If you like lots of rules, this is the place for you! They include: take your shoes off before entering your unit, sleep between the sheets and not between the sheet and the blanket - $30 fine if you do (why would you and how do they know?), don't use the Spa without letting the owners know, $30 for late check out, $5 if you don't wash up etc. Coffee and tea supplies will be topped up each day but if you want any more, they will be charged.
Wifi is free for the first 100MB only - surely like water and electricity, it should be free these days.
The motel consists of an old wing, built about 40 years ago and a much newer wing. We had a studio in the new wing for three nights. It was of good size with a large TV and comfortable bed although the pillows were rather lumpy. There was a small kitchenette but only really suitable for simple breakfasts. There was no chest of drawers or similar for clothes so it is a matter of living out of your suitcase. There was poor sound insulation between neighbours and although we had pretty quiet ones you still hear them snoring, farting and going to the toilet during the night. Our unit was clean and tidy with modern fittings.
It is situated in the main road so is handy for shops and some cafés and fast food restaurants. It is within easy walking distance of the ferry jetty and one of the excellent beaches.
Really there is nothing wrong with this place but for some reason we just didn't like the owners ethos. We come on holiday to get away from petty rules and bureaucracy and although we know there are behavioural standards we should comply with, we would prefer that they were not listen so completely. Considerate people do most of these things anyway, inconsiderate ones will ignore them.
They just need to chill out a bit more to make it a pleasant stay. As it is, it's rather like being back at school.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mana-Nui Motel is Centrally located in Whitianga and has 12 ground floor units offering a clean and comfortable stay. 5 family and 7 spacious studio units. Swimming pool, covered spa pool, Large LED LCD Flat Screen Televisions, 5 channel Sky TV, WiFi available. All units have some form of cooking facilities, kitchens / kitchenettes. Most standard motel items / facilities available. Family environment, closest motel to shopping centre. Short flat walk to beach, cafes, restaurants, shops, wharf, marina, museum and bowling green. Ample parking. Phone or visit our web site for the best and cheapest guaranteed rates. Owner operators Mervyn and Joanne Trebes extend their hospitality and welcome your patronage. ... more less
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