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Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   3 Bayview Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #8 of 44 hotels in Paihia
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Winter special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We took advantage of the winter special and spent 6 nights here in a studio unit. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the unit and facilities were great with a nice deck to enjoy the morning sun, the heater and electric blanket being of great benefit in the winter, and of course the location is perfect. Whilst this is an older style motel, we could not fault it. The proprietors were a very warm homely couple, always enquiring as to how our day had been. We would certainly recommend this motel to anyone wishing to spend time in Paihia.

  • Stayed August 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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  • Location
    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
    5 of 5 stars
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Aberdeen, Scotland
Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

What a great, comfortable stay we had in the Swiss Chalet during our two night stop in Paihia. I did look at other places in Paihia but glad I chose this place after we drove past some of the other possibilities I’d also looked at!!

Phil was very welcoming when we arrived and showed us into our ground floor unit specifically requested as we knew by this point in our holiday our bags would be heavy and didn’t want to haul them up/down stairs.

The one bed unit was very spacious and more than did us. There was a fully fitted out kitchen complete with dining table but we just used the contents to eat out take away food and drink rather than cook from scratch. The bathroom had a massive walk in shower although care had to be taken not to saturate the whole of the bathroom with water! For once we actually got the whole range of SKY channels not just the usual one or two we had in other properties.

There was an on-site guest laundry that you could use to wash & dry clothes in for $6.

You got 200MB of free wifi each day which just about managed to do us although we did run out just before we were due to check out.

  • Stayed July 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We chose this accommodation initally because of the great winter special they were offering and we were very pleased on arriving at the reception we received from Phil who could not do enough for us even carrying our bags up to the unit.The apartment was spotlessly clean and was kept that way during our three day visit and everything inside worked perfectly which isint always the case.We will certainly return and would reccomend this property.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Moscow, Russia
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Almost three years passed since I stayed there (September, 2010). I promised Maureen to leave my opinion on the property here, and I'm really sorry for such an unacceptable delay. Busyness and laziness are the only possible excuses. No, there is one more excuse: being a
permanent reader of Tripadvisor reviews, I almost never write anything myself. It even took a bit of time to recall my password to sign in.

Still, as I normally keep my word, here is my short review.

The place is OK. There were few guests in the hotel during our stay (low season), and we were upgraded to the suite free of charge. Special thanks to both Phil and Maureen for this courtesy.

So, advantages of the place are:

1. Very convenient location.
2. Amazing views. Of course, the higher the better, therefore the upper floor is the best choice. Downloaded a picture of our balcony view as a proof.
3. Good rooms, clean and convenient for living.
4. Very helpful owners.

Drawbacks? In my view, nothing essential. Of course, one might always complain that the place is overpriced, and it is never easy to argue. Nevertheless, I believe that Swiss Chalet is priced quite reasonably: I used to live in NZ, and have a lot of experience with local accommodations to compare.

Can this help after three years? I hope yes. Things change, but if the owners of any place are attentive to their customers and prone to stick to certain standards of their services, the benchmark normally always stays at a high level whatever is happening.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Ayr, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

On a motoring tour of New Zealand in April, we headed north of Auckland to the Bay of Islands for a couple of days. We decided to stay in Paihia, as it was a convenient base from which to cover this most scenic of areas, such as Russell and Waitaki. We chose to stay at the Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel. Booking in for 2 nights to a front facing room overlooking the Bay, we found this Lodge to be very comfortable, spotlessly clean, well appointed and excellent value for the quality it offered. Run by charming and very helpful proprietors, we had a good range of restaurants nearby, within a short walk. One restaurant deserving a mention, was the one on the pier, offering lovely fresh seafood reasonably priced.

Room Tip: A view of the Bay is worthwhile.
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  • Stayed April 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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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We were greeted after a long drive through a rainstorm by a very friendly, host, Phil, who could not do enough for us. We immediately began to feel better. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and everything we could need was in place. The apartment was comfortable and the undercover parking was a bonus in the rain and would be good in the height of summer to keep the car cool. Our only slight issue was the room smelt a little musty - but it was winter and it had probably been closed up for a while. This soon cleared after we had been in for a little while. The washing and drying facilities were excellent and it is ideally situated within Paihia. As it is very slightly away from the centre, it would probably be a little less noisy than some properties in the height of summer. .We would have no hesitation in recommending The Swiss Chalet to friends and would happily return ourselves.

Room Tip: Room 2 was good, just at the top of the stairs. There is no swimming pool or restaurant, but the web...
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  • Stayed June 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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Surfers Paradise, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We found Maureen and Phil to be wonderful hosts , very helpful with what to go and where eat our room was upgraded so that was a nice treat . Room was clean and cosy with a beautiful view of the bay .We found the Swiss Chalet to be very good value for money if we come to the bay of islands we would stay here again .... Fiona Josie and Leesa (the Aussie girls )

  • Stayed May 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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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, May 25, 2013
Thank you for your review, it was great to have you here and we enjoyed the fact that we could upgrade you. I know that you all had fun and we would love to see you again, all the best from Maureen and Phil.
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Address: 3 Bayview Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Paihia
#5 Family Hotel in Paihia
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#6 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#6 Luxury 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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