The perfect Sydney weekend escape or stop on the Sydney to Queensland road trip, Newcastle is an historic city with stunning beaches and delicious food. With family in the area we spend a lot of time in Newcastle, and love staying at our fave hotel in the city, the Novotel Newcastle Beach Hotel.
Built inside a new tower in East Newcastle, the Novotel Newcastle Beach Hotel is located near some of Australia’s most famous beaches and best surf breaks. With renowned restaurants, cafes and bars located just a few footsteps away, you really can’t beat the Novotel Newcastle Beach Hotel’s prime position.
Also nearby are art galleries, shopping, coastal walks, museums and the historic Fort Scratchley, making the Novotel Newcastle Beach Hotel ideal for sightseeing.
Inside the lobby, the hotel has a dedicated kids’ corner with work tables, toys and colouring in books and paper, plus sand buckets and spades which are free to loan and take to the beach.
The 88 contemporary, spacious guest rooms are all equipped with modern furnishings and guests’ comfort in mind. The rooms have an open layout, with plenty of natural lights, and many featuring an ocean view.
All rooms have a vibrant colour palette, Novotel’s exclusive Live N Dream bedding experience in a king bed (2 singles upon request) to ensure the perfect night’s sleep, TV with movies on-demand, digital free-to-air and Foxtel channels, high-speed internet access, spacious work station, air conditioning, in-room safe, tea & coffee making facilities, hair dryer and mini-bar.
Rooms are available in the following categories: Standard Room, Superior Room, Superior Harbour, Superior Balcony Room and Superior Family Room.
We stayed in a Superior Family Room, an extra-spacious room with one queen bed and two single beds. Some family rooms have a dining table for 4, and others have a bath in the en suite,(let the hotel know your preference at the time of booking). Interconnecting rooms are available upon request.
Our beds were amazingly comfortable and the room was huge compared to most rooms that we stay in, including the massive bathroom. We loved all the little touches left for us by Novotel staff, such as the kids’ welcome pack with toys, kid-sized robe and kids’ restaurant and in-room dining menu, complete with activities sheet on the back.
The kids’ menu has a focus on fresh, healthy ingredients, created in collaboration with Sally Fitzgibbons. There are also new in-room fitness videos for the little ones presented by Sally Fitzgibbons and Playschool’s Rachael Coopes to keep them entertained throughout the stay.
The Novotel Newcastle Beach is home to a modern dining restaurant, Bistro Dalby, with a contemporary Australian menu. The Bistro offers local and seasonal dished, has a fully equipped bar, and also offers an in-room dining menu available 24-7.
For an additional fee breakfast is offered in the Bistro Dalby daily. The breakfast features barista made coffee, T2 teas, eggs cooked to order, a hot buffet, cereals, breads, yogurt and fruits, with most organic food and juices on offer. I ordered an omelette and it came quickly and perfectly cooked. I also enjoyed placing my tea order and having a lovely pot of English breakfast delivered to me.
At time of writing, the Novotel has a special “Family & Novotel” offer, which includes accommodation and breakfast are free for 2 children under 16 who share a room with their parents or grand-parents. In addition, welcome gifts, facilities for babies and toddlers, play area, balanced menus, 50% off 2nd room, room available for late check-out on Sundays.
Also, between July 1 and September 30, Novotel hotels across the country will be decorated in Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation theme (for a limited number of families).
For these special guests, on entering the room, they will discover a space entirely designed based on the movie including bed linen, a throw blanket, novelty slippers, bath robes and toys.
Between July and September, selected hotels will also offer kids a Hotel Transylvania 3 welcome gift pack which includes selfie sticks, mini figurines, activity sets and movie posters. The hotels will also surprise and delight families with family passes to see the movie.
We had the most welcoming, friendly stay at the Novotel Newcastle Beach and look forward to visiting again soon.
Novotel Newcastle Beach
5 King St, Newcastle
Parking is available in an underground car park for an additional fee.
Thank you to the Novotel Newcastle Beach for hosting us! All opinions are my own.
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!