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Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Gisborne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 March 2013

We stayed a couple of days in Gisborne and this motel was ideal. It was quiet and away from the main thoroughfares and yet within easy walking distance of the town centre restaurants. Our apt was on the first floor with a good view over the sea where we could watch the boats going in and out of the harbour. The beach was no more than 40 yards from the back door. On the 1st floor we parked our car immediately below our apartment. The apt. was clean, bright with minimal basic cooking equipment. Entirely adequate for our needs. Our host was helpful and cheerful and we would not hesitate to return here.

Room Tip: First floor have the best view out to sea
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

Stayed one night. We were in a two room unit downstairs near the stairs to the upper rooms. We found it very noisy with people up and down the stairs and as we were close to the car park we were woken with vehicle starting up and doors closing. Internet was expensive so didn't bother. Room was very comfortable and spacious. We had arrived a day earlier than expected and Whispering Sands had no accommodation so we stayed in a motel further down Salisbury Rd. We found that accommodation better value for money and internet was free.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Judith A M, Owner at Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 December 2014

That you for your review, I am glad you enjoyed you stay with us
and hope to see you again. Once again thanks Judith

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

We stayed here for three nights in peak season (early January). At $240 per night, I consider this an expensive motel and expect a lot.

Positive: great location, spotlessly clean, super-cool sixties original interiors, very committed management

Negative: downstairs rooms have no privacy from adjacent rooms, beachfront walkway or car park. Other visitors treated the place like a club of friends or caravan park while we were there but this may have been just bad luck. The two bedroom family suites are too small for a family for more than a night: entrance through carpark into one bedroom, then access via galley kitchen or galley bathroom to main room. The upstairs rooms may be much the better choice and also have views of the ocean.

Room Tip: Upstairs the only option if you want any privacy.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

This is the best place to stay in Gisborne; it's on the Waikanae ('city') beach although not in the centre of Gisborne which could be a problem for anyone without a car. The Whispering Sands Motel is almost iconic - very simple, stylish and well-equipped motel units - and, at peak periods, booked out from one year to another. The owners, Judith & Peter, are helpful and charming; even the cleaning team is terrific! I stay here most years, and the kitchen is sufficiently well-equipped for some reasonably serious holiday-style cooking.

Room Tip: I prefer the upstairs units: they're more private and have better views. Ground level ones poss...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

From the registration desk at the beginning of the stay to the reluctant handing in of the key at the end you will enjoy the beautiful inclusive chattels and features of this piece of paradise. It has a slightly Japanese feel to the decor which is fresh and different and very clean. The quality of the chattels and extras are appreciated as is the location - right on the beach front. The hosts cannot do enough for their guests to ensure they have an excellent experience. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Owners very accommodating and helpful. Comfortable stay with a nice bed. Quiet, and a great distance from town, not too far, but far enough. Have stayed before and is motel of choice in Gisborne

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

I had the pleasure of staying at the Whispering Sands Motel at the beginning of the year and was impressed with the whole place. The room (1 queen) was immaculate and comfortable with the view of the bay superb. I believe it is the the only motel in Gisborne on the beach front. The motel owners were very knowledgeable about the local area and were happy advice me to on what to do in our short stay in Gisborne. What sets this motel out from other motels i have stayed in New Zealand is the view, the value and the friendly service that we recevied from the motel owners Peter & Judith. I look forward to my next stay when i visit New Zealand again.

Room Tip: Definately book a upstairs room, sit on the private balcony and enjoy the lovely sunsets over the ba...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel

Address: 22 Salisbury Road | Waikanae Beach, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Gisborne Region > Gisborne
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Gisborne
Price Range: £86 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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