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Hunter Valley Resort

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Enjoyed a one stop venue, where we could taste a selection of local wine makers products and also different ales including a ginger beer made on site. Some local cheeses also sold in the wine tasting area. A restaurant on site also meant we did not have to travel away from the property and it was a good rest stop on our longer road trip. However if you do want to venture away from this one stop wonder, there is another venue right across the road to sample more wines and also down the road there are others as well. Great friendly and knowledgeable staff at all outlets made our stopover well worthwhile.

Frankly the hotel is not flash but it’s what’s immediately around it that we liked The Hunter is a logistical nightmare if there is not a designated driver ))) Taxis are available but expensive and a lottery So with a large pub in the grounds and The Mill Restaurant and a Tapas bar opposite it’s all walkable !!! Result was saving money time and hassle on taxis and having a great meal and wine at The Mill over the road

I wasn't expecting much and only booked this as we had a birthday party nearby. Yes it is Bogan central and this was expected but the view rooms really had no views and the walls are paper thin. You can hear the people in the room beside you clear as the view of nothing.

We spent a few days in the Hunter celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We had the privilege of David’s company during the Wine school and after at the tastings. David is a wealth of local area knowledge and wine. We had a fun time chatting with David and sampling wines. He also kindly gave us a map with some personal recommendations on places to go based on our interests. Thanks so much! Sam and Julian

Friendly staff, nice and quiet but I searched on booking.com for a 4 star hotel. This is definitely not a 4 star hotel. The bathroom was 2.5 star and the room was a 3 star. Fridge wasn't clean inside. I booked the vineyard view room..... From our balcony there was no view of vineyards at all. Other than that the bed was big and comfortable. Good hotel over all but disappointed that it didn't deliver a 4 star rating experience.

As a lone-traveller, I was disappointed by The Hunter Valley Resort. The room was fine, if all the fixtures were a bit tatty. There was a swimming pool, massage centre, and tennis court - non of which I used as I was only there for 2 nights. They advertised riding tours, segway tours and a walking trail. I walked the walking trial on arrival. It had been raining, so it was a bit muddy, but that didn't matter. I was slightly disappointed to find that whilst it was a circular walk, it was literally a track around the resort - almost a fenced path on a field. There was a short area through the wood which came out at the stables, but no view or wildlife: perhaps that's the nature of the Hunter Valley. Their dinning area is the Matilda Brewhouse - a fabulous canteen area with beer brewing information all over the walls. The 12 beers on tap came through iced pumps which was fun, but that was all I could find out about the brewery. I thought it was on sight, but I don't think it actually exists.(I think the beers are local beers but not brewed at the resort). The Cellar Door sold lots of t-shirts etc but nothing to do with the Brewhouse which was a shame and none of the staff seemed to know anything about it which makes me think it's all just marketing - which is fine but a bit disappointing. The food they served was the same as in the dining room - so I chose to eat in the Brewhouse which should have had more atmosphere, but there was nobody around. Literally on my first night I sat on my own with just one girl tending the bar. She was a student and lovely. The food was fine, but not special. I was booked for full breakfast which was fine, but the dining room and the food was all a bit lack lustre - not bad, just dull! I was very excited about the advertised free vineyard walk, talk and wine tasting. I was disappointed to find that there is no vineyard here. The talk about the vines was outside the cellar door, looking at one row of Shiraz vines, planted in 1969. David then gave the 5 people who were staying, an interesting talk about the wine making process, including a film which supported the talk he had given: That was nice and what I was expecting. The tasting was the first that I had done so I didn't know what to expect. We were asked what we would like to taste. The wines were all from neighbouring vineyards but I really had no idea - so just jumped in! Later in the day I was told that there is an order for tasting wine - more information about how to taste, what order to taste in and some guidance as to what to try would have been nice. I met the cleaner, Aiden and he was charming - nothing was too much trouble for him! There was nothing wrong about my stay, but it was all just less than I expected and 3 out of the other 5 people I met there felt the same. I suspect the resort is catering for large conference groups or parties, when their facilities would probably be more appropriate.

The resort has it's own winery and brewery restaurant, the tour on wine making was excellent. The room was large and clean with a lovely view of the valley and vineyards, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom though a bit dated was functional and clean although the mirrors in the corner was hard to get use to. Overall the resort was a pleasant place to stay so you can explore the hunter valley wineries etc.

Came away for quick break with hubby. We chose location due as we wanted a one stop shop to unwind, thought this place would be great as well known brewery name attached with restaurant and being classified as a resort. We did not find facilities to be 'Resort' Quality. We chose spa room and found it to be out dated and had not been redecorated since 80's. We went for dinner and found it to be average and items explained on menu differed from what was served. Breakfast was offered as a buffet continental breakfast. I miss understood and thought they said buffet and continental breakfast as I've never heard a continental breakfast referred to as 'buffet' I called reception to cancel once discussed with hubby as not our preference as we love a hot break when away and felt $15 for continental breakfast over rated. When calling reception felt they were short with me for cancelling out and asking for refund. We won't be staying here again, thought it would be nice to support local but quality needs to improve to keep up with larger actual resorts in the region.

We came here as part of a group tour. The facilities are rustic, the gardens are not as well maintained as most in the Hunter. We had an extensive wine tasting experience accompanied by matching cheeses. The staff are straight shooters and as much as we enjoyed the experience it wasn’t as nice as some of the others we visited.

The Resort looks nice enough, but the rooms appear to be showing signs of ageing. Bathrooms were clean, but really could be updated, one door is removed from the vanity to show where the towels are stacked, but it could at least have been painted white to match instead of just left brown. Small TV, no lounge to watch it on, but some chairs. It rained while we were there and the guttering outside is rusted away so the water pours out, then drips all night. Bed was comfortable though. Lucky there was bug spray in the room as the tiny fly creatures really get in. And they charge you for the internet, a pet hate of mine these days, if you can get it free in McDonalds, surely for the price you are paying here they could include it.

Corner Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane Pokolbin NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Winery
  • Spa

Hunter Valley Resort places you next to Thomas Wines and within a 10-minute walk of Keith Tulloch Wine. This 35-room, 4-star hotel has a winery, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants. Also close to this Pokolbin hotel are Mistletoe Wines and Tintilla Estate Vineyard and Olive Grove.


Dining

Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including San Martino, which specializes in local and international cuisine. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.


Rooms

The 35 air-conditioned accommodations feature patios and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Flat-screen TVs come with DVD players and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with WiFi. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Minibars, coffee makers, and free bottled water are also standard.


Property features

Guests of Hunter Valley Resort have access to a winery, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Free parking is included with your stay. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a children's pool, a spa tub, and an outdoor tennis court.

Room options

Vineyard Room

King 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Spa Cottage

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

70.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 794 reviews