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“Central and inexpensive” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

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Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Ranked #10 of 25 Hotels in Palmerston North
Akaroa, New Zealand
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43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Central and inexpensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We have stayed here several times and it is or accommodation of choice when staying in Palmy.

We have seen it go from a 4 star hotel to the 3star or maybe a + that it is now. It has all the amenities of the bigger, brighter hotels but with a price tag a fraction of theirs. A true budget option with large rooms and comfortable beds, right in the centre of Palmy. Park up your vehicle and use your feet. Well worth the stay.

It is good to see there is a major renovation going on to bring it back to its former glory and look forward to many more stays in the future.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

Arriving late in Palmie as the locals call it, we decided to grab the nearest hotel motel for a quick night's sleep. We chose Kingsgate because it was close and the waitress at the restaurant said it was reasonable. If this place is considered reasonable i'd hate to see a real low class place. Staying in the detached motel style rooms we were treated to stained curtains, stained carpets, bed spreads out of the 1950s, and for some odd reason the empty minibar - which we had paid a $50 deposit for (?) had had its door shelves removed. On top of the bed cover was the previous guests very funny but extremely poor guest review. The staff hadn't even collected it from the room which leads me to the conclusion that they didn't even bother to clean the room before we booked in. We listened to the roar of traffic along the main road all night long and sucked in the dusty aroma. For this honour we paid $135!!!

Room Tip: Apparently the main hotel is being renovated - wait for that.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

WE stayed in one of the detached suites for one night. Considering the main tower block is being renovated it was not excessably noisy.
Suites are very dated and not very sound proof but reasonably clean.
Main bed ideal for romancing couple as the hollow in the middle always bought us together.
For the price good enough for a flying visit.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank yogibears4
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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103 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

I booked this hotel as it was in a great location and is part of the Millennium hotel chain. I won't go to another Millennium hotel if they are all like this.

The room was dated and tired. The bed was awful. It was probably originally in the honeymoon suite. The middle was so soft and had no support which gave me a sore back.

There is no air conditioning and the TV was about 20 years old. You are watching wide screen content on a 4:3 screen with poor picture quality. No response to my enquiry for a better TV.

The most disgusting issue was finding hairs(not mine) in the bathroom.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nzcambo
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

We stayed up on the top floor - given an upgrade actually .. for no extra cost. Pleasant room with nice view. Staff friendly and helpful. We were at a conference and the Palmerston North Conference Centre was not too far away by foot

Room Tip: Try for the top floor looking out to the ranges to the east - great view.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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 Briefstay
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Carey L, General Manager at Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North, responded to this review, 13 December 2013
Thank you for your comments. Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us
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Paris, France
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131 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

Can you imagine an hotel where the spa is out because of maintenance but don't expect apologize and discounts... Can you imagine an hotel where the internet is so expensive and slow ? Can you imagine an hotel where the staff is not friendly and told you to leave ? Can you imagine an hotel where the check out time is 10.00 am and where nobody told you you will be charged 10$ more because you tried to sleep a little bit more on Sunday morning... You ll find it ! An advise : go away !

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Teasing
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Carey L, General Manager at Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North, responded to this review, 13 December 2013
Thank you for your comments. Please accept my sincere apologies for the shortcomings you experienced. The hotel is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment work in the area that houses the gymnasium and spa. Improvements to Internet connectivity and speed are scheduled to occur over the next 3 months.
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

The room was excellent value at the price we paid - clean, comfortable and well-appointed. The service at reception was also excellent - friendly and efficient.
However, if you were thinking of eating there I suggest you take the short stroll down to the Square and spend much less on a better meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants around George Street. I mean to say, at $35 a pop "youse guys" would expect the chef to get the steaks right at least, wouldn't you?

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ross M
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Carey L, General Manager at Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North, responded to this review, 13 December 2013
Thank you for providing feedback. Disappointing to hear that your dining experience was not up to standard. I will be sure to discuss your comments with our F&B team to ensure improvements are made
Warm regards
Carey Lister
General Manager
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Additional Information about Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

Property: Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Address: 110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand (Formerly Kingsgate Hotel Palmerston North)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Palmerston North
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 25 Hotels in Palmerston North
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North 3*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North offers 76 contemporary guest rooms ranging from Superior Twin or King rooms and Family Units to premium Executive Suites with spa baths. All have been designed with your comfort in mind and offer a relaxing space to unwind whether staying for business or pleasure. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, gym, 4 meeting rooms, 24 hour room service and a guest laundry. The hotel also offers complimentary car parking on site. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Kingsgate Palmerston North

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