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Portobello Motel Cottages
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Lovely motel, great attention to detail,eveything it says it is. Owners very friendly and helpful.Quiet with excellent view from our studio.What a peaceful place stay. Now what more can I say- there is not a lot to say as negatives are not here.

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Thank Steve S
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Well thank you so much. Exceeding expectations is what we aim for!!

We were delighted you chose to stay with us...please come again next time you're coming to Dunedin.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith

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Reviewed 3 October 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights, travelling as a family with 3 kids.
Very friendly and helpful and Keith and Sue made us feel very welcome.
The 2 bedroom cottage was warm and cosy. Short walk to shops and café.
Kids LOVED the nearby park (opposite Happy Hens).
Would definitely recommend. We really enjoyed staying on the peninsula.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

We were delighted to host some of your stay in New Zealand and thank you for choosing us!

We really enjoy having families here and seeing them enjoying our beautiful area.

Thank you for your review and for taking the time to write it.

Best wishes to you all.

Sue and Keith

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Reviewed 2 October 2013

My wife and I had a four night stay here in late September 2013. As some of the 2-person rooms were being given new carpets - to keep up the impressive quality of the rooms - we were given one of the more spacious apartments that could sleep four. We had a L-shaped lounge, dining and kitchen area with a good sized bedroom and large comfy bed. There was a clean shower room with large shower and continuous hot water on tap. What more could one ask for?
The hosts who, like us, had come from the UK were very friendly and helpful - giving us, for example, a 4 page booklet telling us what one could do for an up to 4 day stay and provided us with detailed walk descriptions produced by Peter who runs the Penguin Cafe. One, out to the end of the Portobello Peninsular starts just across from the motel. We did others during our stay to see sea lions on Victory Beach (one) and in Sandfly Bay (many - but it is quite a steep climb back up to the car park).
The owners can provide a continental breakfast if required.
The motel is located in a pretty village with shop, fish and chip takeaway, cafe, bistro and up-market restaurant close by to cater for all tastes. The bus stop with an ~hourly service into Dunedin is just a short distance from the entrance.
The skies are dark with the milky-way easily seen over head. (I happen to be an astronomer.)
It is conveniently located to visit the Albatross colony (we saw one) and Blue and Yellow Eyed Penguins by driving further out into the Otago Peninsular or, towards Dunedin and high up, Larnach Castle.

In conclusion, this was a superb place to spend a few days in the Otago region and one that can be highly recommended.

Room Tip: If a couple and staying for a few days it might be worth paying extra for the larger apartments, but the smaller ones have views of the harbour.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Thank you so much for your extremely complimentary and comprehensive review!! It's always so nice to hear that our guests' expectations have been reached or have been superceded!

We also really enjoy knowing that our guests have taken full advantage of all the lovely things the Peninsula has to offer...the walks, the wildlife, and the general environs.

So thank you for reinforcing all that!

We hope to see you again some day when you're over here on your travels again. In the meanwhile enjoy the rest of your trip and have a safe journey home.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith

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Reviewed 1 October 2013

It is a lovely place, a family running motel. Comfortable and nice. 20 mins driving way(lovely highcliff path)to the city, 10 mins driving way to the beach. Easy to take a tour to see wild lives. Had a wonderful time. Thx!

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Thank 22Erica
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to write them!

It's lovely to hear what our guests think and to know they have enjoyed the area as much as we do!

Thanks again.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

This was a great little find. Extremely great service and very clean facilities. I think we all had our best night sleep here. Very close to the wildlife and beaches. The fish and chips were great and only a short walk from the motel.

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Thank Aytunks
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Thank you for taking time to write a review for us!!

We're delighted you enjoyed your day and slept well...it must be the peace and quiet and Portobello air!!

We hope the rest of your trip went well.

Thanks again.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith

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