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Sandy Shores apartments

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14 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Sandy Shores apartments
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Huntington Beach, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed upstairs in the three-bedroom apartment and it was wonderful. The owner was very friendly and helpful. The unit was very clean and the kitchen was fully supplied. The view is beautiful. This is a perfect unit for a family. One bedroom is quite small but the others are lovely. It is across the street from the beach and... More 

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Nice, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We stayed in the top apartment and if the view isn't "the best view in Whitianga" then it comes a very close second. Spacious accommodation with everything we needed, wonderful welcome and a place to stay within easy walking distance of the town centre with its cafes, restaurants and bars ... while still being quiet enough to hear the waves... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We stayed in a ground floor apartment. It was tidy, clean and had basic amenities. Shower very compact. No power in the bathroom so drying hair was a mission. Noise from people above was deafening, we could even hear them snoring! Some interesting features include a toilet roll doll and toast rack. Owner very helpful. Found the tiny bedroom and... More 

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London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Sandy Shores is a lovely apartment right on the beach front. While the apartment was spotlessly clean and fully equipped, what made it for me was the owner Thelma and her wonderful hospitality! We arrived mid afternoon looking a little bedraggled after a few days of camping and she made us feel very welcome and immediately offered us use of... More 

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merseyside
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This lovely house stood out from the rest. We stayed in the top apartment, The huge living area had 3 sides of window and a large balcony which extended to the bedroom. The view was stunning yards away from the water front - wonderful to sit and watch the day begining and ending. Everything and more was available to use,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 nights at Sandy Shores. It's a very nice place and the location directly opposite the beach is great. We were in one of the smaller units downstairs, but we had a good size living room with excellent kitchen facilities and a smallish but adequate bedroom and bathroom. Free internet access was excellent. Our host, Thelma,... More 

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Perth, Australia
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is exactly what we were looking for in Whitianga. Lovely bright clean apartment at a good price with free wifi and the beach right across the road. The steps that lead the the beach are right opposite the apartment so that was very handy. Thelma (manager) was very friendy and helpful. She lives on site so it was no... More 

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Quite simple: You won't get a bigger unit. You won't find a cheaper unit this size. You won't find it this cheap. A truly great find (because you can only book via their site) that is not on the usual accommodation apps. Massive unit with views of the bay from end to end right from the kitchen even. Really, don't... More 

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is the second year we have stayed at Sandy Shores Motel - the location is awesome being a stones throw from the beach also only a 5 min walk to town, cafes, restaurants and wharf, Rooms are always clean, serviced regularly and nothing is ever a problem, Thelma is a great hostess which helps makes your holiday a truly... More 

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Konigswinter, Germany
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57 hotel reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Booking was through the website via AA, completely prepaid (for all three nights) which I don't really approve of. The Location is really good: There is only a road between the beach and the units (we had one of the smaller ones on the ground floor). It's only a short walk of 10 minutes into town. Parking is on the... More 

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