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“Vary good choice in Kaikura.”

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Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura
Ranked #14 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Atlanta, GA
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“Vary good choice in Kaikura.”
Reviewed 14 January 2012

First, I would largely discount reviews that have not been done for this hotel that are more than a year or two old. The new owner is quite helpful and easy to work with, and the place is now well managed and very comfortable. The hotel, itself, is relatively small, and situated just after you turn on to the road in to town. While that makes it easy to find, it is also a bit far out of the main part of town, so to access many things (like most of the restaurants), you need to drive.

The rooms at the Comfort Inn are relatively spacious, and would work very well for a family of four to live out of for a few days as the kitchen has what you will need and the rook itself is relatively large. We found the beds comfortable, and the other facilities to work well for us. There is room out back to sit. There are washing facilities on site, and it was no problem using them.

While we we there for only one night, we thought highly of the place, with the main deficiti is its location a bit far from the main part of town.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

My wife and I stayed for 3 nights December 2011 and had a great time at the motel and in Kaikoura. The new owners were very friendly, helpful and made good restaurant /cafe recommendations. Our room was clean, tidy and the double-glazed windows meant we didn't notice the road traffic. The free wireless internet access was a bonus. We had a rental car, so 3 minutes drive into town was easy. There's a 2 minute walk to a huge deserted sandy beach that stretches for kms in either direction. Plenty of things to do in and around town and the Whale Watch is very professional. No hesitation recommending this motel and we'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

No sleep at all for the whole night owner is very nice and helpful but this does not make up for no sleep I want a total refund fron Jasons

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool, UK
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

Stayed here in November 2009 whilst on honeymoon. We stayed 2 nights in Kaikoura to go whale-watching. Having not done the research on the area, and due to budget constraints we booked this hotel via Austravel. The main downside is that this hotel is a fair distance from the centre of the town in comparison to other hotels in the area. Beach Road is actually State Highway 1, the main road in the area! That said, the room was spacious, clean, comfortable with heating and electric blankets. We were made to feel very welcome by the staff. The centre is reachable by the Kaikoura shuttle service (usually arrived within 5 minutes of calling). If you're fit enough, you could take the long walk. Whilst the accommodation was lacking some of the luxuries of places such as Waves On The Esplanade, it served its purpose. As my headline says, it was clean, comfortable and we were made to feel very welcome. I have certainly stayed in places much worse than here.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

Our usual perference the Bella Vista motel was full ( must learn to book ahead! ) so we stopped down the road at the Mediterranean. We took two units. Both were tidy but we missed the exra little things and that special new ness that we have become used to. The view of the mountains is very dramatic considering how close to the see Kaikoura is. The motel is out of the town centre but it was a nice morning walk down to the shops and beach.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

I was in Kaikoura for one day to go whale watching. Everything was perfect and I particularly enjoyed receiving a bottle of milk for my tea. Room is fresh, clean and with the heater and the electric blankets you are sure to be warm if it gets too cold. Internet is available but remember to ask for the password when you check in .... It is on the bend of the highway but even the odd truck going through during the night didn't bother me (but might if someone wants absolute silence) and it is not walking distance of the atractions and the town centre ... but then this isn't a place for backpackers but for anyone with a car visiting the country. And I must say New Zealand is a fantastic country to visit. I will be back.

Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 March 2011

Perfectly clean and spacious, but very old and tired. Staff largely disinterested. Located on a busy road a fair way out from town (too far to walk to town or to local eateries).
The kind of place you only stay a night if you need to, passing through.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura

Property: Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura
Address: 239 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand (Formerly Comfort Inn Kaikoura Mediterranean)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing towards the magnificent Kaikoura Mountains our modern 4 star complex is the ideal stopover for your Kaikoura experience. Our 13 nonsmoking, double glazed self-contained units are tastefully decorated and provide the comforts required, while experiencing some of nature’s most exquisite adventures. Mediterranean Motel is also the first Geocaching motel in NZ offering Geocaching tours around the beautiful Kaikoura coast. The restaurants, town center and Kaikoura attractions are only 5 minutes’ drive away. Coming from the north, we are the first motel on the right, coming from the south, we are the last motel on the left. We look after our guests and your comfort, is our priority. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Comfort Inn Kaikoura Mediterranean Hotel Kaikoura
Kaikoura Comfort Inn

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