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Recently I discovered a hotel in Newcastle which is a wonderful surprise package with a distinct advantage over many places I’ve reviewed. Not only does it have a waterfront location but it has accessible accommodation with a view! Yes, you read right, accessible rooms with a view! I barely even dare to hope for the combination of a good accessible room and a view after being disappointed so often.

I was visiting Newcastle to present at the Just Live! Hunter Disability Expo and wanted a hotel in a location with easy access for my Mum who was accompanying me on the trip. I was busy during the day and she was without a car so I wanted her to be within reach of shopping and attractions and the Crowne Plaza Newcastle ticked all those boxes.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Mum and I didn’t close the curtains for the 3 days we were in the room. We loved our front row seats to the busy waterway traffic of Newcastle Harbour. From the pilot boats guiding the large cargo ships into port, the trawlers returning with a trail of seagulls eyeing off their catch to the squads of rowers hitting a cracking pace, the harbour was ever-changing and kept us entertained.


To say I was thrilled to learn that 6 of the 7 accessible rooms have a view would be an understatement. The only difference between the suite I was staying in and the accessible suite is the bathroom.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Accessible bedroom

Sliding doors allow guests to close off the bedroom from the kitchen and living area of the suite. There’s room on one side of the bed to transfer from a wheelchair.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Accessible suite’s bedroom

Luggage racks and shelving allow guests to store their bags out of the way making room for greater circulation space for wheelchair users.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Lounge, kitchen of accessible room

I always enjoy having a separate lounge area to relax and read or watch television.  A small kitchenette is handy for making a snack and appliances and crockery are at a good height for a wheelchair user.

The accessible suite also features  an interconnecting room if you are looking to travel as a family or with friends.


Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Accessible bathroom

The accessible bathroom features a roll-in shower, flip-down shower seat, height adjustable shower head and lever taps.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Accessible bathroom

The bathroom has grab rails throughout, lowered light switches and amenities making for easy access.


The suite Mum and I shared was next door to the accessible room I viewed.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Standard Harbour-side Suite

It was great having the sliding doors so when I snuck out of bed to see sunrise I could shut the doors so as not to disturb Mum with the clicking of the camera.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Standard Harbour-side Suite

We enjoyed sitting with a glass of wine, chatting and taking in the view. For those liking fresh air, the windows do open and when closed the room is incredibly quiet despite the number of people and boats passing by.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Lounge area



Sadly I was too rushed to have a soak in the tub this time.


Mum and I were tired on the night of our arrival and were pleased to have the ease of dining in Seasalt, the hotel’s restaurant. We were immediately taken by the friendly staff who had great knowledge of the menu. The food was divine. Mum convinced me to join her in ordering the lamb telling me dinner was her shout – gotta love travelling with Mum! The lamb delivered the hearty tasty meal I was craving and we enjoyed people and boat watching from the floor to ceiling glass windows in the restaurant.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Seasalt Restaurant

The next morning I was ready to tackle the extensive breakfast buffet. I had a big day ahead at the expo and knew I needed to be well fuelled to last the day.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Buffet breakfast

I enjoy the help-yourself element to a buffet but being chief cook in our house there’s nothing more indulgent than having someone cook me something fresh and made to order. So, I was very happy to see a menu of items available to order as part of our included breakfast. Although we had access to the breads, muffins, fruits, cereals and hot items I couldn’t wait to order a freshly cooked omelette. I indulged in a Mediterranean omelette with smoked salmon, rocket and Spanish onions. It was exactly what I needed for my busy day ahead. Mum had the Australian omelette which consisted of ham, cheese and tomato. Other options on the menu included fresh fruit, porridge, eggs benedict and waffles which was popular with the kids dining in the restaurant.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Seasalt Bar

The Seasalt Bar offers a menu including sandwiches and light meals during the day.

An accessible restroom and baby change table is available near the bar and restaurant.


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Poolside at Crowne Plaza Newcastle

There was no time for swimming while I was at the hotel but the pool is accessed via a ramp from the reception level of the hotel.  Even if you don’t fancy a swim, this is a lovely area to sit, read and order poolside service. Food and drinks are just a phone call away.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Pool access

We had an absolutely lovely stay and you can read more about Crowne Plaza Newcastle here.


I’m often asked what I look for in a hotel. Obviously access within a hotel is essential but I really aim for a hotel in a location with attractions and level walks within easy reach. I love nothing more than leaving the car behind and walking or wheeling out the door and enjoying our surrounds. The Crowne Plaza Newcastle has kilometres of level concrete pathway which runs along the harbour right out front. Mum and I had an effortless walk one evening and while I was at the expo Mum enjoyed this access as it made exploring the city so easy.

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Level Harbour walk in front of Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Just behind the hotel is the Newcastle Museum which gave us a couple of hours of entertainment when we travelled to the area as a family.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Newcastle Museum

The museum is small but has good access and lots of hands-on activities for the kids at a good height for wheelchair users.

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Hands-on fun at the Newcastle Museum


BJ loved catching the ferry from Stockton Beach to Newcastle when we stayed at Stockton Beach but this time it was my Mum catching the ferry from Newcastle to Stockton Beach. On recommendation she hopped on the ferry and then took a walk along the break wall at Stockton.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Stockton – Newcastle or vice versa ferry

Like us, Mum was amazed at how close she came to a cargo ship as it was guided into the Harbour.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
AJ and BJ walking along the break wall at Stockton

We loved the walk along the break wall because of the views it offers of Stockton Beach, Newcastle and the variety of bird life we spied along the way.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
BJ on the Stockton Break Wall

The ferry is a 10 minute walk from the hotel and has wheelchair access.


At check-in Erin enthusiastically suggested activities Mum could do while I was at the expo. Mum fancied the idea of a tour on Newcastle’s Famous Tram which is an hour long tour of the city.  Built from scratch in 1994, the tram is a genuine replica of the original Newcastle working tram, which was in service in 1923.

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Photo credit – Newcastle’s Famous Tram website

The tour proved a great way of Mum seeing quite a lot of the Newcastle area with little effort. The tram stop was within a 10 minute walk of the hotel and Mum enjoyed learning more about the area. The tram has steps so requires mobility to access. The tram schedule changes regularly so please check the Newcastle’s Famous Tram website for details and times.


Right next door to the Crowne Plaza Hotel is a row of restaurants and cafes adding to the variety of dining options within easy reach. Although very happy to eat at the hotel again we decided to spread our wings and walk the short distance to Honeysuckle and try somewhere different on our second night.

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Al Fresco dining at Honeysuckle

We ended up dining alfresco at Silo Lounge and had a lovely dinner with a deconstructed pavlova for dessert which Mum and I still drool over as we talk about it now. Once again we found the wait staff extremely friendly and knowledgeable and it made us wonder if the hospitality training in Newcastle isn’t something a little special. We found the young guys and girls (makes me sound like an old lady) so engaged and friendly it really added to our experience.

Sunrise from our suite at Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Newcastle Harbour is industrial which may not appeal to everyone but we found it fascinating. I felt I was privy to a whole world which I’m usually oblivious to in my suburban lifestyle. It also looked pretty spectacular at sunrise and sunset each day.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle


Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Trawlers returning with their catch

I have a list of accessible experiences in the Newcastle area from our family stay here.

Mum and I stayed as guests of Crowne Plaza Newcastle. All other expenses were paid by us, meaning Mum! All opinions are our own and my glowing review comes from a joyous stay in a wonderful location and accessible hotel.





      • Hi
        Can you let me know if the beds at the crowne plaza Newcastle are firm and are level with your chair to access the beds the last three time I have stayed in Newcastle I have issues with the beds being way to soft and not being able to transfer from my chair to beds as my fist sinks into the bed and makes it very unsafe for me and I keep falling out of my chair.

        • Hi Sean,

          We stay in lots of accommodation so I can’t remember specifically but most of the hotels have a soft top these days. I’m sure the hotel could remove it if it was a removable one but you’d need to contact the hotel direct.



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