Forget about luxury, flashy decor and all that. The strength of this motel is not based on that. Instead, it is based on cleanliness, proximity and comfortability. The motel is run by a lovely old couple Ken and Kathryn, some of the most friendliest and accommodating Kiwis I have ever met during my 2 weeks trip.
Talk about the room first. I had room no. 6 which has a queen bed, a small kitchen but fully equipped with microwave, oven/hobs and all that. A small separate shower and toilet, all in good working condition. Some people commented on the deco being very old, which feels like the 70s, but I feel there is nothing wrong with that. As long as it is clean and comfortable, it can be a very cute retro experience. At least it was the case for me. Need not to worry about the noise as there is hardly any at night, which ensure a good night sleep, in their surprisingly comfortable bed. Being an asian, I don't like very soft bed, the one they have is just right, which should suit most people. Wifi is provided absolutely free, you just get a password from the owner.
Location wise, this hotel is just opposite a huge supermarket which stays open till midnight. To walk to center of town is just 5 or ten minutes. Only a 2 or 3 min walk to the coach station where people can take buses everywhere in the island. Ken, the owner, does a free airport pick up and drop off, as part of their complimentary services. I am sure he will never forget me as he parked his car on a forbidden spot and got a parking fine, which made me feel so bad, but he is a nice fellow and made no qualms about it.
Overall, this is a very nice motel which should please most people, so long as you are not after modern luxury. I have been traveling around the world, and stayed in all sort of luxury hotels, I am very happy with my 2 nights stay, don't be intimated by the oldness of this motel, you'd be amazed how comfortable it can be. Thanks a lot Ken and Kathryn
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