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“Excellent rooms, most friendly owners”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Motel de la Mer

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Motel de la Mer
Ranked #23 of 47 Hotels in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
Zurich, Switzerland
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90 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Excellent rooms, most friendly owners”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

The motel was one of the best properties we visited during our two-week trip across New Zealand. It is located right opposite the beach, a short walk south of the town center. Upon arrival we were greeted by the owners who showed us the rooms and offered us a bottle of milk for the coffee of the following morning. They were some of the nicest, friendliest and most helpful people we met in New Zealand, giving out suggestion on which wineries to visit and what to do.

The rooms were huge with a nice living room, spacious bed and big bathroom. WiFi is provided free of charge and works perfectly. When inside the room, you could not hear any noise, neither from other rooms nor from the road. We also noticed that the room was very clean.

All-in-all we would suggest staying here. For the price paid, the motel offered a wonderful value. The fact that it is often completely booked weeks in advance prooves this point.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

We stayed for two nights, shortly after our long trans-ocean flight, at the start of our New Zealand holiday. Had a room on the first (not ground) floor, with lovely view, balcony. Location is superb. Beautifully appointed. Very helpful staff. across the street from the beach walk/bike trail, short walk to restaurants. Art Deco buildings everywhere. Restful, wonderful spot.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

We arrived on our Harleys and the host quickly ensured they were parked under cover and out of harms way. The rooms are spacious and well equiped - complete with a spa bath.

An acceptable walk into the town cwntre, and handy to all attractions.

Highly recommended

Room Tip: Ground floor for access, or upstairs for views
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stay at this Motel every year for the Mission Concert. Every time the motel is absolutely spotless. The owners are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them to organise. We think this is the best accommodation of its type we have used in NZ and will continue to do so. Well done to John and Lenis.

Room Tip: Bottom floor has spas in room.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Motel de la Mer was very easy to find and also very easy to park with my size of rental car. Our room was on the first floor and we had great views over the sea. The lounge area was very large as was the bedroom/spa bath. There was also a separate shower room with toilet and hand basin and also a kitchen area with fridge.
The hosts were very friendly and helpful and gave excellent advice on places of interest and places to eat. The town centre itself was only a short walk away and had a variety of shops, cafe's and restaurants.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Newick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

We had just one night here....very warm reception..we arrived early and wanted to go on a wine tour....they just picked up the phone, and 10 minutes later we were on a tour...for the afternoon. (Hamish was a great guide and took us to 4 wineries & also up the Peak....sadly it was very damp and cloudy,so the view was not clear) we returned to to motel and checked in.. The Bistro next door was very good too. A very short stay..but we would stay here again. John even worked out our route to Wellington...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

Nice room & facilities but you may need help with luggage.
Across road to'promenade' and it's a five walk into the town centre.
WiFi limited unless you beg another voucher.
Fine for a 1 night stop in Napier.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Motel de la Mer

Property: Motel de la Mer
Address: 321 Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Napier
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Napier
#18 Luxury Hotel in Napier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Motel de la Mer 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Motel de la Mer looks forward to welcoming our customers having established ourselves as a favourite with business travellers and discerning holidaymakers, who relish luxury, and a genuine, hospital experience. Our stunning oceanfront location complemented by our spacious motel apartment suite accommodation is lavishly appointed with tasteful interior décor. Each of our suites has a luxurious, relaxed atmosphere and facilities to match. Spoiled for choice: Executive Studio, Deluxe Executive Suites with large in-room fresh water private spa's and Executive One Bedroom Suites (no spa), and Deluxe Penthouse Apartments with large fresh water in-room spas and spectacular views. Situated close to Napier's C.B.D, a variety of top class restaurants, cafe's, boutique shopping and a selection of activities with the oceanfront and promenade at your door. "McLean Park" is just a 12-15 minute stroll. A "Fabulous Sporting Arena" where all our "Major Rugby and Cricket" events are hosted!. Motel de la Mer has now achieved the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence Award" for the fifth year running, and a place in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. This is all the more reason to come explore and experience Napier and the Hawkes Bay Region and our friendly hospitality at Motel de la Mer. Motel de la Mer - quality, superior, oceanfront suite accommodation - Relax with us in Napier, Hawkes Bay, where "Art Deco" lives on. ... more   less 
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