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12 White Star Motel

12 White Street, Timaru, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This was a gem that we stumbled across as we wanted to get a motel off the main road and found this one. The owners were very friendly and on for a chat. The unit was very large with full kitchen facilities with an oven, two separate bed rooms and a comfy lounge. plenty of hot water in our shower... More 

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Christmas Island
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We stayed for one night on our way to Christchurch. The unit was spotless, bed comfy. Owners friendly. We walked into town for a meal and had the best roast dinner at a local pub! It was Valentines Day and most restaurants were booked out! The only downside was not being able to connect to the WIFI on our laptop.... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Really lovely and helpful owners, who even posted back my husbands hat which was so nice of them! we hadn't even noticed it was missing. We were after two bedrooms as we have three kids and we wanted to be near Caroline bay, so I could go for a walk. It is an older property, but decent kitchen and enough... More 

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graber12, Manager at 12 White Star Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We enjoyed having you stay as well. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This motel was conveniently located, quiet and clean. We thought it was good value for money. The proprietor was pleasant and helpful. We were there on a very cold night and there was a fan heater with a timer so it got cold. Heat pumps would make a difference. I would certainly stay here again.

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graber12, Owner at 12 White Star Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. I am happy to now tell you that I have had the timers taken off the scope heaters, and that we now have two units with heatpumps.. Thank you again More 

Westport, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Stayed two nights here recently and I thought it was great. The motel doesn't pretend to be more than it is -just a nice homely and very QUIET place to stay in a good location. I found the bed very comfortable, good facilities, nice green surroundings. The heating worked well, not that it was very cold. The staff were very... More 

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graber12, Owner at 12 White Star Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Bernadette More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stumbled across this gem after an exhaustive trip around the South Island. My wife and I had just driven 6 hours non stop and we were tired and looking for a quiet place to stay for one night. We were in luck. We were welcomed into the last unit available by the friendly owner. On offer was a large,... More 

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graber12, Owner at 12 White Star Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much. Hope to have you back again sometime. Take care. More 

Raumati Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I stayed at the White Star motel for 4 nights at the end of February 2013. The unit was very comfortable and clean. It was also quiet and away from the busy main road. The owners were very nice and friendly, and gave me direction to places that I wanted to visit in Timaru. Carolyn

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graber12, Owner at 12 White Star Motel, responded to this review

It was lovely meeting you, and am glad you enjoyed your stay in Timaru. All the best . More 

Paekakariki, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

I totally endorse the comments of Sue W - and actually neither of us are hard to please. The furniture was incredibly tired, some chairs had very stained arms, ancient tv with remote held together with electrical tape, uncomfortable bed, linen that was ancient- the list could go on. Also the hot water was dangerously hot. A quiet street, yes,... More 

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graber12, Owner at 12 White Star Motel, responded to this review

First of all there are three sisters. Lets call them CINDY, SIS 1 (review 1)AND SIS 2(review 2) Let us start at the beginning. Cindy arrived early and had two nights to get prepared for her son’s wedding on her own prior to her family arriving. Because Snow was stressed re the white choc wedding cake she had made herself... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I travel to Timaru at least once a month and this is my preferred place to stay. Its in a very quiet location but close to the city centre and Caroline Bay, often walk to both from here. The units are older but have been done up, the showers are the best I've seen in a motel. Its clean and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This motel needs a serious makeover! It doesn't appear to have ever had any money spent on it since the day it was built...was a blast from the past - but not in a good way! The shabbiness of the tatty ugly old furniture & very 'tired' towels etc were a real let down. Beds v uncomfortable - especially the... More 

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graber12, Owner at 12 White Star Motel, responded to this review

oh dear... this person was booked in by her sister. I would have done my utmost to find her alternative accommodation if she was not happy. She was here two days without a peep. We are an older motel. Units have just been painted within the last three months. Sofa in Unit 3 is one year old, but I can... More 

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