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Dolphin Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   69 Williams Road, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #12 of 44 Hotels in Paihia
Auckland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best Bed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Great value, extremely clean, best bed I've come across in a motel for a long time! Lovely linen. Location perfect, within walking distance to the cente of Paihia but still quiet. And to top it all off, a genuinely friendly host. We would love to stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
Many thanks for your kind review and comments.I was a pleasure to have you stay,and hope you visit us again the future.
Kia Ora Paul
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Not much more to add from the previous reviews.
We were pleasantly surprised with the Dolphin Motel, our 2 bedroom unit was spacious, clean and very comfortable and the spa was great after a long days sightseeing :) Paul was very welcoming and helped us out with a lot of local advice on places to visit, tour comparisons, local shop locations and resturant suggestions. He also gave us some good pointers on what to do on our trip back to Auckland, the Waimate Mission was a highlight.
Location is a couple of minutes walk from the waterfront, quiet and convenient.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Many thanks for the kind review and rating.Its humbling to get me good reviews,and really appreciate them all.
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
99 hotel reviews
Reviews in 88 cities Reviews in 88 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I stayed for 2 nights in April and found the motel exactly as previous reviewers have reported.
Everything was as it should be, especially the quality of the bed and linen - top class. It's only a short walk to the restaurants, ferry/boat pier and convenience stores whilst being far enough away to be quiet. When I stayed I think Paul had the only full house - he deserves it as this is a top class motel run by a very friendly, hands on person.

  • Stayed April 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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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Once again for a great review,and appreciation for it.
Hope you had a safe trip back home,and looking forward to seeing you again the future.
All the best Paul
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Bradford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We stayed at The Dolphin for 2 nights back in March. The 2 bedroom apartment was wonderful and very spacious. Paul was brilliant! He gave us tips on places to visit, helped us with the toll payments and with his local knowledge was able to get us onward accomodation in Auckland at very short notice. The location was excellent, a short stroll and you were at the beach and the shops. I hope I get a chance to stay here again,
Pete from Yorkshire

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Many thanks Pete for your nice review.It was a pleasure to have you here.I am glad the rest of the trip worked out well,and I was able to help to make your trip easier.
Hope you had/have a good trip back to the UK.
Many thanks
Paul
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Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Our family of 4 stayed two nights just after Easter, and had a very comfortable room, much better standard then the usual motel rooms you find. Paul was most helpful with booking tours, and general knowledge of the area, and NZ in general. If we are ever up this way again, we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Many thanks Nicola and Family.It was a pleasure to meet you all,and hope you return one day.
Its nice to be appreciated and try my best to make sure that guest have a great stay here in the Bay of Islands and leave New Zealand with good memories.
Kia Waimaire and Kia Ora.
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Wanganui, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Stayed at the Dolphin for one night during a busy Easter weekend. It was everything we could have asked for, we only stayed for a short night with an early start the next day.

On arrival Paul the manager was very friendly, and a beer with check in is always welcome!

The room itself was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Bathroom and shower was lovely and clean, with a lovely hot refreshing shower.
The bed was very comfy, and sheets were fresh and clean.
Great central location, just 5 mins walk from the restaurants and jetty.

We would definitely use this motel again as it was everything we needed and would stay longer next time.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Hi Scott many thanks for your review.Much appreciated.If you come again we can give you our King Studio or even the one with a Spa Bath.Easter is always very busy.Enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.
All the best to you both and Kia Ora
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Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Paul was extremely hospitable when we arrived and even shouted us a beer. The Motel is close to shops and restaurants but still in a calm and quiet area. The room we stayed in was clean but a bit small. Next time we will be in Paihia we will book a bigger room but definitely at the Dolphin.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Yes many thanks for your review.It was a pleasure to meet you.
Next time the family unit maybe better which is like a half a house!!Has full kitchen,A/Con,Spa Bath and huge Lounge.
Our location is great only a short walk to shops,restuarants,and waterfront.
We also offer free parking even if you have checked out and need to go on a morning cruise.
Which incidentally we can offer discounts.
Paul
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Address: 69 Williams Road, Paihia, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#12 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#14 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Qualmarked 4 star. In the heart of Paihia only 100 metres from waterfront,shops. Wide range of accommodation from Small Queen Studio,King Studios,King Studio Spa, One Bedroom(sleeps 3-4),Two bedroom(sleeps 4) and Large Family units(Sleeps 2-7 people)with Spa Bath and BBQ. Kitchens, Sky TV 19 channels(including 3 Aussie), Free WiFi, laundry, 2 with Spa baths, knowledgeable Kiwi operators to help you with tours in the Bay of Islands and throughout New Zealand. Special packages arranged.BBQ also available.New Fast Wifi System.Free 1GB Daily.Great Discounts for Tours. ... more   less 
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