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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
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 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.
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Graeme Horsley
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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
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 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.
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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 :)

Room Tip: Family rooms are great options for a group of friends travelling together, as they are still very affordable and have no extra charge for extra adults as many other hotels do.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Morgan R
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed December 15, 2012

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
Thank Sbz100
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 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
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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
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Graeme H, Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this reviewResponded 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!
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Graeme Horsley
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