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“Good Value, But 12km From Airport”

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540 on Great South Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Otahuhu
Reviewed March 26, 2011

Clean and comfortable, this is styled as a four star motel. Well, it is a motel rather than a four star hotel - and that’s your starting point. However, the owners were very friendly and accommodating and very amenable. If you’re looking for a good motel en route to the airport this is worth considering. Rooms are small and it’s close to a busy road, though we weren’t disturbed. Do bear in mind however that it’s 12km from AKL – so allow half an hour. The owner will offer a personal shuttle service on request. One other thing, when finding it, is that it’s in Otahuhu, which means that it’s not the only “540” on the Great South Road, so make sure you’re looking for the one in Otahuhu.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled solo
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2011

Thank you for your review. 540 on Great South Motel is as the name suggest a Motel. I am not quite sure of the inference that we are a Hotel. We are 20 minutes from the Auckland CBD and 15 minutes to the Airport. Our rooms have mostly been described by travellers as bigger then most, so we cannot really comment as to your comparison with other Motels you have stayed at. The benefit of our location is that we are only 5 minutes walk from many eating establishments and the many variety of discount shopping stores which makes Otahuhu unique to the Auckland area.The Polynesian culture of the area creates a fun atmosphere when walking through all the shops and tasting the local cuisine. The service we offer is built around our location, which is what makes 540 on Great South Motel different from other Motels in the Airport precinct.

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Reviewed March 24, 2011

Ron and his wife were so hospitable! Quick and courtious check-in. Ron's airport shuttle service included helping us drop off our rental car the evening before our early morning departure, and then getting us to airport by 5:30 a.m. Room was clean and well equipped. Room service meal saved us from roaming the neighborhood, which isn't the best in the airport vicinity. We definitely will stay here next time we pass through Auckland. Great value.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2011

Great pick up and drop back service to airport. Did take a little longer to get to this location (maybe 15-20 mins) than some other airport accommodation. Very reasonably priced and given we were only there to sleep it did the trick!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2011

Average time to the Motel is about 12 minutes. We always tell everyone about 15minutes. Worst time of day is 3-3.30pm on school days. We have to pass by 3 schools, and of course obey all the road rules.

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Reviewed March 4, 2011

I stayed at the amazing 540 on the Great South for over a week on a business trip with 13 of my colleagues as well. Let me say that I have never stayed at any hotel/motel in my life that could match the service provided by the manager Ron and his wife. We referred to him as "Uncle Ron" after the first day, only because they made it so welcoming when we were coming and going. We had breakfast served punctually in the morning with a smile, top notch service at all hours, and a relationship with Ron and his wife that I miss now being back in Iowa. What amazed me was, for the price, how amazingly detailed the rooms were, and it was obvious how much they cared about the building. But most strikingly obvious was how much they cared about our group and attended to our every need. Finally, it is clear they are a great choice for business travelers with so many options from free internet, laundry services, food available at all hours and a proficiency for professionalism. As far as locating this hotel, just be sure to be clear about the 540 address in OTAHUHU on the Great South Road and you'll be fine. I swear Ron's motto for anything was "No worries Mate". We'll miss you Ron!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled on business
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2011

Thank you for your kind review. We do appreciate all your feedback, positive or negative. It gives us a good guide as you, the guest, is looking for when staying at our property.

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Reviewed February 27, 2011

This is a basic hotel that is good if you just need a place to stay for the night before catching a flight. They have a free airport shuttle which was fast and reliable both times we used it.

However, if you want to go into Auckland you'll be better off staying in the city itself. There is public bus and train transportation into the city but the buses don't run very late and the platform for the train station is pretty sketchy. A taxi into the city is quite expensive and there isn't much open near the motel in the evening - so if you want to enjoy your last night in the city before hopping on a flight I'd recommend looking into alternate options.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2011

Thank you for your kind review. We do appreciate all your feedback, positive or negative. We do agree with your comments regarding staying in the CBD. We do not present our property as being in the CBD,

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Reviewed January 28, 2011

A good motel, located close to the airport before our return flight.

Hosts were amazing, in particular Pat who was very welcoming and helpful.

Main concern was that we typed in 540 Great South Road, Auckland into our GPS and arrived at 540 Great South Road, Greenlane - was a suprise to find out that the numbering starts again further down the road in Otahuhu! Maybe a reminder on the website could help fellow travellers avoid our mistake?

Overall I really thought this was a good place to spend the night and would recommend it. Definitely a diamond in the rough.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

We stayed for 2 nights, and this was a great place to stay, close to everything.
We found the staff to be very helpful and nothing was a problem. The breakfasts were fantastic!
We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 540 Great South Road | (Cnr of Alexander Street), Otahuhu, Auckland 1062, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Otahuhu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Otahuhu
Price Range: $101 - $235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — 540 on Great South Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
540 on Great South Motel Located in the heart of Otahuhu only a moment’s walk from cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. We are located just off the southern motorway and very close to the Grange & Auckland Golf Courses, Kings & Otahuhu Colleges, Rainbow’s End, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland International Airport, Sylvia Park shopping centre. Close proximity to Mt Smart Stadium, Manukau Vodafone Events Centre and Elleslie Racecourse. Business or leisure 540 on Great South is your perfect accommodation choice. Our 4 star plus boutique Motel offers a range of excellent accommodation options. ... more   less 
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