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“Fabulous motel!!!!”
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Valdez Motor Lodge
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Hastings
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Pukekohe
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“Fabulous motel!!!!”
Reviewed 19 February 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Valdez with our young baby for a weekend. It was rather busy with a large concert in town and the motel was fully booked. The owners were wonderful. Although they seemed to be rushed off their feet, nothing was too much trouble. Travelling with a baby required a large amount of luggage and we were relieved to know that they had a port-a-cot that we could borrow - one less thing to pack! The cot was almost new and very clean. Our room (a studio) was large compared to others we have stayed in. It was really clean and the spa bath was blissful. Although it was a busy weekend, our hosts had managed to put us in a unit that was really quiet although I think they are all pretty quiet. There was no road noise and we barely had any noise from other guests. On the couple of occasions that inconsiderate guests parked in our spot, there was plenty of space at the top of the complex. Our hosts had great local knowledge and helped us choose a restaurant and they booked a table for us! They suggested a couple of vineyards that we should visit on the Saturday which were great and had lovely cafes.
We really enjoyed our weekend in the Bay and have already booked another weekend at this lovely hotel. Judy and Warwick, you were fabulous and we can’t wait to be back. Thanks for making our stay so lovely.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 February 2010

We checked in to this motel with the welcome of 'Check out is at 10am, not a minute later' - wasn't sure this was the best start to the hotel or our weekend away. We were then told quite curtly that we couldn't park two cars in front of the unit despite us having no intention of doing so.
We asked the managers if they would mind booking a taxi for us for dinner later that night but were told that we could 'do that ourselves and the 0800 number was on the phone in the unit'. When I tried to call, the number gave a disconnected tone so we dialled the local number instead.
Each time we went back to the reception for maps or information, we felt like we were interrupting and had chosen the wrong places to eat/visit etc.
The unit itself was fine - spacious enough for a group and fitted out well with all the utensils that you need.
Our bathroom door didn't close, even with the lock on the door, and the shower ran boiling hot then freezing cold the whole time we were there.
When we went to check out, we were then charged 50c for the phone call to call the taxi!! I didn't mind paying that but we explained that the 0800 number written on the phone in the unit only gave a disconnect tone and were told that the taxi company turned 'off' their 0800 number late in the day!? We had called at 3pm!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2009

This was great value for money! The rooms itself was a standard room but there was plenty of space and it was very clean. What really impressed me was the manager's offer to drive us to the wedding we were in town for! We surmised from the map that it wasn't that far, and were going to walk, but the manager offered to drive us there and so we gratefully accepted. How many hotel managers/owners would do that? Not many I'd say. What a lovely gesture, and what a great place to stay.

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  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Valdez Motor Lodge
Address: 1107 Karamu Road North, Hastings 4122, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Hastings
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Valdez Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 25
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