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“Good location, spa bath, marina view”

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Anchorage Motor Lodge
Ranked #34 of 47 Hotels in Napier
Geneva, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
242 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Good location, spa bath, marina view”
Reviewed 23 February 2013

We chose Anchorage Motor Lodge for our two-night stay in Napier because it was perfect for our planned fishing trip leaving from the wharf just opposite. The owners were very helpful and friendly, letting us use the Lodge kitchen to cook the fish we caught on that trip. Our second-floor room was large, clean and comfortable, and the bathroom had a big spa bath which was very welcome. Cooking facilities included a two-ring electric hob as well as the standard microwave, fridge and basic utensils. If you don't feel like making breakfast, you can also order breakfast in the room or go to a cafe down the road. Wireless internet is free. Ahuriri has lots of good cafes and restaurants just a step away though you need transport to go into Napier itself.

The upstairs rooms all give onto a walkway/balcony, with some tables set into open recesses. This has the advantage that all the rooms face the harbour but means that you could find strangers eating an al fresco dinner (or breakfast) right outside your room (we asked permission, which was speedily granted by our neighbours).

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
286 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2013

We picked this accommodation for an overnight stay because we wanted to park up the car and walk to a great choice of food along the waterfront. We experienced a friendly reception and were placed in a second storey room with a beautiful view over the marina. The room was excellent. It was a studio, about twice the size of some studios we've stayed in. King sized bed that was very comfy, all the amenities including a spa bath and free wireless. Great stuff. We know we'll be going back to try it again. The choice of food within 5 minutes walking covers everybody's tastes. From full blown restaurant nosh to cafe style and everything in between. The ambiance is excellent, fishing boats moored across the road, outdoor dining at it's best.

Room Tip: All rooms look out over the harbor, but level 2 studios, being the top floor can't be compared.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2013 via mobile

We have stayed in Napier a couple of times and always stay out in Ahuriri. The location is just too lovely not to. Watching the boats coming in and out from your accommodation or over dinner is just too good. Anchorage is well situated for this and is a short stroll to some lovely restaurants. The rooms were nice and clean and had fans as it got really warm. The only fault I could comment on was the service. On arrival the receptionist was very quick with us and could have been a little friendlier. We thought she may have just been having a busy moment. After arriving back from dinner and drinks the 1st night we stayed here, our power went. We presumed it was just a tripped switch but couldn't find a power box by the lights of our phones. Neither could we find an after hour contact number for some assistance. We headed to bed and the following morning found the box just between the bedroom doors. We tripped the switchbback and it never happened again. When we went back to reception to ask for some advice on sites, again we were very quick to be dismissed and left none the wiser. Upon check out, we notified the receptionist about the power issue. She just said 'yes, it happens, its an old place'! If this is a regular occurrence, an after hours contact number would be very helpful. Or even some advice on what to do or the whereabouts of the power box in the visitor book in the room. We finished by asking some directions. When the receptionist couldn't be of any help a little smile wound have been nice so at least we may not have walked out feeling like she didn't care.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2013

Easy to find and well situated for the Marina. Motel is helpfully labelled in large letters visible from the road behind it, which was the way our TomTom took us. Even on Labour Day there were places within easy walking distance open for food in the evening. Very helpful at the desk: they loaned us a lamp because we found the room too dark for knitting / embroidery, but probably not a problem for most people with standard eyesight. Possibly the smallest container of milk I have been given at a motel, and would probably not have been enough if we had filled the 2-bedroom apartment. Easy drive behind the port to the Marine Parade area with easy access to all Napier's attractions.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Clare B
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Wellington
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2013

A one night stay that turned into two because we liked it so much. Third floor is the place to be, great views across the marina and also quiet. Rooms well appointed and very comfortable, free wifi a bonus.
The hosts were great and accommodating, and nothing was too much trouble, even adding an extra night in peak season.
Location wise, it's handy to some nice eateries and bars, and a short hop into Napier. All in all, highly recommended

Room Tip: Third floor was great, ground floor a little noisy from people above
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2012

We stay there on our transit to Wellington, even is far away from the center but this is the only reasonable hotel where is our bus stop nearby. It just like at home, with full cooking facilities, at least we can prepare something hot for our dinner, we stay in the ground level, with nice view of harbour, they have their coin operated laundry service which is cheaper than in backpackers hostel. with only 4 dollar we can wash and dry our clothes.

Staff is very helpful which is believe operated by two lovely husband & wife. With the amount that we paid, I thinks this is the great price that we get while we travel around New Zealand.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Zairol
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F'burg
Level 6 Contributor
205 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2012

The best part of staying at the Anchorage was the view over the sailing basin and the back harbor. Another good reason to stay there was that it's walking distance to some good restaurants such as the Thirsty Whale. However, it's a long way from central Napier and the Art Deco center of the city.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Anchorage Motor Lodge
Address: 26 West Quay Ahuriri,, Napier, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #34 of 47 Hotels in Napier
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Hotel Class:4 star — Anchorage Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 44
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