Recently stayed here for a work trip and the motel was pleasant enough. The room was average, nice and tidy, decor a bit outdated but nothing worth complaining about. I had a lovely view of Hicks Bay stretching right across to Matakaoa point and then out to the Horizon. And I must admit, I had the best sleep in a long time. Lovely views, Hicks Bay is a beautiful place to visit.
I only have a couple complaints - the restaurant seating arrangement; people should be entitled to sit where they please, having to be seated inside just so the staff don't have to walk too far is lazy (there's a deck outside with seating). You would think that having a small window of time to serve meals (meals to be ordered between 6 -6.30pm) would not consume too much of the staff's time. It was especially uncomfortable having to sit inside while the weather was 25 degrees and there's no ventilation. Maybe you should consider getting better windows for both the restaurant and the rooms (honestly it would make a huge difference). The food was nice, a little pricey but I do understand that produce is expensive to deliver to a place so isolated.
- Also Known As:
- Hicks Bay Hotel Gisborne
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ...where the morning sun first meets the horizon...1960s Kiwiana - defining what it is to be Kiwi. Set on a 14 acre bluff, 250 meters above sea level, in historic and botanical protected -- unspoiled -- countryside. where peace and tranquility abound. Overlooking the beautiful Hicks Bay Waterways 40 rooms with 175 person total capacity. AMENITIES. Outdoor Swimming Pool. Bush walks. Restaurant -- 60 person seating capacity. Breakfast and Dinner prepared by Maori chef with freshly prepared sauces, vegetables - served homestyle. Shop and Bottle Store. Internet access, Payphone, and Guest laundry. Playground and Pool Table. Glowworm Grotto and Rock Fishing. East Cape Maritime Lighthouse accessible to the public, 35km.Located midway between Opotiki and Gisborne on the Pacific Coast Highway. ... more less