We stayed at the Anchorage lodge for Labour weekend, booking a top floor studio spa unit.
Greats: The room was a good size, well equipped with a comfortable bed. I enjoyed the spa bath, though we only used it once (maybe we would more in winter). Dishes which I'd planned on doing when we got back in were done when the room was serviced. We had a wonderful weekend in and around Napier, and did enjoy time spent at the motel.
Not so greats: Decor a little dated. We arrived about 10pm on a friday night, and the bar across the road was in full swing, with a live band. We could hear everything. We may as well have been in the bar. Til well after midnight. We had no idea that the motel was in an area where this was likely to be a problem. (We could also hear the TV next door - not ideal, because you worry about how you'll disturb the neighbours as well as them disturbing you. I feel like decent sound proofing is quite important in a motel!) When we went to check in properly the next morning, we mentioned the noise of the bar to the lady on the desk - she wasn't concerned that our sleep had been disturbed, and talked as if it happened often... So maybe sound proofing would be good? Or mentioning that noise may be an issue friday nights? Just didn't feel like she cared at all, which I'd expect her to when we paid decent money to stay. Fortunately the noise was better saturday. At the same time I mentioned that we were planning on brunch along Marine Parade, on the water front, and did she have any recommendations. We were told that there weren't any cafes along Marine Parade, we should go Ahuriri village, and no she had no suggestions because she makes breakfast for other people - she doesn't go out for it. I'd expect businesses to have an idea of local businesses around them, and was also very disappointed to see when we got into town that there were cafes all over the place!! Again, it seemed like she didn't care.
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