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“Adequate accomodation, good location, excellent restaurant” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Caves Motor Inn
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Sydney, Australia
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313 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Adequate accomodation, good location, excellent restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Although the accomodation was somewhat small and the heating wasn't great, the rooms and beds are reasonably comfortable and adequate. The staff were friendly and if you needed anything they were happy to help (although the didn't clean the room during our stay). The location is good, just 10km from not only the Waitomo Caves, but also Otorohanga and Te Kuiti. There is other accomodation which is closer to the caves (I.e. in Waitomo Village) but this is close enough and there is a shuttle service which can take you to the caves, if you need it. The restaurant, although not busy when we visited, was fantastic. The service was good and the food delicious and filling. Would recommend it. Overall, this motel is decent value for money.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

Friendly service. Big rooms but difficult to heat up mid-winter with one small heat pump. Very cold in the bathroom and only has a single sized electric blanket for a queen bed. Granted we are used to a hotter climate. We were given a milk carton at check-in but only to find there was another in the fridge. However later in the day when we returned we discovered someone had come in the room to take the extra milk out. A little disturbing that they did so while we were gone. We stayed here because we thought we would be too exhausted after visiting the caves to drive but we discovered that it may have been just as easy to stay in the next town Otorohanga 10mins north. We had to drive to the next town for dinner and breakfast anyway since the Inn's restaurant need to be notified hours earlier if we want dinner/breakfast. May be good for families to stay but if travelling as couples then there are other choices nearby.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the highway would be quieter
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

Well we were billeted here as part of our cycling Tor of New Zealand as the Waitomo Caves Hotel changed our booking for some unknown reason. One of our group had a room that was so damp she had to put the electric blanket on to dry out a bit of bed to sleep on. The rooms were a decent size but well used and in dire need of fresh paint. The State Highway was a constant source of noise overnight and our room was just about as far away from the road as it was possible to get. Indeed in the morning about 8 HGV's were parked up at the front of the motel.

The place served our purpose of somewhere to sleep and a microwave to make porridge for the next day's ride but it offered little in addition and I won't be going back in a hurry.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

A nice clean and comfortable room at a country motel. Although adjacent to a main highway the room we occupied at the back was quite and restful.. Friendly service at their restaurant with hearty sized meals.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

Nice room - clean with all facilities you would want.
Although next to main highway rooms at back very quiet.
Staff very friendly and welcoming
Good restaurant - excellent food served in substatial sized portions
Would certainly stay here again

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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35 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

Rooms had just been decorated and some of the fittings upgraded. Very comfortable and clean and a true motor lodge. Good value as well and welcoming staff.

Food is available but this option was not used as had other arrangements.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco Bay Area
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64 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2012

Worn but clean, very basic, very helpful staff. Comfy bed. Get a room in the back. We had room 10. The rooms in the front would be really noisy as the road is right there. There are not many accomodations in this area, so this one is really quite good for the area. This is a great location if you are visiting Waitomo Caves.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Caves Motor Inn
Address: 728 State Highway 3 | Hangatiki Junction, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waitomo Caves
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Caves Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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