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Anchorage Motel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 44 hotels in Paihia
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Our weeks holiday.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The grand children and I enjoyed our weeks holiday at Paihia. We found the staff and premises very pleasant. The grand daughter found the pool just to her liking. Couldn't keep her out of it. It is in a great location to all tourist facilities in the Bay of Islands.

Room Tip: Keep to the upper level rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, February 4, 2013
We are happy that you and your grandchildren enjoyed your stay with us recently at the Anchorage. We do enjoy seeing the children having so much fun in the pool as that is what it is there for! It was great that you found our location so convenient for all the activities you took part in while visiting our beautiful area. Yes, we do agree, the views from our top level rooms are stunning and its a pleasure to share these with all our guests. We would love to have you stay with us the next time you are visiting Paihia.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Auckland
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Great pool & spa area. Staff was very friendly. Good location. Negatives is that room was very musty and old fashioned. It was overpriced for the standard of the room and facilities. Unfortunately we were in the room stuck out the back looking out on a clothes line and with music pounding from somewhere all night; it was the cheapest room but it was only worth 1/2 of what we paid.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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anchor01, owner/manager at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Oh how to satisfy the conscience traveller on a limited budget. We at the Anchorage Motel have the perfect location with added facilities of a large swimming pool, covered outdoor spa and bbq area, all across the road from a lovely safe sandy beach.
We have several average reviews for this room lately and we would like to thank those who have taken the time to do so. Our budget unit situated at the rear of the motel with no sea-view as our advertising states is a moderate unit to which we make available for the price driven traveller and when booked online, guests upon arrival are offered an upgrade to a sea facing unit if available.
Accommodation prices in Paihia over the height of summer is driven by demand as the Bay of Islands is a very popular destination for visitors and holiday makers alike.
So when properly evaluated our modest budget unit with the perfect location and added facilities is far from over priced and certainly worth more than $80 for a family of 3.
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We (my wife and I) needed some to escape. Christmas New Year - Family Friends - all good but we needed some alone time. The Anchorage Motel DELIVERED! Friendly - perfect location - all you need. Pool - Spa - and beach all on the doorstep.

Room Tip: First floor have a better view of the beach but the lower rooms can see the sea also. We were kindly...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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, February 4, 2013
We are so pleased that you and your wife were able to get the break away that you needed. It was lovely to have you stay with us and we are happy that your time with us at the Anchorage was what you were looking for and more! It is great that you were able to enjoy our pool and spa facilities while here and also take advantage of the lovely beach across the road. We would love to welcome you back again if you are ever visiting the beautiful Bay of Islands again.
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Unfortunately we were in the wee room stuck out the back. It was the cheapest room they had but was still incredibly steeply priced for what it was.

Other than the unimpressive room, the facilities were great. Salt water pool (not heated!!! eeek) and spa were wonderful, pity it is right on the main road in and out of Paihia though, not the most relaxing scenery when wasting away time in the spa.

Great location though as far as the beach is directly over the road and only a short walk into the heart of Paihia.

Amazing restaurant next door, recommend for breakfast, lunch or dinner! A MUST visit.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback of your recent stay with us. As noted in other responses regarding our Budget Room, this is a room that we are happy to be able to offer the budget conscious traveller but at the same time, also provide all the extra facilities you would expect to find at a 4 and a half star accommodation property. All of our advertising does state that it is situated at the rear of the motel and does not have sea views however we feel it is ideal for the traveller on a budget. Paihia is a very seasonal tourist destination which means over the peak time December through February prices are driven by demand over this popular holiday time. We are pleased you were able to enjoy our facilities during your stay including the refreshing coolness of the pool on a hot summers day and our spa. We love the fact that you are able to look out over the stunning sea views whilst enjoying the spa rather than being stuck away inside like you would experience at some other properties. To be able to stay at beachfront accommdoation in Paihia there is the compromise of having the road between you and the beach, however we feel this is far outweighed by the convenient location and of course the views! We would love to welcome you back on your next visit to Paihia and hopefully the next time we will have a lovely sea view unit to offer you.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We rented the cheaper room at the back of the motel which was still very nice. This area is very expensive. I have stayed in nicer room for less in other places in NZ but its a pricy area. They have a pool and hot tub with BBQ area so we sat out there most of the time since our room was at the back facing the shed. I would stay here again but if possible stay in one of the other rooms. In the end paying to sit on a patio to have drinks or paying for a room with a view where you can buy your own drinks is probably the same price.

Room Tip: Second level would be the best rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
It was a pleasure to have you stay with us recently and we thank you for your honest feedback. As noted in other responses, the time of your stay was during the peak holiday season, hence the higher prices driven by demand for this popular holiday destination and time of year. It is great that you were able to make the most of our facilities including the pool and spa during your stay. We would love to have you stay with us again the next time you are visiting the lovely Bay of Islands. Hopefully we will be able to offer you one of our superb sea view rooms where you can relax and unwind outside on the patio with a drink and take in the stunning views rather than having to venture away from your room!
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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I would definitely stay there again. The beds were the most comfortable that I've ever slept in and the service was excellent. The manager was onsite and went out of her way to provide us with top quality service. The room was cleaned daily. The only downside was that the internet service was difficult to access. I couldn't get a connection in my room, but could at the poolside. Even there, it was a poor connection.

Room Tip: Corner rooms were exposed to a lot of traffic noise. During the summer the only way to cool the roo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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anchor01, owner/manager at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
The management and staff really appreciate this lovely review. We strive to give the best service that we can and our staff are well aware of their obligations to achive it.
We have invested a lot into improving the comfort of our beds and it is good to hear such nice comments being made about them.
We are sorry that the internet was not as easily accessible as it should have been. It was not until we rebooted our WiFi router the next day that the problem disappeared, something that we will be more onto the next time it might happen.
A tip to cool your room on one of those balmy nights, is to shut all the doors and windows, set your aircon to the "cool" setting and lower the temp. That way you will eliminate any outside noise while cooling the room. The corner rooms as you have called them have double glazed windows.
We hope that you will stay with us again in the future.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This was our first visit to New Zealand and Pahia in particular. The room was clean and the staff friendly. The location was great with the beach just across the street and restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. We used the coin washer dryer to catch up on our laundry and took advantage of their beautiful pool and WiFi too. It was our first visit to the Bay of Islands and we are glad we stayed an extra night over our original plan.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to post a great review of your regular stays with us. It is our pleasure to have you and we are happy that your visits are always positive ones. Our team here are always willing to help out in any way so your comments about the friendly atmosphere are very much appreicated. We feel this often makes the difference between a guests experience exceeding expectations as opposed to just being on par with other accommodation properties. We also thank you for your recommendations to your collegues and friends and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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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
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#5 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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