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Seaview Motel

2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   164 Esplanade, Kaikoura 8115, New Zealand
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Ranked #19 of 35 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gwenifer_12 Havelock North, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This motel is in a great position, right by the sea, and away from the bustle of the township centre. As a result, you can go to sleep with just the sound of the waves breaking on the shore. No sound of those enjoying a few drinks at the local pubs. This motel is now run by a lovely couple,... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We stayed on the train stop-over between Christchurch and Picton. The staff was so friendly and helpful...we were astonished! They gave us great advice on a yummy place for dinner, allowed us to store our luggage until train departure, then took us to train station and wouldn't accept money for it. Wow...it was like visiting family. The only negative was... More

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Busselton, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We stayed as a couple in one of the back units. The units were clean and spacious and located right across from the beach. The bathroom was rather small but definitely adequate. We were picked up and dropped off from the train station at no extra cost.The managers who had only been there for a week were very friendly and... More

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Oamaru, New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We stayed in the front bottom room looking out to the sea which was very pleasant indeed.The motel was a real mixture of old and new, some work not being very well done.The bathroom was newish and well equipped.Short of cutlery and teabags etc.for three.Rather poor service.Parking not good,out the back in a gravel area.Not great value.I am afraid it... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We stayed here for one night on a trip around NZ. We found it to be a very nice and clean place. The staff were friendly and helped us book some tours that we wanted to do. The location is nice as it is literally on the water front but just far enough down from the centre to mean that... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We stayed at this motel for one night on the way to Christchurch. When we arrived there was no -one at reception, and there was a post it note informing us of what room we were in . The keys were in the door. It would have been nice to meet the owner. We had the one bedroom seaview apartment... More

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Mandurah, Australia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
51 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Loved this place. Stayed for one night in February 2014. This motel is right on the beachfront and looks a little dated from the outside, but don't judge a book by it's cover. We booked the 'Crowsnest" which is upstairs at the front of the motel. What a pleasant surprise we had after climbing the wooden stairs to our room.... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Enjoyed our stay at Seaview Motels, great Hosts Roger and Trish. very helpful and accommodating suggesting where is good to dine out. lovely clean rooms. will definitely come back and stay again and recommend to others. great views in perfect location.

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Kent, UK
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

I have delayed writing this report by a few days as it was the first motel we stayed in during our 4 week tour around New Zealand and I wanted to be able to make a valid comparison with other motels. Unfortunately it has turned out to be the worst. OK, the room was functional, but furnished to the minimum... More

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KaikouraSeaviews, General Manager at Seaview Motel, responded to this review

ANOTHER 6 STAR GUEST,want a to pay for a 1 star,and expect a 5 star...If you had someone in the family that could read,you would have SEEN,that this unit had no seaview....Net curtains became out dated in NEW ZEALAND years ago,maybe they are still all the rage in your country but not here.It is now 2014 in the SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE...Strangely... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Bad views,bad customer service. the price looked and sounded great in the AD.was no graders there,the building was badly altered old house that was dirty and run down. It was the worst value for one night money.i will find somewhere to stay if I am coming again.

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Address: 164 Esplanade, Kaikoura 8115, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Seaview Motel 2*
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Seaview Motel ...If you want an enjoyable and memorable experience,thenthis is the place to stay.Sitated on the seafront only metres to the seashore on the Kaikoura Esplanade.With uninterrupted views of mountains and seaviews from 4 of our prime units,easy walking distance to shopping centre,bars & restaurants & Summer swimming pool.Your hosts Roger & Trish,provide spotless and tidy accommodation,bookings for the many local activities(Whalewatching/Dolphin Encounters/Golf/Seal Encounters/Hiking Trails/Fishing Charters/you name it,we'll book it for you...Summer guest BBQ area,bring along your BBQ food and refreshments,and Roger will cook and serve it for you...Or simply kick back in your unit or on the beach,and listen to the sound of the sea lapping away,and enjoy your glass of wine and just RELAX....We look forward to seeing you soon... ... more   less 
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