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“Very nice place to stay in Paihia” 4 of 5 stars
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Dolphin Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   69 Williams Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #13 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Very nice place to stay in Paihia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a really enjoyable stay at the Dolphin Motel. Paul was extremely helpful in helping us with activities and kindly helped sort things out for the rest of our time in New Zealand. A very warm welcome for a motel in a great location to see the Bay of Islands

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Perth, Australia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A few minutes stroll in to town, parking and free wifi, not to mention a cold beer on arrival. Our unit was cosy but had everything we needed. The manager Paul very helpful. Recommended the RSA for dinner, good choice, cheap and cheerful. Also arranged a Hole in the Rock trip for us, at such a good rate, won't say what it is, Had a wonderful stay in the Beautiful Bay of Islands. This is not posh but clean, comfortable, friendly and good value.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are a couple with two young kids coming from US. We enjoyed a lot our spacious, comfortable and clean one bedroom apartment at Dolphin motel. Paul was an excellent host. The place is nice and quiet and very close to the center. It would be nice if the check-in time was a extended.

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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Pleasant stay in Paihia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW
Thanks for your comments and rating it was a pleasure to have you.I noticed your comment on our check in time.Normally its up to 8pm.However if any guests arrive later we are happy to arrange to leave keys in rooms with internet access (up to 2GB itinitially) if the guest advises by email or they can call out toll free number.All the best and have a safe trip around New Zealand and back to the States.
All the best Paul
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time staying here. The unit had everything we needed and the owner was kind enough to lend us his DVD player. Great location and at an affordable price. Would definitely recommend this motel and would stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thanks Laura for your kind comments.Yes we have DVD players for use and a large library of movies for guests to enjoy.
Plus the latest movies and sports channels on Sky.
Look forward to seeing all back here in the future.
Paul
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Birrong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two couples in a two bedroom unit. Hugh unit, more like a flat. Well kept and very clean, getting a bit used. Offstreet parking. Everything works as it should, located just a short walk up from the village (almost opposite the RSA, good place for dinner). Very helpful manager, Paul. Good value accommodation.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Many thanks for your kind comments and review.Glad you found the unit to your satisfaction.
Look forward to seeing you back here sometime.
Paul
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Sydney, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two couples from Australia, we spent four nights at the Dolphin. We found host Paul outstanding, he was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

The two bedroom unit was huge and very clean but a bit tired in a couple of areas. The location is perfect with about 300 meters to the water after passing through the local shopping centre. (Aussie spelling)

Paul will book local excursions for you when you get there which is handy for working around any bad weather on the bay.

I highly recommend this accommodation.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thanks John for your review and comments.Yes the unit is our most popular as it is very large with full kitchen,air con,spa bath,BBQ,Great for families.We try too keep up the standard in the unit.Yes I can organise all activities and trip with some great discounts.
Hope you had a good trip back to Australia.
Paul
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Groningen
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice room. Clean. Good location.Helpful friendly people. Dinner at the RSA across the road is a must. Great food. Shame the noisy neighbours and bad luck there were painters right outside very early and noisy too. Paul was very helpful and very friendly

  • Stayed November 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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, 3 weeks ago
Yes it was a pleasant meeting you.I apologise about the noise we are endeavoring to do maintainence work before holiday period.However as we have been nearly 100% full most nights in the off peak period it been difficult to schedule.However if it was a problem I would have been happy to change rooms if you had mentioned it to me.
Hope you have a good trip back to The Netherlands.All the best Paul
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Address: 69 Williams Road, Paihia 0200, 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
#10 Family Hotel in Paihia
#15 Romantic 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 5 minutes flat walking from waterfront,shops. Wide range of accommodation from Small Queen Studio(Basic Facilities),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. Free WiFi with 2GB, Laundry. 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.Great Discounts for Tours. ... more   less 
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