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“Edge of town” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Ranked #6 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Merseyside UK
Level Contributor
35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Edge of town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Series of large accommodation blocks with gardens between and a central reception/bar/restaurant building.
Huge rooms, very smart presentation and nicely finished. Very restful, so much so that I fell asleep and missed going out for dinner! A dash to the hotel restaurant at 8:30pm(closing at 9pm) enabled me to get a last minute order in. I ordered Steak and eggs with fries and salad($24.50), fortunately it was a small steak but cooked as requested medium/rare. An excellent meal at the last minute! As I was the only diner there the waiter asked if I needed anything more before leaving with the chef. The receptionist came in to present the bill and clear away.
Breakfast was continental, toaster worked well needing only one pass to give good colour to bread. Good variety of pastries, breads and spreads. Variety of fresh fruit and juices.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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2 Thank GeoffW44
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your review after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. It would seem that our signature feather beds are still doing the job and providing a superior , comfortable sleeping platform! Your comments on the food quality are appreciated and I will pass this on to the kitchen and restaurant teams. Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Just back from a 2 night stay. We were upgraded to a deluxe room with 2 double beds. Everything was spottless. Although it doesn't have sea views the beach is only a couple of minutes walk away.
We had breakfast as part of our package and it was ok - but I wouldn't pay $24.50 per adult. I think you could do better in town. Hot food consisted of streaky (fatty) bacon, watery scrambled eggs, very cheap sausages, hash browns, baked beans and tomatoes. Staff were helpful and there was no issue when I asked for poached eggs. Dinner is a good deal if you are travelling with children. Buy 2 courses and the child eats for free. They provided a little note offering "happy hour" on drinks at a time suitable to guests. I had an issue - I called Auckland with a calling card and it was expensive and when I noticed it on the bill the amount was quickly taken off (even though it was my fault for not checking prices first).
Would nightly recommend this hotel - it would be great is there were a couple of bar-b-ques for quests to use, as eating out can get costly - especially if you are travelling as a family.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your review after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of islands. It is pleasing to read that you enjoyed the majority of the amenities and services we offer and I will review the breakfast buffet offerings in light of your comments - thank you. Also happy to read that the staff were quick to deal with your phone charge issues at check out. Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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Canberra, Australia
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43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

I hadn't prebooked this hotel and got what I think was a pretty good rate at the reception desk, so if you arrive in Paihia without accommodation, it's worth asking. They also upgraded me from a standard to a superior room, and it was lovely. Two very comfortable queen beds, very spacious room, two arm chairs, lots of luggage space. Best bit was the outlook - it opened straight onto a wilderness garden filled with trees and shrubs, with two chairs and a table to sit at. The only downside of all that greenery was the noisy birdsong in the morning! Otherwise the rooms were extremely quiet - didn't hear the neighbours at all

The room and bathroom were spotless. A couple of very minor issues - the shower cap pack was neatly placed, but when opened was empty. And the body lotion I used on the first day wasn't replaced on the second. And it would be lovely to return to a hot bath at the end of a day of touring - only having a shower is a (very minor) drawback.

The hotel is a smidgeon out of the way for accessing boat trips, shops etc, but probably quieter for that. Probably a 10 minute stroll to the centre of action.

The staff were incredibly helpful and nice to deal with.

I had a lovely stay here - was only planning to stay one night, but rapidly changed my mind when I realised how good it was. Warmly recommended.

Room Tip: If you can get an upgrade to a superior room I think it's well worth it.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank kjg66
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your review after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. We are happy that you enjoyed the environs of the hotel and the peaceful gardens - will have a word to the birds to keep it down in the morning though!
I have discussed the issues you had with the housekeeper so thank you for bringing those iotems to our attention. Hoping to see you back at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands sometime in the future. Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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Auckland, New Zealand
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

The room was spotless, and had a private garden courtyard. The gardens throughout the complex were very well maintained.
The rooms were quiet - didn't hear any noise from other guests.
Even provided a small bag to place half-used toiletry items in if you wanted to continue to enjoy them after your stay.
Staff were pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PlesFam
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
Thank you for your review of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands after your recent stay with us. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the peaceful garden setting of the hotel and that our amenties and staff service was to your satisfaction. Hopefully we will see you again should you travel to Paihia again in the near future. Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Room was clean and well appointed, service was outstanding. While not directly by the shore, it is a quiet hotel with a relaxed feel. I would agree with our guests however, no heated pool or spa pool was a disappointment. All this aside, definitely my favorite place to stay in the Bay of Islands.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you for your review after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay Of Islands. We are pleased tp read that you found our rooms and service to your satisfaction. From the comments about the pool area I will be suggesting to the owners that they consider heating. We have just extended the area around the poolside and placed more sun loungers so this will be a great area for the summer ( and the pool will be warmer then too!) Regards Graeme Horsley General manager
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Muenchen
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15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stayed with our children (2 & 4 years) at the hotel in one of the loft rooms. Perfect - since they are seperate rooms (upstairs & downstairs) whilst still connected. The layout, furnishing and overall presentation of the room is great and combined with the well kept property has resulted in a great stay. Great value for money too. Only downside is that the property is not beachfront, but a only a 5 minute stroll to the beach and 10mins to town.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bjoern77
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you for your review after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. We are pleased you and your family found our amenities to your satisfaction and that the loft room suited your needs well. We hope you choose Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands again should you visit Piahia in the future. Regards Graeme Horsley General Manager
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights on a B&B deal. We were very impressed with the experience. First rate breakfasts & an excellent dinner one night in the restaurant. Very friendly staff. The only detraction was the pool wasn't heated & no spa pool, which we expect from most hotels now. Otherwise 10 out of 10!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Garth N
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Graeme H, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Thank you for your review after your recent stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands.We are pleased you enjoyed your experience while staying with us. We agree with your comments about the pool and hopefully will manage to improve this in the future.Regards 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
#5 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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