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“Wonderful”
Review of Sails Motel

Sails Motel
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Sails Motel
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
Reviewed 3 May 2013

We cannot say enough great things about the owners Ted and Deb! Deb went well above and beyond to help us out in our travels. Even before we arrived, Deb took the time to email me about a good route to take from Nelson to Kaikoura and pointed out good stopping points, restaurants and the Oahu Seals. The driveway into the motel was a bit tricky to find as it is a single lane drive next to the sign that leads to the motel which is set back from the main road. Our unit (#2) was perfect for my husband, myself and our two daughters. It was wonderfully clean and comfortable. Deb took the time to recommend and map out several walks and sights around the Kaikoura peninsula. She also gave us several recommendations for dinner. When we asked Deb if she could recommend lodging for us in Queenstown for later in our trip, she happily looked through the guide book with me and called several different motels to get pricing for us. As we were leaving in the morning, Deb and Tim came out to see us off. Thankfully, Deb went into the room to check if we had left anything behind and came out with a pair of pants and a cell phone! They were so nice to our girls and the most welcoming hosts we have ever encountered in our travels. I highly recommend the Sails Motel!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviewed 3 May 2013

This motel is set back down a right of way, so very peaceful surroundings. Lovely setting and brilliant rooms. We had two studio rooms and the price was one of the best in our travels around New Zealand. During our trip we stayed at 11 motels and 2 hotels and this was one of the best at definitely the best price. Our english visitors were very impressed. Bev was so helpful. Our only disappointment was that we were only staying one night!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

Sails is run by Deb and Ted who are very attentive. We arrived later than planned and so Deb was very worried we wouldn't get to the shop to buy food but as we had cereal with us gave us extra milk so we could have breakfast before our Albatross Encounter. She also rang the company in the morning to check what time they would actually be going out to sea without any prompting on our part. we both got seasick during the (amazing) Albatross encounter and left a do not disturb note on our door so she left a note to tell us she wouldn't close the office until 9pm as she was concerned for our welfare. We deliberately chose this motel based on the reviews on Trip Advisor - in particular the fact that it is behind other motels means it is really quiet as it is not on the roadside, and because we had read how helpful and considerate Deb is - both of these were spot on. We spent 2 nights there and were very happy with the room, facitilies, quiet and very clean room and bathroom and of course Deb and Ted. We would stay there again and it is very very close to the Encounters office and pick up for trips - so great location in Kaikoura. As a bonus Deb also pointed us to a specific motel - The Chalets Motel in Hanmer Springs and it was also perfect!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

a very nice motel that you would probably miss when in kaikoura. It is worth looking for as it's down a driveway . You really get the personal touch when you arrive. The units are of good size and are very clean(It's important to us). It is a nice walk to town. either go along the beach or footpath. Fish & chips , go Hemi's . Its close to the main rood and opens at 5pm. The other thing we found out..was.. if you want a reasonable priced possum/merino/silk clothing...Go to a store called CRT. Its just a kilometre(could be less) north of the main shopping centre. I have been looking all over nz . most are quite expensive...

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Crawley, England
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

In a six week tour of New Zealand Bev was the most personally concerned of all the motel owners we met. She genuinely wanted to ensure that you had a really good time in a way that matched your individual interests. The room, although small was furnished with some style, quite a rarity in motels!

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

Good value motel run by a very friendly couple. The motel is set back from the street and beach without views, but this is reflected in the price. It does not have wifi. Rooms clean, comfortable and well-appointed. Nothing too much trouble for owner. Not high hand but excellent value for money.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cork, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2013

We stayed in Sails for 2 nights - overall the accommodation and Kaikoura itself were our second favourite place in NZ. The owner is very helpful and kind and gave us some goods tips about places to eat and visit in the locality. The motel itself is in a quiet location, just off the Esplanade with good facillities. If it is a clear evening I recommend a walk up Dempsey's Track to the lookout to watch the sun go down behind the mountians.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sails Motel
Address: 134 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Sails Hotel Kaikoura
Sails Motel Kaikoura

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