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Sans Souci Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Pohara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, NZ
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156 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Lovely stay, in intersting environment”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights on a summer road trip. It was a great spot, close to the beach.
This is a family run "inn" and very focused on this as a concept - and for the most part this worked very well.
Rooms are large and comfortable gathered around a lovely courtyard. There is a shared lounge and kitchen with works well, except when the staff were preparing the restaurant meals making it difficult at times. Lovely way to start the day though, chats with travelers from all over the world as you cook your breakfast.
The bathrooms are a real feature with the composting toilets. I was initially a little uncomfortable with the collectiveness of the bathroom setting, but by the end of the stay was well accustomed to chatting with other guests over ablutions. I must say that if I returned (which I would be keen to do) I would probably want to stay in the self contained unit that has it’s own bathroom.
The service was extremely friendly and helpful. They really have achieved the environment of an old fashioned travelers Inn where people commune and share their experiences, while in a comfortable environment.
It's a shame that the beaches here - which are usually so perfectly pristine - were in rough shape after recent storms, so not great swimming

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KBE9
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Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2011

Six of us stayed for three nights over Christmas
There was no extra charges for the Christmas period which was good
We loved the place - it's the quirky alternative approach that was refreshing and relaxing.
It's open, communal, inclusive, relaxed and has a great feel about it.
We liked the lack of instructions and signage which have dominated some places we have stayed in - instead this place wants you to just use the place as home. It's great that you can use the brilliantly equipped kitchen and fridge. The set evening meal is of the highest quality and well recommended - nice that you can take your own wine too!
The communal (but separate) shower, wash basins, and compost toilets are a brilliant and impressive innovation that make sense in all sorts of ways.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank themilkybarkid
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

We stayed in Sans Souci for 2 nights in Dec-11.

The rooms are situated around a central courtyard, which has a Mediterranean feel. The room was spacious and had a very comfortable bed. The room was tastefully decorated, light and airy.

The toilet and bathroom facilities are shared and a short, covered walk from the room. There were 3 toilets, 3 showers, 1 bath and 4 basins for the 7 rooms. The composting toilets were drafty but did not smell at all. The showers were not very powerful and not particularly clean (some dirt on the floor, hairs on the tiles).

There is a shared kitchen, eating area and lounge. The owners prepare the meals for the restaurant in the same kitchen so it can feel a little awkward using the facilities at times.

An improvement would be to have at a basin in the rooms, as it was a bit of a nuisance having to go to the kitchen every time you needed some water.

The location is good - just a 2 min walk to the beach and the motel is easy to find.

Overall, an adequate motel for a short stay but would not be rushing back.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank cs6345
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2011

On a Monday night we sent a booking enquiry by mail. We called the next morning to confirm our intended stay. The host didn´t have the books at that moment, but sent us a confirmation shortly after that the room is available in that period of time we wanted to stay there. We confirmed by mail that we take the offered room. A few hours later we got a notice saying: "Unfortunately someone else has booked the room in the meantime."
We asked how this is possible as we rightfully made a reservation for this room. But instead of solving the problem, we just got the answer, that somebody was "faster".
In fact they just cancelled our reservation because they double booked.
Really bad and unfriendly!
No points at all for beeing that unorganized and careless towards customers.

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Sabrina M
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Vancouver, Canada
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110 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

We were planning a few days around Golden Bay and hadn't booked a hotel in advance. Two hotels that we had brochures for, were fully booked. We were told about San Souci, so we went there with very low expectations. Imagine our surprise when we drove into this beautiful little oasis of tranquility. It was created by a Swiss couple as a place for travellers to come together and mingle. There are a number of rooms, two per adobe building, in our unit. There is a large kitchen, dining area and sitting room, with a large fireplace. The building are set around a central grassy area, complete with hammocks. The ablutions block has 3 shower stalls, a bath tub, a central wash basin area (complete with tropical flowers) and 3 composting toilets. Brilliant idea to have all of the plumbing in one area, rather than en-suites for every room. The toilets are fantastic - nothing like a Port-a-Potty that you would get on a trail. No smell, no offence! The dining room offers breakfast and a set dinner menu that must be ordered by 4pm. The Inn is located just 3 mins from the beach, but on a side road and is noticeable from the street. It has a huge vegetable garden and a field in the back with patios for each room on that side. The people were delightful and friendly and we loved it so much we stayed an extra day. The rooms are large and comfortable and very quiet. If you plan to visit the north shore of New Zealand's South Island, you owe it to yourself to stay at San Souci.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CaroleD37
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Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2011

Sans Souci is a peaceful simple well-run little world of its own. I loved it! Even in winter it was warm (love those fires and the adobe walls retain the heat). There were tamarillos and figs in the garden, a clean fresh shared bathroom with composting toilets (not a big deal at all - and no smell), unobtrusive but very friendly owners and staff..... and Pohara, the little village Sans Souci is in, is gorgeous - NZ of my childhood with unlocked doors, ready beach access and friendly people.

Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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1 Thank Pineconesandfreesias
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2011

This small inn must be in demand during high season, as it is very well located. The inn is small and there is a restaurant on-site, which is supposed to be excellent.

Our booking experience was unpleasant. The reception do not answer the phone regularly, and there is no contact e-mail address. As a result, our booking was done by leaving each other phone messages. When the Inn host left a message that we need to provide credit card number, we called back as soon as we could (the next day), but were told that we were not quick enough to respond, and our room has been sold to other people. There was no more rooms available for our travel dates. The host then suggested that we could have another (more expensive) room on different days. We wanted to stay at Sans Sousi, so we agreed, re-arranged our itinarary, and provided credit card details. The host, however, failed to mention that on these new days (except for the first night) their restaurant will be closed. We only found that out later, when we tried to book dinners. This was a great disappointment, because our main accomodation requirement was to have a restaurant on-site. Once you submit your cerdit card details, there is no no-fee cancellation, so we were stuck. At no point the hosts expressed any concern or offered any apology.

Apart from the unpleasant booking experience, the place is nice. It is well-located, close to the beach and has off-street parking. Our room (the family room) was the usual motel size, the furniture was fairly basic - beds, two chairs, some tables, and a coat hunger. Our room was quite shady, but we were there in the autumn, and in the middle of summer the shade may be a good thing. There was a kettle and tea/cofee supplies in the room.

The bathroom facilities are shared, but are pleasant to visit. The composting toilets are nice, they were clean and no smell at all. The showers were clean, easy to adjust for height, with excellent water pressure, and hot water plentiful. The bathroom was heated, so coming out of the shower was not a cold experience.

The kitchen is available for guests to use, you get a shelf in the fridge and can cook your own meals. The kitchen is well supplied with various tools, cooking pots, knives, etc., although some may be in shorter supply than others - for example, only two flat frying pans. There is no microwave oven.

The Inn was very quiet, although we were there out of season, when the whole area is quiet. The rooms are quite expensive for this type of accomodation, so this Inn is probably not suited for young student travellers. The shared bathroom/shower facilities are fine. I don't rate the Inn as very good/excellent because the booking experience was unpleasant and disappointing.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank masherita
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Property: Sans Souci Inn
Address: 11 Richmond Road, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Pohara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Pohara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sans Souci Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The seven-bedroom adobe inn is an artistic blend of Mediterranean and ecological architecture situated on three acres of gardens. We are just a two minute stroll from the safe and sandy Pohara beach, shops and cafes. The onsite restaurant has a high reputation for its dinners and irresistible desserts using ingredients from its own organic garden. The laid back and casual atmosphere will leave you with a memory of a true holiday. ... more   less 
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