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Portobello Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portobello
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Manchester
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“Great place to stay”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We had a lovely short stay at the Portobello Motel. Although we only stayed for one night, Sue and Keith were so helpful and looked after us very well. The room was spotless and well appointed. Portobello Motel is a lovely place to stay to explore the Otago Peninsula.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words!

We're very pleased you were pleased and enjoyed your stay.

Thanks.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

This is the second time we have stayed at this property when visiting from Australia, on both occasions the room has been excellent, and the hosts very helpful. Just what we were looking for. On this occasion we stayed in the family room while showing the parents around NZ, they loved the drive around the bay and enjoyed the country aspect of the area.

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Thank you for your review, we enjoyed reading your comments.

We would be delighted to see you again on your next visit!!

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

What a great place. We spent 4 nights in Portobello. We had been traveling in NZ for 3 weeks. This was our favorite spot - both the town and the motel. Sue and Keith were a great help in recommending what to visit on the Otago peninsula. Our studio was immaculate and cozy. They handled all of the bookings for our tours including the 1/2 day train trip out of Dunedin. I would highly recommend Portobello. We were glad we had 4 nights to relax and enjoy the area! The only thing I would add is that their pictures on line don't do the rooms justice.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 13 April 2014
Thank you very much for your kind comments!

It really pleases us when our guests can make the time in their itinerary to stay a few days and see the best the Peninsula and Dunedin have to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting your stay and are delighted you found everything to your liking.

Thank you for taking the time to write about us.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Choose for room no 3! Great overlooking view with clean and tidy room. The owner of this place also very helpful, we love our stay here, very high recommended. We did the penguins tour, its only 20 mins drive from this place.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Thank you for your kind comments.

We're pleased you were able to see some of our wonderful wildlife and that you enjoyed the experience.

Many thanks for taking the time to write your review.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Spent only one night and really wish we could stay longer. Clean, modern furnishings, excellent bathroom and a well equipped kitchen. Sue was most helpful and her tip to go to Allan's beach was most rewarding. We saw seals and sea lions at the magnificent Pacific Ocean, making this short stay most memorable.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Thank you for your review.
I'm very pleased you were able to see the sea lions in their natural habitat. Always a privilege.

It is nice to know you enjoyed your accommodation and that it reached your expectations.

Thank you for choosing our Motel and thank you again for taking time to write a review.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

The Portobello met all our expectations and then some. It has a great location on the Otago peninsula and the owners, Keith and sue go out of their way to share info on all the great things there are to do. Our studio was ample in size with a nice deck overlooking the bay. You could walk to restaurants and get to nearby beaches in no time. Only 25 minutes to Dunedin. Saw a lot of wildlife on the peninsula including sea lions and albatross. Alas, no penguins.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Thank you for your kind review!

We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay so much. We were delighted to be your hosts. It gives us great pleasure to see our guests enjoying everything the Peninsula has to offer. The wildlife is spectacular. The Blue Penguins are at their best in January/February when the numbers top 200 each night so it was a shame you didn't see them. You will have to come again!!

Many thanks.

Kind regards,

Sue and Keith
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the portabello motel. Very well maintained, clean, well equipped room with kitchenette. Nicely located within easy walking distance of the village. But to us best of all was the spectacular drive into Portobello. We were not expecting such a fantastic drive. This drive is underrated. It was the most one of the most spectacular in all our travels in New Zealand. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Thank you for your review and for taking the time to write it.

Keith and I are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and liked your accommodation .

The drive to Portobello on the Highcliffe Road (which gives you panoramic views of the bays on one side and the harbour on the other) are truly spectacular, as you say.The harbour road is lovely too and is at sea level, It winds around the coast but the views across the harbour are lovely too.

Thank you for mentioning the drive!!

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
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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