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Anchorage Motel
Ranked #3 of 44 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland
Level Contributor
43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic location and all round great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

Staff are friendly and helpful. Room was modern and exceptionally clean and well appointed. Our room had a spa bath which was awesome to be able to unwind in even when the weather outside was not great. There is also a pool and a spa pool onsite.
The motel is approx. a 10 minute stroll to the main shopping centre in Paihia but everything you need is within a stones throw. Restuarant, cafe, bar, liquor store and a convenience store all within 2-3 minute walk and the beach across the road.
I highly recommend this place to anyone wanting a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hi Felix...thank you for the nice review of our Studio Spa Supreme room. We appreciate your entire comments on our facilities, rooms and location. We hope that prospective guests reading your review take up your recommendation to stay with us in the lovely Bay of Islands.
Aileen and Denis
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Highly recommended. Exceptional quality and superb value, especially in winter. Five star in cleanliness, location and comfort. Very friendly and helpful staff, in fact probably the best motel experience I have had in New Zealand.

Room Tip: Suspect all the rooms are good. I was downstairs and absolutely no complaints although in peak time...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bananabanou
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Wow! Bananabanou "the best motel experience I have had in New Zealand", that is an awesome compliment and it looks like we ticked all the boxes for you. We look forward to hosting you again if and when you ever visit the lovely Bay of Islands again, thank you from the team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

Recently, I stayed at my usual friendly, cosy, accommodation in Paihia and was plagued with car problems. So much so that on my final day I chose to drive the 5 hours straight home in order to get the car seen to.
When the car wouldn't start on the morning of my departure Aileen (owner and manager) immediately understood the problem, called her mechanic and got me on the road in record time. All the while checking other valued guests out and making arrangements for her busy day.
After a quick hug and a "Will you be ok now?" from Aileen I was on my way and I thought this is why I keep coming back when I could stay anywhere.
Thanks Aileen for looking after me.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Julia R
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
As usual Julia, we love your regular visits and we look forward to the next one. Having your car made mobile was not a problem and was just part of the friendly service. See you soon....Aileen and Denis
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Hotel quality room, actually even better with a fully equipped kitchenette, at very reasonable price. Plenty of towels available, even milk in the fridge for cups of tea. Very comfortable and great location just across the road from the beach. I imagine the pool would be fantastic in summer, a shame that the spa pool wasn't very warm, but overall a hugely positive experience and the staff helpful, warm and accommodating. Would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: While you can actually see the water from the bottom floor rooms, the top ones have a great view and...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sefton R
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alf0798, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
Hi Sefton R… Thank you for your nice review and it was good to hear that you definitely recommend our property. Found it rather strange that should knock us back on value and location ratings, yet both those featured as positives in your review. Pleasing to hear you found your room very comfortable and the staff performed up to their usual high standards. We look forward to having you stay with us again whenever you venture back up to the lovely Bay of Islands.
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Brisbane, Australia
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89 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great location close to shops, restaurants and harbour. The unit was very well appointed with good views of the bay across the road. Car accommodation and laundry facilities available. Owners are very helpful and informative and provide first class service.

Room Tip: Studio unit upstairs so you have a sea view
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Karen J
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alf0798, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 29 May 2014
Hi Karen J….Thank you for your review. Just like the majority of nice reviews we receive from our guests, special mention is made of our great location, our views of the bay, our well-appointed rooms and the service we as owners provide. When you next visit New Zealand again and travel up to the lovely Bay of Islands, you will be most welcome to stay with us again…..Denis & Aileen
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Auckland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

The Anchorage is in an ideal location, it has a lovely pool and spa. The rooms are great, nicely laid out with nice furniture. The service was great too. This is the best motel that we have stayed at in New Zealand. The only potential downside was how close it is to the main road but we were in the closest unit to the road and we were not bothered by road noise at all. There are great restuarants and bars within easy walking distance and the beach is just across the road. A fab place to stay.

Room Tip: We paid the extra $10 for a sea view and it was worth it!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Karen13T
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alf0798, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 29 May 2014
Hi Karen 13T…..A very nice review with great praise for our location, our rooms and the service we provide. It was good to hear that the potential for road noise did not eventuate; we have double glazed the windows we felt posed any threat. Our refurbishment program has made its mark when you get comments such as “best motel that we have stayed in New Zealand”. We look forward to you staying with us again whenever you are back up in the lovely Bay of Islands…Denis & Aileen
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Mackay, Australia
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

My partner and I had two very lovely nights here, the rooms are very spacious for motels these days the bathroom was huge and the kitchenette was more than big enough we could have stayed 2 weeks and not found it too small, the bed very very comfy and the aircon was silent and we couldn't hear the next unit flushing the loo or having a shower, we were in the middle of the 2nd level in room 9. The hosts are extremely helpful with where to eat wot to do and see, and we were lucky enough to see their game boat come in at the Pier and weigh in a 121.7 kg Marlin, a very special experience. the view over the harbour is stunning, will return at some stage and certainly recommend to any one that wants to go the Bay of Islands. well done Aileen and Denis a wonderful experience you have created. from us in the Whitsundays

Room Tip: upper level for the view, but seriously what we saw, the rooms are all very well appointed
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jules H
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alf0798, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, 25 May 2014
Hi Jules H….Thanks for your wonderful review, it's always great to get such good feedback! Yes, we are blessed with a great location and having ocean views from our rooms. Much appreciated the comments on how you found your room. We loved that you enjoyed your experiences in Paihia and exploring all the Bay of Islands has to offer. We hope you get to come back sometime and see more of our beautiful country and stay with us again. Regards Denis & Aileen
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#2 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#2 Family 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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