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Pearl of the Bay
Ranked #10 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Barbara truly is a great host. From the minute we arrived, she did everything to make us feel welcome. She even offered an upgrade to a larger apartment which we declined as we stayed for one night only. Our apartment was exceptionally clean and had had everything you need for a comfortable stay. Okay, the design and features are a bit dated and it's a fairly simple place, but according to the price range Bali Hai Motel is an excellent choice in Paihia. We would recommend Bali Hai Motel to anyone who looks for great hospitality at a very competitive rate.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2013

Thank you for your review and I am glad you felt we offer great service, a good place to stay and at a good rate. Best wishes Barbara

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

We were given a very warm welcome by Barbara, the manager. She was extremely friendly and helpful. Our studio apartment included a very comfortable bed and an airy lounge/ dining area and a well equiped kitchen, all very clean. The apartment was in a nice quiet location and it was only a short walk to a very pretty beach.
Many thanks Barbara for a lovely start to our holiday in NZ
Carole

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2013

Dear Carole & Victor, thank you for the review, and I appreciate that you took time to write one.
I am delighted that you found the studio to your liking and that you enjoyed the beach walks.
I hope that the rest of your holiday in NZ continues to go well. It was a pleasure to meet you both.
Best regards Barbara

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Nice stay. Apartments was very clean. Comfortable. Location is a bit far from town over a steep hill for a regular walk so need the car. Very affordable accommodation and friendly helpful host. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank JackandNewell
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2013

I am glad you found the accommodation clean and comfortable. The hill is a good one, but in a car we are one minute to the beginning of town and 2 minutes to the centre. (distance 1.5km) There is also a nice beach walk to the town, and that is not over a hill, I only add this in for future guests. I value all comments and feedback, and thank you for taking the time to post a review. It is appreciated. Best regards Barbara

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

I love the fact that we arrived to the motel and Barbara was gone for the evening but had left us a note on the office door to simply go to our room. Our room was unlocked and ready for us. A very nice welcoming note on our kitchen table, along with a map with restaurants and a supermarket hand marked on it. What service, even when absent!!

The rooms were very clean, beds comfortable. We had a nice balcony overlooking the countryside out our front door. Out the back door was a shared shed containing hundreds of movies to watch and a refrigerator with communal condiments.

As others have mentioned, the driveway up to the rooms is pretty steep but the one going back down is what gave me heart palpitations. Wow!

My only "complaint" that really can't be fixed is the space available for parking. We had a rather large rental vehicle because there were 5 of us traveling and it took the driver and 2 other folks directing the driver to maneuver the vehicle into the car-park for our room.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank PolskaMama4
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Hello Heather, thank you for your review. It is rare that I am not here to meet guests, but if that happens I will always ensure as much information is provided for them as possible in my absence. I am glad you were happy with the information you received.

With the parking, if a vehicle is oversize I am always happy for people to parallel park in front of
their space, to alleviate any parking concerns. Generally speaking our car park spaces are suitable:)

I appreciate the time that you took to write your review, thank you very much.
Best regards to you and your family. I hope your mum is getting on well with her photo scrap book. Barbara

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Our rooms were spotlessly clean and comfortable. It's fairly basic, but still has all the facilities that you would expect. Barbara was pleasant and efficient, giving good recommendations of places to eat and checking our tour bookings for the following day.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Thank you Alistair for taking time to post a review. Regards Barbara

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Barbara goes the second mike to make your stay a memorial one.
She runs a great motel, and looks after your every need.
The units are modern and clean, and close to the town centre close to restaurants and tours. Barbara will even arrange a a booking or you if requested, and suggest one for you to take.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Dear Jim & Fely ~ thank you for taking the time to post such a positive review. It is appreciated. Best regards Barbara

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

My family spend a month travelling both Islands in New Zealand and we stayed in a lot of 2 bedroom apartments and by far the Bali Hai was the best. It had the best bathroom, kitchen, lounge (enough seats for everyone to sit at) well everything in the apartment really outshone others. Not only was the accommodation the best but the personal touches from Barbara made it that much more special and the kids loved her. She went above and beyond to help make our holiday that much more special so Thank you Barbara for all your help and your own lovely personal touches that made staying at the Bali Hai so lovely. Oh yes and the views from the balcony are spectacular too.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Pearl of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Dear Leanne ~ what a lovely review. Thank you!! It was a pure pleasure to meet you all and I learnt about K Pops too!! I Let me know when you and Adrian are doing the adults only trip, and be sure to get in touch. Best regards to Alicia & Daniel. I appreciate all your comments. Barbara

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Additional Information about Pearl of the Bay

Address: 8-10 Coutts Avenue, Paihia 0200, New Zealand (Formerly Bali Hai Motel)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#10 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range: $81 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pearl of the Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pearl of the Bay is a small family run business. We are personal in our approach and our size allows us to ensure that we respond to guests as individuals. With only 9 units, you are never crowded, our lay out gives you optional places to sit and take in the atmosphere, be it on our back patio, your front balcony, or somewhere in your room.We look forward to welcoming you to our spot in the Bay of Islands. ... more   less 
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