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“Beautiful Bay of Islands” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #22 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Brisbane
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful Bay of Islands”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We spent 3 nights at the Scenic Hotel in Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands and found it to be a peaceful spot, our upstairs room and balcony overlooking the lawns and gardens . It is an easy 5 minute walk to the beach and shops, and a very pleasant 10 min walk to the central jetty area. The room and bathroom were well appointed, and clean and attractive, and all the staff friendly and helpful. We would especially recommend having dinner there , the menu was excellent and good service with great attentive staff, we ate there every night. The breakfast choice was good too. We would certainly stay there again.

Maxi Brisbane

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you for your very positive feedback - obviously we are delighted you found our facilities and staff to your satisfaction. We hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back to Paihia in the not too distant future. Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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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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san francisco
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45 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We spent two nights at this nice little hotel in Paihia. This is a low key property, while it does not have a sea view, it is a short walk from the center of town. The room was spacious, neat and tidy, with the usual coffee maker, safe and free wifi, Even though it rained during our entire stay, the balcony overlooking the lush central garden was a nice addition. Speaking of rain - the huge umbrella in the closet was a welcome amenity. Lots of parking, and coin-op laundry which includes detergent.

The staff was accommodating, especially for letting us use the hotel fire hose to wash all the mud off our rental car following an off road adventure.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, January 20, 2013
Thank you for your comments after your recent stay. Sorry about the weather though - the only thing we have no control over! We are pleased you enjoyed your brief stay with us and hope you will return one day.
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New Zealand
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15 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Spent 3 nights here with two kids. Reception and restaurant staff were very, very helpful. The room (a superior) was spacious and clean and quiet, and the car parking was close to the room (in the 500 'block'). We arrived early but the room was made up and they kindly allowed us an early check in. The staff investigated trip options and booked our boat trip (with a discounted rate!)
Only a few minutes walk to the waterfront and beach with lots of options to eat. We spent a lot of time in the pool. We had a meal in the restaurant, which we enjoyed, and there were lots of options: loved the Caesar salad. All in all very good value and very pleasant stay. Couldn't fault it and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, January 20, 2013
Thank you for your great comments on your stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. We are very pleased that all was to your satisfaction abd that our team were able to assist you with your sightseeing requirements. We have just recently installed new pool loungers so we hope you had a chance to use these while enjoying the pool. We look forward to the opportunity to accommodate you again should you visit the Bay of Islands in the near future.
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Paris, France
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I booked this hotel as a treat after a week's camping - and I am so glad I did. The hotel was impeccable from start to finish. The check-in and check-out staff were friendly and helpful. We were in the deluxe rooms which were enormous and beautifully appointed. The beds were fabulous. The room was on the ground floor and had a litte private terrace with views on to a well landscaped tropical garden. The pool area was lovely, so we spent most of our time there, and the restaurant/bar area was adjacent so we could have drinks delivered poolside. The meal choices at dinner were very good with a lot of variety. It must also be the best value meal I have had in a long time - I bought a 2 course dinner for myself which meant that the kid's mains were free. The kid's meals were really good, and my 3 year old ate the vegetarian lasagne with no hesitation. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel whether travelling for business or pleasure as it caters to both categories very well.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, January 14, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. We are very pleased that all facets of your stay were to your satisfaction and hopefully will see you back again in the future!
Regards Graeme Horsley, General Manager
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Auckland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Quite Good ,
We spent two nights there, tidy but not spectacular , A bit far away from the main wharf area and no veiw of the bay.
We went mid summer so the gardens looked a bit dry and neglected .
We had a delux double room on the ground floor around the back.
A comfortable bed, TV too small for a large room, had to pay for wireless internet and quite slow , 3G internet wouldn't work at all in our room.
Nice shower and large bathroom, with a bath also which was good .
We had to walk some distance from the car park to the room.
and to the resturant .
Nice and quiet .

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you for your comments after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. Although, as you say, we are 5 minutes walk from the town centre and 100 meters from the beach, the advantage of the location is that it is very quiet and peaceful. We are pleased that we managed to tick a few boxes for your stay and will look into the things that didn't quite work for you.
Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed here for three nights in January 2013. We booked a superior room and were happy with the room. The closest car park was a bit of a trek but at least this meant no roads near the room. Some minor gripes, room make up did not happen until, 3 in the afternoon, a kettle is provided in the room but this does not fit under the tap In the bathroom and no bath. We also noted that we had no milk in the fridge on the first night and we also found lunch boxes from previous occupants suggesting that checking of the fridge had been over looked when making up the room. On the positive side, breakfast was good and nothing was too much trouble for the bar and reception staff. Would I stay here again... Yes.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, January 10, 2013
Thank you for your comments after your stay with us. I have noted your "minor gripes" and taken them on board. As noted in my previous responses we did have an issue getting rooms serviced over the busy holiday period and I thank you for your patience in this matter. We are currently updating the kettles inthe rooms and trying to purchase units that do fit under the taps. I apologise for our shortcomings with the cleaning standards - especially the fridge and have addressed this with the Housekeeper.I am glad that all other facets of your stay were satisfactory and we look forward to the opportunity to host you again should you revisit Paihia in the near future.
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Graeme Horsley
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This was my second visit to the Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands. My first trip I stayed in a deluxe room, however this time I booked a bed and breakfast deal through the hotel's website which included an upgrade from a basic room to a superior. I travelled with my parents who were going on the overnight cruise, and booked two rooms. I asked about paying extra to upgrade to a deluxe room as they have air conditioning but the receptionist told me if I stayed in the superior room they would ensure we had two interconnecting rooms which I was happy to have. The room was large, had two comfortable queen beds and was clean. The ceiling fan worked a treat so there was no need for air conditioning even though the weather was very warm. The only thing I could fault was the small analogue style tv which didn't really have great reception but it didn't bother me enough to complain about it. Breakfast was a very good buffet style and had a large choice of hot and cold food, pastries, yogurts etc.

The main thing about this hotel, in my opinion, is the staff. They are so kind, courteous and very helpful. They asked my parents how they enjoyed their overnight cruise when they came to the dining room for breakfast which was a nice, personal touch. Nothing is too much trouble and this exactly how the staff were when we last visited in Nov 2011. I can recommend the Scenic to all travellers. It's a good base to explore the Bay of Island area and is situated just far enough to be near town but far enough to escape the traffic and noise.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments - I will certainly pass your comments onto the staff as they really do provide graet friendly service. Looking forward to seeing you for a third time!
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Graeme Horsley General Manager
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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
#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*
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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