So much difference can be made if there is a positive start to a stay - it's why the industry is called "Hospitality". My brief stay didn't get off to a great start with a slightly unfriendly welcome at reception - but the room was spacious and comfortable, good desk space for anyone wanting to do some work and it's nice and quiet. Decor is basic motel with simple amenities so the "lodge" aspect is a little overstated. However it is priced at motel rates so you get what you are paying for.
The location has easy access to local wineries but is a little way out of town and not close to any restaurants. Havelock North however is not big, so as long as you have a car you can drop into town in 5 mins - and I can recommend the breakfast at Bay Espresso in The Village!
A couple of reviews mention the not-so-friendly side of the management. I think they try to be helpful but place house rules above the need to be friendly. It does get things off to a difficult start.
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