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Walton Park Motor Lodge
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Warkworth
Auckland NZ
Level 6 Contributor
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“Lady of the house opened the Bar - just for us”
Reviewed 13 May 2012

Having stayed here back in the 60/70's spouse and self reserved overnight while attending an evening function at nearby Matakana. We had favourable memories of in-house Grumpy's Steak Restaurant and the 'by reservation only' full-house it often enjoyed. In those days Grumpy's was used for the motel breakfasts also.
Welcomed by the lady of the house we learned with sadness and disappointment that Grumpy's is no more, that other catering lessees have since been in, and out, with the kitchen and diner now locked, barred and bolted. Breakfast is no longer available at the motel.
At my suggestion that as the diner is closed no doubt the extensive bar is also shut, barred and bolted things looked up considerably. Mine Host came up trumps, took me to the closed bar and provided tipples to take to our unit. A welcoming welcome and our thanks for this service with a smile.
Our 1 x b/roomed unit was comfortable and warm for the one-night and the upgraded bathroom was very good. I do wish many other motels would copy and remove the water-guzzling bath/spa as has been done here - with a modern shower now installed.
As one may expect, some of the 1960/70's construction remain leaving benefits which once were normal elsewhere. Concrete block sound-reducing walls here are so unlike the modern day motel/hotel internal walls which allow the slightest noise to be heard from the next unit, and in the next unit.
Mine lady-host recommended a town dairy venue for breakfast - which we readily accepted for an early(ish) Sunday departure. At $9.50 pp for a fry-up - incl. coffee/tea, at said dairy we were not complaining. Our thanks for the recommendation - and for allowing yourself to be inconvenienced to retrieve the tipples.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 30 June 2012
Thank you for your review. Yes times have changed from the hey days of grumpys.much more choice now in the town.and its only a stroll in for nice resturants
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Reviewed 13 May 2012 via mobile

Clean spacious units. Handy location to see warkworth and surrounding areas. Friendly staff that made our stay enjoyable and easy.

  • Stayed May 2012
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, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 30 June 2012
Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your stay
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Good value for money - rooms were clean and tidy and this was a good place to stay for an overnight in the area.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Hi Thank you for your review.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

Spent two nights here. It was spotless and well appointed. The hosts were extremely friendly and so helpful with ideas, etc. Would certainly stay there again if we were in that area on holiday.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Hi, Thank you for your review
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WAIUKU, NEW ZEALAND
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

We spent a night here on our way back from the north of NZ. On arrival the hosts were very friendly and informative as to what was available in Warkworth. The room was clean and very well appointed if a little small. Beds were comfortable. The swimming pool had not been cleaned from the winter lay-off which was a little disappointing as it made the area a little down market but I am sure this will be corrected by the summer.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 24 January 2012
Hi, thank you for your review. The swimming pool is looking good now, as we had a problem with the pump and filter system.
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Wellington
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

My friend and I stayed here overnight on our travels back to Auckland.
The hosts were very helpful and friendly. Our room was really large and good value for money. Clean and well equiped.
A short stroll into town for restaurants.
I would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 24 January 2012
Hi thank you for taking to review us.We are glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

I'm so sorry to write this review because the hosts at Walton Park were so friendly and attentive, but I would like to warn anyone staying there in wintertime that the large rooms are very cold. We were there at the end of July and were the only ones staying that night, so we were given one of the larger rooms, which was a nice thought, but .... there were only 2 small fixed heaters and a portable onein the room, which we all used. But we were miserable sitting there in the evening. The max. temperature we got was 15°C. And in the morning that had gone down to 12°C. The double bed comes with an electric blanket, thank you, and there are also 2 hot water bottles.
Apart from that, the room was OK; nothing special to mention.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 2 October 2011
Hi, thank you for your feedback, we wish you had come and told us that the unit was cold as you was in for a few nights, we would have given you extra heaters. The heaters in the unit are new heaters and we were informed by the suppliers that they would be suitable to heat the size of the unit. It has also been the coldest winter for many years in New Zealand. We have since put extra heaters in.
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Property: Walton Park Motor Lodge
Address: 2 Walton Avenue, Warkworth 0910, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Warkworth
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Warkworth
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Walton Park Motor Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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