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The Church Accommodation
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Auckland
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17 reviews
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“Delightful accommodation”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

After reading the reviews, we were expecting it to be "a bit tired", but we didn't think this was the case at all. Our unit was clean and fresh, with furniture that fits the rustic, charming theme. The unit was spacious, and cosy, especially with the fire going, which was so efficient, we had to open all the windows when we got back from dinner, to cool it down a bit. It looks as if all the units open out onto a deck and lovely native gardens with total privacy. OK, so maybe the grounds could do with a bit of sprucing up, but that is probably more to do with the time of year. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Definitely has potential, but as is, this place is a really delightful place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

This place has the potential to be the best place for miles around. It has a great location, lovely separate self contained rooms but the whole place needs some love and attention. If feels tired and uncared for. A lovely restaurant on site with amazing food but bizarrely offering a tapas menu in an old church. However the food was excellent and So was the service. The rooms were just a little tired, no attention to detail and those little touches which would make this a good venue. We paid much less for much better elsewhere locally

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

We found the hotel to be tired and wanting in service. Did not tidy or room for the second night, we had to request new dry towels- towels will not dry in the room overnight. Yes, it was off season, bot reception was closes and unavailable by 7:30 pm an not available again until 8:30 am the next dat - how to check out - leave a msg on a cell phone. Great location, but no one is paying attention unlike the other 5 hotel/motels we stayed in as we toured the N island.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2014

The Church is set in the seaside town of Hahei. It is a short walk/drive to the lovely beach, Cathedral Cove and a 5 minute drive to Hot Water beach.
All of the units look out on to a lovely garden. The smaller studios have a fridge and microwave and the larger family apartments have a more substantial kitchen should you wish to cook. The on site restaurant provides lovely meals in the evenings. There is also a central area with a small library, TV's and DVDs you can borrow, and a BBQ area.
The rooms are like little cottages and have a lovely balcony area.
We loved it.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

The Church was recommended to us several times we also read the awesome reviews on TA we found the staff to be very friendly and helpful for which we are grateful..
Sadly we found our one bedroom cottage to be tired and in cared for we were informed that the whole place was up for sale as the present owners had been there for 16+ years and wanted out... I believe this shows !!! I'm sure the Church will be wonderful again in new ownership so much could be made of this fantastic place.... For us it showed lack of care.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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NzDaytripper, Owner at The Church Accommodation, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Hi Paul,we are sorry your expectations were not met.The people who recommended the Church to you presumably enjoyed their experience enough to make their recommendations.We never portray ourselves as anything other than what we offer,simple wooden cottages,set in native bush and gardens,clean and tidy,friendly helpful staff,who make all efforts to make our guests stay a pleasant one.The business is presently for sale and as you say any new owner will want to make changes they see as appropriate.We don't ''want out ''as you suggest and will continue to operate the business with enthusiasm and energy until we no longer own it.
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Pukekohe East, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

It is great to have accommodation options like this. Designed to be different. The ways they have mirrored the old style cottage was effective. Timber and stark ceilings,French doors etc. Bathroom was modern and the small kitchenette had all we needed. We read the studios were noisy so opted for the more expensive cottage,quiet and roomy. The tv was very small and no extra channels we watched the rugby in the communial area. Our tv had no remote....oops finally found stuck inside a chair! The place is currently for sale sadly it showed in the lack of upkeep in the gardens.we hope it sells to owners who will upgrade it all a bit preserving its modern but iconic feel.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2014 via mobile

We only stayed 1 night here and both wish we would have planned our trip to stay longer.
Our friends know the owners and said it could not be missed. While a little on the pricey side for an extended stay it would be worth it.
The rooms are beautifully put together and incredibly clean.
We didn't get a chance to eat at the restaurant unfortunately. Make a reservation early if you want to eat there!
Perfectly located to all of the attractions you want to see in Cormandel.
Only slightly negative thing is that wifi doesn't reach the rooms.

Stayed March 2014
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Property: The Church Accommodation
Address: 87 Hahei Beach Rd, Hahei, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Hahei
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Hahei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Church Accommodation 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scattered amongst 1.5 Acres of established gardens and native trees, close to the natural wonders of Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, The Church complex consists of 11 rustic and spacious wooden cottages along with 1 three-bedroom house suitable for larger groups. All our cottages have Queen-size beds with ensuite bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the peaceful gardens. Some of our largest cottages are equipped with kitchens and woodfires for cosy winter stays. They can also accommodate up to two extra guests. Our 3 bedroom house has a full kitchen, woodfire, BBQ, private garden and balcony. It can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests. ... more   less 
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