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Port Stephens Marina Resort
Ranked #12 of 16 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Reviewed 22 January 2014

Free from aIr and water pollution per my visual observation. A beautiful place for business and recreation, for sure, it's one of the best local and foreign tourists destination. There are hotels to choose from nearby the d'Albora Marinas and restaurants within the shoreline. Also, there's a playground for the kids, a picnic area and parking lot surrounded by several shade trees. Personally, I enjoyed strolling around looking at the pelicans, the seagulls, the speedboats, yachts, ships, the beautiful scenery of the land and sea. Just in time while there, we're able to see the acrobatic sailboat and the great couple's earlier show. We did not check-in hotel because my host family's residence distance is less than an hour drive only.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

I had 2 nights here,sharing with an elder relative so asked for a ground floor room. The "resort" has been around for quite a while and badly needs an upgrade but the rooms are a great size, including the bathroom. It was good opening out to the garden even though we didn't have a water view and the staff were excellent. It's very close to town which is a plus. There's a restaurant there although we didn't go there.

Nelson Bay is a wonderful area with beautiful beaches (bay and beach) so I suggest you take the time to look around the area, especially Boat Harbour and Bilugi beach. The best coffee is at Aquablu at the marina.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
2  Thank Sharon M
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Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed here a few weeks ago. Staff were great and stayed back as we were running extremely late! Downsides are the building needs some work, lots of noise from down stairs ( we stayed in the third floor), air con is loud, nothing like the pictures! Still for $208 a night in peak period it was decent enough!!

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Thank Biancasienna
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Very disappointed the building looked very dodgy driving into the grounds if we hadn't prepaid we would've kept driving. Long black hair in the shower was a complete gag experience! Beds were comfortable though, aircon noisy. I was surprised how worn out the place is as I'm normally research everything before final selection but was fooled by the photos.

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1  Thank Hapee0407
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

We had stay 2 nights after Boxing Day. Since we decide the stay at Nelson Bay around end of October, we tried to search hotel around D'Albora Marina. Only this hotel available at the planned date. Go back to the hotel, room is large, 5 minutes walks to D'Albora Marina and Sydney express coach bus stop at the front of hotel. Our room at ground floor, shower water quiet slow, air conditioner were very noisy, bed too soft, and the bathroom seem well consider the access by elder person and disability access. And a 4cm size cockroach appear in the room at 2nd night.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Aldous A
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Stayed l night on Australian tour..booked through GoWay.com. A person would surmise that a company as large as GoWay would review the accomodations that they recommend...our unit had stained carpets, bath tub and tile had grout missing. Supposedly a first class accommodation...this facility is adjacent to a marina, boat owners have access to facilities i.e use of hot tub (Teenagers beer swilling, profane language) they were asked to leave by hotel staff and did so.....also at this time of the year there were hundreds of bush flies in the area...which took some getting used to...I've read some reviews of this property it must have changed owners...does not appear to be getting better...stay some where else..

Room Tip: Corner units are quite large and overlook the Marina
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank CapitanVictoria
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

We stayed at the Marina Resort for one night only.

+ Positive
Only 10 minutes walk to marina and close to town and shops
Ample parking
Room reasonable size
General facilities adequate

- Negative
Building and grounds very tired and lacking care
Room not clean, we found 3 dead cockroaches on carpet and in bathroom
Sand still on towelrail in bathroom
Very dusty, room appears to not have been cleaned in a long time
Aircon noisy and very badly positioned behind curtains
Beds desperately requiring new mattresses, worn out and uncomfortable, poor nights sleep
No glasses in bathroom.

Summary
It is a great shame that this place is in a run down condition. It would not take too much to turn this into a 3 star motel. However as a result of the number of negatives we experienced we can only give this a 2 star at best. Not worth the money in it's present condition.

Room Tip: We forgot to read the reviews as we were in a hurry. Allways read the reviews first.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Don M
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Additional Information about Port Stephens Marina Resort

Address: 33 Magnus St, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Nelson Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 16 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Price Range: £64 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Port Stephens Marina Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marina Resort is a great place to stay while you explore Port Stephens. Marina Resort is well located in the heart of beautiful Port Stephens overlooking Nelson Bay Marina. A short 5m walk to the Dolphin & Whale Watch Cruises in the Marina, Cafes & Beach. Marina Resort is conveniently located near all of Port Stephens major tourist attractions. Our recently refurbished 44 room hotel offer spacious comfort with great views of the bay. ... more   less 
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