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“Friendly Acapulco” 3 of 5 stars
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20 Shelly Beach Rd., Herne Bay, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Herne Bay
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Friendly Acapulco”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This was a no-frills motel in a good location. We paid $200 for a two-bedroom unit, which is probably very reasonable in that area, very handy to Auckland City. The motel is 60s decor but in amazing condition considering its age. So not an aesthetic experience, but convenient. The host was very friendly and helpful to us when we arrived.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bexhill-on-Sea
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

We stayed here when we first arrived in auckland for 3 nights then again at the end of our trip for 2 nights. On both visits the accomadation was clean & comfy. Nice spacious rooms. The hosts were friendly & very helpful. We would recommend this motel to anyone travelling to Auckland.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nelson NZ
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38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

We intended to stay two nights but found the position for walking up Ponsonby Road for meals and access to the buses for trips into town very handy. We stayed three nights. The motel is old and a bit tired in places but the beds were OK and the place was clean and very quiet at night. We would stay here again.

Room Tip: Away from the road is best. Numbers 6, 7, 8 or 13, 14 15
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Looking back at other motels we've stayed in in NZ, this was one of the nicest - featuring a separate bedroom, good kitchen and dining area, and modern furniture. It's a short bus ride from central Auckland; there are shops and bars within walking distance and a supermarket slightly further.

The owners were very friendly and helpful, and coped with us turning up two hours before check-in time (just off the flight from London)!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

We stayed here for the first time , and it was excellent, daniel our hoste couldn,t do enough for us , in my oppinion it is first class 10/10 thank you for a lovely stay , we will be back .
stephanie and ken reader .

Room Tip: excellent value for money .
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rarotonga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2008

I have stayed at Acapulco motel almost annually for at least 13 years for business trips as well as personal vacations. I have found the place to be excellent value. The rooms are very well equipped and clean and the location is excellent being only a few minutes from the city centre with regular bus services close by.

The Management and staff are always extremely helpful.

I would recommend this motel to any traveller wishing for a great auckland city location. Acapulco is considered to be my Auckland city home !.

  • Liked — Large Clean Equipped Rooms
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2008

I have stayed at the Acapulco several times when in Auckland for business. I have always found it to be clean and comfortable with friendly owners and staff. On occasion, there have been minor faults, eg. a blown light bulb, but these have been dealt with in a timely manner when I have pointed them out. I applaud the owners on the work that they are doing to refurbish and modernise the units.

I happily recommend the Acapulco to people as a quiet haven close to public transport.

Mary
Christchurch, NZ

Stayed June 2008
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Additional Information about Acapulco Motel

Address: 20 Shelly Beach Rd., Herne Bay, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Herne Bay
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Herne Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Acapulco Motel has a reputation with business people and leisure travelers alike for being a friendly, cosy, clean and comfortable establishment, with a homely atmosphere. Acapulco Motel is situated in the Herne Bay residential area, minutes from the central city.An excellent bus service called "The Link" is about 5-min walk away, which does a circuit around the city. And all the fabulous shops and restaurants on Jervois Rd/Ponsonby area are within walking distance.Acapulco Motel combines the convenience of its location with spacious, well-appointed rooms designed to offer a quiet retreat at the end of the day.Acapulco Motel is located just 1.5km from Auckland's city centre, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland harbour ferries, Auckland Zoo and MOTAT (Museum Of Transport And Technology), Walking distance to Westhaven Yacht Marina, Pt. Erin Park Fun Pool, fashionable Ponsonby restaurants and cafés. Motorway exits at Nelson Street/City Centre from the south and Shelly Beach Rd/Ponsonby from the north.* Recommended by "Been There" ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Acapulco Hotel Auckland
Acapulco Motel Auckland/Herne Bay

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