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Sails Motel

134 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Sails Motel
Ranked #4 of 20 hotels in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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146 reviews 146 reviews
27 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Signboard at the Entrance was a little misleading that lead us to the neighbours. Driveway to very narrow so do drive with caution. Hosts, Deb was friendly and helpful. She suggested a varieties of restaurants. Room were spacious and clean. There were 4 of us (adults). Location of motel is very close to Dolphin Encounter operator which is just a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Our host ,deb, couldn't have been more helpful. She helped re arrange our whale tour, then went above and beyond helping us decide on a new itinerary to try to avoid some awful weather. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough. Just brilliant. The room easily large enough for our family. Highly recommended

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

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