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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 Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“great place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

this motel was great, spacious , convenient and run by a friendly motellier.
price was great, location was very convenient to the centre of town, and we were able to leave our car there while we took an overnight cruise.

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  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Many thanks for your great review and comments.It was a pleasure to have you stay.
Look forward perhaps to see you again some day.
Paul
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Rating summary
  • 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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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

I can't fault this motel. The room was clean, tidy. The bed was comfortable and the linen good quality. The bathroom was lovely and spacious. The owner is very friendly and helpful. Good location- close enough to the main centre but tucked away in a quiet street.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, June 18, 2013
Many thanks Zhan for you kind comments.Hopefully we will see you again one day.
All the best Paul
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cairns
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We were so pleased we chose to stay at The Dolphin. I was so worried about it after I'd booked. We wanted our first two night in NZ to be perfect, and they were. From the position - two minute walk to the town centre and ferry terminal, yet very quiet. Our room was spacious and spotlessly clean! The bed was so comfy; had the best sleeps. Paul the host is a wonderful man, full of info and very helpful. He is a great ambassador for NZ! We stayed for two nights and look forward to returning.
Best value for money.
Cathy & Bill

  • Stayed February 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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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
Kia Ora Bill and Cathy many thanks for your kind review,and glad you enjoyed the stay at our motel.
I pride myself to give out useful information and service which I see part of the Kiwi Hospitality experience.
I do hope you visit us again one day.
Many thanks Paul
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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
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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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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107 hotel reviews
Reviews in 96 cities Reviews in 96 cities
50 helpful votes 50 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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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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