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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
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Food and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

I was treated respectfully from the moment I arrived, and the service was faultless. A porter was sent to help me with my bags, which was a great relief as my room was up a flight of stairs. The rooms have a motel style from the outside but look like a posh hotel room on the inside. I liked the fact they had put the separate shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles already in the shower for you, instead of having to take them in yourself. The bed was comfortable and I had no noise issues. There was even a hifi in the room, although I didnt actually use it. I ordered dinner in my room, which came quickly and was utterly delicious - top quality food.The only thing I could fault was that one of the three face flannels was a bit dirty, but as I was on my own I just used one of the others.

Room Tip: I was in 310, which was quiet, and on the first floor (also top floor), so away from the cars parked...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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, March 20, 2013
Thank you for your kind review of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands after your recent stay. Myself and the team are pleased to hear that everything was to your satisfaction but do apologise for the standard of the one face cloth - we will ensure that close scrutiny is given to this area in future. Hopefully you will return to the Bay of Islands again and we look forword to the opportunity of providing your accommodation needs once more.
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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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Surrey, Canada
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

When we arrived in Pahia we had no idea where to stay. We checked out a few hotel and were shocked at the prices for a night. We had stayed in a Scenic Hotel in Franz Josef and loved it so stopped in to check the hotel. The reception staff were so helpful and patient as we checked out a couple of rooms in different areas of the property and chose one close to the pool & ground level. It was a great value for the money. Everything was a short walk away. Stayed for 5 nights and did our day touring from there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, March 18, 2013
Thank you for your review after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. It is gratifying to know that the standards and facilities of our hotels across the country are such that you had confidence to call in and end up staying with us in Paihia. Myself and the team here are very happy that your stay was comfortable and enjoyable and that you fouund all to your satisfaction.
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

nice medium size hotel,only one block walk to seafront,a few nice restaurants,a wine shop and a general store.the lobby area and restaurant were big and bright.the staff were nice and helpful.The buffet had plenty of choice and good coffee.there was a laundryroom which costed about £3 for a washer and dryer.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you for your review after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. The team here is happy you found all facets of your stay to your liking.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Couldnt get into where we normally stay so tried this hotel. Very friendly checkin. Beautiful large, spotless room.Great bathroom & excellent quality toiletries. Extremely comfortable beds and good tv with good range of channels. We were in an upstairs Garden Block room with balcony at the rear of the hotel looking onto beautifully landscaped tropical garden. Very quiet. The hotel is a 2 min walk to the waterfront (thus it's lovely and quiet) and a 7 min walk along the interesting waterfront to the main shops. The bar/restaurant decor is lovely and contemporary. My only critique is the pool area. The pool is ok but the poolside area is relatively small with only a couple of loungers and it doesnt quite have the feel of wanting to lounge around there for an extended period with a book. If this area was extended with more loungers & creating the same atmosphere and high standard as the rest of the hotel, it would make the property a complete 10 out of 10. We thoroughly enoyed out stay and will definitely stay again.

Room Tip: The Garden Rooms are very quiet and have a beautiful tropical garden outlook
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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, March 12, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review of the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands!. We are very pleased you found all facilities to your liking.I take your comments on board about the swimming pool area and will look into the possibility of expanding the seating area - we only installed the loungers at the begiining of summer so share your views on improving this area. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to Paihia and the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands before too long! Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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Dhahran
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Our room was in a separate block from the main building and was rather like a motel room. It had parking in front and a small patio area at the back. The room was very comfortable with all amenities and just across from our room there was a small guest laundry which was very convenient. The restaurant served a buffet and it was very good.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, March 12, 2013
Thank you for your review of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands after your recent stay. We are pleased that you found everything to your satisfaction and that your stay was comfortable and enjoyable. Should you be back in the Bay of Islands we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel!
Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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105 reviews 105 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Check in was quick but as we had been upgraded & had extras (welcome drink, discounts off food & beverages & late checkout) would've been great to have them explained. We were given our room key and drinks. We were met by the porter in the carpark. The room was beautiful, clean & the room was large. The beds were super comfortable, best we've had in New Zealand. As our room was at the back it was really quiet, the birds were chirping outside but couldn't be heard in the room. The bathroom was great. Good TV with a range of channels. We visited the restaurant for breakfast, the staff were friendly & prompt to clear tables, the selection at the buffet was good. The swimming pool was refreshing. The walk into town takes about 10 minutes which isn't long as its a beautiful view along the waterfront. Would recommend staying here & hope to stay again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you for your review after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. We are very pleased the hotel was to your liking and we appreciate your kind comments. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to welcome you back in the not so distant future.
Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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UK
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

On with eastern edge of town, only 10 mins walk to bars/restaurant/supermarket and 15 mins to other shops/ferries etc. Rooms are well furnished and large. Deluxe king has bath and large shower. Ask for balcony room. Restaurant is lovely although wine a bit pricey. Pool is quite small but on both days of our visit was empty in the afternoon. Reception staff are superb.

Room Tip: Ask for balcony room on first floor
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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, March 7, 2013
Thank you for your comments after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. We are pleased you found the accommodation to your liking and I will pass on your comments to the staff - they will appreciate your comments. Can I clarify on your behalf that the comment about the pool relates the number of people around the poolside not the level of the water!! Some may think we drain the pool each afternoon.
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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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