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Willowbank Motel

183 Beach Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Willowbank Motel
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Ranked #20 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Rotterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in the Willowbank motel for 1 night in room 5 and we liked it very much.The price was really low if you compare it to other motels in Kaikoura and it was comfortable and clean.The man at the reception was friendly and gave us a small bottle of milk for the coffee in the room and information about... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very friendly, BUT the room was horrible, smelt and over priced! The heater in the room was melted so we didn't want to use it the duvet cover was dirty and worn so it made for a very cold night with my hubby, new born and son under 2. We had booked for two nights and asked if we could... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My brother and i stayed here for 2 nights on the 12th and 13th April. Room was fair. Table was unstable. Only 4 teabags and 4 sugar sachets supplied. Heater was pathetic. On 2nd day we wenting touring the area. When we got back there was a sign on the wall stating that if we didn't clean up the kitchen... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We spent two nights here over Easter as part of a large group. Staff were very helpful on booking and arrival but the quality of the accommodation was really poor given the cost. We have stayed in places 10x better for less money. The units are tired and old and the bedding smelt. Shower was very poor. No facilities for... More 

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Waimate, New Zealand
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Kaikoura was really busy and this seemed the last available room...my husband booked and then I read the reviews! Unlike some people found, it was clean and did not smell! It is very dated. The blankets are thin and old. The walls very thin. $185.00 extravagant! The bathroom sink had a big crack. Would not stay here again, unless could... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Stayed in family unit that was very smelly!stale and old. Very overpriced and there were no smoke alarms. I would stay elsewhere next time. The photos were deceiving and They don't do a service during the stay. The signs around the place seemed unfriendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We were treated with suspicion when first telephoning to make the reservation to the extent we considered going elsewhere. Being in the industry ourselves for over 20 years I found the initial . customer service disappointing. However we were pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness and layout of the unit which while basic met all our needs..Nice and quiet had a... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Heated towel rail had masking tape where cord met the rail. Smoke detector in one bedroom, nothing in living area , this does not meet minimum safety standards . We had the two bedroom unit. Only opaque glass sliding doors on one bedroom, didnt even go to ceiling. I felt quite offended to be told I would be charged if... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The unit (and especially the bathroom) were clean and sufficiently spacious. Many of the details were dated (carpets, bedspreads, etc.) and there was a bit of dinginess underlying the clean surfaces. We did find it a bit odd that guests must wash their own dishes if they use the ones stocked in the sink, but there was a sign up... More 

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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111 reviews 111 reviews
27 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

will stay here again others say not but the price reflects it is not a modern up market motel,the staff very helpful,unit clean warm and cosy,to many signs up though on what and what not to do but apart from this had a lovely stay and will return,it is defintely 100% better than 1 down the road that we stayed... More 

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