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“A little spoilt by lack of privacy”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Anchorage Motel

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Anchorage Motel
Ranked #6 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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“A little spoilt by lack of privacy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

Stayed here for three nights in March. The room itself was very good, with a king-sized bed in the main room, and two singles in a back bedroom (which we did not have to use). The room was well-equipped and modern. What spoilt it for us was the fact that the room was entered by a large french window at the front. There was a double (imovable) seat to one side of the window, which was used by our neighbours - which meant that when we went in we had to literally reach over them to open the window, and when we were in our room, we felt we were constantly overlooked by them. Unfortunately, it was not possible to move the seat further along, as it was screwed to the floor. We also noticed a rather unpleasant smell in the room, for which we could not find the source, and on the first night we had a small invasion of ants which we managed to contain. The hotel in in a good position, as others have noted, but we would have preferred a room on the upper floor which might have provided a greater degree of privacy.

Room Tip: Upstairs might have a better view and a bit more privacy.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013

Our room was spacious, comfortable, and clean although very basic and the kitchenette well-equipped. We were disappointed to find our room right at the end of the driveway on the ground floor (perhaps because we'd booked a special price?); however, other than not having a proper patio for our table and chairs, we were surprised to find we were not disturbed by lights or noise. We did not use the pool but it looked quite nice. The hostess was very friendly and helpful despite my spilling a glass of red wine across the bedding. This motel is at the start of the motel/restaurant strip in Paihia and at the corner of the main entrance road but nothing is too far in Paihia and we were able to walk to restaurants and activities easily. The beach is right across the road. Not luxurious, but good value. We would stay there again but would request an upper floor with balcony.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Denis P, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 21 May 2013
Thank you for taking a moment to review our Motel. I'm glad you enoyed your stay here with us at the Anchorage. If you are ever in the area again next time request a upstairs unit, we are good at following through with guest request's as long as we have the availability to do so. The great thing about Paihia is how handy all the attractions/restaurants and activities are, if you don't feel like driving you don't have to, everything is within easy walking distance. I am happy you were able to try out some of the Restaurants and also do some of the activities that the Bay of Islands has to offer. If you are ever in New Zealand again we would love to welcome you back to the Anchorage Motel.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

I thought I had booked just a basic room, the web site does not do it justice, lovely room, very modern, spotless great facilities. We were at the front on the ground floor which doesn't ''qualify'' for a view rating apparently but it should, wonderful view out over the water. Derek was great at booking our excursions and providing information. I loved that we were given a local map on arrival so we could get our bearings quickly. Quite a bit of traffic going along the road but could not hear it inside the unit and totally quiet at night. Very easy walking distance to the centre, lots of places to eat and drink. Highly recommended. Thank you Derek
Jane and John, Melbourne

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Thank you for your review. I am very happy to hear you had an enjoyable stay with us. One of the great aspects of our Motel is not only the views of the Bay of Islands but also how convenient our location is to all of the restaurants,cafes, bars and activities that Paihia has to offer. If you ever pop across the ditch again we hope to see you!!
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

A big up to date room with all the facilities and a sea view near to restaurants.
Friendly staff who could advise you on anything to do and places to see.
Had a great 2 day stay.
My wife and I had been traveling the North and South island for over 4 weeks and this one was one of the best motels we stayed in.
Well done to all staff for being professional.
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Duncan

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our Motel. I am pleased to hear that we were one of the best Motels that you and your wife had satyed at during your 4 week holiday in New Zealand!! I hope you took the advice from our friendly staff and were able to enjoy some of the Restaurants and activities that the Bay of Islands has to offer. We hope to see you again next time you return to New Zealand.
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Windang, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

The motel is situated right on the water.It has a good view from the second story over the bay.Close to restruants and the harbour Fairy to various locations.The rooms at the end of the motel right on the road can be noisy our friends stopped in these rooms but ours was closer to the office and we didn't hear a thing.Pool is nice and BBQ facilities are good.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Denis P, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 21 May 2013
Thank you so much for reviewing our property. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the beautiful views from your unit and also the convenience of our location. We would love to welcome you back if you are ever in Paihia again.
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

After a fairly long & scenic drive from Auckland we were pleased to pull into this lovely place. Check in was smooth & very friendly. We had booked a studio room & were told we'd been upgraded to a 2 bed apartment (I thought this only ever happened to "other people"). We were shown to our room & given some milk for a well needed cuppa. The apartment was gorgeous, nice kitchen area & lounge/dining, which had an awesome view over the pool to the beautiful bay. 2 seperate bedrooms, both with tv. Bathroom was lovely & big. Everything was spotlessly clean. Reception gave us heaps of info about tours, eating out etc. They provided discount vouchers to a few of the restaurants. There is a restaurant right next door which does breakfast onwards. We dined there 1 night & used a free drink voucher from the motel.
Reading a previous review I agree about the smoking. I actually am a smoker, but only smoked on the balcony if our neighbours windows were closed, otherwise I went for a walk around the gardens or over to the beach. I would not have minded a designated smoking area, as long as it isn't just shoved into a corner.
We travelled as a couple but this place would be perfect for families too.

Room Tip: Great view from upstairs
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hampshire, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in Feb 2013 on our honeymoon, our room was massive (we got 2 bedrooms!) the view of the sea was stunning. Aileen was very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We booked our jet skiiing activities through the motel which was helpful. There are some lovely resturants we went to including the Waterfront, and The Pier (amazing location over the sea!) Fantastic spot for exploring the Bay of Islands.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our little slice of paradise. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your honeymoon stay here in Paihia and were able to take in the beautiful waterfront views from your 2 bedroom room and were also able to take advantage of what the Bay of Islands has to offer. We hope to see you again soon in the near future!!!
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Property: Anchorage Motel
Address: 2 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Paihia
#4 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#4 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Anchorage Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Anchorage Motel A warm welcome from owner/hosts, Aileen and Denis. Ideally located motel on the central waterfront of Paihia, in the subtropical Bay of Islands, the cultural hub and recreational Mecca of historic Northland. Come and anchor at our spacious luxury accommodation, designed for comfort and relaxation. Ideal place to stay for couples, family groups and business people. The ideal anchorage for your holiday in the Bay of Islands. ... more   less 
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