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Outdoor pool
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Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, WiFi, linens
Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, WiFi, linens

Guest reviews

4.1 out of 5 Very good
447 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

Free WiFi
Parking included
Air conditioning
Business Services

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment


Explore the area

Popular LocationHunter Region Botanic Gardens19 min walk
AirportNewcastle, NSW (NTL-Williamtown)15 min drive
Popular LocationUniversity of Newcastle21 min drive
Popular LocationHunter Wetlands Centre29 min drive

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  • Standard Queen

    4.5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 39 sq m
    • Sleeps 2
    More detailsStandard Queen
  • Standard Twin

    4.7/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 44 sq m
    • Sleeps 3
    More detailsStandard Twin
  • Executive Room + Spa

    Room amenities

    • 55 sq m
    • Sleeps 2
    More detailsExecutive Room + Spa
  • Standard Family Room

    4.3/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 4
    More detailsStandard Family Room
  • Standard 2 Bedroom Family Room

    3.8/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 59 sq m
    • Sleeps 5
    More detailsStandard 2 Bedroom Family Room
  • Deluxe Family Room

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 5
    More detailsDeluxe Family Room
  • Executive Family Room

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 5
    More detailsExecutive Family Room
  • Executive 2 Bedroom Family Room

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 6
    More detailsExecutive 2 Bedroom Family Room

About this area


Located in Maitland, Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake is in the city centre. Travellers eager for a bit of culture can stop by Newcastle Civic Theater, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Stockton Sand Dunes and Newcastle Civic Park. Looking to enjoy an event or a match while in town? See what's going on at Newcastle Showground.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Hunter Region Botanic Gardens - 19 min walk
  • Stockton Sandspit - 20 min drive
  • University of Newcastle - 21 min drive
  • John Hunter Hospital - 26 min drive
  • Hunter Wetlands Centre - 29 min drive

Getting around

  • Hexham Station - 11 min drive
  • AirportNewcastle, NSW (NTL-Williamtown) - 15 min drive

About this property

Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake

4-star Maitland hotel in Heatherbrae with free parking
An outdoor pool, a conference centre and a business centre are available at this hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a meeting room, laundry facilities and express check-out. All 40 rooms provide conveniences such as fridges and microwaves, plus WiFi and TVs. Room service (during limited hours), coffee/tea makers and hairdryers are among the other amenities available to guests.
Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake offers 40 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with coffee/tea makers and a hairdryer. Guests can make use of the in-room fridges and microwaves.

Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit. This Maitland hotel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: WiFi (AUD 20 per 24-hour period)
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self parking

Food and drink

  • Room service available

Things to do

  • 24-hour pool access
  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fridge


  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Front-desk safe
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • Chinese
  • English

Business services

  • 1 meeting room
  • Business centre
  • Conference centre


  • Garden


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
  • In-room accessibility
  • No lift (single-level property)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Designated smoking areas
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Heating
  • Linens


  • Hairdryer
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Towels


  • 30-inch TV
  • TV/satellite channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Fridge


  • Connecting rooms available
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone



Check-in between 2 PM and 8 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM
Late check-out subject to availability
Express check-out

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open Monday - Friday (7:00 AM - 10:00 PM) and Saturday - Sunday (8:00 AM - 8:00 PM)
If you are planning to arrive after 8:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
Reception hours are Monday to Friday 7 AM-10 PM, Saturday 8 AM-8 PM, Sunday and public holidays 8 AM-6 PM Guests arriving after 9 PM Monday to Friday, after 8 PM on Saturday, or after 6 PM on Sunday or public holidays must contact the property in advance to arrange check in and provide a contact number.

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from July 2 2020 to December 31 2020 (dates subject to change):
  • Bar/Lounge(s)
  • Dining venue(s)

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 20.0 per stay.
Cots (infant beds) are available for AUD 10.0 per stay

Payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: AUD 20 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: AUD 10.0 per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 20.0 per stay

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be 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
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Please note that dinner may not be served on Sunday evenings. Also, breakfast is not served on Monday mornings.

We should mention

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake Heatherbrae
Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake
Airport Sir Francis Drake Heatherbrae
Airport Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake Heatherbrae
Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake Heatherbrae
Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake Hotel Heatherbrae

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake and receive a full refund?
Yes, Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool. Pool access is available 24 hours a day.
Is Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake pet-friendly?
No, only service animals are welcome at the property.
How much is parking at Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake?
Check-in is from 2 PM to 8 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake?
Checkout is at 10 AM. Late checkout is available for a fee (subject to availability).
Where is Airport Motel Sir Francis Drake located?
Located in Heatherbrae, this hotel is 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from Stockton Sand Dunes and 11.9 mi (19.1 km) from University of Newcastle. John Hunter Hospital and Newcastle Showground are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Very good
447 reviews
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Travelled with group
No again
Hot water and bathroom very nice, good bed curtains needed fixing no clips for the hangers, other things ok BUT the lounge was absolutelydisgusting no one wants to sit on that. Pillows also need replacing they are hard as rocks and old. For the price notworth it.
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2020

4/5 Good

Business traveller
Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
convenient place to stay for Truckers
Needed last minute accommodation for four of my truck drivers with plenty of parking, the Sir Francis Drake fitted the bill and my drivers said the accommodation was excellent, the only issue was there was no food available and McDonald's was the only place close enough to walk to, my drivers ended up not eating and waited until they were further up the road in the morning to have breakfast..
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2020

2/5 Poor

Stayed 4 nights in May 2020

3/5 Okay

Stayed 2 nights in May 2020

3/5 Okay

Sad face IconDisliked: Room comfort
Disappointing restaurant was closed. Rooms need updating. Ok for a nights stay.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2020

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