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Colonial on Tay
Ranked #23 of 33 Hotels in Invercargill
Reviewed 14 August 2012

We arrived in Invercargill after 5 o'clock with no motel booking. We tried two other motels. One was very tired and the other offered a very expensive 'studio room' which was small and very basic -the bed was the only place to sit. Colonial on Tay was like coming home; a living room, separate well equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, and even free wifi! The motel was clean, tidy and warm and had an efficient heater in the living room and electric blankets. All this at a reasonable price and with a helpful host. We would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
1  Thank Trish M
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

We are a family of 5 adults and needed a home for 4 days. The 2 bedroom motel we booked at Colonial on Tay was perfect. Clean, modern, big and roomy. It was serviced every day which we hadn't expected and what was really great was the lovely selection of teas every day and even plunger coffee sachets.

The shower was good with plenty of hotwater and pressure. The beds were comfy with efficient electric blankets. The lounge had a big heater which we needed as well.

The kitchen was well appointed and there were plenty of utensils, plates, cups and glasses.

The shared laundry was adjacent and for $6 a load to wash and tumble dry or line dry including soao powder was good.

The location was good - $8 taxi ride to town and just 5 minutes drive.

The hosts were very friendly and always available. We will definitely stay at this motel again on our next visit to Invercargill.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Janet41
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Reviewed 7 February 2011

Stayed for one night when passing through Invercargill to Te Anau. Owners were friendly and welcoming. The unit was large with a lounge dining area, fully equipped kitchen and good sized bedrooms. Even though the motel is on the main road there was no traffic noise in the room and we had a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Thank jcnz
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Reviewed 21 February 2010

Need to stay in Invercargill
For more than just a day?
You need to look no further
Than Colonial on Tay

The hosts are warm and friendly
And most obliging too
What e'er you need, they'll do their best
To sort it out for you

The motel's near the CBD
Queen's Park and other sights
Christine and John will give you hints
'Bout where to dine at nights

Mine host took me out cycling
I thought that really neat
To have a guided tour on wheels
A very special treat

For families, pets and working folk
This is the place to stay
Don't hesitate, decide the dates
And book it right away


A fabulous week at a motel which felt so very comfortable and welcoming. Thank you ever so much C and J...we will be back.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled on business
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Thank MaudeAshburton
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Reviewed 13 December 2009

This motel is extremely clean and tidy. We arrived without notice due to a cancellation with another motel and could not have got a nicer reception. They went out of their way to ensure we were all comfortable and throughout our stay were consistently helpful and friendly. The location is great - very handy to town and a great fish shop down the road that sells fresh crayfish and cooks them for you. Next time we come to Invercargill this is where we will stay.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank SharonNewZealand
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Reviewed 8 March 2009

A family suite with 5 beds for NZ$120 - this was one of the bargains of our NZ tour! Lots of space for the 2 of us, very helpful proprietors who guided us to a super restaurant (Elegance at 148 on Elles), and to a nearby church on the Sunday morning. Not too far to the town centre as well.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank jj-the-jetsetter
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Reviewed 11 May 2008

We stayed here for one night enroute to Stewart Island. The cottage we got was the 2 bedroom unit (room number 5 from memory).

It was a clean, comfortable neat little unit. Unit was tastefully decorated and the ambience felt like you were at Nana's home.

The bedding was comfortable the shower/toilet was clean. This unit had a kitchen facility (which we requested on booking) and the hotel hosts were terrific.

Hotel was just off the main highway and it was close to service stations and grocery shops. This was ideal as we were cooking our food that night rather then going to a restaurant.

The night we stayed there, Invercargill was cold due to it going into the winter season. But the room was warm and the beds had electric blankets - which was excellent!

Room was also reasonably priced - and would highly recommend this hotel to other travellers. I would definately stay there again

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Prince_nz
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Address: 335 Tay Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Invercargill
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #23 of 33 Hotels in Invercargill
Price Range: £57 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Colonial on Tay 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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