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Aotea Motor Lodge
Ranked #6 of 26 Hotels in Whanganui
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2012

.. from the usual drab, soulless motels we had encountered on the rest of our visit to New Zealand. The room was huge, clean, and beautifully appointed, and most of all the beds were fantastically comfortable - our best night's sleep for ages. We had one of the rooms with a double spa bath in the lounge - not a problem at all! To cap it all, the internet connection (free) was the quickest and most reliable we found throughout our (5-week) visit to both North and South Islands. Great value for money - I can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank George D
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Alaina T, Owner at Aotea Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review us - we really appreciate your kind review.
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

A rather modern and new build motor lodge. Great comfort and huge room. A jacuzzi next to your bed. Located within a 10 minutes walk to the city center for shopping, restaurants and bars on a rather busy road. Breakfast just across the street. A good location for 1 or 2 nights.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

If you like dark hardwood furniture and a spa bath in one corner of your room then the Aotea Motor Lodge certainly is the right choice for you. Just make sure to request a room that is not on the roadside because it can get quite noisy.
We did'nt like the huge bath tub in the room and we found the layout of the room to be more swanky than practical. The worst part though was the cleanliness of our room! There was a whole trailmix to be found on the carpet. Cashew nuts, goji berries and other stuff was on the floor and it looked like the vacuum cleaner was not used in this room a lot.
Location of the Aotea Lodge is alright, front desk staff was professionally friendly but do not expect anything beyond that. The Aotea Motor Lodge is only an ok Motel but certainly not a 5* property!

Room Tip: Away from the main road!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank KarinKG
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

When we first got into the room our impression was WOW. The room was very well designed with 2 LCD TV's, double spa bath. The furniture was new and clean. We had a 1 bedroom suit, which was spacious and comportable. Beds for 4 people, another matress was added for our third chils (we knew and agreed to this arranegment in advance). The only problem was that we were requested to add money for the mattress while on the confirmation letter that was not mentioned. Nevetheless, they deserve the money!
Stuff was very friendly and helped in every request. Laundry room was comfortable. Washing machince is FREE! dryer is not but the price is reasonable.
One problem - when our kids used the spa bath some water reached the bottom of the bath and caused and electric disconnection. We could not use the spa bath after that as the solution was - wait until the wires get dry.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Thank TAYSN
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Totally comfortable,cleanilness absolutely number 1!!!Double spa bath-amazing!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Russell T
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

The Aotea Motel is a 5 Star facility and the perfect gateway to see stunning Whanganui City, the city plays host to many sporting and cultural events. The motel is close to one of NZ oldest Boarding school Wanganui Collegiate School, amenities are all within walking distance and the rooms are excellent and offer the use of free Wi-Fi internet, After a hard day of traveling a spa bath to relax in. The owners are wonderful hosts and make you more than welcome we will be visiting agin soon Better than many we have stayed in around the world including the USA, UK UAE and Australia plus others motels throughout NZ we stayed in

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

This is a beautiful Motor Lodge and the 1-bedroom executive suite is excellent. There is plenty of room and the double spa bath is amazing. We had a room at the back of the complex and therefore heard no traffic noise at all. Everything you need is supplied including white bath robes, brewed coffee and very comfortable beds. I would have preferred softer pillows that weren't quite so high, but that would not stop me returning or recommending this Motor Lodge to other people.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the complex have no traffic noise.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Aotea Motor Lodge

Address: 390 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Whanganui
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 26 Hotels in Whanganui
Price Range: £64 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Aotea Motor Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury 5 star central city Wanganui accommodation including free wifi, spa baths, LCD Sky Tv and corporate rates available. ... more   less 
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