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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very clean and comfortable units, well equipped kitchen, good shower and pleasant atmosphere. Helpful local advice from owner. We had unit 1 which had a great view of the harbour. Would thoroughly recommend.

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay and found your accommodation to your liking! It is very nice to know that you feel able to recommend our motel so thank you! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Robbinsville, North Carolina
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Portobello Motel should be one of your choices. The facility is well attended and comfortable and clean as well as offering a spectacular view of the Bay. We found this to be centrally located for our needs, offering close proximity to the Albatross Center, and a private beach, as well as being close to Dunedin. Sue and Keith could...

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind and generous review! We love to hear that our guests have thoroughly enjoyed their experience of both the motel and the Peninsula !! It was a pleasure to have you here, thank you for choosing us! kind regards, Sue and Keith

Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Head and shoulder above any other accommodation we have used whilst in New Zealand! Really friendly, helpful hosts. Cannot fault this place in any way. Fabulous views across the bay which Inwill treasure for many years to come! Visited Larnach Castle and the Albatross Sanctuary whilst we were there. Both within easy reach. Close to Dunedin yet far enough away...

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

We're thrilled to bits to receive your lovely review!! It's everything we strive to achieve so thank you for taking the time to let other travellers know! The Peninsula has such a lot to offer, peace and quiet being one of it's attributes!! Thanks agin it is much appreciated. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All our needs were accommodated, space was clean and in good working order, and staff was friendly. The proprietor, Keith, even offered a discount on an unoccupied unit after noticing that we were squeezing 6 people into our 2 bedroom suite.

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Dear SirFrank! Thankyoud for your review. Pleased we could make your stay even more comfortable!! Hope you enjoyed Christmas and thank you for staying with us!! Happy New Year! Sue and Keith

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here three nights and found it perfect in every way. The friendly, helpful welcome we received set the tone for a wonderful few days. Our studio was spacious, spotlessly clean, well equipped, very comfortable and had fabulous views. There were a range of places to eat and we tried three different ones - all were excellent. My husband...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We were delighted to host your stay on the peninsula and it's very gratifying to know you enjoyed every aspect of it!! Happy New Year!! Kind regards, Sue Keith, Jack and Barney

Auckland
Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

A very good choice for staying in the dunedin area but not wanting to be in the city centre. Situated in a beautiful location out of the city overlooking the harbour, it is quiet and picturesque. An ideal location for taking advantage of the royal albatross & penguin colonies. The units are spacious and very comfortable. The hosts are also...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review! We're very pleased you liked what we have to offer!! We hope you come again before too long! Happy New Year to you!! Kind regards, Keith and Sue

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 16, 2016

Very welcoming, clean, quiet, comfortable and overall convenient for village to replenish amenities, there's a great fish and chip take away. We wanted to see the albatross, penguins etc and our hosts arranged a tour which was excellent. Keith and Sue and delightful and their dogs, Barny and Jack deserve a mention too!

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Many thanks from all 4 of us for your review!! It's great to hear that our guests seeing and doing all they can while they're here. Yesterday there were 2 big sea lions coming up onto Allans Beach then gliding back into the sea, only to reappear further along the beach. Happy New Year!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Letchworth, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 13, 2016

A great place to stay for exploring Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. We travelled as a party of four (two couples) and booked two adjoining one bedroom units, both of which were roomy, clean and comfortable with good views. The owners were very helpful and gave us some good sight seeing suggestions. The best of these was an evening trip...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review!! We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay and found everything to your liking. The blue penguins continue to delight people and we've had great weather for Albatross viewing!! Thank s again. Happy New Year! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Boulder, CO
Reviewed December 6, 2016

We really enjoyed our stay at eh Portobello Motel, up on the hill overlooking the harbor/inlet. The owners were very friendly & helpful. The rooms clean and modern. We'd definitely stay again. Portobello is maybe a half an hour drive out the peninsula from Dunedin on either a very windy shoreline or very windy hilltop road. There are great almost...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review!! It was obviously very windy when you were here!! I'm pleased to say it isn't always like that! Yes the local walks are lovely, short or long. The beaches are long, golden and empty except for the odd fur seal and sealion! Magic. Have a happy Christmas and peaceful new year. Kind...

West Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Four of us shared a two-bedroom unit here recently. The owners accommodated our late arrival due to earthquake-influenced plan changes. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this clean, cheerful unit. Nice teas and great plunger coffee. Hosts were very welcoming and fun to talk with. Good beds and pillows and the off-road location means quieter at night although the peninsula hardly...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review!! We were so pleased to be able to accommodate you after your earthquake experience!! We're delighted you were comfortable and thank you very much for choosing our motel. Have a happy and peaceful Christmas ad New Year Kind regards Sue and Keith

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Motel is set back off the main road through the little village of Portobello. The setting is peaceful and quiet. Our 4 studio rooms have lovely views over Portobello Harbour.Our 2 one-bedroomed and 2-two bedroomed cottages, whilst not having harbour views, are both spacious and comfortable.All the units come fully equipped for self catering although the delightful 1908 Restaurant is situated just across the road from the end of our drive. The Hotel next door has a Bistro bar, providing good food and beer and the Penguin Cafe offers hot and cold snacks and picnics. The local shop is well stocked too.The Portobello Motel is only 20 minutes from Taiaroa Head where the Royal Albatross , sea lions,seals, penguins and many sea birds are to be found.There are some lovely walks in the area too. Bring your binoculars for wildlife watching! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Portobello Motel

Address: 10 Harington Point Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin > Portobello
Price Range: $105 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Portobello Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“Some rooms have sea views”
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“A unit overlooking the water is best”
 of 5 bubbles Edwards72, Dec 16, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are going to be lovely and similar in noise level, which is none except if someone arrives and talks loudly in the car park!”
 of 5 bubbles LookingForFamilyFun, Nov 21, 2016 | Read review
“Best views: Habour view studio”
 of 5 bubbles CrazyCrunch, Sep 10, 2016 | Read review
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