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Blue Dolphin Motel

40 Evans Street, Timaru, New Zealand
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Ranked #6 of 18 hotels in Timaru
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed Saturday night 15 March 2014 unit 7 . Was pleasantly surprised when we entered the room. Wow the place was spotless. If you want clean, comfortable and reasonably priced accommodation in Timaru the Blue Dolphin Motel is great. The owners are lovely and very helpful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Stayed one night in an executive studio unit - executive room it is not however it was clean and basic. We paid $102 through Jason's. Music heard all night which was annoying and kept us awake. On a main road so noisy. No pool or fitness centre touched them by mistake on my iPad and can't remove it f

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

any one traveling to new Zealand south island timaru stay at the blue dolphin motel they would have to be the most friendliness people we have ever come across service, rooms were all excellent just down right top couple Charlie and kaye mildura vic Australia stayed there on the 18th feb 2014 room 7

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Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
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42 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The owners were very friendly and welcoming and the motel is close to the bay as well as to the supermarket down the street no road noise as we stayed in a back unit a dairy is 2 minutes away by foot.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The Blue Dolphin is in the 90-110 dollar price range and for this cost you don't expect to get frills. The Blue Dolphin did not let us down in this regard. It is very basic but it is very clean, tidy and comfortable. The hosts are outstanding and always happy to help. this type of accommodation is best suited to... More

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20 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Decided to stay here on the strength of the recent reviews and it was only a couple of hours south of Christchurch (about all I could handle after 4am start in Australia). What a pleasant surprise , the hosts are fantastic- take you to your room show you everything , nothing left to chance and plenty of good advice about... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I have had the fortune to stay at the Blue Dolphin for two extended periods, one lasting seven weeks and the other 3 weeks. On both occasions the service offered by Geoff and Diane has been excellent, nothing is to much trouble. The level of accommodation and service for the extremely reasonable rates is fantastic. Try it you won't be... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

The motel is clean and well equipped with cooking utensils that we need. It is roomy and warm, supermarkets and Caroline bay are close by. Furthermore, Geoff and Dianne are friendly and great host! Couldn't ask for more at a reasonable price like this! :)

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Perth, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Our second stay (unfortunately only 1 night this time) at the Blue Dolphin. Management is fabulous. We had a 2 bedroom unit, which as normal here, were clean and comfortable. Excellent price and a great location. Thoroughly recommend.

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16 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

After arriving in Timaru at 9pm at night, it was lovely to walk into our room that was so warm and comfortable. I could have easily picked up my bed and pillow and taken it with me on to Christchurch. What a fantastic nights sleep. Very little traffic noise although we were right on the main highway. Thankyou, would definitely... More

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Address: 40 Evans Street, Timaru, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Timaru
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Ranked #6 of 18 hotels in Timaru
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