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“Nice rooms, too many rules with draconian punishment.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bay Viaduct Motor Lodge

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Bay Viaduct Motor Lodge
Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Timaru
Certificate of Excellence
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice rooms, too many rules with draconian punishment.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

Clean, tidy and good sized rooms. Decor abysmal, festooned in pornographic art and statuettes, seedy to say the least.

Also a $25 fine for not doing your dishes! There are two things that are very wrong with this. Poor service, and you know your dishes were washed by the previous occupants, why should they care that they are done properly?

In the room compendium they threaten to let down all of your car tires if you use more than the one allocated park. They sign off the warning with a smiley face! Thoroughly unprofessional.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Dougal888
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Napier New Zealand
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29 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2012

very handy location and despite the close proximity to the main road and railway it was very quiet. Nice terrace and very comfortable new bed. it is only a short stroll to Caroline Bay and the CBD. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ctbates
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Calgary, Canada
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30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012

One large room with 2 queen beds, kitchenette and large bathroom with shower. Very quiet with some noise from morning traffic. Located near the center of town, minutes walk from restaurants and cafes. Across the street from beautiful park on the beach, with aviary, mini golf, rides and activities for the kids. Beautiful walkways to the beach.
Bathroom although large has small counter for toilet kits and fan is connected to the light switch which can disturb other in the room.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DaveG9
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New Zealand
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45 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2012

Our family of four stayed in one of the ground floor two bedroom units. Spacious unit that was modern and clean. Plenty of room on our bathroom for toilet bags to be placed on basin. No issues with extra pillows (see comment from previous reviewer) as there were plenty in the drawers. Only problem (if you can call it a problem!!) that we did have was that we overslept as the curtains were very effective and the traffic noise was minimal.
Property was close to main centre of town and Caroline Bay.
Would stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank shazm1
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New Zealand
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our 5 nights at Bay Viaduct. We stayed in the 3 bedroom house and it was amazing, Very clean and comfortable. Would definately stay again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BellfamilyNewZealand
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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55 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012

The bathroom facilities are quite odd. They have a towel rack above the toilets so the towels hang down and sit on the lid. There isn't a lot of bench space for toilet bags and when you put the light on the fan starts up and stays on making an awful noise. My husband found it difficult to see to shave as the lighting isn't that good. What happened to extra pillows? and why do they insist on having the sheets down under your arm area making it difficult to pull up and be warm and comfortable. They have an upright lamp with another one that snakes down and around and can be moved into other directions and when I grabbed it to point the the light down I burnt myself. Having said that the rooms are clean the view quite good and the restaurants close to hand and Caroline Bay is near enough to go for a lovely walk. The other gripe I have is if they don't want to provide a lift for older people who have difficulties with stairs, why can't they get a lift for cases. I struggled to lift my bag up the stairs as my husband and I arrived at seperate times.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gem059
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

We called in here when let down terribly by the place we had booked. It was wonderful. Quiet, clean, comfortable, excellent service, lovely people - I couldn't fault it in any way. And a great location as well!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Catherine C
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Property: Bay Viaduct Motor Lodge
Address: Cnr Main Highway & Wai-iti Rd | Bay Viaduct, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Timaru
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Timaru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the ultimate - spectacular views, superior luxury accommodation, quiet double glazed units, kiosk at reception, liquor license - mini bar. The spectacular view that greets you when you walk into each unit, sets Timaru's Bay Viaduct Motor Lodge apart from the rest. Bay Viaduct captures the catch phrase for its luxury accommodation: "Location, Location, Location." The Motel and Motor Lodge boasts spectacular views overlooking Caroline Bay and has the ideal location just a couple of minutes walk from Caroline Bay, Timaru's cafes, bars, restaurants and central business area. Situated in a prime position on the main highway at the base of Wai-iti Road (always known as the Bay Viaduct corner before the motorway). Bay Viaduct is easy to find for the visiting guest and locals alike. All of our motels units are doubled glazed, so the great view and prime location are not tainted by road noise. Additionally each unit has its own patio where guests can sit in the summer sun, take in the spectacular views and admire Timaru at its best (all units are non-smoking but if you wish guests may smoke out on the patio). All major credit cards accepted. Book now with your friendly hosts to avoid disappointment... ... more   less 
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