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“Hospitality, location and comfort - a wonderful stay.” 5 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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Ranked #6 of 42 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Hospitality, location and comfort - a wonderful stay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

What a place! Phil was fabulous via email when we were looking at booking months before our stay (book direct if you can as we got a better rate) and Maureen went out of her way to welcome us and also ensure we were getting the most out of the area over our 3 night stay. Local knowledge is priceless and as we had a hire car we ventured to places we would not have visited otherwise and it was a great day. The rooms are very comfortable and spacious with all you need for self catering yet the motel is so close to everything and some very good restaurants you don't need to cook. Its also very convenient for breakfast or take away to bring back to the room after a big day out and that worked for us. Old fashioned hospitality the way I remember when my 3 brothers and I had family holidays with my parents, who are now in their 70's, and also a delight for my 17 yr old daughter who enjoyed the free wifi and is as almost as fussy as her mum! The red and white impatiens in the flower boxes actually make this place stand out from the surrounding motels and give this place more character than any of them, a great insight to your stay.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Hi Monique, What a lovely review. We are so pleased you and your daughter had such a good time together. We do try to make everyone feel comfortable and we spend time making the motel look lovely - just like a Swiss Chalet. There is so much to see in Kerikeri and all around the Bay of Islands that we always try to help guide people so that they make the most of their time here. We would love to have you come to stay again at some time. Regards, Maureen and Phil.
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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, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Just returned from spending New Years celebrations in Paihia and stayed at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel. We were part of a group of 3 couples and the owners thoughtfully placed us together in adjacent rooms. Rooms kept clean and tidy and freshened up daily. Centrally located so that we didn't need to drive anywhere. We will definitely be back! Jo B

  • Stayed December 2013, 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, January 6, 2014
Hi Jo
Thank you for your lovely review. Its great that you all enjoyed your stay with us. We always try to put people travelling together in units side by side as this is usually more fun than being separated. New Years Eve in Paihia is fantastic with the fireworks display and all the celebrations. Maybe you will join us again next year. All the best for 2014, Phil and Maureen
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Australia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We had a 3 bedroom chalet on the 1st floor with balconies that can view the sea. The motel is within walking distance to jetty and restaurants. We met Maureen who booked us for our 90mile beach tour and introduce us to some lovely restaurants too. The place was clean and tastefully furnished and we even had a spa in the chalet. There is however only 1 bathroom cum toilet in this chalet but with some organisation, we had no trouble at all.

We were truly happy with the accommodation and Maureen was very friendly too. It had certainly made our holiday in Paihia a very enjoyable one. Thank you, Maureen.

  • Stayed December 2013, 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, January 6, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review of our property. The top floor 3 bedroom apartment is just perfect for families. It was lovely to have you stay with us and hope that you are able to return some day. Regards, Maureen and Phil
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Katikati, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Have just returned from a fabulous holiday from Paihia, Bay of islands. I stayed at the Swiss Chalet Motel. What a wonderful Motel that is. Could not fault it, just perfect for me. Phil and Maureen the owners are very proud of their motel and went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable.
The locals are very friendly and there are lots of activities. But I wanted a restful holiday. So everyday i visited Cellinis ice cream and espresso bar and tried to work my way through all the different move and pick ice cream flavours. I did not succeed but I will return Richard (he is the owner). Thank you Phill and Maureen and all you lovely locals of Paihia for a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, December 22, 2013
Hi Jean, thank you for writing such a lovely review of our property. It was great to have you stay with us and we hope that you had a good rest. It sounds like you enjoyed the Movenpick Icecream as much as we do. All the best for 2014 for you and your family from Maureen and Phil.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

The motel is close to shops and within walking distance of Ti Beach. The room had everything we needed and was clean and fresh. The motel had beautiful red and white flowers, which reminded us of Switzerland. The bed was comfortable and the hosts welcoming.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, December 22, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review of our property. As you can see we spend loads of time trying to make our motel as lovely as possible for our guests to enjoy. You don't need to use your car while you are here as we are so close to all the activity in Paihia. Have a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2014.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We've been regular visitors to Paihia over the years, but were lucky enough recently to discover the Swiss Chalet. The location is absolutely perfect and the rooms are clean, comfortable and very well appointed. The hosts Phil and Maureen share a genuine pleasure for customer service and nothing ever seems to be a bother. This motel certainly tops any place we've previously stayed in, so we certainly be back.

Room Tip: Upstairs for a large family gathering!
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  • Stayed December 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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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, December 22, 2013
Hi Roses and Lyndsay, It is always fabulous to have you stay with us - I love it when people enjoy Paihia as much as you do. Have a lovely Xmas, Maureen and Phil
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Lovely hosts - great location. Room was nice and clean and tidy. Nothing was too much trouble- cot was all set up ready to go when we arrived. Having wifi was an added bonus as this kept the teens busy on iPads.

Even though we have family in the bay, we would definitely stay here again and have already recommended to others

  • Stayed December 2013, 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 18, 2013
Hi Andrea and William. Thank you for your lovely review of our property. It was lovely to have you stay with us and to know that you enjoyed your holiday with your family. We would love to have you back again one day. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year.
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Additional Information about Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel

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 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#3 Family Hotel in Paihia
#4 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#8 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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