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Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
Ranked #16 of 34 Hotels in Whangarei
Reviewed 17 March 2013

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!!!!!).

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2013 via mobile

Older hotel but in good location, 5 min walk to town and across the water to the waterfront dining areas.
Lots of facilities.
Rooms were quite noisy, not much soundproofing between rooms and recommend getting an upper level as downstairs u could hear everything from upstairs.
Huge place, be good for conferencing etc.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

Comfortable hotel. Room is good size and obviously the bathrooms have have been refurbished. Not as much attention is put to all the cords and plugs in and around the TV though.
Great number of channels on TV, The air conditioning is great to have (not always available at this level of hotel) All clean and tidy and comfortable.
Staff are professional at reception and restaurant. Service standard is not matched by the standards of food. Ordered the pork - dry as old boots. Decided to bypass the breakfast for a great cafe in town for good price and high quality food (Recom. The Walton Street Cafe)

All in all, OK hotel

Room Tip: On busy road - ask for rooms at the back
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I chose this Hotel as its off SH1 and should be quiet. It was very quiet. Ordered the Pork belly for dinner but it was a bit dry, so got some nachos later which were quiet nice. Room was tidy and clean. Hotel now has 50 Sky Channels, I suggested to the Duty Manager that they advertise that on there web page. Would stay again

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We spent 3 nights on a "Summer Break" deal. The service from all staff was excellent - friendly, efficient and worthy of a 5 star hotel. The room was a good size with 3 comfortable chairs in the double room and the cleanliness could not be faulted. And at last a hotel with a kettle that fits under the tap! There was a note pad to jot down anything that needs attention by housekeeping or maintenance, fresh milk and ice available from fridges by the stairwells.The air conditioning was welcome and quiet. We made good use of the pool and spa, both well maintained and clean with a courtyard area outside. We thought the breakfast was excellent and the staff were obviously well trained in dining service.The location is excellent with a short walk over the bridge to the town basin. There is ample parking and plenty of guest entrances near the rooms. A thoroughly enjoyable stay and we will be returning.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

This is probably the best hotel in Whangarei. Not a pleasant town to visit! Staff were fantastic. It was comfortable, but pricey for what it is. It's opposite the marina which is nice. It's a bit sprawling, so ask for a room close to reception, or you may get a long stroll.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

I stay here often when on business in Whangarei. It's a bit dated and showing its age, but it does everything well. Service is good, it has all the facilities you would expect, including a good gym.
The restaurant is average, but quite ok. The walls are a bit thin so noise travels from room to room. But it's greatest asset is its location - just a short walk from the middle of town, overlooking the town basin and marina, close to several cafes and restaurants. To me, it's the only place to stay in Whangarei.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

Address: 9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Whangarei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 34 Hotels in Whangarei
Price Range: £72 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre 3.5*
Number of rooms: 115
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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