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“Gren & Chris Phillips, England - Friendly welcoming home from home.”
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Grange Lodge Motel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Manukau
Certificate of Excellence
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
“Gren & Chris Phillips, England - Friendly welcoming home from home.”
Reviewed 22 December 2013

This was our first stop over on a tour around the North Island with three of our grandchildren following our daughter's wedding in Dunedin on the South Island.
Arriving later than intended we were met by Bernie who had a plate of freshly baked muffins for us which the children accepted with great gusto. After showing us to our clean and well maintained accommodation (not forgetting Teddy on the bed!) and making us feel at home Bernie departed, shortly afterwards Pat knocked the door and introduced himself to us and by the time he had left we both agreed it was like staying at a family member's home.
It certainly set the bar at a high level for all the other places we stayed at on our tour around, in fact we liked our stay so much we booked in for our final night before flying back to the South Island.
All our other stop overs were nice in their own way but none came close to the excellent friendly atmosphere created by Bernie, Pat and not forgetting Max the dog. Love to you all!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 22 January 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review and for your lovely comments. We so much enjoyed meeting you and your lovely grandchildren. Mack particularly relished all the attention he got from the children. We trust you had an uneventful and pleasant trip back home and hope that our paths may cross again when you visit family in the future.
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Kirkland, Washington
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Pat and Bernie are really good hosts. On our arrival, Bernie offered us some fresh muffins that she had baked that morning (and they were delicious). They also offered us a lot of guidance as to what to do in Auckland. The rooms were clean and well maintained. The breakfast was decent. Overall, a very pleasant experience. We will like to come back again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 22 January 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. There is so much to see and do in Auckland we were glad to be able to give you some ideas to help you make the most of your limited time in this fantastic city.
It was a real pleasure meeting you and we hope to see you again at some stage if you are ever down this way
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

My husband, 4 year old, and I just left the Grange Lodge and we already miss it! We picked this place because of the great reviews and its proximity to the city (while still being away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland). We arrived late one evening due to several flight delays, but Pat kindly greeted us in the rain and got us settled in. Pat and Bernie were the most gracious of hosts - very hospitable and generous with information about the area (restaurants, local markets, activities, shopping). The room itself was very cozy and had everything you might need while away from home - comfy beds, kitchenette and dishware, washer/dryer, and unlimited wifi.

After staying there for a week, I can see why they've won so many awards and wish them much success in the future. We hope we can return to the Grange in the future for Bernie's yummy muffins, morning greetings from Mack the dog, and catching up with new friends. Thank you Pat, Bernie, Lucy, Mack, and Sunshine for making us feel at home during our travels!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 22 January 2014
It was really wonderful getting to know you and to be part of the fantastic time you had whilst in New Zealand. Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review and for your very generous comments. The shark model your son made is still in pride of place in our office and will always remind us of you. We hope you took back many happy memories of New Zealand and hope you will make it down here again at some time in the future
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Caloundra, Australia
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Max and I arrived at the Grange Lodge Motel at the end of our holiday to be greeted by Bernie, It was like seeing an old friend again. Pat and Max shared a couple of reds and Bernie gave me a big hug good-bye and was sorry to see me go. I was sorry to leave. She wanted me to go shopping with her. I promise Bernie that will happen.
Our room was lovely, courtyard was lovely, free washing machine, Bernie, Pat and the teddy bear certainly made us feel at home. I was most impressed with the shiny steel!!! We were only there one night and we have intentions of staying a bit longer next time.
Can't wait to see them again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
How lovely it was to meet you both and such a shame it was only for the one night! I hope you can base yourselves here on your next trip. There's so much to see and do in Auckland! Thank you for your review and your comment about the bench top being so shiny! Lucy, our cleaner takes such pride in making the units as clean as possible. I hope our paths cross again. All the very best to you both and can't wait to welcome you here again.
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Our first day (and night) in New Zealand after a long flight from the top of Australia. A wonderful welcome from Pat, complete with the much anticipated muffins. And a warm welcome also from Mac. Good dog Mac!
Our suite was cosy, comfortable, clean, quiet - and just perfect. We even had a garden view. A great start to our week in the North Island. Thank you sp much to Pat, Bernie - and Mac of course!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you very much indeed for your review. It's very much appreciated. I hope the rest of your holiday was fantastic and you go home with wonderful memories. Mac sends you his loudest and proudest woof!
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newcastle england
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We arrived after a long flight and transit we got lost it was difficult to find with the hire car map! When we arrive late and were welcome with warm cakes, we then had the frozen meals available took a bit longer to cook than advise but was just what we need. The rooms are clean and compact, if you have a unit that backs onto main road the traffic can be heard through the night. We were late packing to leave (did not realise check out was 10am) and got a knock at the door telling us that we should off been out of the room by 10am and the cleaning staff had nothing else to do. We packed very quickly and left at about 10.30am this is the reason for 4stars

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you so much for reviewing us and I hope you had no further trouble getting lost in Auckland! I'm sorry you thought check out time was 12 noon. All motels in NZ have a 10 a.m check out time but of course, if arranged the night before and we have no booking for the unit, we are very flexible. However, being close to the airport, we regularly have earlier than usual arrivals and we are very pleased we can offer accommodation earlier than the advertised time. Please pass on my best regards to your parents. What a lovely couple and I so enjoyed meeting them.
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Fox Cities, Wisc
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Reading the reviews, I was expecting to enjoy my stay at Grange but it was even better than expected. Arriving in NZ from the states way too early in the morning, we arrived at the motel at 8 in the morning (yes, 8). I had not thought ahead that we would be a bit exhausted from an extremely long flight. My husband suggested just going to the motel and seeing if there was any open rooms so we could crash for a while. Our room was already available and they allowed us to check in early (God bless you!). The rooms were clean, well appointed, and yes, we even had a teddy bear on our bed.

The hosts made great suggestions for things to do and places to eat. We tried the midnight market, a food and flea market type of event in an underground parking garage. It is an experience we will never forget!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
How nice of you to review us - thank you so much. We are also glad that the room was available for you after your long flight. Our staff try to get started as early as possible to cater for that very reason. So glad you enjoyed the midnight Markets. It has proved to be very popular and the food there is absolutely amazing with just about every dish imaginable. Here's hoping we see you all again one day.
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Property: Grange Lodge Motel
Address: 1 Grange Road, Manukau 2025, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Manukau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Manukau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grange Lodge Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In residential area opposite Grange Golf Course and adjacent to East Tamaki industrial area.5 Minutes drive to Middlemore Hospital 15 minutes to Airport, 20 minutes to CBD Auckland. AA Supreme Host of the Year 2004 and 2005. Runner up 2012 and 2008.Category winners at 2006, 2007 and 2008 Manukau Business Excellence Awards. Qualmark 4 star grading. Enviro Bronze Award ... more   less 
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