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Senator Motor Inn
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels in Gisborne
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kiwi
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55 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Perfect place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Wow amazing place, amazing location to town, cafes, and restaurants. Beautiful views of water and harbour. Wonderful walking path right at motels doors that takes you along the marina and out to the ocean! Just what you need after a long drive to gisborne. Massive rooms with air conditioning so lovely and warm. Very modern and amazing host, Mark and Karen. Thoroughly recommend to all especially reps. Will be staying regularly.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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smgltd, Manager at Senator Motor Inn, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Mark and I appreciate your positive comments. Look forward to seeing you on your next stay.

Regards Karen and Mark
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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136 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed here for two nights, a beautiful view of the marina. close to restaurants and a café right next door.
It was a great price and the units were beautiful, clean and modern.
I would definitely go back and stay there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Deidre A
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smgltd, Manager at Senator Motor Inn, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
We appreciate your feedback and would love to have you revisit our motel. Thank you for your comments and were happy that you had a positive experience.
Regards
Olive Lewis
Manager
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

After we had finished the wonderful "Walk Gisborne" we asked Penny who runs the walk for her recommendation of a place to stay in Gisborne. She was right all the rooms have a water view, so we woke to the sun rising over the port, with tea on the balcony. We could see the waka ama out on the river. In the evening we had a welcome glass of wine and watched the activity at the port.

It was also within easy walking distance of the main street and restaurants etc. Although we almost got take outs to further enjoy our balcony and the views.

The rooms were well appointed, and incredibly clean and tidy. The staff were friendly too.

What more is there to say? We'd happily return, and would highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Barbara2211
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smgltd, Manager at Senator Motor Inn, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you Barbara for your positive review. Our waka ama paddlers are internationally recognised competitors and medal winners so a real treat to see them in action whilst relaxing with a glass of wine. Best wishes.
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Olive Lewis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

We had one night in another Gisborne motel looking at corrugated iron fencing and decided we wanted a view. Senator met that requirement and more. On the river looking east to the fishing boat harbour and wine centre sun streaming in in the morning. Quiet but witha bit of entertaining activity streaming past the balcony: outriggers and fishing boats on the river, walkers and jiggers on the grass. A short walk to the main drag shops, the city beach and Marina restaurant (recommended) Amongst others. the room wasn't luxurious but it was tidy clean and had all that you might expect from a good motel (including free wifi!) at a reasonable rate. We would definitely come here again.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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smgltd, Manager at Senator Motor Inn, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Gisborne is such a lovely place to visit and our port area is a real treat, so great that you were able to relax on your balcony and take in the activity. Thank you for your comments, I am very pleased you had a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
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Olive Lewis
Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Our New Zealand holiday got off to a fabulous start thanks to friendly management, superb rooms and a fabulous view of the inner harbor! We would go back to the Senator Motor Inn in Gisborne in a heartbeat. It was so very convenient to literally everything -- shopping, restaurants, walking paths, park and the water! It was fun just hanging out on the balcony watching the big ships being loaded with truckload after truckoad of logs. Superb!

Room Tip: Upper level offered great views of the harbor from a private balcony.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linda F
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smgltd, Manager at Senator Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your positive comments. Our aim is to always try and give our guests a pleasurable experience. We would love to have you back.

Regards
Olive Lewis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

My husband and I stayed here over the new year. We were warmly greeted when we arrived. Our room was clean, and had a porch with a lovely view of the inner harbor. It is a great value, and the customer service was great.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lbernd
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smgltd, Manager at Senator Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thanks very much for your feedback. I am pleased you found our motel a great place to stay. It was a pleasure to have hosted you.
Regrds
Olive Lewis
Manager
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Wellington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

The tile says it all. Every room faces the river and marina, stunning views and lots to look at. A huge balcony and in the shade in the afternoon heat was great. The room was large and had all Facilities you might want, apart from wifi which for a premium property is lacking. A very comfortable bed, and despite being a two minute walk to the heart of the town it was very quiet.
It's perhaps starting to get a little dated and may need some sort of revamp soon, but other than that all good

Room Tip: Top floor would best
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MF100
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smgltd, Manager at Senator Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Your comments are appreciated, thank you very much. It was a shame one did not ask at reception about wifi, as we have had FREE internet access for several year. Also, information is also in compendiums, on our website and in our advertising. However, this review has prompted me to place a small note beside the internet connections re free wifi for those who have not sighted the information.

Regards
Olive Lewis
Manager
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Additional Information about Senator Motor Inn

Property: Senator Motor Inn
Address: 2 Childers Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Gisborne Region > Gisborne
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels in Gisborne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Senator Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stylish and comfortable motel accommodation in the heart of Gisborne - Senator Motor Inn offers this and more.Our modern harbour side motel is a two minute walk to Central Gisborne’s shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.Each of our spacious self contained suites has its own balcony with views over the bustling inner harbour marina. From here you can take a relaxing riverside stroll along the riverside walkway to the spectacular Waikanae and Midway beaches in one direction or along the riverside walkway alongside the rivers in the other direction.Senator Motor Inn offers top quality motel accommodation for the discerning business traveller or holiday maker during the week or for those special get away from it all weekends. ... more   less 
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