We traveled to Paihia in early February, 2014 on holiday. We stayed at Admiral's View for 2 nights. The room was on the street level in the middle. We faced the parking lot so it was a tad noisy with cars and other hotel guests.
Having said that the location of the hotel is great; not right on the main street but only 1 1/2 blocks off the main street. We had only a 5 mins walk to several places to eat and to the water. The parking is free and there were plenty of onsite parking spots.
The room was clean and big enough with a kitchen area, a small table and chairs, and a chair near the bed. The bed wasn't the most comfortable bed we'd ever slept in but it was only 2 nights. The bathroom was plenty big and was supplied with toiletries. The odd thing was the entry to the room was a sliding glass door which opened right to the parking lot. The drapes had to be kept drawn or else you were looking at everyone coming and going and they the same at us. The wi-fi was free and it worked. That's always a plus!
The couple who ran the place (Craig and Penny) were very nice and quite welcoming. They booked us a "Hole in the Rock" boat tour and explained that the trip through the rock may or may not happen depending on the waves so we knew what to expect. They answered all of our touristy questions and shared some of their experiences, as well.
I would definitely stay here again but book an upper level room. And, I'll take Craig up on the offer of that glass of milk!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Admirals View Lodge, Paihia Motel accommodation with beautiful sea views Admirals View Lodge & Motel offers a range of quality self-contained accommodation in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Relax in our peaceful accommodation in central Paihia – enjoy the sunny terraces with beautiful sea views overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands (from most units). Park your car and meander along to the beach, restaurants and cafes from your luxurious Paihia accommodation. Admirals View Lodge is a Paihia motel well located for walking to all your Paihia activities and attractions - plus tours pick up daily from the motel. We are close to the Paihia beach (only 1 block, 250m) but benefit from a peaceful location away from Paihia's main roads. ... more less
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- Admiral's View Lodge & Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand