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Coastal Motor Lodge
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

I don't suffer from back problems, but after sleeping on an old, lumpy mattress at the Coastal Motor Lodge in Thames I had a severe backache. The motel was overpriced especially given that you can stay in luxury hotels in Whitianga for the same price.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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WOmble52, Owner at Coastal Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2009

This is the first and only time we have had a complaint about our beds,I am sorry your stay was not as you expected. I guess every-body has their different needs.
Regards Karen

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Reviewed 28 January 2009

We stayed 3 nights at the Coastal Motor Lodge, near Thames during the second week in January 2009 as part of our holiday. This motel is situated right at the water's edge, and has a Qualmark 4 star grading. It fully deserved it. We had an individual chalet, very Scandinavian in design, with an excellent small kitchen area, first rate bathroom with shower (no bath), and a most comfortable and very large bed.

We were most impressed with the spotless condition throughout the lodge, and the excellent quality of the furnishings.

A washer and tumble dryer was available, for 5$ (about £2 UK)again spotlessly clean, and the owners were friendly and efficient.

The coastline alongside the lodge is quite stunning, and we were so pleased that we had not stayed in Thames itself. This was in the most perfect position, with numerous wild fowl to watch, and quiet and peaceful gardens.

Just behind the lodge is a wild and wooded area and the morning chorus was a delight.

We were very sorry to leave, and should we return to Thames, will be pleased to stay here again.

We had breakfast delivered on our final day and found that it was well presented and reasonably priced. The owners are proud of the changes they have made, and have set out to make the place warm and welcoming.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2008

We were in Thames for a family wedding and reserved several chalets at the Coastal Motor Lodge. We used the barbeque for 2 family dinners (approx 20 ppl) and brought our patio/balcony furniture to the barbeque area so we could all dine together. Karen and Colin were wonderful hosts, even offering the use of their serving dishes and oven. They could not have been more accommodating.

The Coastal Motor Lodge is across the road from the water and within walking distance to Thames. The rooms have a kitchenette, so you are able to prepare your own food. It was a wonderful experience.

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Reviewed 1 March 2008

We arrived into Auckland from California at 5.45am. We had originally planned on staying near the airport for the night but at the last minute decided to bite the bullet and head out of the city. We arrived at the Coastal Motor Lodge at around 8.30am and as luck would have it our room was vacant. We dropped off our bags and went into town for some breakfast. Our room was spacious and very clean, although a little dated. We had a chalet close to the road that provided wonderful views of the water but I must admit was a little noisy first thing in the morning. The owner/reception was very helpful and gave us some useful tips for our trip. Free internet access was available at the office.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2007

We showed up late in Thames as we had driven the whole Coromandel peninsula in one day. We liked that it was on the water, so we went in to see if they had a vacancy. They had a little cozy room right next to the water view (across the street from the water). It was absolutely adorable and super clean. We had a little kitchenette, so we were able to cook dinner ourselves and relax with the view. I would highly recommend this lodge.

  • Stayed: November 2005, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2007

We found this hotel as we were driving to the Coramandel Peninsula. It is a lovely set of chalet type units that are self contained. It is just north of Thames and has views over the water. We only stayed one night as we were booked into Rotorua for the next 3 nights, but would certainly stay here again - for longer.
The Motel was changing owners when we were there, so there were a few small problems, but that didn't spoilt our holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 November 2005

The Coastal Motor Lodge is a nice place! Beautiful chalets across from the lake. Bar-b-que is available to cook your own dinner. The managers at this place were very friendly and helpful on our tour of the North Island. Thames is a pretty town with an interesting gold mine activity. I'd recommend Coastal Motor Lodge if traveling through the North Island, quiet relaxing lodge

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Address: 608 Tararu Rd | PO Box 226, Thames 3500, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Thames
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Thames
Price Range: £79 - £102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Coastal Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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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