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“An Oasis in the Desert.”
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Sai Motels
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Greenlane
Reviewed 17 February 2014

After being royally screwed over by our original accommodation, and with very limited options, this motel saved our butts from being stranded. The price was very reasonable, and we were able to get an airport transfer at 5am which was a Godsend. Do not let the exterior fool you, inside it is very nice and comfortable, and I slept like a baby! Room had a comfy bed, microwave, sky tv, crockery and tea and coffee facilities. The staff and manager/owner were awesome, super friendly and always willing to help. The manager drove us to the airport in the morning and we had a great chat with him. He was everything you should expect in a motel/hotel manager and we were so grateful to have encountered someone nice after such a terrible weekend in Auckland.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Katie E
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Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

The room was big with nice decor. There was a microwave and fridge which was useful, plus a television with some sky channels. Lots of power plugs around the place. The room was clean, however the bathroom needed a good scrub, as the was a bit of grot build up.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
5  Thank AliArchAU
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We chose Sai Motel because we were attending a function in the area and wanted the closest possible accommodation (ie walking distance). I wasn't expecting great things because of the LOW price and slightly dodgy looking exterior. However, we were extremely happy with the room and it was exactly what we were after - good sized room which was clean and warm. Lovely shower and comfy bed. Sky TV and tea and coffee. The staff at reception were very friendly.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank PoleNZ
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

For a very reasonable price I got a fairly basic but good-sized, clean and well equipped room (including fridge, microwave, crockery) in the Penrose business area. The staff were extremely friendly and always there to help. Shops and restaurants are a ten minutes walk away near Ellerslie train station which also offers frequent train services to Auckland city center (the train trip to the city takes approximately 20 minutes). Alternatively, a bus to the city stops right in front of the hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank 5starbackpacker
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

I stayed one night. The room was fairly basic but clean and comfortable and the price very reasonable. Parking was a bit awkward, with parks not allocated to rooms, and a bit tight to get into.

Staff were friendly. Location was easy to find and handy for business appointments in Penrose area.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank Pyrofly
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

Good sized rooms with all the basics - very comfotable bed, fridge, microswave, flat screen Sky TV, A/C, little table and two chairs, crockery, and AMAZING shower. They are going through a refurbishment at the moment - Mum's room still had masking tape around the edges. But the finished results (my room) are very classy. The motel is on the odd-numbered side of Great South Road, which is the best side to be on by far! Motles on the even-numbered side of the road are sandwiched between Great South Road and the Auckland motorwway, and as such, are horrifically noisy. It's a matter of less than 10 minutes to city centre, and Great South Road provides a plethora of different dining establishments within walking or a few minutes driving distance. Everything is covered, from all the major junk food chains (Wendys is right across the road) , to takeaways and restaurants providing a huge variety of ifferent cultural flavours, to a large Countdown supermarket. Staff are super friendly, and very helpful. The only drawback is that while we had no trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi with good signal, it ran soooo slow that we gave up trying to get on to any webpages. Also, they tell you it costs $3, but charge you $5.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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3  Thank KarolynTimarkos
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

We stayed for 2 nights and arrived in the wee hours but the staff was still very helpful--I needed a hairdryer and got it even at 2am. We had everything we needed in the room and the bathroom was nicely laid out (but there wasn't shampoo--bottle was empty). The motel was hard to find on our GPS for some reason but telling people to look out for Yellow Pages and Wendy's helped a great deal. We also very much appreciated the staff's direction on where to go etc. Of all the motels we stayed at on our trip to the North Island, this was the only one with a/c which was very much needed during the heat wave we arrived to! The motel may not look appealing from outside but it was a great stay all the same. Don't let its looks deceive you.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Enqi C
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Address: 385 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland 1051, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Greenlane
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Greenlane
Price Range: £54 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sai Motels 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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