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“Nice place far away”
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Portobello Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portobello
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nice place far away”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

Very nice and clean motel, well taken care of, with a kitchen, stove and fridge. We bought fresh eggs provided by their generous hens that very day (50 cents each). There is a charge for the internet usage; be sure to deselect all the system upgrades and hibernate your computer as soon as you are done working to stretch those $20, otherwise you’ll run out of your megabytes fast. Portobello is picturesque (on a sunny day), but there’s not much there to see n Portobello itself. If you travel by car, places worth of exploring like The Royal Albatross Centre and The Penguin Place are very close. Otherwise, there is no direct transportation to these attractions. Some tours, like Monarch cruises, do pick up from Portobello, but then you lose out on all the information they provide on the way from Dunedin, which in our case was very interesting.
There is a city bus route number 17/18 to and from Dunedin, which takes about 35 minutes and costs $4.60 per person each way. Taxi fare is about $60.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 28 February 2014
Thank you for your very comprehensive review!!

We do actually give 200MB of Wi Fi free to each room each day. Under normal circumstances that would last hours as emailing and surfing only uses about 5MB per hour. But you are so right when you say that you need to turn off the updating. It catches some people out even though we do tell all our guests. Everyone is so used to having more than they need in terms of gigabytes that they don't think about it!

Thank you for mentioning the bus route and Monarch tour from Dunedin. All additional things for our guests to try!

Many thanks for taking the time to put down your thoughts.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Guangzhou, China
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

My family and I had the pleasure of staying here 1 night when visiting the Otago Peinisula. The hotel is perfect for a family that wants to stay close to the nature attractions. We had a two bedroom unit that was spacious and clean. When we checked in, the owners took us through all the attractions and told us the best times to go see the Albatross center and the blue penguins - that information really helped. Also, they told us about Allen Beach, a hidden gem on the island!
There are no frills with this inn - no fitness center, no restaurant - but it's a clean, spacious, comfortable stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 28 February 2014
Thank you for your lovely review!

Keith and I are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and found the information we gave helpful.

There is so much to see here we feel it is very important to make sure all our guests receive the best guidance we can give them to make their stay as enjoyable and successful as possible.

So thank you again for taking the time to write. It is much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Portobello Motel has superb location near the limited amount of local services (Dunedin can be reached by local bus service), and especially close to all the nature attractions in the area. Owners are really helpful and ready to give you advise on where to go taking in account the time you can spend. The units are quite nice, clean and cosy, with balconies overlooking the harbour (at least ours was).

Room Tip: We much appreciated the unit with view to the harbour
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Thank you for your comments.

We're very pleased you liked your harbour view studio. The view is fabulous!

It was a good idea to take advantage of our very good local bus service into Dunedin. It means you can look at the views while being driven and not have to park your car at the other end!

Thanks again for taking the time to write a review. It is always helpful for us and other guests.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2014

t his was the first motel that we stayed in on our trip and it was excellent. We had a one bedroom unit it had every thing you would want on an overnight stay. The bed was so comfortable beautiful clean linen and soft towels.it is very close to the Albatross centre also the Yellow Eye penguins. I must say Keith and Sue were great hosts

Room Tip: all the rooms looked equal
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and found everything comfortable and to your liking.

We are getting up to 200 Blue Penguins arriving on Pilots Beach every night...it's quite a sight isn't it!

Thank you for choosing our Motel and for taking the time to write a review. It is much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

Nice comfortable and spacious units. A charming location on the Dunedin harbor, 20 min from the town center. Keith and Sue are most gracious hosts
Close to the Albatross Center, penguins and spectacular hiking trails. Would have liked to spend more than 1 night here

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and also for mentioning the great walking in the area. There are quite a few lovely tracks either on the beaches or on the hills. Often seals and sea lions can be seen on the beaches too, making it a double pleasure!

Please stay longer if you come again and explore some more!

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Geelong, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

We stayed two nights and wished we had planned a longer stay. The units are very nice, clean and comfortable. Cars can be parked just outside the unit. The kitchen had everything we needed and the bed was very comfortable. The location is ideal for exploring the Otago Peninsula, especially the nearby Albatross Centre, Blue Penguin night tours, Yellow-eyed Penguin colony and Monarch cruise from Weller's rock. We had a view of the bay. Keith and Sue were very helpful with advice on tours, food etc. For us it was a beautiful part of our self-drive tour but it would also be a lovely place to spend a week.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Thank you very much for your review which I hope other guests will find very useful and informative!

We were delighted to meet you both and are so pleased you enjoyed the Peninsula and wildlife as well as finding your accommodation comfortable.

Thanks again for taking the time to write. It is much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
308 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Such a lovely place. Attractive outside and inside. Really lovely décor; extremely well- equipped and very practically laid-out kitchen. Scrupulously clean. There is good heating, if needed. Views from the motel are great. The hosts are so friendly and nice - and so helpful. The Otago Peninsula is a great place to visit and the attractions one comes to see are quite handy to get to from the Portobello Motel. The little village is cute and there is a wonderful restaurant there plus a couple of good cafes if you want to eat out. We'd stay there again!

Room Tip: Rely on where the hosts puts you. It's so beautifully situated - anywhere is good!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
Thank you for your very complimentary review. Keith and I are delighted you were so pleased with your accommodation and the ambience of the motel.

The fish and chips are indeed excellent!! Portobello has most things to sustain life.

It's lovely to hear that when our guests take full advantage of everything on offer around the Peninsula they leave with happy memories of a very pretty and wonderful location.

Thanks 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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