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Astra Motor Lodge
Ranked #2 of 64 Hotels in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
St. John's, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“There's a reason why they have a 100% rating...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

You will not find a better accommodation in Hamilton and possibly the whole country. This place has the best of all worlds - rooms like a 5* hotel, the comfort of a motor lodge with convenient access to the rooms, and the hospitality of a B & B. Not one detail was missed in the construction of this lodge - right down to the choice of towels and toiletries.
Steve, Bronny, and Harrison are what we would call "salt of the earth" - the pride they take in the running of this lodge is evident and their kindness is unparallelled.
We WILL be back - Thank you for a wonderful 3 days!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Robyn L
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BronnyP, Owner at Astra Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Hi Robyn,

Thank you for your kind words. We absolutely loved having you and your family stay with us at the Astra Motor Lodge. Arriving as strangers and leaving as friends epitomisers your stay with us. We loved meeting you all and of course providing that leg of lamb on the BBQ. Harrison would love to thank you for the Loony and Toony coins and talks about them all the time. We look forward to seeing you all in the future and will keep in touch.
Safe travels for the rest of your trip.

Bronny, Steven & Harrison
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

This was our first night of a 10 day driving holiday in NZ.

We decided to get out of Aukland immediatly on arriving in NZ and choose Hamilton as it is an easy hour and a bit drive on a motorway.

I read the comments on the Astra before booking and must say they are spot on.
This is a fantastic motel, the best we stayed in on our trip in the first week of Jan'14.

We stayed here twice, on our way out and on our way back to the airport.

Both rooms were the same, large, very well appointed, clean, chic and modern.

Broony and Steve were just so welcoming. They gave us a beer on arrival on New Years Eve and invited us to their private party that evening.
When Sue left her bag the next moring we had to return from Rototua and Steve offered to meet us half way.

These are the type of hosts you want to meet on your travels, they make you feel welcome and give that extra to make their motel a home away from home.

I take my hat off to these two as they have a business that will succeed for all the right reasons.

Stay here, you will not be dissappointed and its a great intro to the Kiwi's.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tom G
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BronnyP, Owner at Astra Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Hi Tom,

Many thanks for your kind words, Much appreciated. We provide those little things just make your stay with us hassle free and on a hot day after traveling a long distance a nice cold drink hits the spot. It was great meeting you both and we look forward to catching up next time you are in Hamilton.

Kind Regards

Bronny & Steven
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

We stayed at the motels during late December as we had a family member in at the hospital.
We found the hospitality and understanding given by Bronny and Steven exceptional and above and beyond their call of duty as we never knew from day to day what we would be doing.
The rooms were Modern and clean and the beds are fantastic.
As we are a fussy couple we cannot find fault and give a double thumbs up and highly recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank m w
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BronnyP, Owner at Astra Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Hi M.W,

Many thanks for your review, much appreciated. We are certainly flexible when it comes to room availability and check out times for those guests that are involved with the Hospital. It is stressful enough being there all day so we try to accommodate all guests to suit their plans.
It was great meeting you both and we look forward to providing that same service next tie you are in Hamilton.

Regards

Bronny & Steven
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

We originally planned to stay one night, but extended to four nights after first night. It has newest and cleanest room we've ever stayed in New Zealand. Location is great as a hub to Rototua, Auckland, Taupo... We would love to stay again if back in the region.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank michael94168
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BronnyP, Owner at Astra Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Hi Michael,

Many thanks for your review, much appreciated. We are Hamilton's newest Motor Lodge but we believe that we offer that extra "personal touch" that you don't always find. As you mentioned Hamilton's location is a great hub as it is only a short drive to many attractions. It takes all pressures of if you do not have to keep packing up and changing Motels.

We look forward to hosting you again if you are ever in Hamilton again.

Regards
Bronny & Steven
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

We stayed at the Lodge in December and found the room spacious, very clean and comfortable, just what we needed after a long flight and drive. Our hosts were hospitable and made sure we knew where everything was (including where to find the best coffee and beer). The location of the Lodge allowed us to make day trips out to all the sights we wanted to see in the area including the Waitomo Caves and Raglan. The one thing I really appreciated (as a person who always feels it's too cold showering in the morning) is the heat lamp in the bathroom!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michelle C
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BronnyP, Owner at Astra Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Thank you Michelle for those kind words. The Astra Motor Lodge is positioned well for those day trips as you mentioned as it is only 45 minutes to the Waitomo caves, 40 Minutes to Raglan and 40 Minutes to Hobinton.
We look forward to hosting you again next time you are in Hamilton.

Regards

Bronny & Steven
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

We chose Astra based on reviews from others and I'm happy we did.

Astra is close to Hamilton Lake and only a short drive to the city centre. We found it to be a perfect place to explore from.

The host, Bronny, was brilliant. She gave us a map with directions to local supermarkets and eateries. She advised us on places to eat Gluten Free as my wife is Coeliac and also found time for a quick chat and to check how we were going whenever she saw us in the parking lot.

The beds were very comfortable and the street and neighbour noise was low due to the double glazing and insulation. The air conditioning was also excellent, and kept the room cool with almost no noise at all.

The bathroom and kitchen were compact but wonderfully clean with all the facilities we needed. The cleaning staff came through every day to keep up the standards.

The only thing I can think of as a down side is the room size. We had a unit with a second bedroom, and the beds in both rooms were huge (king and super king). Unfortunately, that meant that most of the space was taken up with the beds and there was only room for a very small table and 3 dining chairs. So, if you are looking for a couch or comfy chairs to sit in while you are watching TV, this may not work for you.

However, if you need a clean and comfortable place to sleep for the night, this is the one. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fartybeast
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BronnyP, Owner at Astra Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Hi Fartybeast,
Your review is valuable to the Astra Motor Lodge as it continues to make us aware of any little things that we may need to add to the complex. The Gluten free option we have for breakfast allows those who may require something a little different.
Once again, thanks for your review and look forward to seeing you next time you are in Hamilton.

Regards

Bronny & Steven
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

What a lovely end to our road trip, (and staying in some not so great hotels,) what a relief this place is. gorgeous, high quality fixtures and fittings, lovely comfortable bed, the kitchen even has a little oven, seems everything was thought of, very friendly check in, advice Given for restaurants in Hamilton. A real gem thank you

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Jo L
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BronnyP, Owner at Astra Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Hi Jo L,
Many thanks for your your kind words. It is always lovely to meet new guests who have traveled a lot and finished their trip by staying with us. We like to think that we can offer that relaxing, hassle free the end of their trip. We are happy that you chose the Astra Motor Lodge so we could show you "our" motel.

Take Care,

Bronny & Steven
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Property: Astra Motor Lodge
Address: 47 Kahikatea Drive, Hamilton 3206, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Hamilton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 64 Hotels in Hamilton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Astra Motor Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious New Motor Lodge located by Braemar Private Hospital and a few minutes walk to Waikato Hospital. CBD local restaurants and cafes are all within 5 mins in the car. Visit our beautiful gardens or enjoy a stroll around the lake. The 16 beautifully appointed apartment style rooms all with king and superking beds -(can be split into two singles). Sky Guest select with 50 channels plus in everyroom. Full kitchens. Double showers some with twin heads.Spa Baths, heat pump/air-conditioning in everyroom, Ultra fast broadband, wifi, guest laundry. Continental and cooked breakfasts available, with Gluten free options. Plenty of parking. ... more   less 
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