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“Adequate Basic Accommodation”
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Sai Motels
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Greenlane
Coromandel, New Zealand
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Adequate Basic Accommodation”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

I spent one night in room 15 with my 9-year old niece and for the price this was adequate, but very basic accommodation. The room and bathroom were quite small and tight, so I wouldn't recommend it for longer stays, but for one night it was fine. Good bed. Bigscreen TV parallel to bed made it awkward to watch, but again, for the price I wouldn't complain.
My niece did point out that while tea and coffee were available, there was no milk provided (and room does include mini fridge).
Reception was very friendly.

Overall this was one of the more basic places I've stayed, so I'm unable to rave about it, but it is clean, friendly and we felt safe. Okay value for your money. Breakfast can be purchased as well, but we did not try that. Wendy's Restaurant is across the street should you need a snack. Free parking available.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

After being royally screwed over by our original accommodation, and with very limited options, this motel saved our butts from being stranded. The price was very reasonable, and we were able to get an airport transfer at 5am which was a Godsend. Do not let the exterior fool you, inside it is very nice and comfortable, and I slept like a baby! Room had a comfy bed, microwave, sky tv, crockery and tea and coffee facilities. The staff and manager/owner were awesome, super friendly and always willing to help. The manager drove us to the airport in the morning and we had a great chat with him. He was everything you should expect in a motel/hotel manager and we were so grateful to have encountered someone nice after such a terrible weekend in Auckland.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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67 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

The room was big with nice decor. There was a microwave and fridge which was useful, plus a television with some sky channels. Lots of power plugs around the place. The room was clean, however the bathroom needed a good scrub, as the was a bit of grot build up.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Matamata, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We chose Sai Motel because we were attending a function in the area and wanted the closest possible accommodation (ie walking distance). I wasn't expecting great things because of the LOW price and slightly dodgy looking exterior. However, we were extremely happy with the room and it was exactly what we were after - good sized room which was clean and warm. Lovely shower and comfy bed. Sky TV and tea and coffee. The staff at reception were very friendly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

For a very reasonable price I got a fairly basic but good-sized, clean and well equipped room (including fridge, microwave, crockery) in the Penrose business area. The staff were extremely friendly and always there to help. Shops and restaurants are a ten minutes walk away near Ellerslie train station which also offers frequent train services to Auckland city center (the train trip to the city takes approximately 20 minutes). Alternatively, a bus to the city stops right in front of the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Porirua, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

I stayed one night. The room was fairly basic but clean and comfortable and the price very reasonable. Parking was a bit awkward, with parks not allocated to rooms, and a bit tight to get into.

Staff were friendly. Location was easy to find and handy for business appointments in Penrose area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Good sized rooms with all the basics - very comfotable bed, fridge, microswave, flat screen Sky TV, A/C, little table and two chairs, crockery, and AMAZING shower. They are going through a refurbishment at the moment - Mum's room still had masking tape around the edges. But the finished results (my room) are very classy. The motel is on the odd-numbered side of Great South Road, which is the best side to be on by far! Motles on the even-numbered side of the road are sandwiched between Great South Road and the Auckland motorwway, and as such, are horrifically noisy. It's a matter of less than 10 minutes to city centre, and Great South Road provides a plethora of different dining establishments within walking or a few minutes driving distance. Everything is covered, from all the major junk food chains (Wendys is right across the road) , to takeaways and restaurants providing a huge variety of ifferent cultural flavours, to a large Countdown supermarket. Staff are super friendly, and very helpful. The only drawback is that while we had no trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi with good signal, it ran soooo slow that we gave up trying to get on to any webpages. Also, they tell you it costs $3, but charge you $5.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Sai Motels
Address: 385 Great South Road, Greenlane 1051, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Greenlane
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Greenlane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sai Motels 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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