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Absolute Bliss Apartments
Ranked #21 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Reviewed 30 January 2009

We were very disappointed with this place which did not start well because we had not expected that the driveway to the apartments was what can only be described as being sheer. The web site photo does not show how steep it is. As this was booked through the AA site it would have helped if there had been a warning, certainly not a very easy driving approach.

Walking access is also via this steep driveway which we found difficult and would best be described as dangerous to anyone with a walking disability and certainly not easy to others.

Although the studio was comfortable and adequately equipped for self-catering our three-night stay was ruined by loud music being played from the neighbouring property. We were very disappointed because we had we had expected this to be quieter as the web site describes this a quiet, sunny bush setting, a relaxing retreat - which certainly wasn’t the case for the duration of our stay.

We did complain about the noise to the owner, who lives above the studios and would have been aware of the disturbance this was causing and she said she would contact the neighbour. We said that if the noise continued we would find it difficult to stay there to which she replied – that we would not find anywhere else, this being Christmas week. We had to complain again and were not impressed when the owner said what do you expect from a popular holiday area.

Unfortunately this was one of the few places that we had already paid for in advance.

We felt that the owner did not like us complaining about the excessive noise. So much so that when we checked out and went to say goodbye she was not around and we found that she was at work - it would have been courteous if she had let us know that she wasn’t going to be there when we left.

Of the 18 places we stayed in during our holiday this was the only one that had SKY TV but didn’t have SKY Movies and the free wireless internet did not seem to be available to us.

Compared to other places we stayed at during our 5-week tour we sadly could not describe this place as Absolute Bliss.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 November 2008

We spent a week-end in one of the two apartments in Absolute Bliss. They are on the middle floor of the house above the garages and below the owner’s accommodation. There’s a little lift from the entry hall which was convenient or you can use the outdoor steps up to the balcony. The noise from the lift can be heard in the apartment and our only real criticism of this place was the lack of noise insulation between the two apartments. You can hear much of what’s going on in the other one but we didn’t hear anything from the storey above us. However you don't hear any traffic noise as it's set just out of town in a peaceful location with lovely views.

The house is on a hillside with the steepest drive we’ve ever experienced but there is parking. And the house is just a few hundred metres from the centre of Paihia (10 minutes walking distance). The apartments have a great view to the east over Paihia and across to Russell. The one on the western side of the building which we stayed in gets more sun all day but the other would have a slightly better view. Each opens out onto the big deck with outside furniture.

The apartment was spacious and nicely laid out though the bed area was quite dark - a mirror on the back wall would help and would also be useful. The bathroom is beautifully tiled with a good roomy shower (no bath - and no outside window). We enjoyed having breakfast in the living room window bay looking out to the view. The furnishings were nice and comfortable. A reading lamp would have been good. We found the king bed a little soft but then we prefer a firm bed. The kitchen is just a little kitchenette with a two ring stove top and very functional. We could have done with a little more equipment – for instance there was no sharp knife to cut bread for toast.

We thought the apartment was good value for what we paid in winter but we wouldn’t describe it as top luxury and not sure it would be such good value at the summer rate.

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Reviewed 11 December 2017
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  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Room Tip: Alle Zimmer sind wunderschön, beim Zimmer unter dem Dach, teilt man sich mit der Vermieterin die Ter...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 24 Joyces Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range: £109 - £135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Absolute Bliss Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two Apartments on one level of this multi level home,set up high to get the wonderful views.and One Bed and Breakfast Room located upstairs in owners home. in Central Paihia,located a few minutes walk to restaurants, cafes, beach, shops and the wharf in Paihia.Easy access with a central Lift,or easy stairs The house has 3 levels and 2 huge surround balconies with magnificent Sea views across to Russell, and surrounded by native bush. Water views from inside and outside, house north facing. Every Room has a King bed,and Ensuite Bathroom and there is 1 single bed available.All rooms have an option of Breakfast,but is Complimentary in the Bed and Breakfast Room.Plenty of Safe off street parking at top of drive up Free Wifi,and Laundry available for Guests.All Rooms have access to Bbq,s,and outdoor living on surround Balconies to enjoy the stunning Sea views. Air-Condtioning/Heat Pump,Complimentary Tea and Coffee,and Bathroom amenities,Bathrobes,,Multi channel Tv,and Apartments have well equipped Kitchenettes. Tour desk and assistance available by experienced hostess. ... more   less 
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