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Nelson Towers Motel
Ranked #12 of 16 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Darwin, Australia
1 review
“Friendly, accommodating and most central place in town”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

The first time I visited this place, it was peak season in Nelson Bay (Dec/Jan) and finding accommodation for a reasonable price is difficult. I googled Nelson Bay accommodation and came up with Nelson Towers Motel. I called up and was fortunate that there was a room available for the couple of nights I needed. The staff were very accommodating and I thought the price was reasonable given the location. Coming from Darwin where a nights stay can be up to $200-300 per night, just over $100 I thought was great, considering it is the best located accommodation in town as it is a stones throw away from the Marina and the city centre. They had free wifi, and free parking. Nelson Bay has metered parking everywhere so having a place for the car and having everything so close was brilliant.
Reading some of the other comments, I think people have high expectations but keep in mind the accommodation is a MOTEL not a HOTEL so if you are expecting the Hilton or some chain hotel, this accommodation does not fit that criteria.
Since my first visit a couple of years ago, I've now revisited and stayed several times and also referred friends and family to stay there who have enjoyed their stay also.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

We stayed one night at this establishment. If we had checked the room before we paid our money we would have moved to another hotel. Are they joking. The place needs some serious refurbishment - Folks, it is 2013 not 1923! The decor is what I would envision you would find in a asylum seeker hostel on a remote island.

The lifts seem to work but doubt, based on the ride, they have been checked and certified for a long time. The "lounge is seriously uncomfortable and needed replacement.

In summary, if I were paying $50 per night I would have been disappointed. At $199 per night I was peeved.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

The rooms are very dirty, uncomfortable and outdated + very expensive not worth the money. The management was so rude we refused to stay there and went up the road to the nelson resort where we were treated with respect and the rooms were very, clean and inexpensive and the management made you feel very welcome.

Room Tip: Dont judge the rooms by the look of the building it looks great from the outside the inside is compl...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

We have stayed several times over the years and the place just keeps getting more expensive and more run down and dirty. We have chosen it because of location but have recently found the Nelson Resort up the street that is clean and good value

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

We chose the basic room which was clean and had a small balcony. Furnishings were a little reminiscent of Crossroads Motel from the 60's but comfortable enough.The manageress was very kind & let us have free run of a superior room so that we could use the washer & dryer for our laundry. Very obliging. Right in the centre of town so great location for shops, restaurants & dolphin cruises.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gosford, Australia
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

We recently stayed in the private appartments in this complex. The room had outstanding views. We are a family and it catered fpor our needs. The master bedroom had a queen size bed and plenty of storage areas. The second room had 2 single beds which were great for our 2 teenage children.
The venue had high security access which was pleasing.
The balcony looked out over the marina and bay area. We were close tp the shops and all activities.
I would recommend this venue to any family.

Room Tip: I suggest you book the private suites rather than the motel.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

This is a slightly shabby hotel, in need of some repair and refurbishments but the location is fantastic, right opposite the marina and bay at Nelsons Bay. The hotel has a roof top pool and area to relax in and is located over some shops and restaurants, within in easy walk of everywhere in Nelsons Bay. The waterview rooms have a lovely view however ours was at the back of the hotel so no view but roomy unfortunately it smelt from the restaurants cooking downstairs.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nelson Towers Motel
Address: 71a Victoria Pde, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Nelson Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #12 of 16 Hotels in Nelson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Nelson Towers Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Nelson Towers Motel is a 16 unit Motel with in the Nelson Towers Building. We have [6] Bay view rooms with King bed, lounge room, kitchenette, bar fridge, air con, bathroom some with own laundry, large balcony with cane lounge facing the marina,[4] Deluxe rooms Queen bed, bathroom, kitchenette, bar fridge, air con, court yard facing the rear,[6] Queen Standard rooms with Queen bed, bath room, air con, bar fridge, court yard facing the rear. We have an Arcade in the building, lift, under cover secure parking, pool on the roof, opposite the marina and walking distance to everything. all linen supplied . ... more   less 
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