Bannisters Hotel @ Port Stephens

About 20 minutes from the main strip of Nelson Bay, at Soldiers Point, you will find Bannisters hotel. Bannisters has restored an old retro motel (Salamander) into beautiful boutique accommodation. It is nestled amongst the bush, complete with bird life from the outlook of your balcony as well as amazing water views. The tranquil environment makes it feel nice and secluded and you can certainly be fully relaxed and at peace whilst there. You can talk a short walk out the front of the hotel and stroll along the sand or fish on the jetty.

The hotel accommodation spans four levels, with lift and stair access.

Their rooms include the Paper bark, ocean deck or studio rooms and even a penthouse. Rooms are complete with King beds, private balconies, television (with Netflix access), tea and coffee making facilities.

There are also family rooms with interconnecting access and even some pet friendly rooms. The décor keeps the character and charm of the previous hotel, rediscovered with on trend styling with earthly tones, crisp white walls, plush cushions, beige cushions and throws and timber chairs. The hotel simply oozes luxury.

As you enter the property, you’re met with welcoming and friendly staff who make the check in easy, and hand you a welcome glass of champagne. Visually, you see a beautifully styled foyer and views of the infinity pool and terrace bar. The surrounds of the infinity pool has a few sun chairs – though you’ll need to be early to gain a prime spot.


In the foyer area, we recommend grabbing a table at the terrace bar, you can order one of their amazing cocktails, coffee or a bar snack or two.

In the evening this turns into Julio’s Cantina, with Mexican food such as tacos, and their delicious 600g Asado. We enjoy a few plates and cocktails here.


For other food options, there is also the Cheeky Dog, a gastro style pub with indoor and outdoor seating and a place for a catch up with friends over a round of drinks or two. There’s some pool tables and sports bar as well as TVs, so the guys will love this too. But the standout food venue is the restaurant developed by renowned chef Rick Stein, with a primarily seafood menu, incorporating the freshest of ingredients and thus the menu changes slightly daily.

Simple dishes, yet beautiful technique and flavour showcasing the high quality seafood. We have an outstanding grouper, grilled tuna and sides, in addition to the most moist and decadent olive oil chocolate cake with ice cream, paired with a glass of whisky.

The space is expansive and the decor is a mix of concrete floors, beautiful timber, brass fittings and a deep blue colour for the banquette seating.  Despite the size, service is fast and they deliver an all-round good experience.

The restaurant location also hosts your breakfast, and although hotels cannot do buffets anyone, their breakfast is just as good as a buffet. Staff bring you a huge continental breakfast included in your hotel stay. Deli meats, cheese, a boiled egg, croissants and jam, bread, cereal and a cup of tea or coffee. If you’re hungrier (which wasn’t necessary for us), you can buy a hot breakfast or All Press barista made coffee. They also cater for dietary requirements.

On site there is also Bannisters Spa for a range of luxury treatments to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. So this hotel really has all you need for a relaxing and sophisticated getaway.

Bannisters Port Stephens

147 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point, NSW

(02) 4919 3800


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