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At the Rocks Motor Lodge
Ranked #28 of 47 Hotels in Napier
New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What a beauty!”
Reviewed December 17, 2011

What a beauty!!! The motor lodge was absolutely lovely, well maintained a real credit to the patrons Dave and Jan who by the way were the perfect hosts. The room i stayed in was spacious, very clean and the spa bath was to die for! Great value i will definitely be back to stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Truro, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2011

This motel is well situated on the west shore of the lovely Art Deco town of Napier, close to the sea. The decor, furnishings and especially the beautiful bathroom with its spa bath were of a better quality than many motels, but the room itself was very small, with nowhere to actually leave 2 suitcases without potentially falling over them. There was no kitchen, just a microwave and toaster, yet we paid more than in many motels in New Zealand. I think motels need to get their priorities right. After all, there is only so long you can spend in the bath.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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daverayner53, Owner at At the Rocks Motor Lodge, responded to this review, December 15, 2011
Thank you for your review, we always welcome our guests feedback.
The room you booked is described on the site you booked on, as with all other sites that we use as "Mini studio". This is self explanatory. All our other rooms are bigger than this , hence the description of" mini" for the room you chose to book . Our prices reflect the seasons and availability,we feel for the standard of our Qualmark rated 4star plus motel, our prices are at the low end of the rates of similar motels. We do have limited kitchen facilities in all rooms with kitchen units, microwave, toaster , electric fry pan, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities, again we do not advertise full cooking facilities.
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Annapolis Royal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2011

As Innkeepers in Canada ourselves we tend to be a little discerning and we were incredibly impressed with At The Rocks. Outstanding hospitality, immaculately clean, nice outside space, 5 minute drive to town, Napier was a huge treat for us including the Hastings Farmers Market, Art Deco Tour, Milk & Honey Restaurant, and wine tastings at Clearview and Elephant Hill, a MUST visit town!

Room Tip: All great, seriously!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 13, 2011

Just came home from an amazing trip round the North Island of New Zealand. During our stay in Napier we were lucky enough to stay at this motor lodge. I aren't really the sort of person to bother with writing reviews (unless I have a really bad experience) but this one was SOOOO good I felt I had to share it.
After staying in numerous, shall we say "dodgy" hotels under the same star rating this one was a welcome relief!
The rooms were exceptionally clean and fresh. I am a fitness freak so It was great to have a gym available,not to mention the beach and foreshore just across the way for my runs. The owners were helpful with my questions about how to get about, and things to do. It was by far the best and most comfortable stay whilst in NZ .... You rock "the rocks"!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank Erin B
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2011

Quiet and convenient location; comfortable good-size room with nice "art deco" touches in keeping with Napier style; reasonable value; reception staff not particularly welcoming.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

Just a big thank you to the owner of Rocks Motor Lodge from Harkess-Ord UK.
I was on a business trip to Napier and got stuck at the lodge with an oversized piece of luggage. The hotel owner helped me to get the piece of luggage to the airport for a 6.40am flight.

The help is much appreciated.
Thank you

Chris Pretorius

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Thank Chris P
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2011

We stayed here for a few days after reading reviews on this site. As we drove in my partner noted the modern, clean surroundings and said to me "you've certainly picked a winner here." As we were booking in David (the owner) told us he'd upgraded us to a bigger room which we were very pleased about. I liked the fact the rooms were spacious especially the bathroom and there were many extras like a comfortable sofa, extra small tables to put things on, e.g. computer/writing desk and several lamps for reading.
We had our mountain bikes with us and had a great time riding around the beach and wharf area and also checked out the bird life and scenery across the road at the Ahuriri Estuary. Napier is a great place and we go there 3 or 4 times a year, so hope to stay at the rocks again - if we can get in!

Room Tip: I'd expect all rooms to be quiet like ours was a the gym and reception are closest to the road...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: At the Rocks Motor Lodge
Address: 27 Meeanee Quay, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 47 Hotels in Napier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — At the Rocks Motor Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious Qualmark 4 plus star motel featuring modern deluxe studio, executive and family rooms with relaxing spa baths, romantic clawfoot baths and private gym. Situated adjacent to Ahuriri Estuary and close to Napier's West Quay with wonderful waterfront dining, bars and cafe's, and still only 5 minutes from Napier City Centre and Airport. We are only 80 metres from a safe swimming beach. ... more   less 
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