We needed a hotel for the night unexpectedly, so I called the first one in the free tourism book and it was the Copthorne. We ended up staying in an Oceanview room and the room was very nice and near the pool, which is stunning. The grounds are beautiful. I thought it was a bit overpriced for us, but it did include a huge buffet breakfast and had we been bigger breakfast eaters it might have been a greater value. Unfortunately the hotel is a walk to downtown Paihia. There is a shuttle but it only runs until 5 so we had to get a cab. Not a big deal but there are plenty of hotels that are closer. So, overall I liked the hotel but the guests, on the whole, were incredibly rude. It seemed to be a popular stop for an older crowd and they were a cranky bunch in general. Apparently the staff got sick of being berated by them because they immediately tended to the older guests before us, including one time when we waited at the bar for a drink (mind you at 2 p.m.) for almost 20 minutes, watching everyone else get served first. I guess having been there once before, I wouldn't go back.
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