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“Cozy night at Fountain City”

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Fountain City Motor Inn
Ranked #20 of 62 Hotels in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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40 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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“Cozy night at Fountain City”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Always a good stay at the fountain city. Great value for money!
Used the washing facilities but the dryer is not good at all, doesnt dry anything and needs a good clean om the inside!
Love the high pressure showers and the very friendly staff...see you again soon :)

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights (on a 2 night special – great $$ value). Comfortable place, wonderfully helpful staff, very good value for money. Very comfortable bed, especially after the drive North from Wgtn, warm room with all the basics that we needed.
Found that they offered room service meals (dinner) from local restaurants with charge back to our room account – great bonus and what a superb meal we enjoyed.
We’re staying there again in a couple of weeks – that probably give you a good idea of our recommendation!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wahiawa, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

I enjoyed my stay at this property while in Hamilton. Clean, comfortable, easy and convenient from the main road, Fountain City is one of many motels lining the road that leads to the city centre. It was nice to be able to park across from the door and just roll my suitcase to the entryway. Though small (I had to carry my suitcase into the room and kept it on one side of my bed since there was no other place to put it), the studio room is nicely furnished with a queen bed, table and two chairs, and leather chair with ottoman. The kitchen area has a microwave, small fridge, sink, coffee press, hot water maker, utensils, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The dated bathroom is a little small, but it worked fine for me. The water pressure was great, however, the shower head is a little low (I'm 5'4"). The bed is a little soft, but comfortable with a nice heating element in it. The heater is a bit noisy especially when on high, but it didn't keep me from sleeping soundly. I barely noticed any road noise.

In-room WIFI (free through Zenbu vouchers) is available up to 200 mb. There is also an indoor heated pool, spa and sauna, which I didn't experience. You can also order in-room breakfast up to 9 p.m. the night before and specify the delivery time; just ask for the form at the reception desk.

You can either walk or drive just down Ulster Street for fast food, grocery store or the gourmet Nosh Food Market. Within driving distance is the city centre with many restaurants, theatres, shops and services. Fountain City Motor Inn also provides a list of restaurants for delivery or takeout that can be added to the hotel bill or not.

I actually decided to stay in Hamilton since it was the midway point between Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set, plus I'd wanted to see Hamilton Gardens. Didn't get to see the gardens, but staying in Hamilton was a good decision. You can also pick up a map of Hamilton and they'll help you with any directions.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Salem, OR
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We had 2 nights while visiting family - from the US. Very clean and comfortable room. Major lack was no closet and very limited other hanging options. Room relatively small but that made it easier to heat on a cold night! Staff very accomodating and helpful when wi-fi issues came up.

Room Tip: W chose upstairs - appeared it would be quieter, and a nice view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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gisborne
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

will be making this my choice of place to stay every time in Hamilton - cannot fault anything, and hosts went above what was needed - recommended to all.
Good location, next to mini golf course - 10 min walk from city centre. Good walk through a forest to the river walkway.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Gold Coast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Decided at the last minute to stop overnight in Hamilton instead of going on to Auckland. Liked the look of this one as we drove by and decided to stay. Was not disappointed. The room was extremely large and the king sized bed area was separated by folding doors. The kitchen area was spotless as was the rest of the Unit. Large t.v. screen and the heating was quick and quiet. Even though the motel is on a very busy road we were not affected by traffic noise in fact we did not hear it. King size bed was very comfortable. There was a park adjoining and when we arrived there was a football team or similar training and we could hear them but it finished very early so was not obtrusive. Good list of restaurants available in Room Folder who will deliver however we chose to ring up then go and pick it up ourselves. Would definitely stay here again if staying in Hamilton.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Love Fountain City Motor Inn. The room was very clean and had a fully loaded kitchen (right down to a bottle of milk instead of those annoying sachets). Massive TV with lots of channels and good reception. Modern heatpump kept us warm on a -2 degree night! The downside is the shower head is too low and many reviews seem to mention this, but the water pressure from the shower is like a fire hose hitting you - Love it (although might not be good for kiddies).

Great warm pool and spa.

Pros: Friendly staff, amazing value for money, easy to park, secure, warm, Large rooms
Cons: Upstairs has no lift, musty smelling hallways, not sound proof (drunk people turning up at next unit at 4am on sunday morning woke us).

Room Tip: Seasonal Special is a steal (Hint: If the room says it has a 42" TV, its the larger rooms!)
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fountain City Motor Inn
Address: 305 Ulster Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Hamilton
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 62 Hotels in Hamilton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Fountain City Motor Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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