We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“a fun romantic retreat” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hunter Valley Resort

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Hunter Valley Resort
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“a fun romantic retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2011

We enjoyed 2 nights at this resort in the Hunter Valley including a meal in the adjoining restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.
Staff were friendly and helpful and we had a lovely short break in the area. The accommodation was perfect for this style of 'getaway' and we felt comfortable and cosy with access to little unexpected luxuries.

Room Tip: The spa room & verandah - very private
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank suzej09
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

680 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    246
    212
    113
    62
    47
See reviews for
111
379
7
37
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (142)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2011

Almost $300 dollars for motel style accomodation is a bit much. It would be worth it if it was half as much. But staff were friendly and courteous. Just that the place is seriously overpriced.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Stevie143
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
philiphele, Owner at Hunter Valley Resort, responded to this review, 28 April 2011
Thanks for your review - you stayed over the Easter period (Buy far our busiest weekend of the year), and this is why the rate was higher than normal. Our midweek last minute specials often start from just $130... Glad you loved our location especially with the Binnorie Cheese Factory opposite, and the Bluetongue Brewery Cafe, Wine Theatre, Cooking School, horseriding, San Martino Restaurant and Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre all on site. Travel safe for the rest of your holiday...
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sydney
Level Contributor
22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2011

Was in the Hunter Valley for the Neil Diamond concert. At the age of 70, he still has it... We had a wonderful weekend. Could not fault Hunter Resort. Staff very friendly, funny, and helpful. Room had been redecorated since we were last there. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank JandAonhols
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Denmark
Level Contributor
43 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2011

When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly and helpful Jan at reception. This was heartening since the sight of the "resort" was less heartening. Essentially, the Hunter Resort is a nice motel in a pretty area. Our spa cottage was clean but plainly furnished with dated furniture - it smelled musty and old when we arrived, but that smell quickly disappeared. If you are staying here - do not choose the spa cottage - it is not worth it - really, it is a cabin with a parking place next to it. that's it (yes, there is a spa bathtub, of course). The bed, however, was comfortable and the room was large. The pool area was plain and uninviting, like the pools you see in US motels. Also the complimentary wine tour (45 minutes and wine theatre (which included wine tasting) were good. Do the latter only though. The tour is of a non-working winery and seemd haphazardly put together. However, the film was very informative and the session on how to judge wine was excellent (we had a very good, funny, engaged teacher as our guide).
So, if you are looking for a romantic place to stay, stay elsewhere. If you are looking for a practical place in a good location, with friendly staff, okay to stay here. It wasn't awful, just not a place we would return to or recommend.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank IrisDenmark
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Poitiers
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2011

So disapointed !! Waited to enjoy a quiet resort in a peaceful location
Reality.......
Day trippers everywhere Canteen type building exactly like a motorway cafe where we were expected to eat with hordes of day trippers for breakfast and lunch
Coaches parked at the perimiter of the pool with a perfect view of bathers
Communal lounge dark and depressing
Staff were indifferent in their manner So unlike the other places we had stayed
The comment I made when leaving early to find alternative accomodation was that Whoever the resort employed as their P R advertising company they should keep for ever as they had done a perfect job of presenting the resort in a far from accurate picture
We were elated to escape the next morning

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 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
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Valeriemary
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
philiphele, Owner at Hunter Valley Resort, responded to this review, 29 March 2011
Sorry about the crowds. With the two concerts playing at two local wineries - Niel Diamond with 18,000 people, and Santana with 9,000 people, the Hunter Valley was extremely busy. People everywhere... Rest assurred, it's really not normally like this. Being off the main road, quiet and restful is what we are all about. Thanks for the positive feedback regarding our rooms!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
64 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2011

Stayed at the Hunter during a 5week tour of Oz.

All the room are in Log Cabin Style, and could do with redecorating, but to be honest, the location is really nice as are the facilities and for the price you can't go wrong.

$5 for Internet Access in Reception for an hour. Bargain!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Huskyrides
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
San Diego
Level Contributor
27 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2011

I am still puzzled why the Qantas representative suggested this property- specially since they were fully aware of they type of properties we were seeking. The hotel is basic and no frills; that was not what we were looking for! The rooms were simply furnished- small tv, bathroom, refrigerator, etc. The bed was very uncomfortable- the furniture was dated and the mattress was lumpy. The hotel had a pool and spa- be advised that you have to let the reception staff know you will use the spa so they can heat-up the water. This was disappointing for us because we were looking forward to spa time after our long drive from Sydney. The hotel didn't have a fitness room- this was not good! During our stay we caught some rain and we couldn't go running.
On a positive note, the staff was very helpful and courteous. They pointed out restaurants and not to miss wineries.
Our rate included an hour of horseback riding- where we saw wild kangaroos and the local sites; and breakfast- simple fruit, some scrambled eggs and coffee. It also included a free wine tasting and movie.
Would I stay at this property again? No- we are accustomed to a superior room and property. However, if you are looking for a simple hotel with basic accommodations, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank bajanative
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
philiphele, Owner at Hunter Valley Resort, responded to this review, 20 March 2011
Thanks for the feedback. And yes, you are right. In the US, a 'resort' is a 5 star large property often with golf and multiple facilities. However, in Australia, the word 'resort' is used for any property that has a tennis court and pool. So there are backpacker resorts, motel resorts, beach resorts, right up to 5 star golfing resorts etc. We try very hard to ensure we are promoted in the US as a 4 star country inn, or lodge. We will make contact with our US agents and reinforce this important difference in 'resort' terminology. Thanks again for your kind comments regarding our crew. Much appreciated!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Pokolbin
6.2 mi away
The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
3.8 mi away
Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
2.2 mi away
Spicers Vineyards Estate
Spicers Vineyards Estate
#1 of 15 in Pokolbin
5.0 of 5 bubbles 823 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
6.3 mi away
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
4.9 mi away
The Convent Hunter Valley
The Convent Hunter Valley
#11 of 15 in Pokolbin
4.0 of 5 bubbles 231 reviews
3.8 mi away
Chateau Elan Hunter Valley
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hunter Valley Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hunter Valley Resort

Property: Hunter Valley Resort
Address: corner Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Pokolbin
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Pokolbin
#4 Spa Hotel in Pokolbin
#6 Family Hotel in Pokolbin
#7 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hunter Valley Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Everything you are looking for in the Hunter - all at the one resort...* Onsite daily vineyard tours at 9am* Hunter Wine Theatre daily at 11am and 2pm* Horse & carriage tour* Horse riding* Bluetongue Brewery Cafe * Hunter Valley Wine School * Fantastic food from our San Martino Restaurant * Board games, pool table, 3km walking/jogging track * Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre * Pool, tennis, heated spa, mountain bikes * Wonderful rooms featuring timber cathedral ceilings * Situated within our own 40 year old vineyards * Owned and operated by the Hele family * And within minutes of the resort... 3 championship golf courses including Cypress Lakes and The Vintage, The Hunter Valley Gardens, cafes, restaurants, hot air ballooning, cheese factories, a chocolate factory, antique stores, a whole shopping village, 3 pampering / massage businesses and over 140 wineries to visit! Or if you prefer, just sit back, relax and finish that book you have been promising to do... ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Odigeo and Hotels.com so you can book your Hunter Valley Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hunter Valley Hotel Pokolbin
Hunter Resort Pokolbin
Hunter Hotel Pokolbin
Hunter Valley Resort Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin, Australia

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing