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Anchorage Motel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 44 hotels in Paihia
Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great motel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The people who work at the motel are friendly and were very helpful in providing info about activities to do in the Bay of Islands. I would def stay there again and highly recommend it. The room was nice and the pool was beautiful. The motel is right across the street from a shop that rents kayaks, paddleboards, and other fun water sport things. It is right down the street from the wharf and a close walk to a grocery store.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
We are very glad that you chose to 'Anchor' with us on your visit to the Bay of Islands. Our location opposite the beach makes it easy to spend hours enjoying the activities Paihia has to offer whilst still being able to pop back to your room when you need to. The Anchorage staff are always happy to make your stay with us as relaxing as possible. Thank you for your high recommendations, we hope to see you again soon.
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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
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We booked the Anchorage based on all the great reviews on this site. It is rare to find a place with all positive reviews and we weren't disappointed.
Eight of us stayed in 2 units. The units were generous in size with the double bed being huge like you find in American hotels. The units were immaculate and had everything you could need.
The pool, spa pool and barbecue area were a wonderful oasis after a days sightseeing. The grounds were all beautifully kept.
The cleaning staff were really friendly and helpful and did a wonderful job.
Aileen and Denis, the owners, were also really friendly and made us feel very welcome and often went the extra mile for us. Thank you so much for your hospitality.
The location was fabulous. Across the road from the beach and a very short walk to shops and the ferry terminal to Russell. Numerous excellent restaurants within a 5 minute walk.
We wouldn't hesitate in recommending this motel.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Wow, thank you so much for your generous compliments! It was a pleasure having you stay with us and the Anchorage staff are always on hand to help make your stay as relaxing as possible. It's amazing to be compared to international standards and we are glad that you enjoyed the clean and well-kept facilities. We are very proud of our location right across from the beach and it is great to hear you made the most of some of the fantastic local restaurants in the area. We very much appreciate your high reccomendations and would love to welcome you back when you next visit our beautiful area in Northland, New Zealand.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We were so impressed with the beautiful modern rooms and the cleanliness. The outdoor facilities are amazing, lovely clean pool and a bbq large enough to cook for 6 people. Staying close to the town meant we could park our car and never use it again until time to go home. The walk to town is pleasant. Having rooms serviced every day was a real treat too.
Overall the holiday was our best in Paihia!

Room Tip: First floor rooms overlooking the ocean are great!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
This is a glowing review and we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful stay with us! The saltwater pool is a great asset of ours and can be used rain or shine, as can our covered BBQ area right next to the pool and spa. It truly adds a special dimension to a family holiday! We are glad you made use of our convenient location that is a perfect distance from the bustle of Paihia centre, and also appreciated the stunning views from our upstairs rooms. We would love to accomodate you again when you next visit Paihia.
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We stayed 2 nights in the motel and really enjoyed it. Well-equipped kitchen and bath room, clean. Laundry area well accessible. Internet was fast.
Aileen and Karen were of great assistance in booking activities - even short term.
The only thing that I didn't like was the different floor cover as with socks, it was very slippery.

Room Tip: we had room 3 and were very happy with it; ground floor unit and parking right in front.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments. We are delighted that you made use of the array of activities on offer in the Bay of Islands as we are always more than happy to help you book these for your convenience. It is also good to hear that you were able to stay connected during your stay by taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi offered on arrival. We are happy to be able to replenish the complimentary teas/coffees daily when we service the rooms along with fresh towels for your pleasure. We look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit to Paihia.
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We turned up Sunday night and we were lucky to get the last room available! The staff member at reception was so friendly and helpful showed us the room first and some places to go and see around Paihia, she said we could think about it if we wanted. We didn't even get to the end of the driveway before we decided we had to stay here! The state of the Motel grounds and the room was absolutely a 10/10! The room was spotless and so modern had everything you need, free wifi, spa bath, large shower and the bed was the most comfortable bed we have had our whole trip! It is walking distance to everything and across the road to the beach! If heading to Paihia DEFINITELY stay here, absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

  • Stayed December 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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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
We are so pleased you chose to stay with us for your recent visit to Paihia and that you were able to enjoy our newly renovated Studio Spa Supreme Suite. This is certainly a lovely room and our team here take pride in providing exceptionally clean rooms for our guests so we will be sure to pass your comments onto them. We do thank you for your fantastic feedback, it is very much appreciated. We would be delighted to have you stay with us again if you are ever back in our beautiful part of Northland, NZ.
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We arrived late and asked if they had a room, so I guess we got a good rate, but I had to take photos and send them home because the standard of everything was excellent. Comfortable super king bed, large room, free wifi, overlooking the beach, full cooking facilities in kitchen annexe, and super wetroom with loads of space throughout. Kind, helpful staff. Can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Thank you for your appreciative comments. We are pleased (and very proud) that you shared your "Anchorage" experience with your family back home. We have recently added extra comfort layers to our beds so your positive feedback is great to hear. It is good to know you also enjoyed the added convenience of cooking facilities in your room. It was our pleasure to have you stay and we would love to host you again the next time you are able to take a break away in Paihia.
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Rejser
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8 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Anchorage is an extremely great motel. Everything worked to perfection. Lovely room, beautiful views, friendly owners. Walking distance to restaurants in Pahia and to the wharf. We can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 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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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Thank you for your kind comments and high recommendations. We truly appreciate receiving feedback from our guests as this helps us to continue to provide excellent service and accommodation for guests at the Anchorage Motel. We do agree that our views are stunning and it was great that you could take the time to enjoy them! We would love to welcome you back the next time you are visiting our beautiful area.
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Address: 2 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Paihia
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#4 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#5 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Anchorage Motel 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Anchorage Motel A warm welcome from owner/hosts, Aileen and Denis. Ideally located motel on the central waterfront of Paihia, in the subtropical Bay of Islands, the cultural hub and recreational Mecca of historic Northland. Come and anchor at our spacious luxury accommodation, designed for comfort and relaxation. Ideal place to stay for couples, family groups and business people. The ideal anchorage for your holiday in the Bay of Islands. ... more   less 
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