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Grosvenor Motor Inn
Ranked #53 of 62 Hotels in Hamilton
Auckland, New Zealand
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76 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Tired and now lagging behind several others in the area”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2009

We had been using this motel on and off for several years as part of a sports group, but hadn't really looked at it too closely, as they always gave us a good group rate. However, this time there were just two of us and it was a cold wet wintery afternoon when we arrived.

Reception was extremely efficient and friendly, (I had pre-booked via their website and that worked very well) and we just had a basic room with no kitchen facilities. Tea and coffee making was OK, with plunger as well as instant coffee and a fridge. The room was rather dull and initially cold, with an oil filled radiator for warmth.

Large bath with shower over, but a very tired bathroom otherwise. Bed was comfortable and fortunately with electric blankets. Sky TV was OK, but with limited channels.

In the past , we have rather enjoyed the heated indoor pool, but we just couldn't be bothered to brave the elements, even though we were fairly close. A spa pool would have been better on this occasion!

The night was relatively quiet which is our number one priority after cleanliness, even though there was a major night rugby match on at the adjacent stadium, so no complaints there. We were insulated from the street as we requested a quiet room (#25).

We didn't use the restaurant at night, but as we had a match at 8am, we were grateful that the restaurant opened at 7am.

Now poached eggs, bacon and tomatoes might appear to be a simplistic meal, but is in fact one of the most difficult to serve to a customer's total satisfaction, and I am happy to say that it was excellent, though we have rather grown out of filter coffee these days. The restaurant waitress and chef staff were also very friendly - but that is something we get used to, as we are always fiendly to them.

Its a shame it is a bit tired now, and there are plenty of places that are far worse, but as Hamilton as a city has raised its game over recent years, the Grosvenor really needs to do the same.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2008

Very basic accommodation with tired interior furnishings and bed linen. Stained carpets, noisy cleaners at 2am (Function room)
We decide to stay at this motel after seeing the motel in free Jason Motel book. One of the reasons we chose it was because it had an indoor pool and we both like swimming. The pool was not warm enough and the bottom of the pool was dirty and uninviting. Needless to say we did not use it. The only thing that I could say was ok was the evening meal - a set price of $30 for a three course. The starter and sweet were bland but the main made up for it and on its own was worth the money.

  • Liked — The restaurant
  • Disliked — The room and swimming pool
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Grosvenor Motor Inn

Property: Grosvenor Motor Inn
Address: 165 Ulster Street, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Hamilton
Amenities:
Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #53 of 62 Hotels in Hamilton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Grosvenor Motor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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