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Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel
Ranked #10 of 44 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Alresford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“We wish that we could have stayed longer.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Using the pre-arranged shuttle from Kerikeri Airport we arrived as two jet lagged pensioners from the UK and we could not have asked for a friendlier or more helpful reception from Maureen.
The suite offered was spacious, comfortable and ground-floor.We only had one full day to stay, so asked for advice on what to do. By the time that we fell in to bed a boat trip had been booked and information given about walking to the nearby Waitangi Centre.
The Swiss Chalet is located very close to the centre of Paihia - a few minutes walk to find meals and all facilities.
We wish that we had had more time available to stay and explore the area more; if we ever return we shall certainly be happy to stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GlennGilbertson473
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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Hi Glenn, Thank you for your lovely review. It was great to have you stay with us and to also refer some friends to stay, we thank you for that. I am thrilled that you enjoyed it here and maybe next time you will make sure that you stay longer so that you can really relax and enjoy the Bay of Islands. It would be lovely to see you again some day. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year, regards Maureen and Phil.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Bundaberg, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

The owners were very friendly and helpful, as were the staff. We found everything in our room clean and comfortable and have no complaints. A special thanks to Maureen for her friendliness, and Jane as well.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lynne318
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

We took advantage of the winter special and spent 6 nights here in a studio unit. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the unit and facilities were great with a nice deck to enjoy the morning sun, the heater and electric blanket being of great benefit in the winter, and of course the location is perfect. Whilst this is an older style motel, we could not fault it. The proprietors were a very warm homely couple, always enquiring as to how our day had been. We would certainly recommend this motel to anyone wishing to spend time in Paihia.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pamerle
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Aberdeen, Scotland
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338 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

What a great, comfortable stay we had in the Swiss Chalet during our two night stop in Paihia. I did look at other places in Paihia but glad I chose this place after we drove past some of the other possibilities I’d also looked at!!

Phil was very welcoming when we arrived and showed us into our ground floor unit specifically requested as we knew by this point in our holiday our bags would be heavy and didn’t want to haul them up/down stairs.

The one bed unit was very spacious and more than did us. There was a fully fitted out kitchen complete with dining table but we just used the contents to eat out take away food and drink rather than cook from scratch. The bathroom had a massive walk in shower although care had to be taken not to saturate the whole of the bathroom with water! For once we actually got the whole range of SKY channels not just the usual one or two we had in other properties.

There was an on-site guest laundry that you could use to wash & dry clothes in for $6.

You got 200MB of free wifi each day which just about managed to do us although we did run out just before we were due to check out.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ne_quine
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

We chose this accommodation initally because of the great winter special they were offering and we were very pleased on arriving at the reception we received from Phil who could not do enough for us even carrying our bags up to the unit.The apartment was spotlessly clean and was kept that way during our three day visit and everything inside worked perfectly which isint always the case.We will certainly return and would reccomend this property.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kenneth m
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Moscow, Russia
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36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Almost three years passed since I stayed there (September, 2010). I promised Maureen to leave my opinion on the property here, and I'm really sorry for such an unacceptable delay. Busyness and laziness are the only possible excuses. No, there is one more excuse: being a
permanent reader of Tripadvisor reviews, I almost never write anything myself. It even took a bit of time to recall my password to sign in.

Still, as I normally keep my word, here is my short review.

The place is OK. There were few guests in the hotel during our stay (low season), and we were upgraded to the suite free of charge. Special thanks to both Phil and Maureen for this courtesy.

So, advantages of the place are:

1. Very convenient location.
2. Amazing views. Of course, the higher the better, therefore the upper floor is the best choice. Downloaded a picture of our balcony view as a proof.
3. Good rooms, clean and convenient for living.
4. Very helpful owners.

Drawbacks? In my view, nothing essential. Of course, one might always complain that the place is overpriced, and it is never easy to argue. Nevertheless, I believe that Swiss Chalet is priced quite reasonably: I used to live in NZ, and have a lot of experience with local accommodations to compare.

Can this help after three years? I hope yes. Things change, but if the owners of any place are attentive to their customers and prone to stick to certain standards of their services, the benchmark normally always stays at a high level whatever is happening.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Drunia
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Ayr, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

On a motoring tour of New Zealand in April, we headed north of Auckland to the Bay of Islands for a couple of days. We decided to stay in Paihia, as it was a convenient base from which to cover this most scenic of areas, such as Russell and Waitaki. We chose to stay at the Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel. Booking in for 2 nights to a front facing room overlooking the Bay, we found this Lodge to be very comfortable, spotlessly clean, well appointed and excellent value for the quality it offered. Run by charming and very helpful proprietors, we had a good range of restaurants nearby, within a short walk. One restaurant deserving a mention, was the one on the pier, offering lovely fresh seafood reasonably priced.

Room Tip: A view of the Bay is worthwhile.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Thomas P
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Additional Information about Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel

Property: Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel
Address: 3 Bayview Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Paihia
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#8 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer quality unique Swiss style accommodation in the beautiful Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Our modern, fully self-contained units sleep 1-10 people, have balconies, some with stunning sea views and are only metres from Paihia waterfront. Our prime central location places you within 1 minute's walk from Paihia wharf, beach, shops and cafes. The many exciting attractions and activities on offer around the Bay are at your feet. ... more   less 
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