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Panorama Motel
Ranked #10 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Comfortable and well equipped motel with stunning views across the bay.spacious room and bathroom and sofa facing the sea, will certainly return. Just out of centre of town about 15 minute pleasant walk along the beach

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Reviewed 15 March 2013

We had an upstairs room and the views were great ... unfortunately, the bed-settee was not very comfortable for sitting, so that detracted somewhat.

The unit itself was fine but the subdivisions created a small toilet, a small wash/shower room, a kitchen area, a reasonable sized bedroom and a small lounge area. The shower was very small with a curtain closure ... the shower head was set quite low at about 5 feet which, with the small cubicle, made it difficult for a person over 6 feet to wash above mid-chest height.

The furnishings were fairly comprehensive but were in need of a good refresh. Apart from this the unit was very clean and well-maintained. We found the bed too soft for us, but that would be a personal preference and would suit some.

We found the unit quite echoey and could hear a lot of noise from the people below us. Also the building itself seemed to make some expansion/contraction noises ... it seems to be of solid pine timber construction.

The wifi is not free but the owners do provide a $2 NZD voucher for initial email ... 100mb of data is $10 if you need to do a lot ... I also found that the wifi link kept dropping out. The TV channels are very limited.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

We've stayed here several times before and were looking forward to a weekend away. You can't beat this first class location - with a view from every room right up the coast. Lying in bed at night you can hear the waves coming in on the beach.

My husband and I had an upstairs room this time (pleased about that because on a previous visit we were downstairs and woken up by people walking around above us). This time we had people below us - including one person with a VERY LOUD VOICE. This group of tourists got up very early on the Saturday morning - first sounds were of them doing their dishes - even before it got light. They had a leisurely start to the day, so we were kept awake for a further hour or two by one person's very loud and persistent voice. Sunday morning the group was up early again, conversing loudly, slamming doors and then finally loading up their van and heading off. I'm back home for some decent sleep tonight :-(

I really think their are some noise insulation issues with these Lockwood style units.

Having said that... I will probably be back. An absolutely unbeatable location.

The units are well appointed and equipped. Well priced too.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

This is a comfortable motel at the quiet end of Kaikoura, with great views out over the bay. Every room has a balcony and a parking space is allocated to each room. There are several good eating places within easy walking distance.

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Reviewed 26 February 2013

We had an upstairs room with brilliant views. The accommodation was nice and very clean.
:Lots to do in the area - we went whale watching and you can also swim with dolphins.
Would definitely book to stay again.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Had a ground floor room that was very clean and well stocked. Kitchen had everything in it you could want, nice shower,toilet,vanity area with fluffy towels, hand wash , soap and shampoos, main area is nice with comfy large bed and a couch you can swing around to relax on and take in the fabulous views. Outside the sliding glass door is a nice patio area complete with table and chairs. We enjoyed our stay here and if we are ever back in this area would stay here again.

Room Tip: rooms on east side of office look like they would have better views as there are no trees opposite t...
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

I stayed at the Panorama for two nights in feb 2013.
I agree that the views of the bay were fantastic. The room itself was ok but i think there were a few areas which let it down. Upon arrival I thought there was a bit of a musty smell (possibly due to the pine in the room) and the decor and furnishings were very tired and dated.
In addition I wasn't totally comfortable with the security of the property. It was a ground floor room and the windows were right next to the handles for the main and patio doors. If the windows were left open at night due to the heat then it would be very easy for someone to reach their arm in and open the doors. I would have preferred a latch to limit how far the windows could be opened.
If I returned to Kaikoura I would probably try somewhere else.

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Address: 266 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Ranked #10 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Price Range: £63 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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