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The Dawson Motel

16 Dawson Street, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Dawson Motel is a beautifully furnished motel which looks like it's brand new, even though it's actually 4 years old. With ocean views from the back of the rooms, this motel is in a great location. The staff are friendly and always ready to help! I would thoroughly recommend staying here!

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

Hi Rachael, Thank you for your review on The Dawson Motel we are very glad to hear you enjoyed your time staying with us. It sure is lovely having those sea views they are definitely a favourite! Thank you again for such a wonderful review. Kind Regards, Barb and Lloyd More

Bristol, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
59 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were given a warm welcome and shown to our studio room which was sparkly clean, had a very modern decor, well maintained and our request for 'seaview' was granted during a very busy week at the Dawson. We liked the extra touches of a newspaper delivered daily, generous full range of toiletries and free use of bikes. Awesome shower... More

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

Hello, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us at The Dawson Motel. Yes, the rooms with a sea view sure are popular but we do our best to accommodate preferences even in a busy week! The bikes are a popular one too, especially with us being so close to the walkway! Thank you for such a... More

Nelson, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After checking TripAdvisors reviews we booked there and were so pleased we did. We were greeted in such a friendly way and shown our beautiful one bedroom unit. Goodness me it was so sparkling clean and had everything we could ask for and more. Anything we needed to find out about New Plymouth was shown to us and thing recommended... More

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

Hello, Thank you for such a wonderful review of The Dawson Motel. Its fantastic to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We do take pride in keeping our rooms as clean as they can be! We are glad that it was memorable for you. Kind regards, Barb and Lloyd More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The motel was absolutely spotless. We were very comfortable with everything we needed. Handy for walking by the sea and into town. The unit was cleaned with fresh towels every day. It was really appreciated.

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

Dear Jenny, Thank you for such a fantastic review of The Dawson Motel, yes everything is in a very close distance so that comes in handy! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us, we hope to have you all back soon. Kind Regards, Barb and Lloyd More

Napier, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very handy to the centre of town but not too noisy. Clean, modern room with everything you could need including a spa bath. Good quality linens and furniture with friendly staff and ample parking close to our room. Well priced and close to the beach-one of the few rooms that actually looks as good as the pictures!

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

Hello Rosemary, Thank you for such a positive review of The Dawson Motel. I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed your recent stay with us. The spa baths certainly are a popular addition to the rooms! And having the coastal walkway and sea right outside certainly helps as well! We hope to have you back again, Kind Regards, Barb and... More

Perth, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an exceptional motel, the quality of fittings and the fit out in all the rooms was first class, as good if not better than many 4 and 5 star hotels. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and it was a pleasure staying here. We had a two bedroom unit with its own self contained kitchen , the... More

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

Hello, Thank you for your 5 star review on The Dawson Motel. Here at the Dawson motel we are happy to help and give those extra touches that make it really memorable so we are glad you enjoyed them. Yes, we have great feedback about our showers, they sure have wonderful water pressure! We look forward to having you stay... More

Perth, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Dawson Motel is located just a few minutes from the centre of New Plymouth.We had the pleasure of staying here for the first time in Oct this year and our only regret was we didn't stay longer.What a fantastic stay,we could not fault this in any way.The decor is modern and the standard is 5 star.We will defiantly be... More

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

Hello Patrick, It was great to read your thoughts on The Dawson Motel. We're happy to hear it was an enjoyable stay! Yes we certainly have a great location the city is very close by! We look forward to seeing yourself - and your friends- stay with us again! Kind Regards, Barb and Lloyd More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Very new-all updated-super clean and comfy- great king beds- new flat screen TV and lovely shower and amenities. And in a good location-it was a shame it was not busy as they deserve to be booked out. Yes we'll be back as it's far superior to any where we've stayed in NP before. Yes it's a wee bit bland from... More

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

Hello, Thanks for your lovely review on The Dawson Motel. We're very glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us! We like to make sure all our rooms are as up to date and clean as possible to make you feel right at home! Thanks to our double glazing on the windows both upstairs and downstairs are pretty quiet.... More

Auckland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

This is my regular Motel when in NP and this place just keeps up the quality and comfort in their well appointed rooms. Best part is how quiet the rooms are for a great nights sleep! I recommend this as my favourite in New Plymouth and it's handy central location is easy to walk in to town for an evening... More

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

Hi Richard, Thank you for such a lovely review of The Dawson Motel. Thanks to all the double glazing on our windows they sure to make the rooms quiet don't they! We're glad you enjoy staying with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards, Barb and Lloyd More

Hamilton, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I stayed here for two nights and really can't rate it highly enough. The hosts are so accommodating and friendly, and make you feel so welcome. I advised them I would be arriving late on my first night, and found my room warm with the heat pump on. I had travelled to New Plymouth with my mountain bike, which they... More

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

Hi Julie, Thank you for writing such a lovely review on The Dawson Motel! Nothing's better than coming into a nice toasty room, so we've very glad you appreciate our extra touches to make you feel comfortable. Yes, the guests get a great kick out of our bikes! Especially with us being so close to the walk way! We will... More

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Address: 16 Dawson Street, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 23
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