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Colonial on Tay
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   335 Tay Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #19 of 33 Hotels in Invercargill
Dartford, United Kingdom
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129 hotel reviews
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573 helpful votes 573 helpful votes
“Super value and helpful owners”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2009

A family suite with 5 beds for NZ$120 - this was one of the bargains of our NZ tour! Lots of space for the 2 of us, very helpful proprietors who guided us to a super restaurant (Elegance at 148 on Elles), and to a nearby church on the Sunday morning. Not too far to the town centre as well.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2008

We stayed here for one night enroute to Stewart Island. The cottage we got was the 2 bedroom unit (room number 5 from memory).

It was a clean, comfortable neat little unit. Unit was tastefully decorated and the ambience felt like you were at Nana's home.

The bedding was comfortable the shower/toilet was clean. This unit had a kitchen facility (which we requested on booking) and the hotel hosts were terrific.

Hotel was just off the main highway and it was close to service stations and grocery shops. This was ideal as we were cooking our food that night rather then going to a restaurant.

The night we stayed there, Invercargill was cold due to it going into the winter season. But the room was warm and the beds had electric blankets - which was excellent!

Room was also reasonably priced - and would highly recommend this hotel to other travellers. I would definately stay there again

  • Liked — Tidy / Clean / Nice hosts
  • Disliked — Nothing!!
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2007

I have nothing but good things to say about The Colonial Motor Inn and its management.

I, my two young sons, a friend and my mother stayed here in a two bedroom unit during a very sad time in our lives, and upon finding out what had happened to us, the management pulled out all the stops for us. Christine (the owner and manager) allowed me to use her personal computer to pay bills online, they brought breakfast to our room, everything was spotless, comfortable and functional. Christine also helped me with everything from the washing, directions and food recommendations to finding packing materials for sentimental items that needed protecting on the flight home.

There was plenty of space for five people, and the beds are clean, comfy and have electric blankets. There is a large cupboard space and bedside tables. It's a perfect home away from home, with a fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom and everything a person could ever need.

I only regret not having written this review sooner and I hope that Christine gets to read it.

I would recommend the Colonial for anyone wishing to stay in Invercargill and I will never stay anywhere else.

  • Liked — The absolutely wonderful owners
  • Disliked — nothing, loved it all
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 335 Tay Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Invercargill
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #19 of 33 Hotels in Invercargill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Colonial on Tay 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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