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“Friendly but dated.” 3 of 5 stars
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Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   3 Bayview Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand   |  
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$10 off room rate
Ranked #2 of 44 hotels in Paihia
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Friendly but dated.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Lovely owner/operators, very friendly and helpful, good location on a side street off the main road.
It's nothing flash, quite dated. I wouldn't stay here again as we thought it was overpriced for what it was.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Maureen & Phil are Fantastic Hosts. Our Stay at Swiss Chalet this summer was Fantastic. With its beautiful Gardens and best of locations in Paihia, Swiss Chalet will be our first pick on our next Paihia visit.

The Ferry and shopping/restaurants are so close that it was a No brainer for our family .. and we are so glad we did! It Truly felt like our home away from home for the week..
Thanks Phil and Maureen, We didn't want to leave!!!!! . see you on our next trip up North.. Brett & Family, Auckland

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

A very nice place to stay. The room is always clean and used towels are replaced daily. Tea and coffee facility and a kitchenette is available. The hosts - Phil and Maureen - are very friendly and helpful.

The weather was terrible during our first 3 days with rain on and off but we still tried go to as many attractions we could go to. It is very good that Swiss Chalet has under cover car parking that we did not get wet getting in and out of the car and the motel. Even the reception area is accessible from the undercover parking.

Our room has sea view so even with bad weather, the view was still great.

It is 100 metres away to the Reef Restaurant at Kingsgate Hotel which is a very nice restaurant serving buffet dinner. The place is less than 200 metres away from the Paihia mall.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Family room 2 which is on the first floor has a view of the sea. When you book, ask the host - Maure...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Briarcliff Manor, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Maureen & Phil made my 9 day stay an absolute pleasure. Whether they were recommending and booking a day trip, suggesting the best local restaurants, driving me to the airport or to the start of my hike, or showing me how they kept the roses so beuatiful - the perfect hosts. The room also was impeccably clean and fetaured a cooking kitchen for the few nights I dined in.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We loved it here so much, it was our home from home and had everything we needed! Our 4 nights stay ended up as 7. Hosts Phil and Maureen were so friendly, welcoming & helpful and had lots of suggestions for places to visit and booked trips for us during our stay. The room was light and spacious and had plenty of drawer & wardrobe space to unpack. Beds were comfy, towels fluffy & tea & coffee etc replenished daily. If required there is nice fast wireless internet access. The location is spot on, only a few hundred meters from the sea with a lovely beach walk from one end of Paihia to the other. Unlike some of the accommodation in Paihia, Swiss Chalet is situated with level walks to the sea and town, no hills to navigate after a long day sight-seeing!! Try to spend some time in Paihia. It's a lovely little town worth exploring with a variety of shops & eateries within walking distance. It also has a couple of places to buy proper NZ ice-cream!! This really is a fab place to stay, we only hope we find places half as nice as this for the rest of our travels!! :-)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Thank you for your lovely review of our property. We just love having visitors from New Zealand and from all over the world to Paihia and we endeavour to look after everyone. We are proud of the lovely Bay of Islands so we do try to help people enjoy the area as we do. Being so handy to everything does make a very convenient place to stay. We have just upgraded our WiFi system so that everyone in the motel gets really fast internet service. We would love to have you come back again one day.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

What a beautiful place to stay. We could not fault the Swiss Chalet at all. Our accommodation was 1st Class, spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated and tastefully furnished. Maureen and Phil could not have been more friendly and helpful. We had originally booked to stay 3 nights but extended our visit to 5 nights as we enjoyed staying here so much. We are seasoned travellers and we agree this is one of our favourite places to stay.

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Remetschwil
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Hosts, Maureen and Phil are lovely, welcoming and friendly people! The rooms come with kitchenette, basic toiletries, tea, coffee and fresh milk, very welcome after a longish drive! The rooms are very clean and comfortable, with 1980s decor. Excellent location, only 1 minute walk to the seafront, 5 minute walk to the centre if Paihia and the harbour for getting boat trips and the ferry to Russell and only a lovely 30 min beach/seafront walk to the Treaty grounds at Waitangi. Good value for money, very friendly, what more can a tourist wish for!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Swiss Chalet Hotel
Swiss Chalet Motel
Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands
Address: 3 Bayview Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#2 Family Hotel in Paihia
#2 Business Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer the ultimate 4-star motel accommodation in the beautiful Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Our modern, fully self-contained units sleep 1-10 people, have balconies, some with stunning sea views and are only metres from Paihia waterfront. The prime central location places you within 1 minute's walk from Paihia wharf, beach, shops and cafes. The many exciting attractions and activities on offer around the Bay are at your feet. ... more   less 
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