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Portobello Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portobello
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Nyborg, Denmark
1 review
“Very Nice”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

As we only booked 2 days before , i was just pleased to find an availability for a family of 4 . The pictures did not do the place justice , and we where surprised at how large the unit was . The owners greeted us like old friends and where very helpful . The kitchen had everything you needed all very clean and new . Excellent spot to go and visit the penguins and albatross .. If only i had known i would have stayed for both nights we spent on the peninsula . We spent one month on both islands sleeping in 8 different houses , This motel being one of our favourites :) excellent value for money and highly recommended

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
We were very pleased to be able to host at least some of your stay on the Peninsula and are delighted you enjoyed the experience.

It's always nice to know that our guests find the accommodation (and us!) meet their expectations! So thank you for taking the time to write a review...helpful for us and future guests.

May thanks.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Redcar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Everything about the Portobello Motel was perfect even though we had some poor weather.
Great Chalet, with excellent views of the Peninsular and everything you could want inside.
Both Sue & Keith extremely helpful with nothing too much trouble including arranging trips and giving good advice.
Car fairly essential although public transport is available.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and thank you for being so generous with your comments!!

We're delighted you found everything to your liking in spite of the weather!

Hope the remainder of your trip was a great experience.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Charming bungalows in a charming village on a charming peninsula in a charming province on a charming island. And Keith and Sue were always ready with just the right amount of advice. Much nicer (in our opinion, provided you have transportation) than staying in nearby Dunedin. 1908 food fantastic!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 26 January 2014
What a great review!! Thank you so much.

It's really nice to know that Portobello has been a success and that your visit here has added something to your New Zealand experience.

We appreciate the time you've taken to write.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Hannover, Germany
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Keith and Sue made my stay in Portobello most enjoyable. The rooms are well equipped, clean and very comfortable. I very much enjoyed having a proper living room apart from the separate bedroom. Sue and Keith are really friendly and they were always looking for ways to make their guests feel at home.
I found the peninsula overwhelming with its beautiful scenery and wildlife in abundance (sea lions and seals, penguins, albatrosses). It was the perfect place for a last stop before my flight back home.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have a view over Portobello harbour.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 26 January 2014
Dear Ulrike,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our motel. We were very pleased to host your stay on the Peninsula and delighted that you enjoyed the whole experience so much.

We are very flattered by your remarks and thank you most sincerely.

All the very best,

Sue and Keith
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 January 2014 via mobile

We really recommend this motel. Right from booking the owners through e mail write back giving helpful suggestions, making you reassured that you are going to be staying somewhere where the owners really care about your stay.
Excellent recommendations and help for booking and even fresh eggs from their own hens available.
Very good wi fi and if you a lucky enough to have a harbour view this is icing on the cake.
We will definitely return and wish Keith and Sue continuing success in their venture. Thank you very much.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 26 January 2014
Thank you Lynn. We're so pleased you found our motel comfortable and enjoyed all the Peninsula had to offer.

It was lovely to meet you both and we would be thrilled to see you again any time!

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's good to know we are managing to tick the right boxes!!

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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90 reviews
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

We stayed for two nights at the Portobello Motel. Our room was a bit dated, but very well kept and maintained, immaculate clean and comfy. We had a studio room with a great view to the sea. The motel is in walking distance to the 1908 restaurant (great food) and the pub. What make this motel most special are the wonderful hosts Sue and Keith. Upon our arrival they were not able to greet us in person as we were later than expected and thus left us a long explanatory and very helpful letter with some recommendations. We met both in person on the next morning and they were very friendly and helpful. Sue also booked for us some interesting tours on the peninsula. The Otago Peninsula is a very special place and so beautiful. We highly recommend staying at the Portobello Motel and like to thank Sue and Keith for the great stay we had.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Thank you for your very kind review.

We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and that our recommendations helped you to make the most of what was available on the Peninsula while you were here.

The blue penguins continue to come onto Pilots Beach in very large numbers (150-200 per night) and the rather windy weather recently has showcased the Royal Albatross and their graceful gliding, making viewing spectacular.

Thanks again and kind regards.

Sue and Keith
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We had a wonderful time staying at this motel. The host/managers were so nice, friendly and helpful. Location is great, too. Everything we needed was there.There is a lot to explore in the area and this place gets you much closer then staying in Otago. Portobello has restaurants and shop open even on Christmas day for a few hours.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

Keith and I are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us over Christmas, and found the motel (and us) to your liking!!

We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday and wish you all the very best for the New Year.

Kind regards,

Keith and Sue
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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
Hotel Style:
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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