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Spinnaker Motel

Cnr Grays Road and State Highway 1 | Plimmerton, Porirua, New Zealand
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We are locals who needed to find a place to stay after being evacuated from our home after 9:00pm on a Saturday. Pat was so kind on the phone, no hesitation to offer us a room, and checked we were able to leave our house safely. We were offered a weekend deal despite the lack of advance warning, so were... More 

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Rachel for such a lovely review and we are so glad that we could help under the circumstances. We would really like to welcome your family and friends to the motel when they are visiting you. Once again we are so happy that we were here to help. Pat & Gary, Managers More 

Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We booked 2 rooms from Picton whilst waiting for the night-time ferry as the other couple we were travelling with had stayed there a couple of times before. Helpful receptionist. We were going to be about 10.30pm arriving so they left the keys under the mats of each unit. They had turned the heaters on so the rooms were nice... More 

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and it is always helpful to have points where improvements can be made. Also the little note of appreciation was very thoughtful and it does make our day when things like this are left in rooms. Once again, thank you for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Stayed twice last year found you want inner room facing main car park the front rooms next to road. traffic is really loud at night and u don't get much sleep. Owners were really nice and after I got lost frist time due to power out becuse of storm and gps not working they made me feel like family or... More 

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and yes the GPS can mislead you - the secret with our area is to put Grays Road Camborne as for some mysteries reason the GPS will not recognise Plimmerton. We are trying to solve the problem with the noise along that side of the motel, but at this stage nothing seems to work. We... More 

Whakatane, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Room was pretty basic,but very clean.Good place to stay if your planning on catching the morning ferry, as it's easy to get to And its Affordable,Only down side is that the room was right next to the motorway.

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

Yes we are in a great place for quick access to the ferry and we are sorry that you found the road noise a bit load. We have had other people stay in these units or have heard nothing. We do hope that you will stay with us again and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Spinnaker Motel on the way down to dropping off my daughter who was starting next day at Vic Uni. Easy to find and even easier to get into Wellington within 15 mins. Would highly recommend this instead of trying to find alternative accommodation with carparking in Wellington. Shall be back!!! Staff... More 

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and your very nice review, we are so pleased that you found everything to your liking. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future. Pat & Gary, Managers More 

York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We picked this motel to stay one night, as we had arrived in Wellington via the evening ferry from Picton, and it was on our route to Rotorua (20 minutes drive from the ferry terminus). The room was very small and although there was a kitchenette area, there was no sink and hence we had to use the bathroom basin... More 

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are sorry that you felt that the room was not up to expectation. From your description, you chose one our basic studio's which has only a microwave and tea/coffee making facilities. The price that you were charged for this unit, is the same price all year round, we do not make any adjustments... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

An older motel complex that has been very nicely refurbished. On both our recent stays we were late in arriving due to travel commitments and on one occasion left again very early in the morning. Pat, the lovely motelier, made this extremely easy for us which was most appreciated. We would certainly stay again!

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are more than willing to help late travellers and it is our pleasure to be able to offer this service. Pat & Gary, Managers More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Stayed here whilst away for work. The owners were so lovely and welcoming. Any request we had whether small orange was absolutely no problem. The room we had was nice and tidy. Loved the full kitchen set up to cook every night. Will be back for sure.

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and yes the kitchens are good value and I will pass the message on to our girls about the how clean you found the unit, they do appreciate the feedback like we do. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are here in our part of the country. Pat & Gary,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We stayed with our children in unit 19. Queen bed downstairs and queen and single up stairs. Well equipped kitchen with dining table. Motel is across the road from Plimmerton train station. Train took 30min into Wellington. 5 min walk into Plimmerton which has a dairy and several cafes and restaurants. Owners got our washing in off the line before... More 

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your review. It was no problem bringing in your washing, which we did not mine doing. We look forward to welcoming your family back to the motel in the future. Pat & Gary, Managers More 

Tauranga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Very pleasant Motel where we had a studio unit. Adequate for one night, and very handy to the motorway to and from Wellington. Pleasant staff (pat) and clean room. A bit noisy, but what do you expect on a main road? Recommended

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ManagerSpinnaker, Manager at Spinnaker Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and yes it can be a bit noisy at nights with some of the big trucks. We are still investigating the ways to soundproof the rooms a bit more, but at this stage no decision has been made. When you come back for a return visit, please ask us for a quiet unit and as... More 

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