We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Allmost gave it a 5 !” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Anchorage Motel

Save Saved
You added Anchorage Motel to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Anchorage Motel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #7 of 44 hotels in Paihia
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Allmost gave it a 5 !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Great place to stay, very convenient, easy to find - right on beach and close to centre.
Small (but adequate) pool if needed. Kitchenette was a real bonus. All facilities and clean and tidy.
Aileen was great, very friendly and helpful - small shared balcony only reason it did not get 5.
Wish we had stayed longer - maybe next time.
Thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
We do appreciate the time you took to place your feedback on your recent stay with us. It is lovely to hear you were able to take advantage of our handy location and make use of your unit's kitchen facilities whilst staying with us. Our salt water pool is among some of the larger ones you will find available in Paihia and it's great you were able to enjoy cooling off on a hot summers day! Our shared balcony does give our rooms all easy access and many friendly conversations have been struck up between our guests while enjoying the stunning sea views. We are sorry also you weren't able to stay longer with us but hopefully on your next visit time will allow you to take a longer break away :-) Thanks again.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

222 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    144
    70
    8
    0
    0
See reviews for
45
124
6
5
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (72)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This motel is superbly located on the beachfront, close to restaurants, and has first class facilities and fittings. Although we had been a little concerned about possible noise from the nearby main road this proved not to be the case. Very helpful hosts. One slight downside is the way some guests choose to sit outside units and smoke with the smoke entering adjacent units. With such lovely weather it is a pity to have to close doors and windows. One dispute over this issue occurred during our stay. Perhaps a smoking area could be created away from the units?

Nonetheless we had a really enjoyable break.

  • Stayed February 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Thanks so much for placing your helpful feedback of your recent stay with us. We are pleased you enjoyed our wonderful location and facilities during your visit to Paihia. We are sorry to hear you had a disagreement over other guests smoking on the balcony as we were not aware of this at the time of your stay. We really appreciate your fantastic suggestion to create a smoking area away from the rooms and we will definitely be putting some serious thought into finding a suitable alternative area for this to ensure the comfort of all guests. Once again we are happy to hear your stay with us was still an enjoyable experience and we would love to welcome you back on your next visit to the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dallas, Texas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We enjoyed the Anchorage Motel! The room was spacious and the bath luxurious. We used the jacuzzi tub each night. The bed was large and comfortable. I appreciated the internet access and the kitchenette was a plus.

Aileen was a sweetheart; very helpful and her recommendations were spot-on!

Definitely recommend!!

Room Tip: We got the 2 bedroom suite and the bath was spa-quality.
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Your wonderful feedback is very much appreciated. We are very pleased you enjoyed your time with us and got to experience our little piece of paradise here in Paihia. We feel having a comfortable bed while staying away from home is a necessity to having a relaxing holiday hence why we have added extra comfort layers to all our beds. Great to hear you took advantage of our free WIFI we offer on arrival and also the kitchenette to make the most of your stay. It was lovely to meet you both and we would love to welcome you back if you ever have the chance to visit our way again.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Booked at last minute and was very happy to find one of the most tidiest motels I ever stayed in. Close to all amenities as well as a quality view across the bay with the beach just meters away, we couldn't ask for more. Well done Denis and Aileen, keep up the great work!

  • Stayed February 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thank you for your positive review on your recent stay with us. It is always rewarding to hear comments on the cleanliness of our rooms as our girls work very hard to ensure they are always kept up to such a high standard. I will be sure to pass your comments onto them also. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the wonderful sea views across the bay from your room and being so handy to all the amenities that our little township offers our visitors. It was a pleasure to have you stay and we would love to welcome you back the next time you are visiting Paihia.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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 :-)
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Orewa, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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
See more room tips
  • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Anchorage Motel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Anchorage Motel

Also Known As:
Anchorage Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands
Address: 2 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Phone Number:
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:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#4 Family Hotel in Paihia
#6 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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Agoda, Booking.com, Travelocity, Priceline, HotelsClick and Otel so you can book your Anchorage Motel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Anchorage Motel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.