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Reviewed 10 January 2012

I spent a delightful three days at Seabeds in Paihia. A converted motel (there is still a full motel room option available) with comfortable beds, quiet rooms, an excellent kitchen/dining room, separate TV lounge and laundry facilities, Seabeds offers great value for money in a good location. The Countedown supermarket is about 600 metres away, the beach just down the road and the rest of Paihia is a short distance away.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank JNCC
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

The place is very clean and Marie made us feel so homey and you get everything you need in this place. Its great for a longer stay. The place is very well organized and you get seaview too. Nice to have a cup of coffee and brekkie just sitting outside the balcony.
But it will be perfect if they can provide bath towels and better room configuration.
Will definitely come back or recommend this awesome place to friends.

Room Tip: There is no lift. So if you have a heavy luggage, you might want to arrange for ground floor apartment.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank CWittichai
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

Seabeds is a very reasonably priced accommodation for all that you get. It is well located just across from the swimming beach. You can see the ocean from the top floor and hear it from all the rooms. Also, it is very close walk to the grocery store-Countdown. There is a huge, modern shared kitchen and living room. T.V. room with big screen and stocked with movies. Washer and dryer are on site and you can use the drying lines. All rooms have their own bathroom, even the dorms. No bunk beds in the dorm either. It is also very quiet during the night, all I could hear was the ocean. The rooms have thick walls between them.
But, the best part for me has been the hospitality of Marie, the owner. The second I met her, she made me feel right at home. She took me in like family. I have to say, she is now one of my favorite people in NZ. Also, she keeps the place spic and span and has such a pride in Seabeds.
Lonely Planet writers showed while I was here. They told Maire that Seabeds will be in their guidebook next time. (Seabeds is too new to have been in their last edition.) So, this is for now, Paihia's best kept secret.

Room Tip: Ask for an upper room if you are staying in a private. They have sea-views.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Thank AnnViola
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

A great place to stay. The rooms were big and clean. The kitchen was large and the staff very friendly. They helped us book on trips and generally just did more than the job description

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank deaduncleted
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

I stayed at Seabeds for three nights, escaping from the Christchurch earthquake. Marie was an amazing host and made me feel so welcome.
The hostel itself is a real find - it is former motel, and is now all new and all fully renovated. My room was large, warm, with a gorgeous hotel-quality bathroom and a very comfy bed. Bedside lamps, coat rack, table and chairs - lots of little things have been thought of for comfort. There were multiple plug outlets too which was useful with my laptop, ipod etc! (I used to travel light, I swear).
You can hear the ocean while lying in bed at night, it was so peaceful and relaxing.
About a 8 - 10 minute walk to the centre of Paihia, located near the Treaty Grounds too and there is a supermarket 5 mins walk away.
I didn't use the TV lounge, but the separate kitchen and dining room/lounge are just gorgeous - brand new designer style kitchen that is well equipped, a gorgeous inlaid native wooden dining table, lots of light, air and space and sea-blue decor. As a good motel this place would be fine, as a hostel it is superb. Spotlessly clean, goes without saying.
If you are sick of the party-crowd and want somewhere quiet, peaceful, well-thought out and well-run, you can't go past this place. I hope I get the opportunity to stay again sometime, thanks so much Marie. :)

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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