Most of the motels (according to the totally useless, uninterested and unhelpful information centre in Whangarei Basin) are out of town but the Kingsgate is right on the front of the excellent Basin Marina - literally across the road facing the moored yachts. Excellent hotel, nice room, good facilities. And it is well worth a stroll around the marina. Stacks of safe parking. Just don't understand why they want to charge a few miserable dollars for wi-fi when the room rate is not cheap (seems petty to me). Staff could be friendlier ...but not a big deal seeing as you only need to speak to them to check-in/out (perhaps 'sullen' is a qualifying characteristic to work at this chain as we found similar attitudes in other Millennium hotels, and who like this one want a bond when you check in....perhaps we look like aged rock stars who intend to hurl the TV out of the window!!!!!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre is perfectly suited to both business and leisure travellers. All 115 comfortable guest rooms & suites are air-conditioned and offer free unlimited WiFi & 50+ SKY TV channels. Conveniently located opposite the stunning Whangarei Town Basin and a few minutes walk from the city centre and Whangarei’s most tranquil bush walks. The majestic Bay of Islands is less than one hour’s drive from our 4 star hotel. Savour delicious cuisine at the on-site Portobello Restaurant and Anchor Down Lounge Bar. Work out in the fitness centre, swim in the indoor heated pool or relax in the spa. The hotel also caters for conferences and functions of up to 130 guests. ... more less
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