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Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   138 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #24 of 44 hotels in Paihia
London, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Ideal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This motel is ideally situated on the beach front a short walk to the town and local shops. A well stocked unit, good kitchen and facilities. Very warm when we visited in February and air con was not that powerful and only in the lounge so it took all night for any cool air to reach the bedroom. Good marks all round otherwise, an ideal place for a couple of nights while touring.

Room Tip: Upper level rooms are better as ground floor has parking spaces right outside your window.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shirley M, Manager at Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback and pleased to hear you found our property ideal for your needs. It is our aim to ensure our guests have a memorable stay in the Bay of Islands and your feedback is important to us. I hope you had a good trip home and will return to the Paihia in the future. Regards Shirley
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

A lovely location, near the beach at Paihia. This is a hotel that is worth booking the better apartments.
Our apartment was on the ground floor,next to the car parking. The apartment had a small, outdoor seating area, at the back, from the bedroom, not very interesting. Inside the apartment there was very little natural light, and if you opened the sheer net curtains, There was very little privacy. The oven was hard to use, even when we asked for assistance, from a member of staff. Our apartment was more like a motel, some of the apartments looked really good, but we did not see inside them.

Room Tip: book a more expensive room, with a view
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chapel Hill, NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This was our second time visiting the Bay of Islands and it was important to us to have a room with a view.. We reserved the room facing the ocean because we were going to spend three days mainly relaxing in the hotel. Upon arrival, we were shown our first floor ocean room, which had a great view of parked cars. Because we were an early arrival and great dissatisfaction on our part, we were moved to the second floor, which was what we had paid for! The huge glass doors completely opened up.

The rooms were spotless. Appreciated the kitchen amenities, like the fairly large refrigerator and dishwasher. Appreciated the milk provided daily. Kitchen supplies were more than adequate. Dresser space was lacking. Only had two very small drawers in the night stands. I ended up using the one drawer in the bathroom for clothes.

The outside walkways needed to be given the same attention as the inside rooms. Needed more attention.

We arrived by bus, so had to have a good central location.. The Sea Spray met all our Requirements. The treaty grounds, grocery store and center of Paihia were all within a comfortable walking distance.

Loved being able to hop a ferry and lunch in historic Russell.

Room Tip: Must insist on a second or third floor level. If you are not going to spend much time in the room...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We stayed at this accommodation for 2 nights. It was in an excellent location right across the road from the beach and not that far from the main shops. The staff were lovely and very helpful. The Suite was very clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The only downfall was the amount of stairs when having a lot of luggage and the fact that it is next to a nosiy mechanics who stays open till quite late at night.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

There is no view from any apartments other than the ones at the front and the cleaners take past 3pm to clean the rooms each day, far too long when you have a baby needing a nap. The room was sufficient and clean but I had expected better. However it is in quite a nice area in the fact that it is in walking distance of many attractions. Also the smoking below and drifting into our apartment was not nice.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shirley M, Manager at Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Hello Siandra, Thank you for taking the time to send your feedback. I appreciate your comments and it is important to us that we receive this feedback so we can continually look at ways to improve. I am pleased your found the location convenient for your needs, but sorry parts of your stay did not meet expectations and apologise for any any convenience with the untimely serving of your room. I agree, smoking is unacceptable when it affects other guests. If you choose to visit Paihia again in the future I would like to thimk you would consider staying with us at Seaspray Suites and choose a sea view suite. Regards Shirley
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Auckland
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for three nights with another couple in a two bedroom ocean view apartment. Great base, comfortable and spacious. Was clean and neat. If there was any niggle at all it would be that the shared bathroom (which could be treated as an ensuite by one of the rooms) was a little noisy in the middle of the night if you happened to be in the adjoining room.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

In all fairness we cannot complain one bit about this hotel. We booked one of the sea facing rooms, only 8 of them out of all the rooms, and was well worth the money. The room was clean and spaciuos, after all you are not in the Bay of Islands to stay in your room all day. The road outside is quiet even at the busy times of the day and will not disturb you whatever time of day. The centre of Paihia is only a short walk away, 5-10 mins, if not distracted by the views. A great base for any visit to the Bay of Islands and would definately stay there agian

Room Tip: Sea view room is a must
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: 138 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#18 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#23 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
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Hotel Class:4 star — Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection 4*
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