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“Best Motel in New Plymouth” 5 of 5 stars
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The Dawson Motel
16 Dawson Street, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in New Plymouth
Havelock North, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Best Motel in New Plymouth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

All round excellence. Great location - close to main shopping area / CBD, coastal walk & Puke Ariki.
Modern spacious well appointed spotlessly clean quite units with very comfortable beds. We had Unit 16 which was upstairs with a sea view. Friendly helpful hosts / owners - told us about "Fresha" an excellent cafe / delicatessen nearby. Suggest you book well ahead as was fully booked for the 3 nights we stayed.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Hi Jim
Thanks for taking the time to post a review on your stay with us here at The Dawson Motel. Thrilled you enjoyed your time with us here in New Plymouth and that my recommendations were good.
We pride ourselves on our cleanless, appreicate the feedback ,thanks a heap.

Regards
Barb and Lloyd
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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ILKLEY
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129 reviews 129 reviews
75 hotel reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

All very nice.
Lovely modern room with every comfort.
Owner was lovely & apologised in advance for Wi-Fi problems which were no worse than many places.
Everything worked & we walked home safely from our town centre restaurant.
Good value. Very nice

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Hi Albert
Thanks for your review on your stay with us at The Dawson Motel. Always good to get good feedback. great that we are central to CBD and this allows you to walk into town for a meal and drink.

Regards
barb and Lloyd
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26 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This motel as a great find and not what we were expecting. A lovely greeting from our host who recommended the evening concert in the park which was great. The room was clean, spacious and had the fluffiest towels! Great bath with power shower over, choice of milk for the fridge and lovely big bed. The bikes were a great touch the next morning too.
Definitely recommended.

Room Tip: Traffic noise can't be avoided unfortunately
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Thanks guys for reviewing your stay with us here at The Dawson Motel.
Appreciate the great feedback on the bed and towels. We certainly get alot of feedback on our showers.
Hope you enjoyed your time in New Plymouth.

Regards
Barb and Lloyd
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

As a regular traveller to New Plymouth, I always stay at the Dawson.
Great sized rooms, quiet location, great decor and real home from home.

Bathrooms are a great quality and with heat pumps in every room and decent sized TV, it's all the busy traveller needs.

Hosts are always happy to help, and make you feel welcome. Nice one Barb!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Hi Richard
Thanks for your positive comments on your visits with us at The Dawson Motel. Appreciate the positive feedback, makes it all worth while.

Thanks
Barb and Lloyd
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

Having been on a road trip around the North Island we had stayed in a number of motels. We chose this one initially as it was the only one we could find, we're glad we did. The generous sized room was the trendiest looking we had seen in New Zealand, it had been equipped to a very very high standard with a beautiful bathroom and shower.
We had a room with a sea view which added to our stay.
The motel is only a short walk from the centre of town and the beach
If you want a motel in New Plymouth choose this one!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Hi Paul
Thanks for yor recent review of your stay with as at The Dawson Motel.
Thrilled that you rated us as the best you had stayed in in New Zealand.
Both Lloyd and I and our staff strive to give everyone a great experience and your comments make it all worth while.

regards
Barb and lloyd.
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We plunked down the $$ for a two bedroom kitchenette room and it was well worth the cost. Everything is new and clean, and all appliances worked well. Barb and Lloyd were great to work with and Barb surprised us with offering the hotel bikes for the beach board walk. We had a blast! If I'm ever back in New Plymouth this will be the place to stay.

Room Tip: We had room 5 with view out one of the bedrooms with ocean. On the end so very quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Hi Guys
Thanks for review of your stay with us at The Dawson Motel.
Pleased you enjoyed the 2 bedroom unit, we certainly get alot of positiv feedback on these.
The bikes are great for a summers day on the walkway and they get a lot of use this time of year.

regards
Barb and Lloyd
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

As a corporate traveller for Felton Industries who has stayed in most of the motels and hotels in New Plymouth over the last 10 years I feel this motel is tremendous in every respect. Big rooms, top quality chattels including a huge comfortable bed and the house keeping standards are always 100%. The owners Barb and Lloyd are warm and friendly and nothing is ever too much trouble for them .I enjoy a great shower and I certainly get it here .I stay a few days every month and am always impressed by the consistency shown in service and presentation.

Room Tip: I prefer upstairs rooms on the side which gives you a sew view.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Hi Willie
Thanks for the positive review you posted about The Dawson Motel. We love receiving good feedback . We appreicate your repeat business as well as the recommendation you give us to other travellers.

Regards
Barb and Lloyd
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Address: 16 Dawson Street, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in New Plymouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in New Plymouth The Dawson Motel opened in January 2011 providing affordable luxury for our guests.Whether visiting New Plymouth for business or pleasure , The Dawson Motel is the ideal destination for those seeking comfort and superior service.Guests can enjoy stylish interiors in our 23 suites with 19 studios with a number interconnecting to give greater flexibility, two one bedroom and two two bedroom suites. ... more   less 
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