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Sails Motel

134 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Sails Motel
Ranked #5 of 20 hotels in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Lovely private motel units in good location with friendly informative hosts. Lovely comfortable bed. Only thing lacking was a hairdryer and thought it was a bit odd having a clear glass window in the bathroom. Would stay again and recommend to others.

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San Francisco, California
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5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I feel struggled to rate Sails Motel. Just by Deb's hospitality, Sails deserves more than 5-star rating. Deb wants you to have the best experience you can and goes to great details to help you arrange your trip there, as call up the whale watching company to make booking and call up restaurants to make reservation for you. And she... More

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Well set up studio style rooms with kitchenette, and lounge set back from the Esplanade among lush gardens. Very peaceful and private, but still a short walk into town. Hostess Deb was incredibly warm, welcoming and helpful; suggesting activities in Kaikoura, and for our drive when arriving and then continuing south. A real highlight on our trip. Would love to... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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187 reviews 187 reviews
33 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Stayed one night before departing early for whale watching. The room was functional, clean and tidy and perfectly equipped for a short stay. Set back from the Esplanade, Sails is conveniently situated for the town and other amenities. The star of the stay though is Deb - a perfect host who went to the trouble of ordering fish and chips... More

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Southwell, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
42 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Sails is quite small, in a good location, on the beach road but tucked away from any road noise. Deb went out of her way to be helpful and we were almost overloaded with information. It was a relatively short walk into town. Before we booked, Deb helped us with advise about whale watching and when to go. Good pace... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Spent one night here and Deb, the host, couldn't have been more helpful. She gave suggestions on what to do, where to eat, how to get places. Room was private and quiet and spotlessly clean. Wished we could have stayed longer.

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

A gem of a place, off the main road and very quiet. Debbie, our hostess, went the extra mile (kilometer) to ensure that our plans for the weekend were satisfied. Bed: very comfortable; sitting area with tv; small kitchenette with microwave, toaster and kettle providing a facility to prepare simple food if not wanting to eat out. Kaikoura has a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights straight after arriving in New Zealand and Deb couldn't have been more attentive in checking whether the whale watching tour we were booked on for the next day was the best in terms f the weather. She also offered lots of advice on other activities, restaurants and stops for our long drive to Dunedin... More

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Talladega, Alabama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

Deb seems determined that you have a great time in Kaikoura! Very helpful and sweet. Our room was OK, not my favorite of the trip, but had most of what we needed. It wasn't set up to allow cooking, but we didn't want to there anyway. Not at all fancy, it was clean and convenient to restaurants. No coffee maker... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

While it doesn't have a view, Sails Motel is a lovely spot, tucked away off the road and very quiet and private. The unit we took is a good sized studio, spotlessly clean, with dedicated sitting, eating and sleeping areas as well as a kichenette and ensuite. There is a very nice patio space outside with table and chairs surrounded... More

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Address: 134 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Also Known As:
Sails Hotel Kaikoura
Sails Motel Kaikoura

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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette
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#4 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura #7 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
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