Are you hankering for water vistas, lusting after a boutique stay or want to live like a local? No matter what your Newy (accommodation) style, we’ve got the perfect place to lay your head.
What's your Newy style?
Room with a view
Steps from the sand Novotel Newcastle Beach is at the heart of the city’s historic east end. Many of the contemporary rooms offer magnificent ocean vistas; others of Nobbys Lighthouse and Stockton Beach). Commanding the corner of a beachside city block surrounded by renowned restaurants, bars, shopping precincts, art galleries and picturesque coastal walks all a moment’s walk away.
You can almost reach out and touch tug boats chugging tirelessly up and down the harbour from the Rydges Newcastle. Its Honeysuckle Precinct locale affords most of the 175 rooms front row seats to the passing flotilla; the pick being harbourside balcony suites.
Noah’s on the Beach is a landmark beachfront hotel offering unrivalled vistas across Newcastle Beach all the way to Shepherds Hill. The 1970s hotel features floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto balconies, to make the most of the expansive ocean or harbour views.
Located along prized John Parade where the Pacific Ocean serenades you to sleep is the Beach House at Merewether – arguably Newcastle’s best beach house. The three-bedroom cottage has kept its original footprint however inside it’s now the epitome of coastal luxe with outdoor spa, fireplace, modern appliances, touch-screen technology and more. The golden sands of Merewether Beach are steps away.
The once down-at-heel Lucky Hotel is enjoying a new lease of life following a $6 million reincarnation. The boutique rooms, each inscribed with a quote about luck hand painted by local artist Britt Piva, sit above the smart inner-city pub complete with raw iron beams and heritage bricks. Each room has its own distinct design, yet all offer contemporary muted interiors, luxury bedding and L’Occitane toiletries.
Set on Newcastle’s hippest strip, the stylish Crown on Darby is the perfect base from which to strike out and explore the city. Expect large open plan kitchen and lounge areas with lofty ceilings, rain showers and jet tubs, all elegantly appointed and tastefully furnished to make you feel at home.
Housed in a 19th century sandstone building, the Terminus Apartments offer superior harbourside apartments. Full kitchens, Netflix and tasteful coastal hues are on offer in each of the individually apartment.
Live like a local
The stylish self-contained Pappa Sven’s Apartment is furnished with Scandinavian furnishings from the homeware store of the same name. Expect white shutters, Bell lamp pendant lights, Marimekko textiles and Finnish ceramics. There’s a fireplace, charming courtyard and minimalist bathroom featuring Marimekko towels.
This 1915’s two-bedroom cottage in the port side village of Carrington is an ideal base for exploring Newcastle. Melding period features and modern conveniences, Carrington Cottage sleeps four and also offers a private backyard with outdoor shower.
Flourish on Bull is a luxury two-bedroom loft apartment which sits above the owner's interior design studio in the leafy terrace lined streets of Cooks Hill. Explore the nearby Newcastle Art Gallery, boutiques, bars and cafes along Darby Street then perch yourself at the bar along the dramatic arched window and soak up the historic streetscape with a glass of wine.
Cooks Hill Chalets offers three self-contained boutique properties moments from Darby Street. The two, four-bedroom homes and one three-bedroom property are ideal for families with ducted air, BBQ’s, luxe bedrooms and bathrooms, outdoor showers and more.
This former brewery and one-time museum now offers self-serviced apartments in Newcastle’s burgeoning west end. Historic beams, window placements and other original fixtures have been retained at Quest Apartment Hotel Newcastle West while kitchenettes, an alfresco BBQ area and pantry service makes things super easy for families.
With a striking design by architect Joseph Pang, the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle offers contemporary spaces fusing timber and pops of colour. As well as a shared space, known as The Great Room, there’s a gym, self-serve laundry and 170 guest rooms with power showers, black out blinds, quality bedding, uncapped Wi-Fi and more.
Watch this space...
Three new luxury hotels are earmarked to open this year and next.
Newcastle’s first five star hotel, the Crystalbrook’s Kingsley is set to open mid this year. Housed in a brutalist architectural style building, to be called Kingsley (a nod to the city’s heritage and earlier name Kingstown dating back to 1804). Kingsley aims to be elegantly sophisticated and culturally connected, with the City Hall, Civic Theatre, Art Gallery and War Memorial Cultural Centre on its doorstep.
The 106-room QT Newcastle meanwhile will occupy part of the former 112-year-old David Jones building. Retaining the landmark building’s heritage facade, QT Newcastle will open with a rooftop bar in the revitalised East End precinct - spitting distance of the harbour and surf beaches.
Set to open in 2022, Little National Newcastle will offer Hunter River vistas and affordable luxury.