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“Best Location in Kaikoura”
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Panorama Motel
Ranked #10 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Best Location in Kaikoura”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

We booked Panorama Motel because friends stayed there 4 years ago and told us it was their favorite stay of their trip.

We were not disappointed. While there might be newer motels since 2010, non beat the location and view of the Panorama. It is around the corner from most of the businesses, but closer to the peninsula walk, Poppy's Homemade Ice Cream Stand, and the BarBQ Seafood stand out Esplanade Road. It is a lovely, easy walk back to the shops, carry-outs, restaurants, and I-Site in town.

True, the complementary internet is minimal and the construction a bit dated, but it is clean, complete with kitchen, and has a comfortable bed and balcony.

Room Tip: The second floor rooms have the best view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2014

Great hotel to spend a few days in while in the town. Lots of restaurants nearby and make sure you do a dolphin swim experience.Everything is within walking distance.
Scenic and quiet coastal town with amazing sea life.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rangiora, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2014

It's card to fault a place with such a view. The view is amazing.
The motel itself is clean but quite basic. The kitchen equipped with bare minimal and minimal toiletries.
There is no free wifi - a bare minimal 20gb "complemenary". After that you pay.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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North Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

We had booked a hotel at another hotel up the street. However the reservation was lost. Fortunately the desk clerk got on the phone and found the last room in town due to a cancellation. We did not expect much. The Panorama is not a flashy motel and certainly was not as much as the other motel, but it was well kept in a great location and we had no complaints. I would stay again even if fancier motels were available.

Room Tip: All the rooms face the water so Unless you want a ground floor there is not a lot of difference
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

This was our first port of call in New Zealand and what a great intro. The property was very easy to find and we arrived early but they had our room ready in double quick time,which was nice. The room itself was first floor in the newer section and was clean and comfortable with stunning views across the bay to the majestic mountains beyond. Yes,the bathroom was small and the kitchen a little basic,but the staff were great and gave helpful advice on the locale, extra wifi and did not charge for a local call,which was a nice change. 5 star it's not,but a really friendly well presented accom. with tremendous views from the balcony.

Room Tip: First floor rooms are less public
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

We stayed at panorama Motel Kaikoura for two nights on Dec.18 & 19. It's located right across from the lake, there's a little park near by. The area where the hotel is located is very quiet and away from the town center traffic, easy to find. The room has a full kitchen so it's great to buy something from the town and cook on your own. Also, I love the fact that it's so close to the water and was great for a morning or evening jog.

I cannot comment too much on "service" because we didn't have much interaction with the staff. We basicially dropped off the keys. But the room is clean and basic, and that's all we needed anyway.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 23 December 2013 via mobile

We were in the "new" part of the motel, with wood paneling (no carpet on the wall...). The location was great, just on the outskirts of town on the peninsula, so it was quiet at night. The view was also fantastic, right across the street from the water, with mountains in the background. Room was basic, but clean and comfortable,with a nice love seat facing the view. Bathroom was on the small side, as was the kitchenette, but overall, still a good value. I'd stay there again.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Panorama Motel
Address: 266 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Number of rooms: 22
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