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“I didn't get past the office.” 1 of 5 stars
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Mataki Motel
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   34 Hotham Street, Murchison, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 hotels in Murchison
Hamilton, NZ
1 review
“I didn't get past the office.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2010

I booked a budget unit online and received a confirmation. When I arrived, the manager discovered that they’d made an error and double-booked the room. He had one unit available which he offered to me at a substantially higher cost than the original booking. When I suggested that the booking was a contract that he should honour, his terse reply was “it doesn’t work that way.” Well excuse me! How does an online booking work? I’m pleased to say that all of the other moteliers who I told the story to were appalled that he’d taken such a stance. One even said that she would no longer recommend Mataki Motel to her guests. The moral of this story - if you want your booking guaranteed, choose somewhere else.

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2010

My wife & I stayed at the Mataki Motel for a night on our travels between other locations in NZ. It is situated in a back street and has a very quiet location. It was within easy walking distance of Murchison village which had adequate (if not exceptional) facilities to get a meal.

Whilst it is clearly a motel with all their limitations, it had it's own kitchenette facilities. For a small additional charge, the owners (Bill & Maureen) are willing to provide an adequate continental breakfast delivered in the evening for you to eat at your leisure next morning- just what we needed and something that isn't available at all motels.

The bed was comfortable, there was a small seating area and a shower room. There appeared to be rather nicer units for anyone wishing to stay longer than we did.

All told, a rather better experience than we expected from a motel.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mataki Motel

Address: 34 Hotham Street, Murchison, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Murchison
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 hotels in Murchison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mataki Motel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mataki Motel offers clean and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price. 16 self-contained units: • 12 units sleep 1-3 • 4 family units sleep 1-6 • All non-smoking units • Serviced daily ... more   less 
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