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“Pleasant but unspectacular” 4 of 5 stars
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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Ranked #6 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Midlands
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27 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Pleasant but unspectacular”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Chalet type accommodation which seemed to be the norm in this resort. No safes in rooms which was a problem with chalets easily accessible to anyone. Laundry facilities available, a must for touring. Meals were buffet style and good. Short walk to jetty for boat cruises.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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2 Thank MikeAbbott
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rossbboi, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to place a review on Tripadvisor. We are glad you enjoyed your meals. The chef has just put out a new A La Carte winter menu. It is extremely good. As you state , it is just a short stroll to the centre of town. Kind Regards Ross
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Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We took the Winter Special - Two night upgrade to a Deluxe Room with a full breakfast each morning - this was very good value. The room was modern, clean and comfortable with a pleasant view of well kept gardens. There was a good selection of tea and coffee in the room along with some lovely bath/body products, a little bag for you to take the unused items home in was a lovely touch. The breakfast was also very good and offered a large selection.
The staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient at all times.
We did however miss having a spa, there is only an outdoor swimming pool - great for the summer but not ideal during the cooler months. Also the car parking was quite a distance form our room and as there was no allocated space we found it difficult to find a park on a couple occasions.
We enjoyed our stay and would be keen to return in the future.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank ShirlNor
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rossbboi, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. The Winter Special Package is great value for money and many guests have taken the option to book it. The staff at the hotel are a major asset and we are very proud of them. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Kind Regards Ross
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Stayed here 2 nights towards the end of our holiday. It is a lovely modern hotel with spacious, comfortable rooms. It doesn't have a sea view but our room looked out onto a pleasant garden area. It is an easy, short walk into the main part of Pahia. The hotel booked a Fullers dolphin boat trip for us and secured a discount which was a nice surprise.
Breakfast was very good and had a good selection. Staff were all very pleasant and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here,

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Angel57
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rossbboi, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Tripadvisor. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Kind Regards Ross
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We had a lovely stay at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands this weekend. Staff were polite, friendly, and efficient, and we were pleasantly surprised that we had been automatically upgraded to a superior room! We also really appreciated the discounted cooked breakfast coupon, as otherwise we wouldn't have had breakfast at the hotel (which was delicious by the way).

The room was spacious and very clean, as was the bathroom. Having a bath was a nice treat.

Location is excellent, not right in the middle of town, but close enough to walk if the weather is nice.

This was my second time staying here, and I will definitely be back.

Cheers.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank liamjp
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rossbboi, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Dear Guest.Thank you for taking the time to place your lovely comments on Tripadvisor. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to hosting you again in the near future. Kind Regards Ross
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Auckland, New Zealand
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91 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Great location, very comfortable hotel/motel to stay at. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Easy walking distance from the centre of town.Wifi for 1hour free is a bit mean. Other hotels offer free Wifi for the total stay. TV with only a few channels is poor also when other smaller hotels close by offer 50+ channels.

Room Tip: Very competitive rates, deluxe room was very comfortable, good breakfast as part of the package was...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Bob L
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rossbboi, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Dear Guest. Thank you for taking the time to place your review. As you state the hotel is ideally located close to town, and is only a short drive to Waitangi. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Kind Regards Ross
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116 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Was pleasantly surprised by our room - really nice and clean. Two queen beds. Separate bath and shower (with good water pressure and lovely big towels). Beds were comfy. 4 of us in the room (two under 8) and it was a good size. When we pulled up to the hotel i thought it looked dated from the outside but our room was great. Slightly out of town (walking distance). 1 hour free wifi.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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rossbboi, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for placing comments on Tripadvisor. The housekeeping department pride themselves on meeting or bettering guest expectations and it is pleasing that they have achieved this with you. It is a short stroll into the centre of town as you state. Kind Regards Ross
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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93 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The Scenic Hotel supported the Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival this year. That support included providing accommodation for musicians. We were one of the lucky couples who got to stay at Scenic Hotel during this time. The rooms were great - clean, comfortable and spacious. I can't fault anything! We enjoyed our time and appreciate the Hotel's generosity.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank HinemoaHoney
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rossbboi, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to place a review on Tripadvisor. As you stated, the Scenic Hotel is back as a venue for the Country Rock Festival. We enjoy hosting these events and look forward to being part of the Jazz and Blues Festival in August. Kind Regards Ross
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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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