We stayed at the Lodge last night. Being only a couple of minutes from Gulf Harbour Country Club, where we had booked a round of golf and literally 20 metres from the very good Carpe Diem restaurant, where we had also booked, the location was perfect.
We were greeted by a friendly Manager / Receptionist and check in was pretty standard. We paid for the room up front, although I don't know whether this was mandatory or not.
The first room we checked into had a large puddle on the balcony (obviously the drain was temporarily blocked) so we asked if we could change rooms and the manager immediately came up with a key to another room and took us there. A delightful room in fact, with two balconies overlooking the square and the canal. A really lovely setting.
Everything worked, although I didn't check out whether Sky was installed - I had far more interesting things to do than watch sport or old movies on TV. The room was very clean, bright, with pleasant, neutral decor and tasteful, framed prints. The bathroom was well stocked with ample towels, soap, shampoo, make up remover, tissues etc and the kitchen had a nice choice of premium Dilmah teas, coffee and drinking chocolate plus a small pack of biscuits. The over bath shower had terrific pressure although the hot/cold adjuster was a bit stiff.
A very good king size bed and duvet assured a good night's sleep but, if I could make one suggestion, it would be that the owners consider putting in an electric blanket which seems to be pretty much standard in most hotels / motels. In spite of it being October, it was still a cold night although the room itself was warm and we didn't need to use the panel heater.
I have paid $150 for a motel room in Palmerston North overlooking nothing except other motels, so to be able to stay in such a well furbished room in an outstanding location with a great outlook like the Gulf Harbour Lodge for $180, I consider to be outstanding value. I would definitely recommend the lodge and hope I get the opportunity to revisit it.
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