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“Old, tired and probably overpriced for what it is.” 2 of 5 stars
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Apple Motor Inn
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   409 Railway Rd | Raureka, Hastings 4112, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #20 of 21 Hotels in Hastings
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Old, tired and probably overpriced for what it is.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Furniture is well worn. Its tidy but in desprate need of some investment to up date and ensure things like drainage is in working order as shower doesn't drain properly. I know motel prices increase during peek times but there is a point where it just becomes price gouging and results in people feeling absolutely taken advantage of. Considering price is taken as an indication of what quality to expect in this case, compared to the price paid, it was severely lacking even taking into consideration it was a high demand period. This doesn't reflect well on NZ.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

took the family to Splash planet for the weekend and stayed at this motel. it was clean, tidy and friendly staff. I had no complaints or concerns. On site swimming pool was great for the kids and easy walk to town.

Room Tip: Pool view rooms were the best
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Room basically OK. Bed comfortable, quiet fan and fridge, nice crockery and clean surfaces. Let down by a filthy old shower, with little water pressure, no where to put soap or shampoo and dangerous for those with sight difficulties or elderly with two floor levels in and out of shower. Filthy shower curtain. No coat hangers or anywhere comfortable to sit. No extra pillows. Disappointing Motel and expensive for what is on offer.

Room Tip: Upstairs have a tiny balcony and a view over the pool.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Nothing much to brag about staying here as we were only here for the night. Price of this unit was $120 and for that you got a queen bed and single bed, tv, microwave, toilet and shower!compare this to a 5 star spa resort we had the next night in Taupo we got a whole lot more than this for only an extra $15 a night. The light bulb flickered in the bathroom which made it very dark and dim by the morning the light gave way so we showered in the dark! Space is so tight in this unit so definitely do not recommend for the family traveller. It was ok for us as we were only a couple who needed a bed for the night. There is a swimming pool but just looking at it from our balcony it looked like it hasn't had a good clean in a long time, i could be wrong about this but we didn't bother swimming in it. Rooms have no AC and it was summer so it got quite hot and stuffy however opening the balcony door brought in a good breeze. Staff were friendly, can't comment on service as we didn't need it. We only travelled 5 hours from Auckland to go to Splash Planet so location wise it was handy and quite close to everything. In hastings there is not much to do so the quick stay was perfect for us and like I said this place is really nothing to brag about and we only booked here because it was the cheapest place we could find with 2 rooms available for the same night and close to where we needed to go! Not sure if I would recommend it to anyone but probably wouldn't pay the same price for that room...perhaps $95-$100 is more reasonable!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for somewhere cheap - but not something below standards. We paid for 2 nights but wish we didn't. The room was just tiny - the bed felt like it was from 100 years ago. Woke up with aching body every morning. I opted for the floor through out the stay to see which one was comfortable. The bathroom was yuck! It felt like a public toilet where you could feel that it was dirty. No shower curtains - the TV was a box that sat on desk & took up most of the room. The tea & coffee looked as though it was there 6 months earlier. Was given milk on arrival tk be told hey theres no fridge in your room. So where do you want me to store the milk? December? Summer? ... hmmm...Asked if their was a communal kitchen only to be shown a communal rubbish place they call a kitchen? That had an oven disgustingly filthy, microwave with stains & food stuck to it for almost a year & just wanted to spew walking into the kitchen. This place is so wore down that you better paying extra $10 to get abit of service. The staff was not friendly & quiet snotty. But who could forget the Pickers that roam around as if it's their home - making you feel quiet unsafe cause all they do is stand around & watch you as you come in & out of the place. Don't stay here! Its not worth your money. Stay away from here if you can!!! Made my first visit to Hastings in December a painful experience!! Worst accommodation ever...

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I almost didn't book here after reading some of the reviews but I am glad I did...My experience was bloody awesome!!!!I think some of the reviewers need to take a good look at themselves before placing there reviews and if they want 5 star then pay the price if you want clean and affordable and friendly then book here.Highly recommended...A big thanks to Rob and Stacy

Room Tip: The staff are really friendly and will answer any questions you may have and will book you into the...
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  • Stayed January 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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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Highly disapointed with this motel. Manger was friendly when we arrived but was all down hill frim there. We booked a budget room thinking it would b all we needed, which it was (a bed, tv, toilet and shower) and at $66 a night for these few things i thought they would be at a decebt standed, boy was a wrong!
The toilet didnt flush properly, the shower floor was very slippery, there was missing bits of skirting board and dents in the walls in the bathroom. One of the spot lights above.the bed didnt work, we swapped bulbs and it still didnt go. The plug looked extremly dodgy, there was no smoke alarm, the tv remote only.turned the tv off, the volume down button on the tv turned it up and changed the channel. Then to top it off we arrived baxk the 2nd.night of our stay to a huge coackroach in the bathroom and 1 on the wall by our bed...and they were big! We both wrote a facebook status about our coackroach problem and tagged apple motor inn in them and were then blocked from their page. This tells me they knew of that problem but dont want to deal with it....or perhaps they knew that we would write a bad review on their page.and wanted ro avoid it.
Budget room or not this was unacceptable and i definitely will not be staying their again.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 409 Railway Rd | Raureka, Hastings 4112, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Hastings
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 21 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Apple Motor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Budget accommodation only 290 metres from the centre of town. Friendly staff invite you to enjoy our all weather barbecue area, spa and swimming pool. Relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere within walking distance of town. ... more   less 
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