This bed and breakfast accomodation run by a really lovely couple is just not what is advertised. Promoted as a 'Luxury Boutique Bed and Breakfast Lodge' this accomodation in my opinion is more accurately described as a bed and breakfast room, a block back from the beach with a shared lounge/living/deck area - all of which is shared with the owner and the other guests. I specifically emailed prior to booking checking that the room had a sea view - the response assured me it did. Sea views from the ground floor room consist of a view of a gravel carpark, a road, power lines, trees and a slight glimpse of the sea in the distance if you stand at one end of the room. Privacy is minimal - if we wanted privacy we had to shut the drapes to block out the carpark and the light. The room appeared to be a converted double garage which looked out onto the carpark and a busy main road, bathroom attached and a sliding door to the main communal stairs. We could hear everything happening in the room next door which completely put us off enjoying the usual fun a couple would have in an expensive luxury lodge . There is a lovely cafe but not close enough to walk comfortably to for some ...a long 40 minute walk - fortunately we had a nice evening or it would have been fish and chips if we wanted to have wine and not drive. This is a fabulous place for a beach stay at $100 - $120 a night with frech decor, very clean and tidy but there is no way this a a $245 a night stay. Thank you and top marks to the owners who refunded our money in full and who listened when I suggested they alter their marketing approach. Nevertheless a disappointing end to our sea view themed trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waihi Beach Lodge is a Boutique Bed and Breakfast Lodge, two hours south-east of Auckland just off State Highway 2 (Pacific Coast Highway) at Waihi Beach.The real benefit of Waihi Beach, apart from it's natural beauty, is its central location (see our map of the Coromandel Peninsula) as it provides you with the flexibility to see the Coromandel, Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo from one base as well as being able to spend time in the Karangahake Gorge, view the gold mining history of Waihi and of course, a stroll or swim at the beach is a must.We have 3 king /queen bedrooms with ensuites and a modern studio apartment.All rooms are furnished in an uncluttered style with quality beds and cotton linen. Toiletries, luggage racks, hair dryers, televisions, DVD players and other thoughtful details are provided for your comfort.Tea and coffee are available anytime. Waihi Beach has several great cafes for dining. Waihi Beach Lodge is smoke-free indoors. Many guests come as strangers and leave as friends.Free Wifi is available throughout the lodge for checking emails. ... more less
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