My husband and I stayed here for the last week of our 10-wek trip to NZ. We were in unit 12, an elevated chalet, which offered somewhat more privacy than others, with stunning views over the Firth of Thames; on the second-last night, we were gifted with a beautiful sunset!
The owners, Colina and Karen and their staff did everything to ensure we had a comfortable stay. The setting, although on the main highway, was surprisingly quiet at night, if you don't mind falling asleep to the sounds of the cycadas! The grounds are lovely and the large terrace gave that extra space not always available in motels. There was a communal BBQ which came in handy, as well as laundry room ($3 per wash and dry each).
The unit itself had a king-size bed, large bathroom with shower, kitchenette, dining area, TV, and free Internet. It was very airy with a good through-breeze.
The only thing I would mention, is that there was no stove (or hob) in the kitchenette, so making certain dishes was a bit of a challenge, with only the microwave and electric frying pan (and BBQ). However, that is a minor thing. The mattress was a bit too soft (old?) and the linens not quite as new or fresh as one would expect for the price; as I said, a minor thing, but these details would make the difference between 4 and 5 star rating.
Still, we would definitely recommend this place, the setting was unforgettable !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coastal Motor Lodge is a four star Qualmark rated Motel located at the gateway of the magnificent Coromandel Peninsula. Accommodation is set amongst beautiful lush grounds directly opposite the Hauraki Gulf and provides a range of quality accommodation including elevated sea view studio chalets, family room, access rooms and budget style cottages. ... more less
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