Management on arrival were extremely rude and kept us waiting not even acknowledging we were there. I agree with previous travellers - "Kiwiana Retro 60's" is an excuse not to upgrade the rooms. There was nothing kiwiana about the place BUT the location and views were superb. The room was not particularly clean - cobwebs around the kitchen area. The toilet had not been cleaned, nor the floor. To work the microwave you had to sit on the floor. For $135 per night I did not expect to have to walk up the hill to ask for a sharp knife and a hairdryer. The pool needed to be vaccuumed. Dinner was so-so and expensive. Service by the Manager in the restaurant rude again. Menu read "salad or vegetables, potatoes or chips, gravy or mint sauce". We were not given those options - we got what we got. I am sure that the only reason these people are in business is because there is nowhere else to stay. As there was no cellphone reception I purchased a card to use in the telephone box. This didn't work and when I complained to the staff member who sold it to me 2 mins earlier she said "Oh no it needs fixing" but to give her her due she let me use her phone (and my card). On commenting to management on checkout that the phone box didn't work he feigned surprise - two different stories in two minutes?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ...where the morning sun first meets the horizon...1960s Kiwiana - defining what it is to be Kiwi. Set on a 14 acre bluff, 250 meters above sea level, in historic and botanical protected -- unspoiled -- countryside. where peace and tranquility abound. Overlooking the beautiful Hicks Bay Waterways 40 rooms with 175 person total capacity. AMENITIES. Outdoor Swimming Pool. Bush walks. Restaurant -- 60 person seating capacity. Breakfast and Dinner prepared by Maori chef with freshly prepared sauces, vegetables - served homestyle. Shop and Bottle Store. Internet access, Payphone, and Guest laundry. Playground and Pool Table. Glowworm Grotto and Rock Fishing. East Cape Maritime Lighthouse accessible to the public, 35km.Located midway between Opotiki and Gisborne on the Pacific Coast Highway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hicks Bay Hotel Gisborne