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“Beautiful area”
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Portobello Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portobello
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful area”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

A relatively short drive from Dunedin the effort was worth it.
The location is very quiet and peaceful and our unit was modern,super clean had a nice view from the balcony over the bay.
The owners were very friendly and helpful with good info on the region
The unit is well set out with plenty of space for a travelers chattels.
Would be happy to recommend this motel to anyone visiting the Dunedin area.
A short drive down the peninsular we had our first opportunity to see an Albatross-Fantastic

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 9 November 2013
Thank you for taking time to write a review! It is about a 25 minute drive from the centre of Dunedin but well worth it!! It is so quiet and peaceful here and we are only 20 minutes from all the wildlife guided or self guided tours.

I'm so glad you saw the Albatross..they are truly fantastic and unbelievably large!!

Thank you again.I hope we see you again before too long!

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Singapore, Singapore
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50 reviews
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

The rooms are modern and clean with all the necessary facilities. Loved the touch lamps. Free 100 mb wifi which was sufficient for our use. The location is great - it is a lot more charming and peaceful to stay on the peninsula rather than in the city. There is great sea view everywhere and it is also not far from the Royal albatross centre if you wish to take any of the Eco-tours.

The hosts were helpful and friendly and waited for us even though we arrived late at night. The compendium in the room contained all the useful information about Dunedin and Otago Peninsula.

will be our no. 1 choice if we visit again!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 6 November 2013
Thank you for your lovely review.

We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. It was good of you to phone ahead and let us know you were going to be later than you thought. Very helpful!

We hope the rest of your holiday went well. Have a safe trip home.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Sydney
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Take the coast road an not over the mountains, although very scenic, windy & narrow. 1 night stay when only the pub & grocery shop were open. Great views over the bay with wonderful balcony where we had pre dinner drinks & chips. Ohhhhh so peaceful. Very well appointed rooms with kitchenette, spacious, warm with heater, electric blankets & under floor tile heating. Close to Lanarch Castle.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
Thank you for your review. We're delighted you found your accommodation comfortable and peaceful. The Studios are a great place to chill out. Portobello is generally a quiet village but is only a 25 minute drive from the great metropolis of Dunedin!

The road along the 'spine' of the Peninsula has spectacular views but it is windy and narrow in places. But if you can take your time, on a bright sunny day the photo opportunities are endless!

Thanks again.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

As a family of 5 adults on a bit of a whirlwind tour of NZ we found this accommodation a perfect counterbalance to our city stops.
Super clean (Keith and Sue were cleaning madly while we were there!) well appointed, village location, our 2 bedroomed Portobello cottage had it all.
Birdlife, wonderful scenery, windy roads, plus all that NZ greenery is easily accessible from Portobello Motel making it a great base to explore the spectacular Peninsula.
Sadly we had only one afternoon and night there.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
We're really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us! Nothing pleases us more than knowing our guests have been able to take full advantage of everything the peninsula has to offer. And if our Motel at least meets your expectations, then we feel we've contributed something towards making the New Zealand experience a really great one!

Come again and stay longer!!

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Washington, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Stopped there for two nights in September 2013. Owners very friendly. Nothing is a bother, very helpful. Rooms very clean and with everything needed. Views from my room spectacular over the bay. Location very handy and close to all places on the Peninsula and Dunedin. Plus a fish and chip shop at entrance which I tried and can recommend. Everything positive and no negatives. I will stay there again if I'm over there again

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
Thank you Joe! We enjoyed talking with you and are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us.

Next trip bring your motorbike!!

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Shanghai, China
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Though it was not a very easy drive to the motel on Otago Peninsula, it was very worthwhile. The couples who run the motel were very friendly, which made us feel very comfortable. We were also very glad to know we can buy fresh eggs from them and we did so. They seems surprised when we said we would like to buy all the eggs :-). As Chinese people, we were also very happy to see the kitchen is very well equipped and we were even provided a rice cooker which helped us to make the best rice for dinner during the whole trip. The motel is a very good choice if you plan to spend some time visiting Otago Peninsula, which I will also strongly recommended for very beautiful beaches. But if you only want to visit the city of Dunedin, it may be too far away from the center.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Thank you so much for writing your kind review!

We're very pleased you enjoyed using the rice cooker!!

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Thank you for choosing our motel.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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australia
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

This was a lovely comfortable motel and it was run by a friendly couple. The location was great and it was a peaceful place to stay. The rooms are very well maintained and comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay there.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 7 October 2013
Thank you so much for your review.
We're delighted you enjoyed your stay in our lovely corner of the world.
Please come again!!

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Property: Portobello Motel
Address: 10 Harington Point Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin > Portobello
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portobello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Portobello Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Motel is set back off the main road through the little village of Portobello. The setting is peaceful and quiet. Our 4 studio rooms have lovely views over Portobello Harbour.Our 2 one-bedroomed and 2-two bedroomed cottages, whilst not having harbour views, are both spacious and comfortable.All the units come fully equipped for self catering although the delightful 1908 Restaurant is situated just across the road from the end of our drive. The Hotel next door has a Bistro bar, providing good food and beer and the Penguin Cafe offers hot and cold snacks and picnics. The local shop is well stocked too.The Portobello Motel is only 20 minutes from Taiaroa Head where the Royal Albatross , sea lions,seals, penguins and many sea birds are to be found.There are some lovely walks in the area too. Bring your binoculars for wildlife watching! ... more   less 
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