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Nashville, Tennessee
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tucked away from Dunedin on part of the Otago Peninsula is Portobello and the Portobello Motel. It was charming! Located in the town, it is off the road just enough to be quiet as a mouse and yet close enough to walk to restaurants, cafes, and a really great little Fish & Chip shop. We enjoyed sitting on our deck,...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a wonderful three days in Dunedin thanks to the Portobello Motel taking care of our last minute lodging request during a busy back to college week. We greatly appreciate Jenny, Keith and Sue for suggesting local activities. A wonderful stay.

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

Many thanks for the review. It was entirely our pleasure to be able to help you out with somewhere to stay at such a busy time. You need a few days to really enjoy the Peninsula as there is so much to see so we're very pleased you enjoyed it!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were travelling as 2 couples and the Portobello seemed, through Trip Advisor reviews, to be just what we were looking for. It was out of the city and close to the tip of the Otago Peninsula. It was in the small hamlet of Portobello which proved to have a few other "diamonds" other than the motel. Sue was a...

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

Thank you for your very nice review. I'm delighted I was able to field your questions satisfactorily!! We hope you really enjoyed your New Zealand holiday... we would be delighted to see you back again!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Returned to the Portabello Motel in February,still as good as ever.Comfortable,clean,well equipped studio units,with good views across the harbour. Sue and Keith the friendly and helpful owners can always advise where to see the local wildlife and book various tours. In addition the attractions of Dunedin City are just 30 mins away. What more could you want?

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

We appreciate your very nice review. It was very good to see you both back again and look forward to next time!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Penn Valley, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't meet Keith and Sue, unfortunately, as they were away, but Keith answered a question I had before our arrival very promptly. Excellent room...spacious, very comfortable and well kitted out with everything you'd need and more. Lovely view and beautiful drive to reach Portobello. You park by your room. Guest laundry. Comfortable bed and pillows. Wish we could have...

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

I'm sorry we missed meeting you but I sincerely hope you were made to feel welcome. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and your accommodation. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I hope you come this way again!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Englewood, Colorado
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our time on the Otago Peninsula at Portobello Motel. Our spacious room and deck overlooked the bay (and the outdoor bowling club!). Since we wanted to see the yellow-eyed penguins and the albatross, the location saved us from a lot of extra driving. We loved the Penguin Cafe's breakfast. Since dinner choices were few, we bought some...

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

We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay in spite of the mist!! It's great that you saw plenty of wildlife though. They seem to be fairly weather resistant!! Thank you for your review. We really appreciate our guests taking the time to write. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

London
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What more could you ask for: spacious, well appointed room with a view, great location on the peninsula for sightseeing, comfy beds, incredibly helpful and sunny hosts, and an excellent restaurant at the end of the drive should you not feel like using the very nice, modern kitchen facilities. We had rooms overlooking the bay which are the best in...

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

Thank you for your very kind review. We're so delighted you enjoyed your stay and felt comfortable in your studio! It was certainly a great pleasure to have you here and look forward to a return visit in the future. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Portobello while we had some things to do in Dunedin. It is close enough to get to town within 30 minutes but a peaceful spot to retreat to at day's end. The motel is really nice - big rooms, clean and tidy with a lovely outlook. Keith and Sue are extremely helpful and were wonderful hosts. We...

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

It was a great pleasure to have you here and look forward to seeing you again before too long! Thank you for your kind comments and taking the time to write a review!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great location, Nice rooms.Keith provided valuable local information which was of immense value. Portobello was a nice location and handy to good sights and places to eat. Ask about the Royal Albatross centre.

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

Thank you very much for your review. It's nice to know you find our local information useful and informative! Thank you for staying with us. It was a pleasure to host your stay. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Tokyo, Japan
Reviewed February 16, 2017

The host was very communicative and friendly. I enjoyed the conversation with him so much. Besides, he helped me a lot for my laundry. If I have one more chance to visit New Zealand, I want to stay here again.

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

How very kind, thank you!! We were pleased to host your stay and appreciate your comments. Kind regards, Keith and Sue

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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: $99 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Portobello Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“I imagine that all rooms to be as near perfect as ours was.”
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“Studio units with balcony have best views.”
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“There are rooms with views and others without. All are excellent but some don't have the view.”
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“Any they are all great.”
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“Not all units have harbour views, but ask yourself if you are going to be in the room long enough to want to see the view.”
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