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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
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“Decent”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We liked the place - way too long a walk with four heavy bags (month of travel) to our room, which was warm but had two doubles. Given that.... We switched rooms, and of course it was colder than cold and an even longer walk but OK. Every time we tried to use the restaurant it was either closed (8:00 PM) or had a tour group eating there with an incredibly long wait. My advice would be, either you have a restaurant that services your guest, or POST YOUR HOURS!. Went down the street a few blocks and found a serviceable place to eat, but it would have been nice after driving up from Auckland to have something on the premises. The room was OK but nothing special.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerSHBOI, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for your comments. Our checkin procedures offers guests they require a porter, as the boardwalk through our tropical gardens, whilst beautiful, may not suit everyone with luggage. The checkin procedures also states the restaurant times. Whilst the hotel does host dinner groups, other guests can also be accomodated at the same time. regards
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Rating summary
  • 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Booked my reservation through Centralr.com. Great rate find. We got in late and was offered a room upgrade to a Deluxe King Room... Thais (sorry if I misspelled your name) Duty Manager, was very lovely, She was very knowledgeable and hospitable. Even if she worked that night and also checked us out the next morning she was bubbly as.

the room was new, neat, tidy and chic. and the best part of the whole experience is the bed! I can easily get one of those mattress things on their beds! I had the best sleep in a long time in a short night. Although housekeeping knocked and woke us up at 9m in the morning. getting out of those bed is such a mission! I love it..

Highly recommend!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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ManagerSHBOI, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you for your great review. The Scenic Hotel Group has invested a significant amount of time in researching our new bedding system in our deluxe wing and I am very pleased that you have found somewhere to have a great nights sleep. Come back soon for a very relaxing time!. Regards
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Perth, Australia
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The friendly staff greeted us and allocated "one of our best" rooms. We had three nights at this hotel. The parking was excellent but we had to run along a boardwalk through rain on more than one occasion to reach our room. The room was very clean, comfortable with a wall reverse cycle air conditioner which worked hard to warm the room. The bed was a soft king size. Very good bathroom with excellent shower and separate bath. Lovely big towels but couldn't dry overnight. We ate twice in the dining room, there was almost nowhere open to eat in town pre-season, and the food was not good. The staff were very friendly. Despite being off season a few coaches came and went and the dining room was half full. The hotel is not on the water front and would probably be quieter for that during the season.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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ManagerSHBOI, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
Thank you for your comments. Whilst not on the waterfront, the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands gets excellent reviews for the serenity and quiteness for this reason. As the hotel is situated in lush sub tropical gardens, there is a boardwalk element, however umbrellas are provided in the guest rooms and at reeption, should the weather turn nasty. As you have mentioned, the town and the hotel is still in the preseason and therefore still fairly quiet. If you are ever in NZ again, I suggest that you come in summer and sample the great weather in the Bay of Islands. regards
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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North Shore City, New Zealand
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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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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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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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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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
#15 Family Hotel in Paihia
#15 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#16 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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