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Dolphin Motel

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69 Williams Road, Paihia 0200, 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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bad Durkheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All there what was needet. Kitchen in seperate room (with a dishwasher), free fast wifi, friendly host, clean bedroom and bathroom, enough space for big suitcases and stuff. Place to park the car, 3 minutes walk to the supermarket, 6-10 minutes to the beach

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dolphin Motel was very comfy, staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Position was ideal - a short walk from the centre of Pahia ( about 5 mins) and yet area was quiet.had a laundry available so we could wash and dry our clothes - a bonus not always available in other motels

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thanks Susan for the great review and rating.Much appreciated. Paul More 

Hereford
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 hotel reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We were 4 staying for 2 nights. Friendly welcome from the recently appointed new Manager. Our room was large, a suite I guess, and immediately we noticed a strange smell which she said was down to the previous occupants! It cleared after a while but should have been dealt with before our arrival. There wasn't enough crockery, no dishcloth and... More 

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and comments.The main issue appears to be with our King Spa Unit.I apologise that the unit was not cleaned properly.We have had a few issues with housekeeping staff whilst I have been away from property for a couple of months,although our fill in manager was excellent.I am now back and the property has now new owners.... More 

Brisbane Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We had a King studio for three nights over the Waitangi Day weekend. Close (walking distance) to shopping centre and wharf so very handy. Clean room, good large bed, small dining table, TV OK. No A/C (small table fan provided). Clean, small & equipped kitchenette. Bathroom OK, shower OK, some noise from adjacent unit bathroom etc. Ask for a quiet... More 

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for your comment.Yes if you had made it know we could have provided some storage facility. Because of space contraint furniture is kept to a minimum to give more room.It was a very busy Waitangi days. Paul has returned to the Dolphin Motel. More 

GenSan, Philippines
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Not much to complain about the hotel. It was a value-of-money. The rooms were good and comfy. We got a family unit. The kitchen was alright though very few cutleries and plates but they answered our requests for additionals. Good walking distance to the bay and the shopping arcades. Our timing was just a bit bad as there was on... More 

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and rating.I have been on holiday and the fill in management did a good job. Back at the Dolphin Motel and with new owners. Look forward to meeting past guests, Paul More 

Augsburg, Germany
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56 reviews 56 reviews
49 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

In our 7 week journey through New Zealand the Dolphin Motel was our favourite stay. The bed was comfortable, the TV was big and the kitchen was great. It even had a dishwasher! Everything was very clean. The Motel is centerally located, so you can walk to all restaurants, shops and to the ferry that takes you to Russell. The... More 

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review and comments.Yes I am real movie buff and was involved in the film industry for sometime and have a large collection.Great you enjoyed you stay.Sorry for the belated reply but have had some time off and back again with new owners.Look forward to seeing you again sometime. Paul More 

Leeds
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I understand The Dolphin has recently been taken over by new management and they are taking great strides to make it as comfortable as possible and they are winning. A lovely lady came in to clean and was careful to make sure the little touches were in place - folded towels on beds etc. The manager seemed a little brusque... More 

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for your extensive review and rating.I was puzzled by the doggie thing as we do not allow pets in the motel.Glad you enjoyed the hospitality. Yes the Servicesmen club very near is great for means and entertainment. However to are only 2 minutes walking to the shops and other great restaurants and further 5 minutes easy walking to the... More 

Los Angeles
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We stayed here before an outing in the Bay of Islands. The staff was wonderful and even held our bags for us. The room is of Motel quality. There are only two things we didn't like: the doors could not be open without open the shades, so it was hard to get privacy. Also, our room was in the corner... More 

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your stay and had a pleasant trip around New Zealand and a safe trip back to the States. Paul More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great stay here. Staff were super friendly and helpful. Rooms very clean. My only point would have been to have the bedrooms very separate from the living space as we were staying with our mothers. Other than that great stay and would come back :)

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Appreciate the kind comments and rating.Hope to see you in the Bay of Islands in the future. Paul More 

Perth
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Excellent sized family rooms. Great quiet location but still only a short walk to the wharf. Helpful staff. Very comfortable beds. Great local knowledge which was appreciated as so many activities to choose from. Definately would stay again.

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Sorry the belated reply and thanks for the great review. The property is under going a change of ownership and the original manager Paul prior to December 30th 2014l is coming back from March 2nd and many updates will take place to the property. See you in March Paul More 

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