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Dolphin Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   69 Williams Road, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #13 of 44 hotels in Paihia
Auckland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We had a very enjoyable stay at the 'Dolphin Motel' and at an exceptionally reasonable price. The King Studio suite was roomy and comfortable having a good sized bathroom and separate kitchenette. Linen and bedding appeared brand new and décor generally was first rate. The kitchen is well equipped and the TV a large, modern flat screen. The room was quiet and an added benefit was being able to park our car for an extra night while we went on a boat cruise around the Bay of Islands. Its close proximity to town was an added advantage.
Paul provided a friendly welcome and is a very experienced manager which shows in the attention to detail in this motel. Will certainly stay again.

  • Stayed September 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, September 22, 2013
Many thanks for your great comments.It was a pleasure to have you.I try my hardest to give good Kiwi Hospitality and keep the standards in our property with added little extras at no cost.
Look forward to seeing you in Paihia again one day.
Paul
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

great recent stay up in the bay. The motel was good, big room, decent bathroom and kitchenette. The manager Paul was helpful and it wasnt too expensive. One or two tiny niggles but nothing really and the location despite no sea views was great

  • Stayed July 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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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Many thanks for your review and rating.Our location is great being right in the Heart of Paihia and 3 minute walking to shops,cafes and waterfront.Free Parking at all times(including when on tours).
We have some views from our upper floor,but our value reflects the price we charge.If on the waterfront the price increased greatly,and yet we are in a prime quiet location.Also great RSA 200 metres and fabulous food,and discounts on all tours.Free Wifi.
Kia Ora Paul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Clean modern and convenient. I saw no flaws here, the doors slid closed and the locks were new, felt comfortable here with a kitchen and a fairly sizable bath. My 3 night stay was top notch the details were thought out here, tables for two out side of each unit, ashtrays subtle and well disguised as pots and overall was one of the best I've seen in nz.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 6 ask for it! We got upgraded at no extra charge but probably due to the season.
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  • Stayed May 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, June 18, 2013
Once again thanks for another great review.Feel quite humble for all the good reviews and only showing good Kiwi Hospitality so you experience a great time in the Bay of Islands and New Zealand generally.Come back and see us sometime.
Paul
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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.

Room Tip: upstairs will not be accessible for wheel chair users
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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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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 hotel reviews
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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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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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6 hotel reviews
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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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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#13 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#14 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Motel 4*
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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