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“All the comfort of home” 5 of 5 stars
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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
2 reviews
“All the comfort of home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

I travel for business and, when in the area, always travel for an extra hour after my working day has finished to stay with Aileen & Dennis. I have done this for a few years now as their accommodation is as comfortable and well appointed as any modern home.
I stayed most recently with my teenage daughter for two days. We both loved the proximity to the beach & shops and the gorgeous pool/spa area.
Booking a room is simple and accurate. Check in and check out is never a fuss and Aileen does her upmost to accommodate arrival and departures out of normal office hours.
The motel is situated on a corner with units well back from the road so both foot and vehicle traffic noise is minimal. With no motels right next-door noise from other visitors is also minimal.
Rooms are fitted out with all the necessities required for a self-sufficient stay as well as having tasteful art and stylish modern decor.
Nothing is a problem for these lovely hosts and definitely add value to the stay with their excursion, dining, shopping suggestions.
This level of service is continuous with high standards maintained throughout the year.
The Anchorage Motel is the gold standard other establishments should aspire to.
Thanks Dennis and Aileen for a home-away-from-home.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 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 20, 2013
Wow! We can't say enough to show our appreciation of your glowing review. We always love having you stay with us and it's humbling to know you add on the extra travelling time at the end of your working day to be our guest here at the Anchorage. It was so nice that you could take some time out with your daughter recently and you were able to relax and enjoy our pool and spa. As someone who stays with us frequently throughout the year, it makes us feel very proud that you always find our accommodation standards at a very high level. Of course, we look forward to hosting you again when you are next in our area for business or pleasure :-)
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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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Taupo, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

I have stayed here many times over the years - Aileen & Dennis are always very welcoming and maintain very high standards. The motel is perfectly situated right across the road from a safe beach and is within walking distance from everything. The units are continually being maintained and each time I visit it is an adsventure to find out what they have come up with to improve my stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
Thanks so much for taking the time to provide wonderful feedback on your experience when staying with us at Anchorage Motel. Our staff do take pride in ensuring the rooms are always at an exceptional high standard so it is very gratifying to hear from someone who stays regularly that their expectations are always met during their stay. In keeping in line with this, we also place importance on the continual maintaining of our rooms to keep them modern and comfortable as the time goes by. Its lovely to hear you enjoy seeing the changes as well! We do appreciate that the Anchorage is always your place of choice to stay when visiting Paihia, it is an absolute pleasure to have you stay with us. PS. Thanks so much for the lovely wine and chocolates, the girls and I always love them!
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Orewa, New Zealand
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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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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Anchorage Motel

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*
Number of rooms: 15
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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