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Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores
Ranked #19 of 32 Hotels in Port Stephens
Sydney
2 reviews
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“Short Stay”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Comfortable venue - however very tired. Rooms clean, but old and smelt like typical old motel room. Bottleshop was disgraceful - coolroom not working, messy, disorganised. Service was pleasant however.

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Nowra, Australia
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

The main reason. I booked was because of the reviews saying that birds had visited people's balconies at this hotel. My daughter loves animals an in all honesty feeding the lorikeets here was the highlight for her. While dated this really was a lovely place to stay. The grounds here are absolutely beautiful and the view of the water second to none. It was peaceful and relaxing. The staff were outstanding and very helpful. Each morning at breakfast the staff would send my daughter off with piles of bread and sausages for the lorikeets and kookaburras. We ate at the restaurant one night and that was fine. We also ate at the bowling club that is across the road and that was good too, complete with children's playground, so you can eat and relax while being able to see your children playing safely. The play area is fully enclosed. Overall we were very happy with our stay. Yes, as per other reviews it is dated, but the tariff reflected the time of year and recognised the outdated furnishings. I feel that the staff and natural beauty of the setting more than compensated.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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SalamanderShores, Manager at Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you for your positive review following your recent stay and we are so pleased you enjoyed the location and wildlife that lives around the property. We do also have a resident koala so next keep an eye out!

I will pass your feedback onto the staff and we hope to see you back again soon.

Warm regards.
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Berkeley Vale, Australia
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The stay was comfortable and clean. Although somewhat dated, the room was comfortable and clean. Great views and location! Would be great if wifi and some modern conviences added to the room eg. TV/Radio

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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SalamanderShores, Manager at Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Many thanks for your feedback following your recent stay. All bookings are entitled to 30 minutes complimentary WIFI, apologies of this wasn't communicated to you upon check-in and we do hope to see you back again soon.

Warm regards.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

This hotel is very dated, the mattresses looked like they had not been updated since the 70's and they still have bedspreads which look very old and very unhygienic. Most of the channels on the television were fuzzy, the fridge was ancient with rust all over it. The hand soap container in the bathroom fell out of its casing every time it was squeezed, the hair dryer fell off the wall as soon as I touched it. The screen and sliding door locks to the outdoor common area were flimsy at best. I would be very unhappy to have paid to stay at this hotel but thankfully I was on a paid trip. The buffet breakfast was fine, the reception and restaurant/bar were nice and look updated and the staff were great. I stayed on the ground floor. It it odd that this hotel is part of the Accor group, other Ibis hotels are simple but modern and much nicer.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We had a recent w-end trip from Sydney to Nelson Bay for whale-watching, which was excellent. Saw many dolphins too. Re accomodation, I am a member of Accor Advantage Plus (a hotel group which includes Novotel, etc) and Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores was the only hotel in that area which comes under that umbrella of hotels. I used my complimentary night, which comes with the membership once a year. This hotel is in Soldiers Point, which is a good 10-12 minutes drive from the marina, which is not a major problem. I am aware there are hotels nearer to the marina than this. However, the major lucky break we got on check-in was a free upgrade to a superior room, room 505, which is a 'bridal suite' with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. I had requested a room with water views and a spa anyway, but the bridal suite was very spacious, nice, had a large balcony with water views, comfortable queen bed plus a sofa-bed in the lounge room, spotlessly clean and the spa was in the corner of the bedroom itself. Next time i shall ask for a room with the spa in the middle of the room, (just kidding). Tried out their restaurants for dinner (ok to good) and breakfast (ok). I have no qualms about recommending this hotel, specially if you are a member of Accor Advantage Plus.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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SalamanderShores, Manager at Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Thank you for your review of our property following your recent stay and you lovely comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed not only your stay but seeing the whales & dolphins in their natural habitat on your cruise they are certainly a beautiful sight!

We hope to see you back again soon.
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Property: Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores
Address: 147 Soldiers Point Rd, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2317, Australia (Formerly All Seasons)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Port Stephens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander Shores - affordable waterfront accommodation. Nestled in three acres of manicured gardens, the Hotel is a secluded hideaway 2.5 hours from Sydney. Close to attractions, the great value All Seasons Port Stephens Salamander Shores offers direct beach access and coastal fun for the whole family. Its 80 accommodation rooms boast garden or bay views and its many facilities make it ideal for a relaxing holiday or weekend getaway. ... more   less 
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Comfort Inn Port Stephens
Port Stephens Comfort Inn
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