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Anchorage Motel
Ranked #5 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Kootingal Australia
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3 reviews
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“The excellent Anchorage Motel”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

From start to finish,this has been the best accommodation.
We felt that Denis & Ails treated us just like their best friends.
The motel itself is an example as to how a motel should be presented.
Everything was neat,tidy & well organised. Even the kitchen utensils are arranged in a special position .And all of the motel is spotless.
The beds are extremely comfortable & there is practically no traffic noise.
Also, everything in the motel works.
Ailsa also gave us invaluable advice in our tourism planning and booked us on the famous Lion NZ sailing day.
We will certainly be staying here again when we come back to the Bay of Islands.

Room Tip: Just ask Ails.
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  • Stayed April 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 your excellent review, it was a pleasure having you stay here with us at the Anchorage!!! Im am very porud to here you say that this has been the best accommodation you have stayed at from start to finish. We put in a lot of time and effort in to keep our Motel clean, tidy and spotless and im glad to read thats this has been noticed. We would love to have you stay with us again if you are ever in the Bay of Islands again. Thank you once again!!
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

We were recommended this motel by friends on our first visit to Paihia so having enjoyed our stay we used it again for our second visit. The good position of the motel at the beginning of the road into Paihia means it is quiet and our first floor room meant we had a good view over the front grounds to the sea beyond. The shops, restaurants and sight-seeing venues are within easy walking distance. The room was well equipped with everything we needed, the queen sized bed was comfortable and the outside seat and table an added bonus for reading or chatting to neighbours. Our hosts Aileen and Dennis made us very welcome, once again, booked our trips for us and generally did everything they could to make our second stay a memorable one.

  • 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 and thank you for returning to our Motel it was a pleasure to have you again. I am happy to hear you enjoy the beautiful views just as much as we do!! The great thing about our location is that if you don't feel like driving everything is within walking distance. We hope to see you again soon!!
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights on the upper floor. The view of the bay was magnificent. The bed was very comfortable and the room was both spacious and clean. The staff were most friendly & answered our email enquiry within hours when we were booking our room. We will be back for sure :)

  • Stayed February 2013
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Thank you for taking a moment to review our Motel. I am pleased to hear you had an enjoyable stay here with us at the Anchorage. We take a lot of pride in the standard that we keep our units, I appreciate your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again!!
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Sun City, Arizona
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

Aileen welcomed us and offered a wonderful upgrade. After 2 weeks in campervan in the South Island the bed was so wonderful. I should mention the amenities in the room. All the little shower potions were in place, but most wonderful was the very complete hot beverage service including tea, instant coffee, ground coffee for plunger coffeee (French Press) and hot chocolage.
Aileen gave me a local area briefing and restaurant recommendations that were SPOT ON.

Room Tip: All rooms face the Bay of islands and there are no buildings obstructing the view. We stayed ground...
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  • 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 taking the time to review our Motel. Im am glad to hear that after travelling for two weeks in a campervan you were able to have a good night sleep in our comfortable beds and take full advantage of our in room amenities. We would love to wlecome you back if you are ever in the beautiful Bay of Islands again.
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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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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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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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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
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#3 Luxury 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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