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Blue Dolphin Motel

40 Evans Street, Timaru, New Zealand
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Ranked #9 of 18 Hotels in Timaru
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 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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Hokitika, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are visitng for a sporting event. The unit we have is on the road with very little road noise. Units are basic but fully equipped, all you need to bring is food. Rooms are quite dated but very clean and really reasonably priced! Great central location, close to supermarket etc.Very nice management! Would definitely stay again!

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Very dated units, sagging beds, 1960's décor, basic stainless kitchens. Unit was clean but compact, very noisy from main road - wouldn't recommend for families with young children as units are right there on the footpath. Didn't find the owners particularly friendly or helpful. Had to wait ages to even check in after repeatedly pushing the buzzer, then were chucked... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The heating in the room was really not cutting it at all but other than that, given the price, it's a good cheap option. The units are dated but the sheets & towels are clean, the bathroom was clean, the kitchen sink was so shiny even my husband commented (something along the lines of how come you can't get our... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

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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34 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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55 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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43 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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