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“Work function - Weekend away” 5 of 5 stars
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Discovery Settlers Hotel
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   61 - 69 Hatea Drive, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #16 of 32 Whangarei B&B and Inns
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Work function - Weekend away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

A small group of us stayed at Discovery Settlers Hotel for a work function (2 nights). The rooms were lovely with a nice view of the river and the beds were very comfortable.
We used the Hatea room for our conference by day, which was exactly what we needed. The staff organised a delicious lunch for us and kept us refreshed with drinks.
By night we had dinner in their fantastic restaurant. The meals were served quite quickly and we thought the food was fantastic - great chef!
Thank you for a lovely stay, we will be back!

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  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Holladay, Utah
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172 reviews 172 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Stayed at the Settlers for three nights this month. The place is clean, the staff is very nice and helpful. They have free self serve laundry facilities, Good inexpensive wifi and a good continental breakfast. Within easy walking distance of downtown and water front activities and restaurants is also a plus. We had a street side room which you'd think would be noisy but it was extremely quiet. How do they do that? They must have some serious soundproofing on those sliders! I would recommend this hotel with no reservations.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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105 reviews 105 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This hotel was convenient and comfortable. We were there only one night and only required a bed for the night as we had other arrangements so sorry cannot comment on the restaurant nor the pool area (to my disappointment) but found the room spacious, lovely big open warddrobe and king bed. We were on the second floor (only two stories high) second or third on the left in from the main entrance. The property has a large frontage with huge trees which is lovely to look at from our window but unfortunately fill of prickles so wear shoes when wandering outside on the grass. The room was very clean and had the necessities (my only comments would be the large cobweb which was between the window and shutter in the bathroom could have been taken care of - not actually in the room and the window facing the road was difficult to open) otherwise very clean and tidy. Walking distance to town is approx 1 km.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

Went there for staff christmas function not impressed with the food. Large group, when our table got to food it was cold, roast vegetables were dry and over cooked. Selection was poor, no christmas pudding or cake, no icecream or cream, fruitsalad was out of a tin. Have had a lot nicer food there before, disappointing.

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

My husband and I were in a party of twelve friends staying in Whangarei for a friends 60th birthday we found the Settler,s Hotel fantastic, great rooms, lovely breakfasts, situated close to town we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Bit dated particularly the food service...Staff were friendly but it was all a bit disjointed, I opened the window but had to prop it up with a pen! Few niggly bits in the room that need some attention.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Canberra, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Generally good accommodation but definitely not on a warm spring day/night as the premium rooms (upstairs river view) do not have airconditioning nor air ventilation. Windows are unopenable (paint) and as balcony is shared with other rooms, leaving balcony door open all night is not an option. No fan other than a miniature split system heater that was useless. Only option was to swelter all night. Furthermore, smokers on either side partaking their habit on the balcony necessitated closing door because of cigarette odours. Overall, we were quite disappointed with the accommodation provided.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 61 - 69 Hatea Drive, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Whangarei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Whangarei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Discovery Settlers Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discovery Settlers Hotel, Perfectly positioned Colonial style Hotel with its in-house award winning Restaurant and Bar, nestled in Beautiful park like surrounds,a short stroll from the hotel will lead you along the riverside, down to the Town Basin; where the Whangarei marina bursts with international flavour. An assortment of colourful shops, and galleries can be found in this area. A short drive away lie the Whangarei Falls, a breathtaking waterfall and bushwalk in a beautiful native bush setting. Another 20 minutes on you will find yourself in the world-famous Tutukaka Harbour, gateway to the Poor Knights Islands. These Islands offer the most spectacular diving and snorkeling in New Zealand; with stunning underwater topography and a cornucopia colourful life. Dozens of white sand beaches, romantic paradise, or fun family getaway. These are just a few attractions Whangarei has to offer whether it's business, pleasure, domestic or international. Discovery Settlers is the place to stay in Whangarei. We look forward to hosting you. ... more   less 
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