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“Leaky Motel” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Dukes Midway Lodge
Ranked #61 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Auckland
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 reviews
“Leaky Motel”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

We have stayed here before and while it is not flash it is handy to where we wanted to be. This weekend it rained and the rooms we were in the roof leaked it was terrible, we were shifted to another room and it leaked the roof is in need of some serious repairs, paying money to sleep in a room that leaks is not satisfactory, I think it has been in need of some urgent repairs for sometime. The lady running the Motel was very apologetic but with winter coming I think she will be apologising to a lot of people. Sorry we won't be back.

Room Tip: Don't stay here if its raining!!!! You will not enjoy your sleep in a damp room
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vivienne W
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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46 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

We had a fabulous stay here! The check-in staff were so very friendly and accommodated us with a late check-out at no extra charge. The room was perfect for two people and we had everything we could want. They provided us with a small carton of complimentary milk for our morning coffee, we even had two sets of dishes, cutlery, a kettle, a toaster, a fridge and microwave, even a fan if it got to hot. We had extra soaps, extra towels. Seriously not what I was expecting from this place. They offered free internet which was fantastic as well as free parking. This is not a luxury hotel but a budget accommodation. It had charm, was close to everything you could need, and super friendly staff who were always there to answer questions and offer tips! My only complaint was the "hot tub" which was more like bath water. We even got a room with a view of the pool. This is also a quiet hotel so no loud noises or kids running around at 9PM...we slept like babies! This is a great place to spend a few nights if you want to save on money and I would stay here again! Don't judge on appearances!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Melanie L
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Our family (2 adults, two children aged 6 and 10) stayed twice, for a total of three nights at Duke's whilst visiting the Auckland area. Staff was very friendly, offered complimentary milk when we arrived.
The family unit (14/14A) was fine, a simple kitchen, two rooms with TV, two bathrooms each with with a shower. Nothing fancy, a bit dated, but otherwise clean, decent accommodation for the price, in particular the beds were good. The pool did look a little murky and uninviting, this was after some really bad weather though.
Located right next to a bus stop, it was perfectly suitable as a base camp to visit Auckland. There are some restaurants and shopping centers within walking distance.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ezdiver
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Warkworth
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed at this lodge only because of it's location (close to Epsom Show Grounds). Lucky our booking was for only one night.The staff are reasonably friendly, but it stops at that. First thing that annoyed us was no complementary milk. Even the real cheap places give milk. The rooms badly need renovating. Carpet was old and badly stained. Walls were scratched and knocked around. Tiles mismatched and showing concrete. Even the ceiling was patched up poorly. Overall, one of the most untidy units Ive ever stayed in. Only one set of towels,we had to reuse them in the morning. No soap in the shower. Had to use the sink soap. No spare soap. No internet. Two or three sky channels only. And to top it off, I got a cold shower in the morning (only two people used it ahead of me) We payed $175-00 for a family room. The usual place we stay at (was booked out) is $185-00 and I cannot fault it. For only $10-00 extra, there is no comparison. This should be a $120-00 Motel only. Like one of the other reviewers wrote, they can get away with this because there is virtualy no competition in Royal Oak. Do Not stay here!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jay W
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

Was very disappointed in the standard and cleanliness of this accomodation. Have stayed there previously under last owners. Since the motel changed hands it has go down in standard not only the inside but outside standards. This motel is the only one close to Royal Oak and therefore I believe that they do not try to improve their standards. They are unhelpful with cancellations etc. We used to stay there regularly but now will not stay at all. As we have family in that area. The other members of our family are disappointed about this accomodation as well and will no longer stay there. WE will stay in Newmarket and drive the extra kilometres to our sisters house in Royal Oak. Our sisters house is located in the same street as the motel

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DLP67
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

We stayed at this motel and could not wait to get out of it. Although staff were friendly motel need s to be updated as bathroom was unclean and shower had tiles missing on floor and shower linings were black from rot. We were not game to have a shower.Bed was comfortable and looked clean. The kitchen looked ok at first look, but we found the stove filthy with silver paper put over the mess. The dish cloth we put in the rubbish as it was filthy and when we got out dinner plates to put our tea on we found one had dried egg still on it. We can honestly say that this would be the worst motel we have ever stayed . The Target T.V show would have a ball doing this motel for cleanliness.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Kevy913
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2012

Friendly manager which had helpful tips on the surroundings (things to do and restaurants). Units were comfortable and the overall lodge was quite peaceful and great for recharging your travel batteries. We twice went to the nearby Thai and loved the service and food there also.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Pascal C
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Property: Dukes Midway Lodge
Address: 4 Vagus Pl (off Pah Rd) | PO Box 24047, Royal Oak, Auckland, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
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Ranked #61 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Auckland
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Hotel Class:3 star — Dukes Midway Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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