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Big Five Motel

154 Park Road, West End, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand (Formerly Settlers Motel)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The motel itself was ok but our experience is to do with the party next door that latest from 9pm to 12:30pm (once we had growled at them) and then they returned at 3am with more disturbance and then another group returned at 6:00am. I understand that this was other people making all the noise but what really annoyed me... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

For me this was the ideal location. Just minutes from the CBD but all I had to do to get some exercise was walk out of the motel, turn left, diagonally cross the playing field next door (head to the stand of gum trees) and I was in the Esplanade with access to walks by the beautiful river. Park Road... More 

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BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for a wonderful review. It was great hosting you and we look forward to catching up with you when you are next in town. More 

Perth, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Our third stay here. Once again a very friendly warm welcome. Service and room presentation excellent as always. Very convenient and short walk to city centre. We have on hesitation in recommending this motel to anyone stopping in Palmerston North.

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BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

We are pleased that you enjoyed you stay with us and it was great catching up with you again. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Waitara, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On arrival we were made very welcome as she held our trim milk over. You get a choice of milk also chocolates and pens in your unit. Unit was small but compact all you need if on a busy trip with a pet dog. We slept well there and enjoyed our stay. Reasonable price.

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BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

We are so glad that you liked your stay with us and thank you for your positive review. We look forward to hosting you in the near future, More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Lovely people working at Big Five....from reception to the cleaning crew....the rooms were a wonderful surprise as they have been updated from the pictures on the internet.....I had booked for the reviews on the owners not on the decor!! I think that updated pics on the website is essential so that people know who up to date they are.

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BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for such a positive review. We have been somewhat slow in updating our photos on the web following our refurbishing. Glad that you were happy with the changes. More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Each time we visit Palmerston North we stay at the Big Five, the room we had was comfortable and my two daughters who had never stayed before were very impressed and loved the wild animal theme in the room. Had to stop them from trying to pinch the cushions.

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BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your girls loved the theme of the unit. We hope to see you soon. More 

Auckland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

This room was way too small for two people travelling as singles the bed was divided into two and we were very close to each other!! Not ideal. Also rain and wind hitting the glass wall kept me awake all night.. What a shame!

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BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. We alway try to accommodate our guests if they require more space, so when you next visit. request a ground floor unit instead. We look forward to hosting you again. More 

New York City, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We reserved the deluxe room as the standard room looked very small after seeing some of photos posted on here by other posters. We were then offered upgrade to a one bed studio when we arrived. The studio was a nice size with a single in the living room, a small kitchen area, dining table and a two seater sofa.... More 

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BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are happy that you enjoyed the upgrade. We did have issues with the wi-fi and our technician has since resolved this. IT would be our pleasure to host you when you are next in the area. More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Very new and clean motel in central city. Comfortable king size bed with high quality linen and excellent shower. Studio room is small meaning the bed became my desk as is often the case these days. Very good value from very friendly welcoming South African host Jenni. Even had chocolates waiting in the room. Highly recommended.

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BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay. We will see you when you are next in town. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed two nights recently in a suite which was clean and the bed very comfortable. The room had a king bed, a bunk set up and a single bed, kitchen and en suite. Parking outside the door all on ground level. Breakfast both mornings was excellent. Complimentary wifi was a bonus. We will be staying there again.

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BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you will return when you are next in town. We look forward to it. More 

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