This is my 3rd business trip to Gisborne this year and the 3rd time I have been left disappointed with the accommodation. (NB 3 different locations used)
Why? The reviews of Waikanae Beach Motel were decent on Trip Advisor, the picture from the road is appealing.
Positives: warm friendly reception, the owners are on holiday and their friend was most helpful. Clean, tidy and fairly spacious room with a reasonably new TV, decent number of channels. The location is quiet, unlike the motels on Gladstone road and this assisted in my decision to stay.
Negatives: The bedroom decor is ok but bathroom is dated and leads you to believe this is a left over from the 80's.
The room has a textured ceiling which has sparkles and has large unappealing fan with a light.
As a suggestion, to modernise the room and make it more appealing with an average budget, the textured ceiling should be removed and re-painted. The bathroom needs to be updated with a modern sink, shower and a dual flush toilet.
Remove the single bed and provide a couch, this would alter the appearance immensely.
Finally, one small thing, there is no clock / clock radio in the room.... <$30 will remedy this.
I would imagine this accommodation would be appreciated by a budget minded traveller, however i believe its not up to the standard required to attract the business person.
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