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Portobello Motel

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10 Harington Point Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent one night here on our way South. The staff were so friendly and helpful, taking the time to chat about local places and giving tips for the best ways to see the local wildlife. The unit was clean, modern and perfect for our family. We highly recommend Portobello Motels as a lovely motel with outstanding views. Thank you,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of eight (6 adults, 2 children ages 5 & 3) stayed 1 night in 2 units - 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom cottages which are side by side. The cottages are clean, and comfortable, with adequate heating to keep us warm. Sue was very friendly even via emails. I must say out of all our accommodation during our... More 

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We very much appreciate our guests taking time to write. We are always happy to enter an email dialogue with our guests. Usually a trip to NZ is very special so it is important to us that our guests are fully informed and understand what is available in and around the Motel and what sort... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Otago Peninsula is beautiful, and the Portobello Motel is right in the middle of it. It's got penguins, sea lions, beaches, and hikes--and it's still an easy drive to Dunedin. You're in walking distance near multiple restaurants, and there's a kitchen in the motel that you can use to make simple meals. It's a nice play to stay, and... More 

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It's always nice to know our guests have really enjoyed our beautiful Peninsula and been able to see the wildlife. We're very sorry to hear that you didn't find the beds comfortable though. We have had very few issues with sleep comfort but will now monitor it more closely and... More 

Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for 2 nights in early April. The wildlife in Otago Peninsula is our target. The Portobello Motel is very convenient for wildlife viewing. It is well equipped and managed. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Besides providing us the first hand information of the area, she also helped to book the wildlife tour which we enjoyed very... More 

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay and, despite the weather, saw plenty of wild life. We appreciate your comments about seafood and are grateful you respected our request not to cook fish. We are considering building an outdoor BBQ area which will need to be tastefully designed as well as sheltered. Many thanks for... More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

About half the complex is situated in such a way as to provide no views of the lovely Portobello Bay. Rooms are comfortable, and have most things needed for an overnight stay. There is a microwave and a portable 2 ring cook top. But there are heavy penalties for leaving any cooking smells. Limited free wifi, and good quality local... More 

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to write. As you say, only the Studios have the direct view across the Bay but all the other rooms have a rural outlook to the hills all around us, beyond the motel buildings. We have been obliged to ask guests to refrain from cooking odorous foods as it makes... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our four night stay was the third with present owners.The studio units have great views across the harbour and are very well equipped.Keith and Sue are great hosts giving lots of information about local wildlife,places to eat etc as well places to visit on the other side of the harbour including the Settlers Museum and Carey's Bay Hotel.Always our first... More 

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review!! It was really lovely to see you both again and to spend some time with you. You are always welcome here any time!! Have a good 2015 and perhaps we'll see you in a year or two!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have stayed here 3 times on are new zealand tours the place is as good as the fist time . Stayed in harbour view studio great size and all you need in the room.Keith and Sue remain the most pleasent of owners with tips on where to view wild life and good places to eat and drink. Would recommend... More 

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

It was lovely to see you both again! And thank you for your input. We'd love to see you next year too!! Hope you have a good journey home. See you again!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith More 

Andover, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a first class motel, friendly and helpful managers and a wonderful location. We really enjoyed our stay and thoroughly recommend it. Some rooms have views over the bay and small balconies overlooking it. Great

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your very generus comments. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and found the motel to your liking. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip and you have taken home some great memories of New Zealand!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith More 

China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have a very comfortable stay in this motel.The room is big,new,clean and have a beautiful view window.you can see mountain and sea throw it.The hosts are very friendly and helpful.There is a famous restaurant across the street.It is a good choice if you stay here.

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate t very much and are very pleased you were happy with your room! Many thanks. Sue and Keith More 

Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My spouse and I recently stayed at the Portobello Motel for a night as we made our way from Invercargill to Christchurch. The motel is just that-- a motel-- nothing fancy, no gyms, no steakhouses, no big frills. But I give it five stars because it is clean, well run, has excellent motel amenities, is relatively inexpensive, and is in... More 

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your very generous review. We're delighted our motel met your expectations and that you were comfortable. It's nice to know that our guests enjoy their expereince here and find our information useful. We endeavour to make sure everyone gets the most out of their stay on the peninsula and doesn't leave disappointed or feeling they missed out... More 

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