3.7 out of 5

"Toilet is sharing, otherwise its good. Staffs were cooperative. " More

By a verified traveller on Thu 05 Apr 2018

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Hotel Description

At The Criterion Pub and Kitchen Carrington you'll be 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from Civic Theater and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Newcastle Civic Park. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant, free self parking, and a bar/lounge.

All 9 rooms feature free WiFi, free bottled water, and ceiling fans. Bathrooms are shared.

The restaurant, Criterion Pub & Kitchen, is open for lunch and dinner. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and coffee/tea in a common area. There's also free parking nearby, along with the convenience of a free cruise terminal shuttle.

With a stay at this Carrington hotel, you'll be 3.9 km (2.4 mi) from Newcastle Showground and 4.2 km (2.6 mi) from Christ Church Cathedral.

The Criterion Pub and Kitchen Carrington ratings based on 24 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.7 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0
2 out of 5
OK for overnight stays, but not longer than that. For comparable rates, you can find better accommodation in surrounding areas. Only 1 shared bathroom in the entire floor, which can only be occupied by 1 person at a time. Plus there is no heating/TVs, etc. in any of the rooms if you are looking for that (not an issue for us).

Posted by , from Melbourne on 11 Jun 2018

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4 out of 5
Toilet is sharing, otherwise its good. Staffs were cooperative.

Posted by on 5 Apr 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

12 May 2018 by Criterion Pub & Kitchen

Thank you hope to see you again

2 out of 5

As a single female traveller I felt unsafe.

The room was very loud, people up and yelling in corridors from very early. As a single female traveller, I felt unsafe, there were only male guests, someone tried to open my room when I returned late in the evening. There were no staff present when I needed to check-out.

Posted by , from Sydney on 8 Jan 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

22 Jan 2018 by DEB

Hi We are sorry you felt unsafe. Unfortunately we have no control whether there are males or female guests, and as i don't know when you stayed i cannot confirm this. We do have rules and do try to monitor guest behaviour, but not everyone is well mannered or as considerate of other guests as we would like. As a pub we also do not have a 24hour reception, but generally there is someone available until 11pm and from 830am if required.

4 out of 5
Hotel staff excellent room good close to bus food in restaurant good only problem taped music after 9pm could be quieter as it travels up to rooms

Posted by on 31 Dec 2017

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2 out of 5

Convenient and quiet location

No AC or fridge in room. Window in room would not stay open. Bar charges 40 cents to use eftpos for drinks. Despite being 10 cents short in cash for a beer, bar maid insisted I paid with eftpos and incur the 40c charge. Not at all impressed with that - especially given that I was a paying guest at the time. Comfortable bed and quiet location. Didn't try the food so can't comment on that.

Posted by on 28 Nov 2017

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4 out of 5

Great Value for your money

The pub is a golden oldie! Comfortable and convenient location, food was fantastic.

Posted by on 19 Nov 2017

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5 out of 5

Good place to stay. Great location & ost-effective

Pros: Location and cost-effectiveness
Cons: nothing really
Location: honeysuckle
The room delivered exactly what it said it would. It was comfortable, the hosts were pleasant, it was in a great location and extremely cost-effective. I'll stay there again, next time I'm in Newcastle.

Posted by , from Brunswick Heads on 5 Nov 2017

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5 out of 5

Loved the place.

Best food around, the staff couldnt have been nicer or more helpful, great facilities, rooms were very nice and beds were comfortable. Overall i was extremely happy with my stay and would recommend the criterion to anyone. Thank you for the great hospitality.

Posted by , from st marys on 3 Nov 2017

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4 out of 5

Old school done well.

Everything went well. For the price, nothing to complain about. Good service, well organised.

Posted by , from Rockhampton, Qld. on 20 Aug 2017

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4 out of 5
The staff were lovely and welcoming. Overall had a great stay here

Posted by on 2 May 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

4 May 2017 by DEB

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Cheers

About the The Criterion Pub and Kitchen Carrington

Location 81 Bourke Street, Carrington, NSW 2294

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. The Criterion Pub and Kitchen Carrington also features coffee/tea in common area, a cash machine, and a television in common area. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Carrington hotel.

  • 1 building
  • 9 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Built in 1890
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Free parking nearby


  • Airport: Newcastle, NSW (NTL-Williamtown) (24.1 km / 15 mi)
  • Train station: Hamilton Station (2.6 km / 1.6 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free cruise terminal shuttle; train station pick-up
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Criterion Pub and Kitchen Carrington offers 9 forms of accommodation with complimentary bottles of water and free toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. An iron/ironing board and hairdryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer available
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Ceiling fan

Food & Drink

Criterion Pub & Kitchen – This restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Reservations are required. Open select days.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 8 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. The check-in location differs from the property location. To check in, go to Check-in at hotel bar
There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. To make arrangements for check-in, please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Only service animals are allowed

You should know

  • The Criterion Pub and Kitchen Carrington offers transfers from the cruise terminal and train station (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 48 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.