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Bella Vista Motel
Ranked #6 of 27 Hotels in Gisborne
Certificate of Excellence
Faversham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Could it be worse !!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Upon arriving at the Bella Vista I was informed that I had been upgraded in room category. Well I would hate to imagine what the room was like that I was upgraded from.
The only thing that I found commendable about the establishment was the husband and wife managers - who were both friendly and helpful.
A distinct claustraphobic atmosphere prevails. As if a site was found for a motel and the maximum amount of rooms fitted in. All the rooms are so close, there is a complete lack of privacy and cars are parked immediately outside one's accommodation. I had to go to the next door apartment and waken the loudly snoring incumbent who had dozed off with the door open in the afternnon. Need I say more !!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Eric B, Owner at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor.
Our motel is a modern take on the traditional New Zealand motel design where some guests will be able to park in front of their unit. Our strength is that having a 1st floor means we can accommodate guests who may want to be further away from their car.
It is perhaps a bit unlucky that, in the middle of the afternoon, your neighbour disturbed you by falling asleep with his glass sliding door open.
We are however pleased to see that you rated our motel very well for both cleanliness of the room and the quality of the service we provide.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

I Will always stay here. Best accommodation in Gisborne. Good rooms, great value. Love the French breakfast. Highly recommend this facility to everyone from far & all. Cheers guys. See you next time for sure.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Nice hotel in Gisborne. About 2 min. drive from the beach. Friendly host.
The rooms are a bit small, but nice and clean. Internet is only partly included as you already need to pay over 150 MB. A bit of noise from the street which is really the only minus in this wonderful motel.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

You are greeted at the door by a smiling Frenchman named Eric, and can yarn away as if you're long lost friends.

We had the executive twin studio. Compact but very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay in Gisborne. The motel itself is within walking distance of town and other amenities. We weren't bothered at all by the sound of traffic. Hosts can make the difference between a fabulous stay and a terrible one - luckily we didn't get the latter.

Then you get farewelled by the beaming smile of Helen, who once again have good chat about the day and the cricket - another long lost friend.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We came to Gisborne 2 nights early to explore Gisborne before attending a wedding. The staff (including the service staff) were very helpful and co-operative. We were upgraded from a compact studio room which was very kind of the hosts. Our room was very clean, our bed really comfortable, and our unit had everything we needed. It had a lovely big bathroom with a good shower and complimentary toiletries. A suggestion could be that another bathroom clothes-hook would have been really useful, especially when we were dressing for the function. At all times the friendly hosts were accessible for any enquiries and were very knowledgable about the area, and at pains to make our stay comfortable. We would certainly return to stay at Bella Vista Gisborne again.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

We had a great nights sleep here after roughing it in camp-sites for the last 3 nights, driving around the East Coast. Our 1 Bedroom Apartment had great kitchen facilities (equipped with everything you would need to cook a meal!) with complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The bathroom was spotless and included a spa bath, shower + hair-dryer. Beds were very comfortable and we were able to watch the final of the Australian Open on Sky TV from them! Staff were friendly and accommodating. Only downfall is that it was a long walk up to the wharf, where we ate out that night. Would definitely recommend the Bella Vista for a night in Gisborne!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Sandwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

I suppose that most motels on a busy trunk road will have issues with traffic noise and this one is no exception, at least with the windows open. Some guests have written on TA that they did not hear the traffic, however. As far as I know, none of the motels in the Bella Vista Motel chain has air conditioning and judging from previous comments on TA, the management should try to find an effective solution for hot weather (fans blow hot air around!) See my review of the Bella Vista Motel, Whangarei.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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BVGIS, Owner at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to place feedback and for being loyal to the Bella Vista group. We are pleased to note that you really appreciated the cleanliness, service and sleep quality during your stay.
You are correct in saying that the Bella Vista group does not feature air-conditioning in its units however all rooms are equipped with fans. We ensure we use our resources well, manage waste and minimize our impact on the environment and this is why the Bella Vista group was recently recognised by Qualmark New Zealand as the only motel chain in the country where all the members have achieved an Enviro Certification.
Thank you again for staying with us.
Helen & Eric
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Additional Information about Bella Vista Motel

Property: Bella Vista Motel
Address: 511-513 Gladstone Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Gisborne Region > Gisborne
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 27 Hotels in Gisborne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bella Vista Motel in Gisborne is an award winning modern 4 star (Qualmark assessed) property with 18 units. Situated on Gisborne's main road, we are a 2-3 minute drive away from the central business district, the Gisborne Airport, the Gisborne industrial area, the Gisborne Park Golf Club, Botanical gardens and the magnificent Midway and Waikanae beaches. Our excellent location and facilities will ensure that you have an enjoyable stay, be it for business or leisure. We offer unlimited free WiFi throughout the complex and you can enjoy a cooked, health or continental breakfast before you get going. Our location, set back from the road, ensures a good night's rest. We pride ourselves on customer service and our ability to meet our guests' individual needs. We look forward to welcoming you at Bella Vista Gisborne. Frik and Marise. Proudly part of the Nationwide Bella Vista Accommodation Network ... more   less 
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