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“Fantastic Long Term Stay”
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AAA Mana Motel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Porirua
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
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“Fantastic Long Term Stay”
Reviewed August 7, 2010

Prior to immigrating to the UK my partner and our 2 dogs required somewhere to stay for just over 1 month. We had the great pleasure of staying at the Mana Motel. Hosts Ross and Megan where fantastic and made us feel so welcome and it was more like staying with friends. The unit was warm and clean and it was a home away from home. The cleaning staff are a great bunch of girls and work so hard to keep the units to a high standard.
While the motel is beside SH1 on one side and the main north railway line on the other we were quite amazed at how quiet the motel is. Of course you can hear the trains go by but for the 15 seconds every hour really was no issue and after awhile you just forgot about them - they certainly never woke us up - put it that way. this may also have been due to the bed just being so comfortable which is often rare in a Motel/Hotel.
The surrounding places to eat where clean and friendly and the meals were enjoyable.
Fantastic that our dogs could stay with us as this was the hardest thing to find in Wellington and its a credit to Ross and Megan that they realise that people who travel with their pets more often have dogs that are freindly and well looked after.
Great last place to stay before departing New Zealand thanks to Megan and Ross and staff.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

Had a top stay at this motel and found the owners Ross & Megan to be very friendly and good hosts. The rooms were clean and ready on time and the location was handy for my business meetings. Will stay again, thanks Guys and nice to meet you both. Regards Glen

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

The Motel is under new management and new owners have upgraded the rooms which are very clean and tidy. Great facilities for children with indoor heated pool and spa along with trampoline on grassed area where children could play. The rooms looked out on to grassed area and garden, well presented and clean and tidy facilities. The location was great near the ferry and right off main highway so easy to access and not far from Wellington attractions. Owners were very friendy and spent time suggesting local attractions and events that we could attend as we were new to the area, also offered to dog sit for the evening when we went out nothing was a problem very helpful.
Breakfast also provided in our room which was very enjoyable. Great stay would return.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2009

Very average motel. We knew that it was beside state highway 1 so I enquired about noise when I booked. I was told that they had not had any complaints about the noise from the motorway. What I wasn't told was that there was the mainline railway line which runs at the back of the motel. This was really noisy!
The motel was reasonably clean and tidy but the rooms dark. There was a grass area out the back for the dog. Overall I would rate this motel as very average. It was not expensive so I guess you get what you pay for but we will not be going back. We only stayed here because it was dog friendly and it is hard to find any dog friendly place that is of a good standard.
We asked the owner for somewhere nice to eat and were recommended the monteiths bar at Paremata(walking distance) I emphasized 'somewhere nice" which was definately not what we experienced. The only thing good I can say is that the chips were edible. The veal schnitzel I ordered was horrible, I wouldn't even feed it to the dog! It was tough, overcooked and fryed in old oil!
On a positive note, the motel was handy to get to the wellington ferry the next morning!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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RossMegan, Owner at AAA Mana Motel, responded to this review, March 25, 2010
The Mana Motel changed ownership in December 2009, nine months following this review. Since this time we have received nothing but complimentary verbal feedback.

In response to this review - we are situated on State Highway 1 in a residential 50 kmph speed zone. The road noise is not a issue. Yes we are situated close a suburban railway line as is every other motel on this side of the Wellington area.

We have dined at the local Monteiths restaurant/bar on many occasions - as have many of our guests. We have had nothing but an enjoyable experience and quality food/service there. The feedback from guests has also been nothing but positive.

The Mana Motel hosts dozens of guests every week. I guess this one bad review is more reflective of the person making it than the actual issues raised.
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Property: AAA Mana Motel
Address: 41 Mana Esplanade | Mana, Porirua 5026, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Porirua
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Porirua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — AAA Mana Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to AAA Mana Motel - Porirua, New Zealand. Relax and enjoy some quiet time in our pleasant sunny surrounds. Our well kept grounds and private upstairs balconies provide the perfect environment for you to relax and unwind. Even better, on a warm summer's evening, put you feet up and chill out around our on-site barbeque and picnic tables. The choice is yours. We are conveniently located just north of Porirua, on the main road to Wellington (SH1). We offer a great combination of nice and sunny units; easy access to town; and a heated swimming pool to relax in. Most importantly we pride ourselves on providing a warm and friendly place to stay. Our clean and sunny, 1,2 and 3 bedroom self-catering units provide a relaxing place to stay, whether for the long-term or short-term. Wireless high-speed internet access is available along with Sky TV. We deliver a great experience of good honest kiwi hospitality with well-kept facilities. Our motel accommodation is conveniently located just 5 mins north of Porirua on SH1. Being so close to Wellington City, you can quickly and easily enjoy the Capital experience, either by car or train; and just 15 mins drive to Cook Strait Ferry. We also offer off street parking outside each unit. ... more   less 
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