This is the second time I have updated this review after staying here again at Christmas 2019.
The hotel itself is nestled next to the Hastings River and very close (around 200-300m) from Town Beach. From rooms with a view you should get a great view of the river and a reasonable view to the Pacific Ocean.
The rooms are all fairly large and roomy, I have stayed before in one of the suites on the upper floors and they are much much more luxurious with far better views.
Some rooms have balconies and others don’t. This particular visit didn’t have a balcony but it did have a view of the large Christmas tree in Town Green.
The pool area is a delight with views across the parklands to the Hastings River and Pacific Ocean.
The room amenities were quite comfortable with a large bed, a shower over bathtub and some lounge chairs you could easily relax in the room for a while if you wanted to.
Close by the to the hotel is Port Central shopping center and quite a number of restaurants, cafes and takeaways.
Located downstairs is the Zebu Bar and Grill which offers up a great breakfast with beautiful water views. I’ve never tried but have heard their dinner options are even better and the steaks are to die for.
Port Macquarie on Christmas day is almost like a ghost town and there’s very little in the way of shops or dining options.
The hotel had room service available until 10pm however for the second time at Christmas I missed the deadline. HUGE tip for anyone staying at a hotel for Christmas, if they have a menu open until 10pm it is safe to assume last orders should be in well and truly at least an hour before the close off otherwise expect the chef to tell you something unpleasant.