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Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Ranked #16 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Hertford
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89 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Looks can be deceiving!”
Reviewed 4 March 2008

The look of this hotel can be deceiving. You first think that it will be a motel and then maybe a bit like a fifties holiday camp in the UK. The rooms are clean and good size and the sound insulation must be good because we did not get disturbed by any outside noise. The breakfast was very good and the two nights we stayed a carvery buffet style was on offer, but both being vegetarian we asked what alternatives would be offered and the chef took us on a tour and then reduced the price on both nights because we would not be having meat. Excellent. The hotel is across the road from the ocean and a two minute stroll to loads of activety on the shore front.

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — The Look
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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auckland new zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2006

We stayed at the kingsgate in september 2006.
Our room was on the groundfloor, next to the stairs and entrance to the restaurant.
The corridors are badly designed, with a loud echo.
Guests going back to their rooms at all hours were loud and noisy, the sound of the stairs when used was vibrating through the building.
Someone in the room next to ours started playing an electric guitar at 3am and was very drunk.
Reception closed at 11pm, so no one to complain to.
He decided to clean up his empties at 7am, next to our unit!
Staff was very noisy and unprofessional.
Sitting outside on crates, smoking and being very loud.
The Sunday morning was the worst with staff relatives arriving to join them on their very long break.
It was 8am and we counted at least 12 of them, including children.
The rooms itself where fine, but only a wardrobe and no drawers to put your clothes away.
Coffee and tea facilities were provided, but we had to wash the cups in the bathroom basin!
Needless to say we checked out after 2 sleepless nights and spend our last night somewhere quiet.

  • Liked — comfortable beds
  • Disliked — noisy, unprofessional staff
  • Tips/Secrets — don't go there if you want to sleep
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank freedomfortwo
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West Sussex, UK
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228 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2006

Motel type hotel, restaurant average, noisy laundry room on ground floor. Clean room, but not outstanding.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed 28 March 2005

We stayed at the Kingsgate in late February 2005. Apparantly it was still holiday season and finding a room anywhere was not easy. We were able to get one at the Kingsgate for well over $100 US. The room had three twin beds and was right near the entrace and stairway to the restaurant. Needless to say it was a bit noisy at times. The room itself was clean but small and a bit dated with respect to furnishings. We were going to stay two nights but decided to find something else, which we did in Kerikeri. The of the Kingsgate is great and I'm sure that someone in that large hotel was a much nicer room than we got.

  • Stayed January 2005
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Reviewed 5 May 2004

I stayed here February 2002 and April 2004 and not much has changed besides the name!

For the price, which in NZ terms is moderately high it's an average place.

The Location is really good, on the esplanade, near to the stores and the pier for Russell and the Bay of Islands. The views from the restaurant are excellent over the beach and into the bay.

The rooms were clean, daily maid service, there is table tennis and pool and even a jacuzzi in the basement.

The Complimentary bicycle had seen better days, but it was sturdy enough to cycle over to Waitangi and back for the afternoon.

I didn't eat an evening meal in the restaurant, but the breakfast, contintental and cooked were absolutely fine with a wide choice of foods.

  • Stayed April 2004
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Property: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Address: 104 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Paihia
#18 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia 3.5*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the waterfront and only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is the ideal base from which to explore the scenic and historic Bay of Islands area. ... more   less 
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