The Best Hotels and Places to Book in Cessnock, New South Wales

Enjoy a classy stay at the Convent Hunter Valley Hotel
Enjoy a classy stay at the Convent Hunter Valley Hotel | Courtesy ofThe Convent Hunter Valley Hotel /
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5 November 2021

The wine of the Hunter Valley region will lure you into Cessnock, Australia, with subtle notes of tranquillity and an aroma of relaxation. Although the many vineyards can feel worlds away, hotels in Cessnock are within a quick drive to the grapevines, allowing you to retreat from the CBD to the wineries in no time. Grab a few glasses, sniff out your favourite vino, and enjoy a full-bodied holiday at these places to stay in Cessnock – bookable with Culture Trip.

Cedars Mount View, for a romantic night with your partner

Generous bedroom at the Cedars Mount View, decorated in light colours and natural materials and leading onto a modern bathroom with a freestanding tub
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Whether you’re trying to pop the question to the love of your life or just pop a few bottles of red with your new lover, Cedars Mount View deserves its reputation as one of the most romantic places to stay in Cessnock. Wine and chocolates are waiting for you – as well as a spa bath for two. If you can tear yourselves away from the bed or the bath long enough, you may catch a few animals singing Can You Feel the Love Tonight outside your window.

voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, an IHG Hotel, for estate-to-plate palate pleasers

Elegant dining room at the voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, an IHG Hotel, decorated in dark colours
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As the pink morning mist drifts from the grasslands and vineyards to your private verandah, you’ll know that voco’s signature suite was worth every penny. You’ll never tire of gazing at the Brokenback Ranges, even when you’re on your fourth cup of java. Those vineyard views aren’t just for your eyes – you can taste local wine with the estate-to-plate specialities like beef cheeks and field mushrooms at Locavore. Then, settle back into your seat on the verandah, and watch the evening fog roll in over the hillside.

Wine Country Motor Inn, when you need a ticket to a great holiday

Reception at the Wine Country Motor Inn
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Wine Country Motor Inn is your ticket to a good time in Cessnock. Comfortable queen and king rooms are always appreciated, but this is one of the hotels in Cessnock that provides you with more than a pillow. Wine Country Motor Inn can hook you up with special rates for concerts, festivals and more. If that’s not enough bang for your buck, you’re also staying right in the CBD – giving you prime access to any essentials needed for your stay.

Vine Valley Inn, for a colourful stay in Cessnock

Colourful bedroom at the Vine Valley Inn
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Vine Valley Inn wants to introduce you to more colours than white and red. The rooms at this Cessnock hotel are decked out in different hues – from yellows to blues and many shades in between. You’ll see a palette of browns and greens if you paint a tasting into your stay. You’ll sleep in a room reserved for you and your guests alone, but the kitchen is a communal affair, where you’re bound to run into more colourful characters.

Abermain Hotel, for the beer lover in wine country

Bar at the Abermain Hotel
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Wine not your cup of tea? The Abermain Hotel has a beer or two for you. Trade pinot for pale ales and cabs for lagers at this hotel’s onsite nano-brewery. It’s not all pints and partying at the Abermain – it has 10 rooms for easy overnights. The morning, noon and night meals at the Gather + Graze Cafe make it effortless to roll out of bed and imbibe the hair of the dog.

Cumberland Motor Inn, for CBD access

Bedroom at the Cumberland Motor Inn, with two beds, a blue sofa, a white desk and an ensuite bathroom
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When wine country is your destination, Cumberland Motor Inn provides a welcome pitstop to let your holiday breathe. Spend time at one of the hotels in Cessnock that only wants you to savour its saltwater pool. The only notes you’ll need to concern yourself with are the ones you’re humming as you float around the water or the off-key crooning in your room’s shower.

The Convent Hunter Valley Hotel, to immerse your tastebuds in flavour

Dining hall at the The Convent Hunter Valley Hotel with a rustic wooden ceiling and tables with white tablecloths
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When you book the Garden Suite at the Convent, you’ll be treated to tranquil views and a sunroom bathed in natural light. Don’t spend too much time stopping to smell the roses, though – you’ve already got a schedule the moment you check-in. Afternoon tea and high tea aren’t obligatory, but you won’t want to miss a cup. Tea time is the ideal moment to uncork a rich discussion about the rarest Hunter Valley wines that are served with dinner at the Restaurant Eighty-Eight.

Cockfighters Ghost Vineyard, for low-key, quiet cottage stays

White cottage at the Cockfighters Ghost Vineyard, surrounded by greenery
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A stone cottage, a crackling fireplace and a private verandah where you can wash away your worries with as much wine as you wish? If you’re already drinking in this dreamy idea, then you need to book one of the three cottages at Cockfighters Ghost Vineyard pronto. Spend all day and night with no other concern than keeping your glass full and your stem straight. Because you sadly cannot live on grapes alone, we recommend taking a break in between bottles for a cheese tasting at Hunters Quarter.

H Boutique Hotel, where luxury is perfectly poured

Outside view of the villas at the H Boutique Hotel
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H stands for more than simply “hotel” at this boutique Hunter Valley accommodation. The two-bedroom villas are heavenly, offering a cosy fireplace and floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows and spoiling you with luxury without going overboard. In fact, the only thing that should overflow during your stay is the local wine. A BYOW tasting in your villa is absolutely allowed, but we recommend adding a wine tasting experience package to your stay – as your hosts will gladly drive you to the best vineyards in the region.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, an IHG Hotel, for golf and other goodies

Lake with a pier at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, an IHG Hotel
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It’s no secret that Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is an ace of a place to stay in Cessnock if you need 18 holes of golf at your fingertips. You’d be wise to harp on the resort’s other amenities. The kids won’t mind you spending more time on the putting green as long as they get more time to splash in the water park. It would also allow your partner to extend their massage at the Ubika Spa – which, let’s be honest, is a win for everyone.

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