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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   58 Seaview Road | Paihia, Paihia 0200, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #21 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great deals!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We used a grab one deal and stayed here last weekend. The deal included breakfast, one nights stay in a superior room and a bottle of Chardonnay. Our room was actually upgraded to a deluxe room (which is just bigger) free of charge when we booked.
The room was ready on time, but one of the beds smelled odd as if the sheets had been slept in. Other than that it was great - 2 big beds, wine in the fridge, mini-bar, great shower. Breakfast was plentiful and had a choice of cooked or continental options. The menu had a vegetarian breakfast option but on the buffet it was just tomatoes, hash browns, beans - I think this is just pretty standard in NZ (veggie sausages etc are a rarity).
We had planned to eat at the restaurant on the Saturday night as it looks awesome and we were out on a long coach trip all day. When we arrived back there was a note on the bed stating the restaurant was closed due to a private function! We felt the hotel would have known this beforehand and should have mentioned it when we checked in. We were very disappointed about this as Paihia doesn't have much to offer food lovers - its all fast food and poor service we found.
On a more positive note the staff were very friendly and professional and the location of the hotel is great. We would stay again as the deal offers value for money and Paihia is a good base location to explore the Bay of Islands from.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerSHBOI, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
Thank you for your review. We have investigated your linen comments, however please be assured that we change all linen for new guests. In regards to the restaurant, this actually was a last minute decision due to factors out of our control. Due to this, you would not have received anywhere to the standard of service that we pride ourselves on, and therefore we reluctantly decided to close the restaurant. Whilst not ideal, I hope that you can understand this. Regards
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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North Shore City, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

After a hectic week at work trying to wrap up in time for the short weekend I decided to book 3 nights at the Scenic Hotel for my partner and myself. We were pleasantly greeted by the service staff who checked us in and provided all the information on the hotel.

We had a Deluxe King Room which is comfortable, and clean with a fully stocked minibar. The only down side to the room was that the ranch window didn’t let in too much light and the halogen ceiling lights are not bright enough to light the room comfortably.

The food (both breakfast and dinner) was very enjoyable and again the service staff were very friendly and non invasive.

If you are looking for a nice weekend break in Paihia the definitely consider the Scenic Hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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
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, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, July 3, 2012
Thank you for posting your comments and the the positive feedback. Your comments on the lighting has been noticed. As the North Shore is only a short 3 hour journey, please come back and see us. Regards
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Atherton Tablelands
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the Scenic Hotel in May. We had a very comfortable sleep,
rooms modern, clean, staff very helpful and breakfast was excellent. We highly recommend this place to anyone going to the Bay of Islands.Very good value for money. Whilst it did not have a view of the water this did not matter as it was only a short walk away.

  • Stayed May 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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, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, July 3, 2012
Thank you for taking time to posting your comment. The hotel is in the process of installing new bedding systems so that an even greater nights sleep will be had!. Look forward to hosting you if you ever come back to the Bay. Regards
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Auckland
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8 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

My partner and I stayed twice during Easter and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We paid $135 inc breakfast for the first night and $125 inc breakfast for the second - King room. We were not expecting much as the price was reasonably cheap, but were pleasantly surprised! The staff were lovely and incredibly helpful and the room was large, clean and comfortable. We were going to stay at another place just around the corner which was $250 for the night – no breakfast, but glad we didn’t.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerSHBOI, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Thank you for your kind comments. As has been noted in many reviews, the staff are certainly an asset. we will pass your comments onto them. Looking forward to hosting you again from Auckland. Regards
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Hobart, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Block away from the main boulevard, large room with balcony. Stayed 2 nights and very restful. The biggest plus were the staff - very friendly and helpful. We were also allowed to leave our hire car in the car park free of charge after we checked out to go on an overnight cruise. Couldn't do enough for us.

  • Stayed April 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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ManagerSHBOI, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Thank you for your positive comments in regards to our staff. We will certainly pass these onto them. I too think they do a great job!. Come and see us again from Hobart, we will give you the same high service standard!. Regards
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

The staff were very pleasant when we checked in. We were informed we had been upgraded to a deluxe room which was very nice to hear, and the room did seem to be slightly bigger than the standard twin (no bath however).
The room was very clean and modern. The beds were especially nice.
Being situated close to the main shops and beach was also great.

The only thing that was slightly annoying was having to pay for the domestic phone call I made. I knew I would be charged, but needed to call someone as my mobile phone was not working. I can understand charged applying for international calls, but it would be nice if domestic calls under a certain time could be complimentary (my call lasted all of 20 seconds, but still cost around three dollars).

Other than this, the hotel was great, and I would definitely stay again if traveling up North.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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ManagerSHBOI, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Thank you for taking time to write a review and for your kind words. Unfortunately as Telecom classify the hotel as a business, the hotel is charged for every call even local which we oncharge to the guest. We have however taken your comments onboard with a view to review our charging. We look forward to seeing you again. Regards
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

The hotel is just one block behind the main boulevard, hence no ocean views from your room but you don't miss that at all, it's only a 5 minute walk to get about every where. Friendly staff at check in, comfy beds (2 queen beds in our room), good size room, nice balcony, flat screen TV, desk, power plugs conveniently located, good WiFi reception in the room, room decor is contemporary and fresh, a relief after some of the other places we stopped by at the same price point. You can't go wrong here. We can advise the $35 upgrade to deluxe room.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerSHBOI, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, April 27, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. The fact that the hotel is a wee bit back from the beach allows our guests to have a relaxed time amongst the tropical gardens without any traffic noise. If you want to escape Sydney again, please come back. Regards
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Address: 58 Seaview Road | Paihia, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Paihia
#14 Family Hotel in Paihia
#15 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#17 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands 4.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands has a sub-tropical resort ambiance, with island-influenced architecture, beautifully landscaped grounds and light airy rooms. Situated at the entrance to the seaside town of Paihia, it’s a pleasant stroll into town to access the main wharf, visitor activities, fine dining and shopping. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, the relaxed atmosphere of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands will melt away your stresses in moments. The entire property has been extensively refurbished and expanded, and the attention to detail will impress you. As our guest you will enjoy: A choice of accommodation styles including standard, superior and deluxe rooms. Beautifully presented guest rooms, with earthy tones, splashes of colour, and quality room amenities. Excellent hotel facilities, including swimming pool, ample parking, wireless Internet and comprehensive conference facilities. Quality, relaxed dining and socialising in our licensed restaurant, and lounge bar. Easy walking access to Paihia’s main wharf, shops and local attractions. Our lush sub-tropical gardens, with water features and feature lighting, are attractive and relaxing by day and night. ... more   less 
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