My partner and I wanted a night away from our daily lives (also both of our birthdays were coming up) so decided to treat ourselves and stay at the Anchorage Motel in Paihia. We chose this motel because they were having great deals at the time and looked really nice.
We were in the one bedroom deluxe suite on the ground floor (consisted of a king bed in the main room and a choice of two singles or a second king in the extra bedroom). As there was just the two of us we didn't use the extra bedroom. We chose this unit because of the spa bath :) which was just big enough for the two of us. The unit was modern and had everything a motel should have (apart from an oven, but there was a small stove top and microwave).
They have an outside pool which was cool but was freezing cold at the time. They also had a spa pool which was nice and very popular. The motel itself is close to many restaurants, bars, beach and attractions (only a short walk).
The hosts were nice and accommodating. I would say the only drawback was the privacy. From the the ranch sliding door you can see the road and foot path and vise versa, also other people staying there can walk right past your door/window and can see in. So the blind came in handy during the day too.
Overall this was a nice motel and good value for money, wish we could have stayed longer :)