The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley4.5 out of 5.0
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We stayed for one night, April 2017. The rooms are nicely decorated and the views are stunning. Staff were friendly and polite. Very good location for the Pokolbin winery tours. With staying only one night, we didn't really get to explore the grounds, but from our balcony, everything looked very well-kept. All peaceful and relaxing! But as others have pointed out there are quite a few things that make this hotel only 'ok' rather than great. I'm an Accor Gold member. Usually this means a free room upgrade on availability, but I'm not sure if I actually did. My hunch is no. What's annoying though is that the resort seemed fairly empty, and I should have been told either way. Another Accor benefit at the Sebel is a free bottle of water, which I thought seemed a bit stingy! However the only bottle in our room had a big tag on it that said $4.50. I asked about this and apparently they had forgotten to put the 'free' one in there. No extra amenities, slippers, bath salts, shower cap etc. Ordered room service at around 6pm and the next morning our tray was still outside our door. These little things do matter, especially when comparing to other resorts in the same price range. My main complaint was around breakfast though. For $30 per person, it was little more than continental, and if you wanted 'proper' coffee, it was an extra $4.50. Soggy bacon, watery eggs, burnt croissants, dry bread and some cornflakes. Meh. I used my points on this stay, and I'm glad I did. It certainly would not have been worth the $318 for the room and breakfast.
You know that saying never judge a book by its cover? This is a very good example. Looks great from a marketing point of view but for $1400 for 3 nights is just not worth it. Greg Natale did a great job to give the Sebel a interior face lift but everything else lets it down. Let me explain. On arrival my bed sheets where wet. The house keeping are lazy. The mini bar is never replaced. Tea and coffee cups are not replaced instead left in the room dirty. The room is dusty. The phone is so dusty it looks like something out of a movie. The outside of the building needs a little cleaning full of spider webs and moskito nests. The buffet breakfast is just plain average. Fruit cut on onion chopping boards making it taste like onion. Might as well put onions to eat rather than fruit. The bar. WOW I have no words. I dont even have the energy to write about it. There is a big management problem here I'm really not sure if this place will survive. I won't be back here. It's made me question why I came to the hunter valley in the first place. Shangri la needs to move to the hunter!
We booked this hotel as it is one of the Accor hotel brands. The hotel was lovely, beautiful, convenient location, good bedding and lines. The bathroom amenities are good, but limited. The service was also limited as we had to find our way to check in, carry our own bags and find our own rooms. It was my first time staying in a hotel in Australia and I was a bit disappointed in the service standard including room amenities compare to what we have in Thailand. For this price range, I expected full amenities such as shower cap, slippers, toothbrush and toothpaste and a bit of service. Maybe the hospitality here is different what I have experienced in Thailand. We had breakfast one morning and they had a good selection. The staff seemed to be limited as it took time for us to get seated in restaurants at breakfast and dinner. An after dinner drink at a bar was nice as the bar was beautiful and homey. Would be nice if complimentary bottled drinking water is provided. Overall, we had a nice stay.
Our room was just as shown on the photos. It overlooked lovely rural scenery. The rooms were very clean & the bed very comfortable. Loved the old style bathroom. The staff were extremely helpful giving us advise as to where to lunch etc. There is a restaurant on site but we didn't use it during our stay.
This was our first visit to the Sebel in the Hunter. What a surprise. We dropped by at the Lounge Bar and what a great place for ambience. The Lounge area also provided a good casual menu. We sampled the Tapas menu (including Salt & Pepper Calamari) which certainly lived up to our expectations. The overall atmosphere is one of sophistication. Well done Sebel.
We (family of four) have just returned from a two night visit to the recently refurbished hotel. The rooms are amazing, the designer has done a wonderful job, with beautiful blue/black/gold tones. The rooms are spacious, lovely amenities in the bathroom and very comfortable beds. The swimming pool and spa were enjoyed by myself and daughter while the tennis court was enjoyed by my husband and son. Our first night was on a Scoopon deal, great value. Our second night was a separate booking in a suite. While walking around the property we noticed that the suite we were booked in to was not in a position with a great view. As a view is important to me I requested at reception would there be a possibility of moving, as all other suites were booked this was not an option but, Belinda General Manager, went to a lot of trouble and upgraded us to two beautiful rooms side by side overlooking the beautiful valley with amazing views. Belinda was an absolute gem to deal with, could not have been more accommodating and more than happy to resolve the issue we had with our suite. This definitely made my day and I could not have been happier. We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to friends and we are already looking at returning later on in the year!!! Thanks again Belinda, you are a star !!!
We stayed there for a friend's wedding for 3 nights. It was the most pleasant experience I've had in a while. The staff were fantastic (Especially a girl named Jayde who worked at the bar). They made sure everyone was looked after well. The rooms were massive. Due to a friend booking the wrong nights, they gave us their room for the third night and the experience of switching rooms was made so easy through the staff, but because of this we got to see 2 different rooms, plus around 4 other rooms from other guests in the party, and all the rooms were beautiful spacious and the decor was great! I loved the blue tones everywhere throughout the hotel. The rooms were extremely clean when we checked-in and after the clean by the cleaners the next day, they really know what they're doing and are so professional, friendly and efficient. The location of the hotel itself was just perfect, a few mins drive from Cessnock and right in the heart of wine country. The hotel offered a variety of touristy thing we could do... There was A LOT of stuff we could do, from helicopter rides which landed right outside the hotel to wine tours and cheese tasting etc. The layout of the hotel while as first seeming daunting was actually pretty well set out and easy to find your room, I'm not used to being in a hotel that was so spread out, usually the hotels I've stayed in have been vertical but this beautiful hotel was spread out across 5 or 6 different buildings. The pool was absolutely beautiful! Greek style indoor pool area with gym, spa and sauna. There were beautiful greek statues scattered around and the whole aesthetic of the building just melded so well with the rest of the hotel. Breakfast was $35 pp for the full hot/cold breakfast, but the selection was rather limited, just the usual suspects, eggs, bacon, sausages and the selection of fruit and pastries. Not the greatest selection but the food was still delicious and the staff were once again super helpful. We didn't eat at the restaurant, but we did eat a lot at the bar and as the wedding we were attending was held AT the hotel, we tried all the food the kitchen had to offer at the reception, which was just delicious. There was an amazing staff member at the reception named 'Charlie'. He was just so helpful and got us anything we required even before we asked, he just knew! The bar food was, okay. Not great and also expensive. The burgers had stange patties made out of herbs or something, not sure. The pizza was great though! Overall we had the beautiful and pleasant stay at the Sebel Kirkton Park, and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay in the Hunter Valley!
The hotel is an older style with cleanly appointed rooms. The room we stayed in had no bath, and basic amenities, but was still clean and fresh. The meals were tender and delicious, but simple, with the breakfast being a basic continental style. Staff were polite, but predominantly female. (Not that this is a criticism, just an observation. We did not have one male front of house staff during our stay, but I am assuming there were some employed somewhere.) We apparently had free Wi-Fi, but could not connect from our room in the Manor section.
We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights over a concert weekend in the Hunter. The hotel is located in it's own grounds and is impressive when driving in. The setting is gorgeous! Reception was friendly, helpful and efficient with a personalised set of information provided. The hotel is split into (I think) 4 wings that you need to go outside to go between. The room was large, bed was very comfortable and the view was to die for (right across the valley). It looks like most of the rooms have a similar view. Rooms are quiet and everything worked well. We dined in the restaurant for breakfast (there's nowhere within walking distance to go as the hotel is on the outskirts of Cessnock) which was tasty and well organised. I was up too early for the restaurant on the Sunday morning and the receptionist made a coffee for me before the restaurant staff arrived, which was well appreciated. This was the best experience we've had in a hotel in the last few years!
We recently enjoyed a stay in one of the suites here. Such a stunning backdrop, it was hard to fault a single element of the property itself. Stunning views, rolling hills and the romance of low clouds and rainy days made this stay picture perfect. Each team member we came into contact with was pleasant, friendly and helpful. The room itself was fine, not great. For a suite I guess I expected an element of 'wow' when I walked in the room. It just wasn't there. It's not that there was anything wrong with the room, it just wasn't super impressive. I found little luxuries that I usually associate with a stay in a suite missing- and sometimes it's the small things that make a difference. Simple items like slippers and a shower cap may sound like small complaints but I guess I assumed they would just be there. It's great to have an espresso machine in the room, movie and tv selection in room is good and the shower is strong and hot which is always a plus! If you like a hard bed- this is the place for you! We were looking for isolation on this holiday and found solace in our room. Overall a good stay, but not great. I'd be tempted to try a different hotel should we return to the Hunter Valley.
Located within a mile (2 km) of Hanging Tree Wines, The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley is within 3 miles (5 km) of Saddlers Creek Wines. This 70-room, 4.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's also near Bimbadgen Estate and Lindemans Wines.
Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Locavore Dining, which specializes in Modern European cuisine. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with 24-hour room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.
The 70 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including sofa beds, minibars, and coffee makers. Flat-screen TVs come with digital channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Other amenities include free local calls, ceiling fans, and ironing boards.
At The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, guests enjoy an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. Free parking is included with your stay. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, an outdoor tennis court, and free WiFi in public areas.
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