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Colonial City Motel
Ranked #41 of 63 Hotels in Hamilton
Reviewed March 28, 2013

This older, unassuming accommodation is full of charm and owner/ manager friendliness. Simple breakfasts brought to your room, and wi-fi included. Could not be more friendly and helpful. Rooms clean, roomy and comfortable.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
Thank Dennis H
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

I come to Hamilton regularly, and never bother calling elsewhere.
If I've ever had a problem with Colonial City, the staff sort it out immediately.

Comfortable, clean, free wifi, enough milk for tea and cereal, handy location.... unique....

I do not like big noisy impersonal motels. Locally owned and operated can show attention to detail and make me feel at home.

I'll be back!

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Sawhira
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

My experience was one of the most dirty rooms I have stayed in. Carpets not vacummed. The sofa had food crumbs everywhere, even the side arm rest. The top edges of the sofa were full of dust. The pictures on the walls were covered in dust. There were ants crawling along the kitchen benches. There were also cobwebs in most corners.There was no vanity bench in the bathroom.The bathroom slide door was covered in dirty marks. Light switches werecovered in finger marks , Mirriors were not clean, the bedspreads and linen were old and stained with other occupants hairs. the room smelt musty. My husband and I spent 1 hour cleaning the room before we felt comfortable sleeping there. Perhaps it was a bad day from the cleaners but some of the filth seemed to have been there a while.The microwave had a layer of grease and crumbs on the top.The place was looking dated and had torn wallpaper etc. The towels were so old they were grey from the water they have been washed in. There was mould under the headrest in the spa bath. There was no operating fire alarm or smoke detectors within site of the room I stayed in. I dont know how this is safe for paying visitors?
Do not stay in room 17!! The bed was comfortable and the large TV was great.
Perhaps the proprieters should look at there cleaning staff and invest in some new linen and towels. A splash of paint and wallpaper could also improve there situation.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank travelalotnzTS
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

The homey, comfy, local feel of this place, plus the friendly hospitality, efficiency and good value.... I always stay here when in Hamilton. I've stayed on my own, with friends for Parachute Music Festival... It's easy and comfortable and clean. Why am I sharing the best kept secret in Hamilton?!
Reading chair, Sky, kitchenette, safe parking...

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank Sawhira
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed her for 3 days while we were in Hamilton for a wedding. We stayed in a one bedroom unit which was more than large enough for the two of us. The place was tidy and the bathroom was so clean and immaculate. The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of parking. Very easy to find and close to the centre, we will most definitely be staying here again and we would recommend this place to people who want an affordable and enjoyable stay. Cheers!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mariana G
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

A very friendly place but a little dated (renovations are currently underway). Large sitting room , bedroom, kitchen and updated bathroom with large shower (room 1). Good breakfast , a short walk into the center of town, wifi and a nice deck area for the summer months.
Reasonable rates and friendly service.

Room Tip: Ask for a ground floor room if you have trouble with steps.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank keenvisitor
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Perhaps it was our mistake for selecting a studio for 2 mature adults.
The studio was advertised as equipped with a kitchenette, stove.

The studio was a small room which was enough to accommodate a twin bed not a double bed, and the small desk with a single chair was not aimed for two people stay.
The kitchenette had no hot plates as advertized but an eletric frying pot. The washroom next to the room was tiny with no heater. The place was visited by a large cockroach, and apparently this happends when it is wet and cold outside. The internet access was free from the motels dining place, but their beutiful & friendly cat named Elizabeth left her hair on the computer and the chairs around as she was used to snuggling up on them, and the chairs had cloth cover.

The nice thing was the owner's / manager's attitude , name Heather, who upon a request checked with Bookings.com and with a smile& without a penalty refunded us the prepaid additional day's stay so we could get out and move on with our trip.

To be fair we checked other rooms, and found the curtains old, a bit dingy, and insufficient to keep the outside lifgts from penetrating the room for a good noght stay. In fact I had to unscrew a light bulb in front of our "studio" room.

Even at the price NZ $ 85/night with breakfast ( basic food brought to the room night in advance ) we found the place disappinting and would not recommend the place to anyone.

It had planty of parking, but the street was difficult to find as it is not well marked at the roundaround.

Room Tip: Avoid the place if you seek and prefer a fresh, bugs free accommodation
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Tradicional
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Additional Information about Colonial City Motel

Address: 23 Thackeray Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Hamilton
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 63 Hotels in Hamilton
Price Range: $62 - $106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Colonial City Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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