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Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel

22 Salisbury Road Waikanae Beach, Gisborne 4010 New Zealand
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#2 of 26 hotels in Gisborne
Beachfront accommodation, self contain apartment style
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast in the room
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Dry cleaning
Snack bar
Vending machine
Picnic area
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Bay View
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andrewcX4295LO wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
Dropped into Gisborne on a road trip around the North Island. Blew a tyre inbound so had to extend my stay here to two nights - very glad I did. Room had been recently renovated. Bright and airy very nicely appointed. Bookmarked at both ends with floor to ceiling windows and ranchslider. One end looks out over balcony to unobstructed view to boardwalk & beach. Clever design - bedroom on entry then access to lounge and balcony through bathroom on the left or kitchen on right. Oven, hot plates, microwave and fridge - all new. Short & pleasant walk into town and beach & boardwalk just outside Judith at front desk was very accommodating - on hearing I was without a vehicle - even offered me her car to get dinner on first night after a long day! This place is great - highly recommended
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Philip F wrote a review Mar 2020
Noosa, Australia15 contributions
Excellent room with a very recent upgrade. The new finishers are trendy and fresh. This is the best motel we stayed in during our East Coast road trip. We took a ground floor room , the fist floor rooms have a better Seaview but the balcony’s are not big.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Ian wrote a review Feb 2020
Torquay, United Kingdom595 contributions290 helpful votes
We always stay here when visiting Gisborne. A modest motel with a fab beach front location. Spacious and fully equipped although a tad dated. Bbq facility. Only a 20 minute walk into town and wharf whilst similarly in the opposite direction to the eclectic and wonderful Smash Palace pub.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
travlr wrote a review Feb 2020
Kelowna, Canada144 contributions66 helpful votes
We stayed for 2 nights in an upper level unit with a balcony. We loved sitting there and enjoying our morning coffee or lunch and just taking in the view. We arrived during a hot spell and appreciated the standing fan to help keep us cool while we slept. Very interesting use of space with walk through kitchenette and walk through bathroom. Kitchen well equipped though we only had light meals while there so did not use the stove, or the BBQ. Excellent beach right at the property, one minute and you are playing in the waves.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from Judith A M, Owner at Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel
Responded Feb 8, 2020
Thanks for your great review we really appreciate the feedback thanks again
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DavidMcI2016 wrote a review Feb 2020
12 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed in unit 3which has been renovated. We loved it. Bed,linen was wonderful and location on the beach front fabulous. Spotless,modern unit maybe a bit small for four adults but perfect for a couple. The board walk to us was an added bonus. Would definitely stay here again probably nicest motel we have stayed in for along time.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Judith A M, Owner at Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel
Responded Feb 5, 2020
Thanks for your review glad it means alot to us to get such positive feed back Thanks again
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$110 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandGisborne RegionGisborne
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Frequently Asked Questions about Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel?
Nearby attractions include Dome Cinema (0.6 miles), Gisborne i-SITE Mini Golf (0.4 miles), and Muirs Bookshop (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bollywood Star Indian Tandoori Restaurant, USSCo Bar & Bistro, and Portofino.
Is Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Gisborne.
Are any cleaning services offered at Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Siege of Waerenga-a-Hika Memorial (7.1 miles).
Does Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.