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Bay Sands Seafront Studios

136 Marsden Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in June *(Winter here in NZ) for two nights. Ours was NOT a sea view studio but we could see the Sea from our kitchen and from the long, shared balcony where we had two chairs and a table for our private use. It is basic but it has everything. Only one complain: the refrigerator was placed in... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Bay Sands is an affordable gem of a place right across from the ocean in Paihia. These self contained units are great and walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops. Grant is very helpful and we would definitely stay here again.

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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We only stayed for two nights at the end of January but I wish we stayed in Paihia for longer as we really liked the charm of the motel! We arrived into Paihia with Naked bus (who we also highly rate) and phoned the motel whether we could check in early or we would be stuck with or suitcases for... More 

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BaySandsMotel, Manager at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review

Hi Kiwilana91, Wow, sounds like you had a great holiday! Happy travelers are the best. Hope you can come around again someday. Kind regards, Jimmy More 

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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Our first visit to Paihia and the Bay of Islands was enhanced by our stay in the Bay Sands. Jimmy was a good source of knowledge about the best trips (we used "explore" to go on a great trip to the hole in the rock). The studios are a short walk from the centre of Paihia but on a quieter... More 

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BaySandsMotel, Manager at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review

Hello Dunniton, Thanks for stopping by. We appreciate your business, and hope to serve you again soon. Kind Regards, Jimmy More 

suffolk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Room was really hot and stuffy despite doors and windows being open; and it smelled musty. It looked reasonably clean although the furnishings were very dated. Didn't like to use the 'cupboard' for hanging space; it was really smelly. The lighting in the apartment was abysmal, I couldn't read at all and hubby found shaving in the shower room a... More 

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BaySandsMotel, Public Relations Manager at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review

Hi Blosson56, Our apologies if the quality of your stay was less than you had hoped. It seems as though all these issues could have been remedied by a quick word to reception, but alas...we knew nothing of your discomfiture until several days after you left and this review surfaced. Sorry to hear you are unable to post your comments... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Motel is fairly old and parking can be a challenge. We had a studio with balcony and sea view and that was excellent. Lovely swimming beach just across the road, grocery shop, petrol station and very good bakery all within 50 meters. It's about 15 min pleasant walk along the beach to centre of Paihia and about the same distance... More 

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BaySandsMotel, Manager at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review

Hi lovestotravel464, Thanks for the visit and the kind review. Hope to see you again soon, Kind Regards, Jimmy More 

Cardston, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Older property that has been renovated well, had unit 4 on second floor with stunning ocean view. Pay the extra and enjoy the view off the balcony. Large unit with separate bathroom and kitchen. Super shower and well stocked kitchen. Manager bent over backwards to please. Wifi free and best I have found in new zealand

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BaySandsMotel, Manager at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review

Hi Rick, thanks for the great review. Gotta have good WIFI ! Hope to see you again soon Kind Regards, Jimmy More 

Sydney, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

The room we had was dark. It was clean neat and basic. The hosts were helpful. The apartments are dated and left me feeling a bit flat. The price we paid was very fair so in that sense we got what we paid for. The washing facilities were easy to access.

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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review. We like to think we are well appointed in our price range. The light bulbs in your accommodation are all high wattage, and the window panes are frequently cleaned to assure maximum sunlight. Our online photos are accurate depictions of the amenities. Our sincere apologies for any misinterpretations that may arise. *-* We take... More 

Canberra, Australia
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This motel is fairly ugly from the outside and the decor is definitely dated, but it was well-priced and handy walking distance to all of Paihia's main attractions. Also opposite the main swimming beach.

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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review

Hello, And thank you for your review of Bay Sands Seafront Studios. We upgrade our property and service in response to guest input, and will take your comments into account. Kind Regards More 

Melbourne
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44 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We stayed here for 3 nights in a one bedroom apartment. Comfortable, clean, good kitchen, right opposite beach. Full housekeeping everyday. Short walk into wharf area with shops. Be sure to ask for an extra fan if you are hot overnight as nowhere is Paihia seems to have fly screens. Good wifi. Staff very friendly and helpful. Would recommend.

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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review

Hi Folks, Thanks for your kind review. Now that we know what a fly screen is, we can go about putting them in!! Kind Regards, Jimmy More 

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