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“Very clean, extremely spacious, reasonably positioned” 4 of 5 stars
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Bay Sands Seafront Studios
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   136 Marsden Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #25 of 44 Hotels in Paihia
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Very clean, extremely spacious, reasonably positioned”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

As many NZ places to stay this place is a bit dated. The advantage is that our room at least was very big with several sitting areas. Most rooms do not have sea views as the property is side on to the road. Maybe ten minutes walk to town centre. Very clean and exceptionally well equipped. Pleasant staff.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Hello ProblemPage,
Thank you for your stay at Bay Sands.Our staff is here to serve our guests.
We are upgrading the facility inside and out, so you will be pleasantly surprised on your next stay in charming NZ.
Cheers from sunny Paihia!
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  • Location
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We stayed 2 days in top front unit ,neat clean & very comfortable. Equiped with everything required for your convenience. Beach front Motel ,good views of bay from your balcony.
5 minute walk to town centre,convenience store &fish &chips nearby.
Would highly recommend staying here.
Parking bays a bit tight,but plenty across road if required.

Room Tip: 1st Floor front units would be pick for bay views.
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  • 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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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Thanks for your visit. We are adding new features every day to improve the comfort of our guests. We hope to host you again soon.
Cheers from Sunny Paihia!
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Montreal
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Peaceful, excelent stop over at a nicely equipped, comfortable, beach front Motel with free Wi-Fi to connect with friends, check mail, plan trips.

Meet the most pleasant owners and manager with a gentl & friendly pet named Coal.

Room Tip: I believe all rooms are excellent, we were in the unit 7 on the second floor. Peaceful, just great...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Thank you for your kind words. Every day we work to make our guest experience better. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Had 3 nights at the motel. Ground Floor. Still had a good view of the harbour. Found the unit to be clean and tidy with nice appliances in the kitched.. Would have no hessitation in returning. Good value.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Hi Matts32,
Thank you for your kind words. Every day we find a way to make BAy Sands better!
Cheers from sunny Paihia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The staff was very friendly, the rooms were in great condition and clean. The place is just opposite the beach, sea view from the balcony.
We enjoyed our stay and the plenty of tips what to do in Paihia and Russell.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Hello Markusauckland,
And thank you for your visit.
Hope to see you again soon.
Cheers from sunny Paihia!
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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Nothing can beat the view from the upstairs room! I stayed for two nights (wish it could have been two months). Everything was spotless, the room huge and the people delightful. I appreciated that it was a bay away from the center of Paihia (making the location a bit less busy and offering a bit more exercise) and near the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

I had no vehicle (arrived in Paihia by the Intercity bus from Auckland) and walked everywhere. It was a joy!

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Room Tip: If you can get rooms 4 or 5 they have the best view. The tradeoff is they're on the road so a bi...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Hi,
Thank you for the kind words.
Hope to see you again in sunny Paihia!!
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Emu Plains Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

We stayed 3 nights here in May in 2 upstairs rooms overlooking the bay. Rooms were large, clean and comfortable. It was cold weather so we were glad of the electric blankets on the beds. There was an oil filled heater in one room and we should have asked for another for the other room. The kitchens were spotless and well appointed. The manager was very informative and guided us to many wonderful locations. He booked a Bay of Islands cruise for us at 10% discount and took us in his 4 wheel drive to the ferry terminal. Even offered to collect us after the cruise! There is a supermarket (Countdown) around the corner, best to drive to it. 10 minutes walk into town centre and 7 minutes walk to Shippeys fish and chip restaurant. Close to Waitangi Treaty Centre but best to drive here too. Great location opposite the bay and reasonably priced. Would highly recommend this 10 room small motel.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, June 10, 2012
Hi, Thank you for your kind words. We are always improving, and hope to see you again someday. Cheers from Bay of Islands!
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Address: 136 Marsden Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bay Sands Seafront Studios 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family style Studio Apartments located on the waterfront at the best beach in Paihia. Free Kayaks, Bicycles, BBQ facility. Free in room WiFi, SKY TV GUEST SELECT. We are located within easy walking distance of the village square, shops and restaurants. All units are equipped with kitchen facilities.Each unit sleeps three persons with one queen and one single bed. An extra bed can be added for a small charge. The family apartment accommodates up to four persons and has a Queen and two singles.Bay Sands Seafront Studios, the Motel that feels like home. ... more   less 
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