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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
Orewa, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Best we found”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We had visitors from the UK and were showing them around the far north of New Zealand and booked into the Anchorage 3 days before arriving. The reservation was handled most professionally and on arrival we were greeted by name and shown to our upstairs unit which had every facility we expected at a 4 star plus resort and more. The unit was beautifully presented and the views were exceptional.

During our stay we sought advice from the operators about local attractions and eateries and we were given more than enough information to make our stay and recreational activities first class.

Every property should aspire to the very high standards of cleanliness, comfort and hospitality that we experienced at the Anchorage.

Room Tip: Upstairs suites have the better views
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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, February 13, 2013
Your glowing review is very much appreciated. We are just pleased you were able to share our lovely piece of paradise with your overseas visitors and of course, staying in one of our Sea View units, being able to enjoy the spectacular view from your room makes it even more special! It is rewarding to hear that you were well looked after during your stay with us and that you found all the information you required to make your holiday fantastic all obtainable from our Reception.
We always love to have you stay with us when you are visiting Paihia and we look forward to seeing you next time, thanks again.
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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
    5 of 5 stars
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Palmerston North
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The Anchorage Motel is an absolute must for anyone wanting location, immaculate facilities, and hospitality beyond belief. My family and I first stayed at 'The Anchorage' whilst on business in the Bay of Islands, and have since returned on a further three occassions, having spent Christmas and New Year at 'The Anchorage', and more recently our summer holidays. A perfect location to base yourself whilst on business in the beautiful Bay of Islands, or for a relaxing holiday with your family away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The units are tastefully decorated, extremely well appointed, and immaculately clean, not to mention the gorgeous spa and glistening pool, where you can relax and unwind with a cold drink at the end of the day. Aileen and Dennis are hosts extraordinaire and you cannot help but feel like their personal guests. They really do look after you and are more than happy to arrange any bookings you may require. I thoroughly recommend 'The Anchorage' as the place to stay whilst in 'The Bay of Islands'.
Megan Jane Burn

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, February 4, 2013
Wow! Thank you for your glowing review. It is very rewarding to be considered as "home away from home" for our guests. We take pride in being able to create the most warm and friendly atmosphere we can for our guests and our team here are always pleased to hear their efforts are appreciated. We enjoy helping our guests make the most of their time here in the Bay of Islands by arranging all their activities from reception and being able to offer discounts on local tours helps to make their "holiday dollar" go that much further. As always, it was a pleasure to have you and your family stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Paihia.
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This motel is perfectly located on the Paihia waterfront and is exceptionally clean and well appointed. We were given a warm welcome here and enjoyed our stay. Would definately recommend this motel to anyone staying in Paihia

Room Tip: Quieter rooms best away from the main road coming down the hill into Paihia
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  • 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
    • 5 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
Your great feedback is very much appreciated. It gives us great pleasure to hear that our guests stay with us has been a positive one. We feel that creating a warm and friendly atmosphere really enhances our guests experience with us and unfortunately it is not something that although you would expect to, you don't always find this while staying away from home. Just as a note for future stays with us, our end rooms do have double glazing and we are currently looking into adding this feature to include more of our rooms. We would love to welcome you back again on your next visit to the Bay of Islands.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

we stayed for two nights in an upstairs suite with a view across the bay and we had an additional bedroom at the back which we hadn't expected. The suite was very well appointed, well maintained and very clean. There were plenty of toiletries and although we didn't use the kitchen facilities it appeared to have everything you would need if you didn't want to take advantage of some of the excellent local restaurants.

The only downside is the fact that the motel is on a bend of the busy main road along the bay, and this could be a problem for light sleepers, however this wasn't an issue for me; after a couple of excellent local wines I didn't hear a thing!

We didn't use the pool or the loungers but other guests did and appeared to be enjoying themselves. Only a sort stroll to the shops and restaurants with the beach across the road. Overall we had a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
We thank you for taking the time to make a review of your recent visit with us. It was great that you were able to stay in one of our top deck rooms to take advantage of the beautiful sea views over the Bay. We do have double glazing on our end rooms and at present, we are also looking into adding this feature to more of our rooms. We do take pride in providing our guests with rooms to an exceptional standard when it comes to cleanliness and facilities so your positive feedback is really appreciated. It was great to hear you were able to enjoy some of our lovely local restaurants while in Paihia and that you found our location perfect for your needs. We look forward to being able to host you again when you next visit the beautiful Bay of Islands.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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Address: 2 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Paihia
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#5 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#5 Luxury 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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