Seabeds is found at the far end of Paihia not far from where the bridge starts to take you over to the treaty grounds.
As many others have said the place has recently been refurbished. We stopped in a double ensuite upstairs from which you can see the ocean from when stood outside on the balcony.
The room had a lovely large confortable double bed with good quality bedding with a nicely finished quality ensuite shower room with toilet. Marie keeps the place spottlessly clean. If your stopping a while the double room has a rack to hang your clothes on and a couple of bedside units.
Seabeds has a lovely large kitchen dining area on the 2nd floor. Each room has a shelf in one of the large fridges so plenty of space to keep your food cool. Kitchen also has 3 full hobs and one full oven and a microwave, 2 toasters and 2 sinks for washing up afterwards. Enough pots, pans, plates and cutlery that you can cook any meal of any complexity.
The kitchen leads on to a dining area with seating for 8, with another area with 2/3 armchairs and a music system for those who dont want to sit at a table. outside the kitchen/dining room on the balcony is a table for 2 to eat alfresco if you like.
The back packers has i think a couble of dorms down stairs and a large family room. Reception is downstairs too which backs on to a laundry area with 2 washers and a dryer taking $2 coins. next to reception is the tv lounge with 2 nice sofas and large tv and dvd player. Marie has kindly put a view boxsets in there for guests to watch as well. A door in the tv lounge takes you into a small room containing 2 pc's costing a $ for 15 mins or you can buy a code of marie for wifi use if you prefer.
If you need a shop when you get there, count down is a 5 minute walk towards the roundabout and turn left.
We found paihia and seabeds an excellent palce for us to base ourselves for exploring the northland area of new zealand. Having stopped in Russell last time i much prefer being based in paihia, quicker road access to the rest of the northland and more life than its near neighbour russell to if not the charm.
Marie is an excellent host, with great knowledge of the local area and is always happy to advise. She also responded very quick on email when we looked at booking the room. Theres plenty of parking. Rooms dont come with towels so you need to bring your own.
If you could guarantee all backpackers were this quality then you wouldnt book anything else. would not hesitate to recommend seabeds as a place to stay. It's a great find if you can get in.
I've given this 5 stars because its not a motel it's a back packers. great value for great accommodation in a great location.