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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   58 Seaview Road | Paihia, Paihia 0247, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #20 of 44 hotels in Paihia
Wellington, New Zealand
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“Good Stay, Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Stayed at the Scenic for one night. Given a room with two double beds. Good local accommodation - large rooms, clean facilities, no complaints. Hotel is located just up the road from the main beachfront - but the town is so small that it is within walking distance to everywhere.

Tip: there is a great restaurant called 'Alfrescos' just around the corner which does great breakfast and dinner (steaks looked amazing) and the seafood platter was good for two. It has the largest oysters that you will ever see - another local specialty

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Graeme H, Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for your positive feedback and we are pleased we were able to provide satisfactory overnight accommodation during your visit to Paihia.
We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands should you visit again in the future - maybe try our food and beverage offerings next time as well!
Regards
Graeme Horsley
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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doncaster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

My Husband and I stayed at the Scenic Hotel for 3 nights begining on the 19th November 2012. What a great place to stay. The rooms were large and comfortable and the beds (we booked queen twin beds) lovely. Newly furbished bathrooms with great large shower, fluffy towels and all the extra,s The weather was not kind to us over the time we were there. It rained constantly for two and a half of them, the half day being the day we left. We checked out at 10am and left our luggage at the hotel as our bus didnt leave for Auckland till 2pm. The weather was very very wet and we had walked around Paihia for over an hour. We returned to the hotel and was greeted with a warm and friendly smile by Agnes, who we explained our predicament to and she asked us to wait in the bar and she brought us a lovely pot of tea and said we could wait until out transport arrived in the bay. we were very grateful to the service we were given even though we had checked out earlier. We would recommend the resort and hotel to anyone. So once again a big thank you to all at the Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands New Zealand.

  • 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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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Apologies for the weather - this is the one thing we have absolutely no control over. Having just moved here I too am coming to grips with the occaisional rainy grey days. You will have to come back and experience the lovely weather we are having now! I was pleased to hear that Agnes was so attentive - we are lucky to have such friendly obliging staff!
We look forward to the chance to provide accommodation to you should you revisit the Bay of Islands.
Regards
Graeme Horsley
General Manager
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cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The best breakfast in NZ! Delicious cooked and continental buffet with super smiley staff.

The staff throughout the hotel are so friendly and seem to smile all day - it really made the stay relaxing and enjoyable.

Rooms are very luxurious (Deluxe Room) with lovely linen and thick towels and nice toiletries.

Hotel is also only a 10-minute walk to town and just metres from the beach.

Would highly recommend the Scenic - have stayed a couple of times and my highlight of going to the Bay of Islands is staying here (and enjoying their scrummy breakfast).

  • Stayed November 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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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thank you for your generous comments. As previously noted by other guests our staff are well recognised for their friendly service. Glad you enjoyed the breakfast as well - great start to the day! We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. Graeme Horsley
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The moment you approach reception you are welcomed and signing in is very pleasant. Every staff member makes a point of acknowledging you and give great service. The hotel is set amongst lovely native gardens In large chalet type buildings that are two storey high. The location is quiet.the hotel is not modern to look at but has had a refurbishment both inside and out. The rooms are large with balconies and have large bathrooms with a bath and shower. Fabulously comfortable with feather mattress toppers and pillows of choice.the rooms are very modern. We had breakfast there and that was lovely .We will stay again. Recommend

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thnk you for your review. We pride ourselves on providing warm, kiwi hospitality and our staff are widely recognised for their friendliness. Glad you enjoyed our Scenic Hotel bedding! Definitely guarantees a good night's sleep. We hope you will visit The Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands in the near future.
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Ashford, Kent
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Stayed here in September 2012 as part our honeymoon to Australia. Hotel is a 5-10 minute walk to the main part of Paiha. When we stayed here it was very quiet and we didn't even get upgraded even though we said it was our honeymoon. Rooms were ok but there was only a shower and not a bath. Wifi is 5 dollars for two hours.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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. I have reviewed your booking from your Travel Agency and no mention of your honeymoon. However, in saying this, if you had mentioned this on checkin, we should have upgraded, which I will personally investigate. The Wifi rate you have mentioned is one of many packages that the hotel offers, including $10.00 for 24 hours. Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Scenic Paihia has great staff who really know how to look after their guests - well trained, attentive, friendly but not pushy. Rooms modern, very clean and well cared for, beds very comfortable, food, service all perfect. It was a cold weekend but inside was very snug.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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, October 11, 2012
Thank you for your great review. Yes, the staff are great and we will pass on your comments to them. Look forward to hosting you again if you want to escape the Supercity! Regards
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Decorah, Iowa
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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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Address: 58 Seaview Road | Paihia, Paihia 0247, 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:
#2 Business Hotel in Paihia
#16 Family Hotel in Paihia
#16 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*
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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