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“lovely seaside hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Ranked #7 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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149 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“lovely seaside hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

stayed in a disabled access room that was large and comfortable. plenty of space to move around and store the wheelchair. good guest laundry so could top up the clean clothes. really near the sea front and easy to walk to the center of town. Staff very helpful and friendly.
hotel generally clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tcauUkVulcan
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Thank you for your positive comments. We are pleased we could offer suitable accommodation to suit your needs and that the staff offered their usual helpful and friendly service!
We hope you will return to Paihia in the futute and again give us the opportunity to provide your accommodation requirements.
REgards
Graeme Horsley
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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107 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

this hotel is absolutely lovely. we had booked a room for the family, and it was a loft, with a queen upstairs and king bed downstairs. the room was very clean and modern. the beds were very comfortable. the only thing I would suggest to the property is to look after some air conditioning for the room upstairs which can get very hot during the day. it is also nice that the hotel is within walking distance to the beach and the main strip in paihia.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GlobalCitizenM
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thank you for your kind comments on our property - we are pleased you enjoyed the accommodation as well as the handy location to the beach and township. We are working our way through the air conditioning of the rooms and whilst not all rooms are yet fitted with AC a good number are. We hope you will find yourselves back in Paihia in the future and we look forward to be able to welcoming you back to the Scenic HJotel Bay of Islands.
Graeme Horsley
General Manager
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

I found the staff at Scenic Hotel BOI to be very helpful, friendly and accomading. The rooms were clean and the pillows comfortable. I found the bathroom space and lighting both left much to be desired. The breakfast options in the restaurant were affordable and hearty, and the service there was really nice as well. I found it pretty silly that wifi was not provided (even at a small amount of MB) as I've stayed in really cheap, budget accommodations that provide wifi for their guests. In this day and age I guess I take it as a given, but this place has reminded me to check all the available amenities before I book a hotel. I also think the ambiance would be greatly improved with a spa tub by the pool :)

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Morgan R
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands and recognising our friendly and helpful staff! Your comments about our breakfasts are very welcome also - we seem to got the formula right here to ensure the first meal of the day is an enjoyable experience. Please see my comments in the previous review about wifi. As mentioned we will shortly be offering free service just to allow our guests to access emails etc.Whilst I appreciate other types of accommodation providers offer free wifi we consider we offer high speed, quality, secure and uncapped internet service similar to that you experience at home - all at very competitive rates compared to other large hotel groups.
Would love a spa pool here also - will try and twist the hotel owner's arm!
Again - thanks for your comments and we look forward to the opportunity to accommodate you should you revisit Paihia.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

We had one of the recently refurbished ground floor rooms and it was top notch. Lovely bed and a good choice of channels of the tv. The breakfast was a good hearty continental feast and was only € 16.00 each which by NZ standards is a bargain

The bad bit is the Internet access which I guess is a theme in NZ hotels. I bought a 2 hr package on the iPad but didn't realise that you must use it in one session and got stung a further € 10 for logging in twice more... Very confusing approach , they need to get with the rest of the world but this is it unique to this hotel, it's a time throughout...

Staff were very helpful and pleasant and you got to park your car right outside your room

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sbz100
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Thank you for your favourable comments on the accommodation and breakfasts. With regards to the internet charges it is clearly stated that the packages are for specified time frames which is why we recommend users to take a $10 - 24 hour package as opposed to a $5 - 2 hour package. As a group Scenic Hotels have introduced the most cost effective wifi plans as compared to other major hotel plans - at $10 for 24 hours we compare very favourably against the usual $30 charged by others. We would love to give it free but internet in NZ is still an expensive commodity. As a group we will shortly be offering free internet for short periods to enable our guests to quickly check their emails.
Again , thanks for your comments.
Graeme Horsley
General Manager
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

Stayed at the Scenic for one night. Given a room with two double beds. Good local accommodation - large rooms, clean facilities, no complaints. Hotel is located just up the road from the main beachfront - but the town is so small that it is within walking distance to everywhere.

Tip: there is a great restaurant called 'Alfrescos' just around the corner which does great breakfast and dinner (steaks looked amazing) and the seafood platter was good for two. It has the largest oysters that you will ever see - another local specialty

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JCJT
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Graeme H, Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for your positive feedback and we are pleased we were able to provide satisfactory overnight accommodation during your visit to Paihia.
We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands should you visit again in the future - maybe try our food and beverage offerings next time as well!
Regards
Graeme Horsley
General Manager
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doncaster
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

My Husband and I stayed at the Scenic Hotel for 3 nights begining on the 19th November 2012. What a great place to stay. The rooms were large and comfortable and the beds (we booked queen twin beds) lovely. Newly furbished bathrooms with great large shower, fluffy towels and all the extra,s The weather was not kind to us over the time we were there. It rained constantly for two and a half of them, the half day being the day we left. We checked out at 10am and left our luggage at the hotel as our bus didnt leave for Auckland till 2pm. The weather was very very wet and we had walked around Paihia for over an hour. We returned to the hotel and was greeted with a warm and friendly smile by Agnes, who we explained our predicament to and she asked us to wait in the bar and she brought us a lovely pot of tea and said we could wait until out transport arrived in the bay. we were very grateful to the service we were given even though we had checked out earlier. We would recommend the resort and hotel to anyone. So once again a big thank you to all at the Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands New Zealand.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank postiedoncaster
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Apologies for the weather - this is the one thing we have absolutely no control over. Having just moved here I too am coming to grips with the occaisional rainy grey days. You will have to come back and experience the lovely weather we are having now! I was pleased to hear that Agnes was so attentive - we are lucky to have such friendly obliging staff!
We look forward to the chance to provide accommodation to you should you revisit the Bay of Islands.
Regards
Graeme Horsley
General Manager
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cambridge
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

The best breakfast in NZ! Delicious cooked and continental buffet with super smiley staff.

The staff throughout the hotel are so friendly and seem to smile all day - it really made the stay relaxing and enjoyable.

Rooms are very luxurious (Deluxe Room) with lovely linen and thick towels and nice toiletries.

Hotel is also only a 10-minute walk to town and just metres from the beach.

Would highly recommend the Scenic - have stayed a couple of times and my highlight of going to the Bay of Islands is staying here (and enjoying their scrummy breakfast).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank katiereynolds5
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thank you for your generous comments. As previously noted by other guests our staff are well recognised for their friendly service. Glad you enjoyed the breakfast as well - great start to the day! We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. Graeme Horsley
General Manager
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Property: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Address: 58 Seaview Road | Paihia, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Paihia
#6 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#17 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#18 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands 4*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands has a sub-tropical resort ambiance, with island-influenced architecture, beautifully landscaped grounds and light airy rooms. Situated at the entrance to the seaside town of Paihia, it’s a pleasant stroll into town to access the main wharf, visitor activities, fine dining and shopping. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, the relaxed atmosphere of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands will melt away your stresses in moments. The entire property has been extensively refurbished and expanded, and the attention to detail will impress you. As our guest you will enjoy: A choice of accommodation styles including standard, superior and deluxe rooms. Beautifully presented guest rooms, with earthy tones, splashes of colour, and quality room amenities. Excellent hotel facilities, including swimming pool, ample parking, wireless Internet and comprehensive conference facilities. Quality, relaxed dining and socialising in our licensed restaurant, and lounge bar. Easy walking access to Paihia’s main wharf, shops and local attractions. Our lush sub-tropical gardens, with water features and feature lighting, are attractive and relaxing by day and night. ... more   less 
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