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Portobello Motel

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Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My overall impression for this motel is clean and charming. The cottage smelt of deodorized air and gave me a rather good impression after we checked into our cottage. Madam Sue explained that the previous guests cooked curry and they were trying hard to remove the odour. The environment around the motel is a quiet town with lush greenery and... More 

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Waterloo, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For those interested in the sights and activities on the Otago Peninsula, this is a great choice. Modern, well kept and comfortable rooms are located within an easy walk of all commercial outlets in Portobello. The proprietor is super friendly and very helpful. I would not hesitate to stay again.

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Many thanks for you review! We're delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. We're in a great location for both restaurants and wildlife. Thanks again. Kind regards, Sue and Keith More 

Jupiter, Florida
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42 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were charmed by the Portobello Motel during a 1-night stay and enjoyed meeting hosts Sue and Keith, who were very friendly, helpful and attentive. We followed the advice here on TripAdvisor and made sure to book one of the harbour view studios so we would benefit from the breathtaking view of the water and surrounding hills. The room had... More 

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your very nice comments. I'm sorry you weren't able to eat at the 1908 Restaurant as they offer lovely meals. I also hope that going into Dunedin to eat didn't spoil your holiday. We will certainly mention your comments about the closing time to the owner. Having said that, rural New Zealand out of... More 

Merriwa, Australia
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

The Otago Peninsula is beautiful part of New Zealand. Visited whilst travelling between Christchurch and Queenstown. The Portobello Motel is ideally located (about halfway from Dunedin to the end tip of the peninsula) to allow you to explore it. The 1908 cafe and local pub is an easy walk. A family operated motel with friendly staff who welcomed me warmly.... More 

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

Thank you for your very kind review! Keith and I are really pleased you found your experience with us and the Peninsula a very pleasant one. We would love to welcome you back again any time! Kind regards, Sue and Keith More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Thrown in because we mentioned it was our wedding anniversary. Host service comparable to a five star hotel only more personable. Spacious, modern, scrupulously clean accomodation with harbour view. First class 1910 Restaurant opposite and assortment of shops hotel and cafes. After decades living in Hong Kong before retiring to NZ we are pretty discriminating, fussy if you wish. For... More 

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your very generous review!! We are flattered by your praise and delighted that you felt we offered value for money as well as ticking all the boxes for a comfortable stay. We look forward to welcoming you here again.......for your next anniversary perhaps?? Kind regards, Sue and Keith More 

Maryland
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186 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

We loved this motel out on the peninsula away from downtown Dunedin. The unit had a well equipped kitchen, a good sized bathroom and a small balcony with a view. The room was a good size with a table and chairs in the living area. The owner was extremely helpful giving us suggestions for where to go for dinner and... More 

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We're very pleased you were comfortable and enjoyed your stay! Although we initially give out vouchers for wi-fi you can always come and ask for more. Sadly posting pictures does rather gobble it up and we don't have unlimited availability yet. Hopefully we will get fibre very soon and that will change everything!!... More 

Ashburton, New Zealand
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We stayed at the Portobello Motels as there were no available motels in Dunedin. It was nice to stay somewhere we had never been before, and only 20mins from Dunedin. The units are slightly more expensive than the average Dunedin motels, however the staff/owners were very friendly and the units were very tidy and clean, so you felt welcome and... More 

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Dear Philip, We are most pleasantly surprised that you have taken the time to re-write your review!! We appreciate it very much and thank you for your very kind comments. We are familiar with many of the Dunedin motels so will continue to monitor our pricing! We hope we'll see you again. Kind regards, Sue and Keith More 

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We had an amazing family vacation in the Otago Peninsula and our stay at Portobello Motel was wonderful. The location is fantastic as most of the tourist destinations are a short drive away. The rooms were cozy and clean and the kitchen was really useful as we were traveling with young kids. Sue and Keith were warm and friendly and... More 

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. Your comments are very helpful to other tourists too. We're delighted you were pleased with your accommodation and enjoyed our beautiful peninsula. We hope the rest of your trip was as enjoyable and Queenstown was fun!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We stumbled across this motel by accident as we were looking for lodging, and we were so glad we did. It ended up being by far the nicest place we stayed at. The room was super clean with beautiful decor and a nice view. The hosts were very friendly as well.

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

Thank you for your very positive review. We're very pleased you found us even if it was by accident!!! It is very nice to know we rated well in comparison to your other accommodations too! We strive to keep the motel up to date and comfortable. The emphasis on being 'home from home' so we're very happy to know we... More 

London
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Keith and Sue were really nice and the flat very clean and very comfortable They helped us a lot to organise our stay there We stay with our baby twins and the place is just perfect for a family Thanks for your hospitality

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

Thankyou very much for your review. We were very happy to accommodate you and your family and are delighted you enjoyed your stay so much. The family rooms are very spacious which gives the little ones plenty of room to run around!! Thanks again. Kind regards, Sue and Keith More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair access
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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: $108 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Portobello Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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