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Kiwi Studios Motel
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Kiwi Studios Motel
Ranked #9 of 25 Hotels in Palmerston North
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 October 2012

I originally booked a 2 bedroom apartment and a studio room for a travelling party of 5 at short notice (4 hours) due to a change in plans. From the start of the phone call to the completion of the stay Shelley, the manager was excellent. She did all she could to accommodate us by taking into consideration our toddler (safety) as well as my mother who has serious physical disabilities; by making sure both rooms were appropriate in comfort and needs. As we were in Palmerston North for family issues, she empathised with our situation and offered a small but appreciated discount off their rates to help us out. Throughout our stay she was friendly, courteous and professional and I cannot speak highly enough of her and her team members level of service.

In terms of the room (2 bedroom apartment), it epitomises value for money and for the money - class. Beautiful full bathroom, kitchen with all the mod cons including dishwasher and table settings for 6 (or is it 8?) and a large lounge suite. The main bedroom was spacious, with ample wardrobe space (to store your EziBuy purchases in!) a comfortable queen bed and power points positioned wonderfully for charging the iPad next to it to take advantage of the unlimited free, super-fast wifi, which lets face it, is a HUGE bonus when it comes to accommodation in NZ and something which we appreciate coming from a rural town.

My folks who had the ground floor studio room testified to a comfortable, warm, quiet sleep and the room having everything they needed for the evening for less than $99 for the night.

We all ordered the kiwi-lite breakfast the next morning which consisted of generous helpings of spaghetti, toast, jams etc, OJ, scrambled eggs and hash browns for only $13 - compared with the $24 dollars we are regularly charged for continental breakfasts in WLG or AKL for work, value once again.

We have since stayed at Kiwi Studios three times as we have decided to make it our accommodation of choice when staying in Palmerston North, a regular event as my husband is mainly based there for work.

KS's is well placed for shopping, cinemas and fast food (and real food) with delicious roasts (Sunday Roasts) Thai (Phnom Penh) pasta and kebabs (Cafe Emimen) literally 26 steps from the motel. If you're got the kids - simply add another 54 steps to Burger King to keep them satisfied.

KS doesn't look like much from the outside, the parking can be quite tight on busy weekend nights and the central location could put some with a delicate ear off - but don't let this deter you - it is awesome.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

Our 2 families had the chance to stay in the 2 executive rooms that this property has.
We had athe joing door opened up as it was like being in your own home.
A very well appointed one at that.
Plus the convenience of having 2 fully equiped bathrooms including corner spa baths
Thank you Shelley for a wondeful weekend

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Ray F
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Kiwi Studios is centrally located. We could walk to the Convention Centre. Shops and a variety of Takeaways are close or around the corner. We were very surprised when we checked in because we got two rooms with a joining door. Outstanding deal for $130 per night, lucky us. It was fabulous to have own room and bathroom after long days at a conference. I can highly recommend this Motel and will certainly return when in need of accommodation In Palmerston North. For fabulous coffee visit O'Briens Irish Cafe and Lunch Bar. It is a upmarket Subway but much nicer. Very accommodating when you need a coffee in the mornings, they don't mind opening up before.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

I just got back from a business trip to Palmerston North. We got a 2 bedroom apartment for $160/night. The value was outstanding. The room was ultra modern, bright and clean. The kitchen seemed new and well equipped. It had a really nice brown leather couch and glass dining table. Both rooms had en-suite bathrooms. It also had a flat screen TV and they even give you a half litre container of milk upon checkin. Presumably this was for tea, coffee or cereal in the morning. The woman at the front desk was very pleasant and helpful in recommending a good spot for dinner. They also provided free newspapers and WIFI. The location was central and everything was within walking distance.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Thank natcarmen
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Basically walking distance to the town and close to a great restaurant. Rooms were alright but the room we stayed in being upstairs had a funny sloping ceiling and the actual window was in part of the ceiling. Therefore being winter it meant that the cold air fell on 1 half of the bed. Also the heat pump in the bedroom did not work. However they did supply us with another heater for the room. Service was great and friendly

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank AucklandTripper
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

nice and close to CBD park the car and walk
everything within 5 10 minutes
north facing for the sun
so nice in the winter

enjoyed all our stays here
and looking forward to the one

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Ray F
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

If you want something right in town this is so close but quiet. Friendly reception staff, nice room

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank TravelGuyWgtn
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Additional Information about Kiwi Studios Motel

Address: 107 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Palmerston North
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 25 Hotels in Palmerston North
Price Range: £55 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kiwi Studios Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location Location Location in the heart of the city. 25 comfortable rooms perfectly located in the CBD. 50m to the Regent Theatre on Broadway, Downtown Cinemas, UCOL, RSA, downtown shopping centre, restaurants, cafes and bars. Fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette with microwave. Electric blankets, heating. Portacot and hairdryer available. Off-street parking. Spa pool and guest laundry. Continental/cooked breakfasts. Sky Digital. All major credit cards, Eftpos. ... more   less 
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