This is an unusual review to write as stayed two nights, had two different rooms with totally different experiences.
To start when we arrived we thought (as advertised) we were going to be given a "suite with private patio with garden views" as opposed to a suite with patio and water views. When we booked we opted for the cheaper option... big mistake! We arrived to a friendly greeting and were escorted to our room, No.16. You've heard of the saying "worse house in the best street" well same applies here. If you have a look on Google Maps R16 is in the area where you can see a silver refection on the right! From the minute we walked in we didn't want to be there. The room was right next door to a garage and you felt isolated from the rest of the complex. The patio was outside the front door and enclosed by a brick wall with definitely no garden views. We did have a nice view of the car park though! For the price this was well below what we expected so we aired our feelings the next day... more to let the management know we weren't happy. As a result we were upgraded to a water front room and at no extra charge... what difference and great PR on the managements part.
As far as the first room itself was concerned it was okay,certainly nothing special. Compared to the other units it was definitely the worse room in the place. The room itself had adequate space, it was clean, had most of what you would need for self catering and would have worked for a nights stay had it been in a better location in the motel. At just under $200/night though it wasn't good value even if it was better locationed. We traveled around NZ for 19 days and this was pretty mush the most expensive room we paid for and sadly the worst.
If we were reviewing the motel based on our second nights stay then it would be a completely different ball game. Being a water front room (R15) it had a completely different feel as one would expect! You wanted to be there rather than wanted to escape. It was more spacious than the first room as it offered a separate bedroom. Considering the extra cost for a water front room isn't that much more than a garden suite it certainly would be worth the extra money and it makes the garden suite overpriced.
I can understand why the motel is rated so highly by guests but I suspect most stayed in a water front room and none got R16!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Waterfront Accommodation on Central Paihia Waterfront that is only a three minute flat walk to cafes, restaurants, shops and Paihia Wharf where tours depart from.Spectacular interrupted ocean views from Waterfront Suites, partial sea views from Seaview Suites. Sky Guest Select 70 channels - Free WiFi.Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Bay of Islands and up to Cape Reinga. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Breakwater Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands