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The Dawson Motel

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16 Dawson Street | Cbd, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Met all expectations raised by the large number of great reviews. Very handy location, helpful staff, plus the high level of cleanliness completely satisfied my husband's germ phobia! Would happily stay there again.

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Wollongong, Australia
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96 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Dawson hotel is well positioned just a short walk to the start of the coastal walk or into town. Rooms are very large, with an excellent shower. There are some very basic cooking facilities (microwave, toaster, kettle, refrigerator) so don't expect to cook up a storm. The air-conditioner was great and appreciated. The Wi Fi was a bit of... More 

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Thank Dodger52
dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review on The Dawson Motel. We are very lucky to be a so close to centre of town , only a 5 minute walk away! Unfortunately as you say, when there are a lot of people using our WiFi it can slow down, we are however in the... More 

Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed in this motel for three nights - it was meant to be two but we found it so clean, tidy and comfortable we decided to stay longer. The hosts were very friendly and helpful and the layout was spacious and modern. The water pressure in the shower is amazing and each room has it's own heat pump for... More 

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Thank Kevin H
dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for a fantastic review on The Dawson Motel. It's definitely good when ours guests are enjoying themselves so much they stay on longer! We have a lot of great feedback about our showers, our guests absolutely love them! We hope to see you again. Kind Regards, Barb and Lloyd More 

Invercargill, New Zealand
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent four nights at The Dawson Motel in January, excellent place to stay, would definitely consider again in a very attractive city. Very handy to all amenities and particularly the coastal walkway. Very friendly, efficient hosts, and the free bicycles were a great hit with my family, especially as our car broke down and had to be towed away... More 

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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for a lovely review on The Dawson Motel. Our free bikes are definitely popular at the moment, what a perfect way to spend these beautiful sunny days! We are glad you got to enjoy our wonderful city, We hope to have you stay again. More 

Boise, Idaho
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34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very clean room, with a sea view through a small kitchen window and, if we moved two rooms to our left on the balcony, a partial view of Mount Taranaki through power lines. A very friendly front desk staff. Good parking. We like to keep the windows open, but the road noise (lots of muscle cars whizzing by) as... More 

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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us at The Dawson Motel. I am sorry you were woken by an outside noise. Unfortunately we have no control when this is coming from a neighbouring property , thankfully this is a rare occurrence. However our air conditioning units have a number of settings and these can be adjusted... More 

Ngaruawahia, New Zealand
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

check in effortless and the room didn't disappoint. The room, furnishings and fittings as new. Only thing I would have changed is bigger bath but that's my issue for being tall lady. The Dawson is a great location, 2 minutes walk to coastal walkway, 5 minutes to many of the restaurants and shopping.

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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for such a wonderful review, We are glad you found your stay at The Dawson Motel an enjoyable one, we like to do our best to make things easy for our guests! Yes we are lucky to be so close to the beautiful places New Plymouth has to offer. We hope to have you back again Kind... More 

kaiapoi
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62 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We spent 2 nights at the Dawson. Check in was quick and easy. Our room was bright and and roomy. The unit was immaculate, if someone had said the unit was brand new,i would have believed them. Every thing you need including free wifi. Handy to the walkway too

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Thank Ron L
dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on The Dawson Motel, we like to make everything for our guests as easy as possible so they can get the most out of their stay with us at The Dawson Motel. We are very lucky to have the beautiful walkway so close by, perfect for taking a walk or bike ride on these... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Modern and spotlessly clean. Our room had views of the sea and Mt taranaki . Surrounds very urban but didn't spoil the quality of the accommodation or feel noisy. Walking distance to all shops, bars etc and a very short walk to the coastal walkway and famous windwand. My one suggestion to the owners would be to review the shower... More 

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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for a wonderful review on The Dawson Motel. We are very lucky to be able to see both the sea and the Mountain, especially since it isn't hiding under clouds on these lovely summer days! Thank you for your suggestion, we will look into that. We hope to have you stay again some time Kind Regards, Barb... More 

Westmead
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31 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We stayed for one night early December and had a studio on the top floor. Check in was really easy. The room was a fantastic size and it was spotless. The cleaners should get a mention as this is one of the cleanest motels we have stayed in. The room had everything we needed for a one night stay. As... More 

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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review on The Dawson Motel. We are very lucky to have such wonderful cleaners here at The Dawson Motel who pride themselves on keeping the rooms spic and span! The walk way is definitely popular and being so close to it makes it handy for an stroll or a bike ride! We hope to have... More 

Waikanae, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Very clean room. Lots of space. Nice kitchen with everything you will need. One of the best things about the Motel is you get unlimited free internet at ADSL Speeds. About 5 -10 Minute walk to the shops and restaurants.

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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on The Dawson Motel. We are very glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us at The Dawson Motel. The internet is very handy for our business guests trying to get some work done, or to relax. We hope to have you again soon Kind Regards, Barb and Lloyd More 

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