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Anchorage Motel
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All reviewsacross the roadgreat locationupstairs roomspa poolwithin easy walking distancegreat place to stayfirst floorstay there againspent two nightsfamily holidaybeach frontgreat roomenjoyed our staybbq areabed was very comfortablebars and restaurantshelpful hosts
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

This motel is placed in a great location: about five minutes walk from the centre of Paihia and across the road from the water. The check in process was smooth. We were provided drink vouchers for the restaurant next door and complimentary wi-fi. The room, whilst a basic motel style, was clean and included all we needed. We booked the budget studio around the back which has a kitchen but no air con - however, a heater was provided which was sufficient for our stay. The motel features free parking; we were able to park around the back in front of our room...very convenient. Only some minor cons: in this room we could hear people moving around above us and both our booking and the front office sign said reception would be open at 8:00AM. The day we checked out, it showed no signs of opening even around 9:00AM. Not sure what happened there; maybe we missed something but nothing was noted in the room compendium either. Regardless, it was a comfortable stay at a great price. Nice touch was the thank you email sent from the owners after our stay. It's clear they take pride in their property. Would stay here again when next in the Bay of Islands.

Room Tip: As the pricing is so good anyway, opt for a higher standard room than the 'budget studio'
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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alf0798, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2013

Thankyou Geenie_19 for reviewing your stay with us. As in your own words " a comfortable room at a great price" best descibes our budget room. Lets hope that next time you visit your budget allows you to take advantage of one of our more modern sea facing rooms overlooking the bay.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The motel room we were offered appeared to have been recently refurbished - very clean and modern decor, linen and facilities. A great view of the ocean from this upstairs unit. A restaurant immediately next door which was very handy during the bad weather we experienced that weekend. The friendly owners told us about some sight seeing we could do once the weather had improved. We would like to return in the summer to take advantage of the wonderful pool facilities and the beach just across the road.

Room Tip: Upstairs units offer great sea views of the Bay of Islands.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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alf0798, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2013

Thankyou Hendrika M for taking the time to review our property. We are in the final stages of the complete refurbishment of our motel that should see completion by late spring. Starting back in 2010 we have replaced and upgraded all our sea facing rooms with: air conditioning, new... bedding, dinning furniture, kitchens and bathrooms as well as repainting. All of which really gives a fresh modern look to our motel.
We would love to have you return for a summer break sometime to not only enjoy our facilities but also for what the lovely Bay of Islands has to offer.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

We looked around a few motels in Paihia before coming across The Anchorage, and we looked no further. We had a one bedroom unit with a queen in the lounge and two singles in the bedroom. The room was very clean, which is the most important thing for us. The whole room was lovely and there was nothing we did not like. The owners were lovely people too. Would highly recommend this motel, great job Anchorage!!!

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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to review our Motel and thank you very much for all of your positive feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay here and your warm comments about us. We always endeavour to ensure that our guests are made to feel welcome and we look forward to seeing you again should you come to visit the beautiful Bay of Islands.

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Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

One of the nicest places we stayed in during our NZ holiday. Modern, spacious, clean, well appointed and our unit had a lovely view out to the BOI. The bed arrangement also suited us (with the single beds in the bedroom and double in the main living area) so we could stay up after putting kids to bed. Good location as only a short walk to pier and shops etc. Wish we had a longer stay!

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anchor01, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

We appreciate you taking the time to review our property and the nice comments you have made about it. Our units do have lovely views out into the Bay and the sun setting on Russell which is directly opposite our motel is always pretty amazing. With some notice our bedding arrangements can be very flexible and able to be configured to meet any guests requirements.
When next visiting NZ we would love to have you revisit us and stay longer.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

we have recently had bad a experience at a hotel in Auckland and this place restored our faith in hoteliers! it was simply perfect and so relaxing. the owners were really welcoming and we will definately be back. finally we have found a home away from home.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denis P, Owner at Anchorage Motel, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property and I am so sorry about your recent experience in Auckland but glad that we were able to ''restore your faith". I'm glad you had a nice and relaxing stay with us and we would love to welcome you back!!

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