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Riverbend Family Lodge
Ranked #10 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Napier
Brisbane, Australia
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98 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Easy and comfortable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

Stayed for 3 nights. Arrived late to find the owner on the way to the unit to close the curtains and turn on the heat, this is such a welcome sign when the temperature range was 2-14 celsius (35 - 57 fahrenheit). Kendall (owner) was a comfortable and welcoming host. Laundry facilities were very welcome after a week of travelling and 2 more to go; outside line was useful for heavy items and inside drying rack (on request) was great for more personal items. Location was good, 5 mins from town of Napier and 10 mins to the Silky Oak Chocolate Factory. We were in the most forward cottage and could hear a little road traffic but nothing that disturbed us and we slept soundly however if you are a light sleeper and staying in summer therefore wanting to open the windows you may find this a little difficult. The accommodation is NOT on or near a major road but neither is it on a cul-de-sac.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Kendall H, Owner at Riverbend Family Lodge, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Thanks for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your stay.
When you are travelling for an extended time it is nice to have the comforts of home close at hand.
Temperature here in winter is a little different from your home so was happy to oblige to make you as comfortable as possible. I hope the rest of your trip all went to plan.
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

We have stayed at Riverbend Family Lodge a number of times. Each time we have been impressed with the cleanliness and convenience these two bedroom cottages provide. The spacious combined kitchen/dining/lounge area gives plenty of room to move. The kitchen has good storage with a full-sized fridge/freezer and stove. The beds are very comfortable and there is good wardrobe space. Having the toilet separate from the bathroom is an added bonus, as is having a washing machine in each unit. The hosts, Kendall and Greg, are a pleasure to deal with. Riverbend Family Lodge is the ideal place to stay in Napier, it is a "home away from home".

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Kendall H, Owner at Riverbend Family Lodge, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
We are glad that you once again enjoyed your stay.
We know space is important when on holiday and as you said the cottages offer plenty of that.
You don't have to worry about tripping over bags of living out of the suitcase.
Look forward to seeing you again.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

We recently enjoyed a stay at Riverbend Family Lodge. The cottages were perfect for our family of four, with plenty of space to spread out. As a family we enjoyed the outdoor surroundings especially the heated pool. We really appreciated the friendly and helpful hosts. We would and have recommended River Family Lodge to friends and family.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Kendall H, Owner at Riverbend Family Lodge, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Glad you had a enjoyable time. Families do love the relaxed feel of the property.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

We stayed for three nights with our two young boys and it was great. Friendly owners, good location, nice units, pool was fantastic. Having the laundry and clothes line was great and very reasonable rates. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Kendall H, Owner at Riverbend Family Lodge, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Thanks for your comments the pool is always a hit and as its heated it is always a great day to swim .
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stayed with our 2 children for 3 nights. Great value for money. Hosts were friendly and helpful. Units were a good size and well equipped. The kids had great fun in the pool and bouncing on the tramp. We will definitely stay again when we are next in Napier.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Kendall H, Owner at Riverbend Family Lodge, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Thanks for your feedback.
Yes the pool is always a hit with our guests.
Would be great to have you stay again.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

We had such a wonderful time. We were greeted by the friendly Hostess Kendall. Greg was an awesome Host as well, he even gave me a substantial discount for staying there for 10 days!. I was also thrilled to be able to have my Champagne Brekky there and my Family were allowed to use the Swimming Pool. What a superb time. Absolutely loved the Chalet. Clean and central and close to all amenities. Will definitely be back to stay.
Josie Allan & Paea Tai

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kendall H, Owner at Riverbend Family Lodge, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Greg and I as pleased that you had such a good time during your stay.
We do enjoy seeing families relaxing and enjoying their stay we are only to happy to assist.
We can arrange bike tours and wine tours so maybe something for next time.
Best regards
Kendall
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

Fantastic hosts who are helpful, friendly and very accommodating - they are the reason I would not hesitate to stay here again in future. Well located and great practical accommodation at a good price.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Kendall H, Owner at Riverbend Family Lodge, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Thank you for your comments we do our best to make everyone stay comfortable whether for business or holiday. We look forward to seeing you again when you and the team are in Napier .
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Additional Information about Riverbend Family Lodge

Property: Riverbend Family Lodge
Address: 94 Bledisloe Road, Napier, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Napier
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three two bedroom self contained cottages sleeps four queen bed and two singles in second bedroom. Full kitchen and own laundries. Set on the city fringe of Napier country feel close to town.Room for the kids to play. ... more   less 

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