The historic port of Newcastle, two hours’ drive north of Sydney, is enjoying one almighty revival — and there’s no shortage of places to accommodate all the new visitors. From luxury hotels and glamorous apartments to trendy Airbnbs and budget-friendly beds, check out these eight great places to stay in Newcastle, Australia.
Crowne Plaza Newcastle (RE-BRANDED Rydges Newcastle), Newcastle
Views of the harbour don’t get much better than from this award-winning hotel, which stretches along the Honeysuckle Waterfront in the city centre. The centrepiece of the property is the 25-metre outdoor swimming pool perched on the harbour front, complementing the 175 luxurious suites, grand ballroom, spacious meeting rooms and modern amenities. It’s within walking distance of the beach and the city centre’s other top attractions.
With bare timber ceilings, polished concrete floors, rustic tiling, wooden cabinetry and exposed brick galore, this industrial-chic Airbnb echoes the steel city’s working class roots. The historic townhouse accommodates six guests in three bedrooms — plus a private alfresco outdoor entertaining area — in the middle of town, surrounded by the bars, cafes and restaurants that have spearheaded Newcastle’s revival.
This newly renovated hostel boasts a central location that’s almost as impressive as its history. The beautifully restored heritage building began life in the late 19th Century as a gentleman’s club before being handed over to the local hospital to support the war effort. It was eventually converted into a backpackers in the 1990s, retaining the building’s original character. Just a short stroll to the sand, Newcastle Beach YHA is the best budget option in town.
You’ll be the lucky one when you book a bed at Newcastle’s premier boutique hotel, made up of 30 contemporary rooms each containing a special touch: a quote about the concept of luck, hand-painted by local artist Brett Piva. This polished property is walking distance from all the best Newcastle has to offer, but you might never want to leave — the Lucky Hotel is also home to an uber-trendy gastropub.
Location, location, location. Wedged between the golden sand of Newcastle beach, the rambling Shortland Esplanade and the towering Fort Scratchley, this affordable hotel is situated in the heart of the city’s historic east end. Choose from a range of comfortable family, twin and double rooms, and upgrade to a balcony or a private spa if you’re feeling a little fancy.
These stylish self-catering apartments are found smack bang in the city centre, perfect for short-term and long-term stays, particularly for business travellers. The 49 one and two-bedroom apartments all have fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and reliable high-speed Wi-Fi, as well as access to an onsite gym and heated outdoor pool.
Another elegant Airbnb in the heart of the city, book the quirky upstairs room of this immaculately maintained Victorian-era terrace for a comfy stay close to the water. The spacious suite is accessed through a private entrance and comes with a huge, modern ensuite bathroom, as well as luxury bedding and continental breakfast.
If you’re after comfortable pub accommodation in Newcastle, look no further. The neat rooms in this charming, three-story, 19th-century hotel fill up with business travellers during the week and revellers on weekends, both benefitting from the super central location.