previous post have commented on the age of the Hotel and criticised the upkeep, however everything worked perfectly for us and was well maintained. I guess it depends on what you’re after… this hotel is clearly more heritage than it is modern – but that’s the character and what makes it warm and fitting with the Hunter Valley.

The breakfast was plentiful and the staff throughout the hotel generally couldn’t do enough to help you – they were all great.

The gym was small but sufficient if you just want to do a quick jog but if you’re an exercise nut it won’t be what you’re after. The pool was great albeit a little on the cooler side coming into winter.

As far as value goes, it seems the prices increase substantially close to the date of arrival so booking in advance can really help you snap up a bargain.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2011

Pros:
* fabulous view, close to town (Cessnock)
* reception service was fine, happy and attentive
* facilities

Cons:
* uncomfortable frumpy beds
* restaurant/bar service was painfully slow and disorganised - waited 45mins for two bowls of chips! one bowl which was under cooked.
* food generally was pretty average for the price paid
* $30/head for breakfast quite pricey given the quality
* worn and weary decor
* very expensive rooms for what you get! - avoid "Manor House" and try for the middle building, which has central views and they're a little less 'tired' and cleaner.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Property: The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
Address: 336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
#5 Romantic Hotel in Pokolbin
#7 Family Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley 4*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When you are looking for a close but elegant holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city, we invite you to consider The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley is less than 2 hours drive from Sydney's CBD in the glorious, panoramic Pokolbin countryside. Featuring an excellent array of meeting, conference and event facilities, this stylish hotel combines the elegance of a bygone era with all the comforts and luxuries of a contemporary lifestyle. This romantic Hunter Valley accommodation is perfect for a couple's weekend away to reconnect, unwind and spend time with the one you love.Set within 70 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and gently rolling grounds with magnificent views over tranquil vineyards and the wineries of the Hunter Valley, The Sebel Kirkton Park offers exceptional accommodation and a superb array of activities for leisure guests, as well as the conference and incentive delegate. Elegant function rooms and stunning scenery make this the ideal venue for stylish wedding receptions.Couples and families will enjoy the manicured gardens, tennis courts and the many facilities at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley. With 71 beautifully appointed rooms and suites it is the ideal choice for romantic weekends away or time out with the children. There are several Hunter Valley accommodation wedding and weekend getaway packages available as well.The hotel accommodation rooms and suites are spacious and well appointed, majority with ensuite bathrooms, some with individual spa baths, complimentary cookies and tea making facilities, cable television, minibar and all rooms have broadband connectivity. ... more   less 
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