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Astral Motel & Apartments

45 Somme Parade, Corner Dublin Street & Sommer Parade, Wanganui, New Zealand
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Ranked #13 of 26 Hotels in Wanganui
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hillsboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Possibly the most comfortable motel or hotel bed I've ever slept in. The owners asked if we'd like some kiwis. They gave us a large bowl full! Yes, it looks like an American 1950s motel but was well maintained and immaculately clean. We never noticed any traffic noise. For that matter, in our 3 weeks in NY we never noticed... More 

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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Across the street from the river and off from the CBD, its a frugal haven for a night. Our host gave us fruit from his tree when we checked in. Upgraded our room to one with a kitchen and made us feel welcome. The traffic is quiet enough to sleep with the windows open. An easy choice for frugal travel.... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We had a lovely welcome but were quite disappointed with the rooms. They are quaint in so far as the rooms are clearly a relic of NZ past, but as the price is clearly set by current day standards we expected better and our review is on that basis. The kitchen pans were awful and worn out (we had to... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

The unit was clean and comfortable. Our host was helpful and very friendly. Close to the river and lovely walkway. Yes there was noise from the main road but the garden and trees muted a lot of that. Showers were hot in the morning. Sky and free wifi. Great value for money for a one night stop.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We made a late call to visit family in Wanganui at Christmas, and they had no room at the inn. So casting around came up with the Astral as a last choice. Won't make the mistake again. The place is on a reasonably busy roundabout, and there is quite a lot of street noise late on weekend nights (young people).... More 

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We are not the Ritz but offer good value.Most of the rooms are a long way from the road and trees block road noice.Room was updated 7 years ago. More 

Hillsboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

And some of the friendliest people. The Astral is deceptive. It looks like a replica of a 1950s American motel on Route 66 (with palms!) but is in immaculate condition, very clean and, as noted in the title, very, very comfortable. The owners are very, very friendly and asked us if we'd like some kiwis. "Of course, thank you!", I... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Nice friendly guy. Motel very clean. It is a little ageing but is comfortable and adequate for needs. The road sound was quite busy - we were very close to main road. Anything we needed we were given, nice little garden area. Recommend charging cheaper for front bedrooms. My little dog was welcomed. No problems.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I stayed one night in a unit that must have been the closest to the road. I had an undisturbed sleep. This is an older motel but this is fairly represented by the price. I had a late arrival, early check out and this was arranged in advance by management which was quiet flexible of them. The room was clean... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Second time I've stayed here and love it. Close to a main road, but I wasn't at all bothered by any noise. Reasonably close to town, very close to the awesome Kowhai Park. Lovely gardens, fabulous host. Loved the offer of "would you like a firm bed or a soft one?" Sure, it might be a little tired, but I... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We have stayed at the Astral a few times over the years and it has ticked all the boxes for our family. The operator provided us with fresh strawberries from his garden as we arrived in today. Excellent garden setting and clean and very comfortable rooms. The kids walked to Kowhai riverside park while we relaxed outside with a plunger... More 

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