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“Great intro to Snells Beach but old style roadside hotel”
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Snells Beach Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Snells Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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“Great intro to Snells Beach but old style roadside hotel”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Robin gave us a wonderful travelogue about the area that set us up for an enjoyable two day visit. The unit we were in was ground floor with limited privacy and quite small with a hard bed but workable kitchen. Managed to get the internet working eventually. Probably good value for the cost. Just over the road from the shops.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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kathleeng_11, Owner at Snells Beach Motel, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We always want to act on any suggested improvements, but unfortunatelyTrip Advisor reviewers use nome-de-plumes so we cannot do this as we do not know which unit is being commented on.
All of our units have a separate bedroom, lounge and kitchen area. We do not have any studio units.
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Auckland
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had two nights at the Snells Beach Motel. The staff were exellent on arrival explaining the area and facilities.
The room was clean and had all the necessary needs for cooking, it is a tad older than some motels but still found it comfortable.
The walk over the road to Cafes, shops and restaurants perfect.
Great stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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North Shore City, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Lovely motel with clean, spacious units and ample parking. Great facilities - nice pool, spa pool and trampoline. Lovely location within walking distance of the beach, and with shops and restaurants opposite.

As an Aucklander, this is actually the first time I have ever stayed away so close to home (it's only a 45 minute drive from my home) but we chose it because we were looking for a short break and my preschooler doesn't do well on long car trips. The surrounding area is so different from central Auckland that it really does feel like you've been away to a different place. We had a fantastic time and ended up being extremely disappointed that we couldn't stay longer (but had left the cat home alone so had to go). However, we will definitely be back in the near future!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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kathleeng_11, Owner at Snells Beach Motel, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thank you - we look forward to your return visit!
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Staff were helpful and we did get the last room available. This motel has been fairly well maintained but it is aged. It is well located opposite a supermarket, cafes and the pub is just down the road. The beach is short walk away and the rooms were spotlessly clean.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Wellington, NZ
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

As others have said, the Snells Beach Motel is a good, clean and quiet motel in a good location. The beach is an easy 5 minute walk away, and the motel is across the road from a supermarket, cafes and a pub. The rooms have been modernised fairly recently, and there are flat screen TVs in the living area and bedroom. The pool area is clean, had plenty of seats and loungers and some toys for the pool.

Snells Beach is very close to Warkworth, Matakana and Leigh, so it is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area.

So why not 5 stars? Two reasons. The room was expensive for a New Zealand motel and I didn't think it represented particularly good value for money. However, the Matakana area is popular with weekending Aucklanders, so a higher price is to be expected.

The other reason was our room lacked air conditioning. It was not an issue for us, but the region can be warm and humid in the summer months, and so could make for an uncomfortable nights sleep.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Haworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Very nice units a perfect stop over on our way from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. However, this area also has a lot to recommend it and would have been worth a longer stay if we had had the time on our itinerary.
The owners were realy nice and although offering an optional breakfast, even recommended a cafe over the way.
Like many places in New Zealand this included self catering facilities and was really comfortable

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Te Puke, NZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Very clean, quiet motel. The reception area was welcoming with plenty of brochures about places for people to visit. The hosts were friendly and always willing to help. Lots of tea, coffee etc. Beds were super comfortable. Spacious rooms. We had a two room upstairs room which did have a view of the sea. This is the second time we have visited and each time we have found excellent accomodation. Please try the Thai Restaurant up the road. Had yummy takeaways but the restaurant looks a nice place to eat.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Snells Beach Motel
Address: 289 Mahurangi East Road, Snells Beach 0920, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Snells Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Snells Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Snells Beach Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Snells Beach Motel is only 50 minutes north of Auckland, near Warkworth and Matakana Coast Wine Country. 12 stylish self-contained one and two bedroom unit/apartments. Swimming Pool. Located a short stroll to safe swimming beach, adjacent to shops and restaurants. Close to stunning beaches & parks, famous vineyards, farmers market, Kawau Island ferry & Goat Island. ... more   less 
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