We are a family with a young kid. We had a wonderful stay in the motel for a week last summer.
The hosts Andrea and Alan were a sweet couple who welcomed us with home baked cookies and house wine. They were also very helpful explaining the attractions in and near Kerikeri. I had asked for a humidifier when booking and it was placed in our room and left running before we arrived. (It didn't really feel humid without humidifier and there were no mosquitoes - contrary to my anticipations from reading other reviews.)
The motel is close to most attractions in Kerikeri. It's not far from Paihia. And if you have a car, it's convenient to go to the Kerikeri town centre for grocery and restaurants. Kerikeri is a lot more sophisticated than Paihia. Free wifi was convenient. Sky TV was also handy. I personally appreciated the history that came with the motel - owned by a missionary doctor. Our little one loved the salt water pool. The outdoor spa was also nice. The gardens were carefully maintained, it was relaxing to eat in the little garden in front of our unit although it was a bit crowded for four. There wasn't a full kitchen. But Andrea had explained it before I booked so it wasn't unexpected.
I understand Andrea and Alan have recently upgraded the motel quite a bit. It definitely shows. For the same price it's hard to find nice places like this. However, I wouldn't mind paying extra for air conditioning: our unit would get quite hot and stuffy in the afternoon with the setting sun; and better airflow in the bathroom would be nice: the shower drapes smelled a bit mouldy when we first arrived.
Overall though, it was a very memorable and enjoyable stay. I would highly recommend it if you're looking for somewhere homely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Free WiFi. 50+Digital channels. Cosy & quiet cottages & cabins with comfortable beds and own sundecks in subtropical gardens. Saltwater pool, hot tub spa, and new friendly hosts. ... more less
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