We chose this hotel based on Tripadvisor reviews and took reviewers advice to request a room with a view of the Bay of Islands. This required booking a 2 room suite but it was definitely worth it. The view was outstanding, the suite was excellent - 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living room area - with lots of amenities - washer and dryer, dishwasher, etc. Free internet connectivity and free parking. Other reviewers have mentioned that the furniture is a bit worn, but this hotel's location is so perfect, the furniture just doesn't matter. There is no better location in Paihia as the hotel is located directly next to a row of restauarants and shops on the Bay and a quick walk to the wharf where you can catch a ferry to the lovely town of Russell.