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“Great motel and great views” 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 #26 of 42 Hotels in Paihia
Hamilton, New Zealand
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
“Great motel and great views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Units are very spacious, clean and very reasonably priced. Yes, it is on the main road, but the view makes it worth while. The owner was so helpful with not only sorting out trips we wanted to do, but keeping in contact while we were away - he was also great in finding someone to help me with my knitting!! The pice was a knock out compared to some of the prices in paihia.

  • Stayed April 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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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Hello Linda and Ala R,
Thank you for your kind review of Bay Sands, Paihia, New Zealand. Hope to see you again very soon.
Cheers
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Excellent location, owner is very friendly and helpful. Clean and adequately equipped, décor is fresh but old fashioned. Bay view rooms along the front have great view across to Russell, though there is traffic noise until about 11pm and from 6am, worth putting up with this (particularly first floor) for the view! Convenient for town, ferry and Waitangi also recommend a drive to Kerikeri and try the fantastic food at Wharapuke, make sure you are hungry!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, November 23, 2013
HI Chris-Brigg,
Thank you for staying with us at Bay Sands in Paihia, New Zealand.
Lovely review, thanks ever so much. Hope to see you again some day..
Cheers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is such a lovely place....ppl there are so friendly and helpful, the rooms are super clean and I had free tea and coffe, I'm gonna come back and stay there again I highly recommend it....also the ocean is just in front, and the town is just in about 10 min walk , which is soooo good.

Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Thank yoyu, Please come again.
kind regards
Tulay
baysandsmotel@gmail.com
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Large airy room, well equipped with a small kitchen. Good bathroom. Very clean. Friendly and very helpful owner (gave us detailed and very good information as to sights we should not miss, when we left). We stayed four nights, and found the location perfect - in the middle between the Waitangi treaty grounds, and the center of Paihia. An easy walk to either one. The beach is right across the road. There is also a well stocked supermarked not far away. Would definitely recommend this for anyone

  • Stayed March 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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BaySandsMotel, Owner at Bay Sands Seafront Studios, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Hi hansas,
Thank you for your visit to Bay Sands Motel, Paihia, New Zealand. Hope to see you again.
Tusen takk!!
Cheers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

Great location, rooms are spacious and well equipped and there is free tea and coffee which is a massive bonus.

The owner is very helpful and goes out of his way to accommodate. I cannot recommend this place enough and would definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, February 14, 2013
Thank you for your great review. Hope to see again soon in Sunny Bay of Islands!
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

I spent two nights at Bay Sands Motel with my girlfriend while on my gap year. The place is easy to find and only a short walk from the main town. The owner, Pete was very welcoming and gave us lots of information about the local area and where we could find everything we might need. The owner was kind enough to drop us at Haruru Falls (since we did not fancy the whole walk) and also drop us off to meet our Stray bus after our stay. The accommodation was clean and tidy with free WIFI which was very useful. All in all a great place to stay. Can't recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your great review. Hope to see again soon in Sunny Bay of Islands!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

The motel is in a lovely spot on the waterfront. The rooms are very clean and a decent size. Kitchen facilities are good.

The owners are very helpful and their local knowledge (particularly about where to eat) is well worth tapping into.

The only slight drawback is that the motel is a short walk into town, although that does mean that it's closer to Shippeys and their excellent fish and chips.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 23, 2013
Hi alandsuzy,
thank you for your visit to Bay sands motel, Paihia, New Zealand. And, yes, Shippey's does a lovely Fish and Chips. Hope to see you again.
Cheers
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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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