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“Friendly and helpful staff, beautiful and clean room”
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #16 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed in the Jacuzzi studio room for what was meant to be only one night. We had wonderful service and when we walked into our room it was immaculate (I am a clean freak and inspected the shower, toilet, kitchen sink, bathroom rubbish bin, cutlery etc and found everything spotless) We had a wonderfully HUGE t.v a heat pump our jacuzzi and coffee plunger etc. The next day our swimming with the dolphins adventure was post poned until the afternoon. Disheartened as it was raining heavily and we knew we had to be out of our room by 10am and knowing we would have to trudge around town miserably until 1.30pm I went to talk to the manager to see what we could do. He said to just relax in our room, there is no one else booked for the night so just take our time and leave our car here go have a coffee etc. We ended up staying another night because of this wonderful and friendly service. We were made very welcome and had everything that we wanted. Will definitely be back this summer thanks to your wonderful manager (in unit 4)

Room Tip: The manager will help you find the absolute best room.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Alure, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2011

Many thanks for your great review.It was indeed a pleasure to have you two.
We pride our selves with cleanliness of the rooms.
Also to supply that little extra public relations to make your stay enjoyable.
Pity about the weather,thats the breaks!However the sun is here now.
Paul Rowland
Manager

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Reviewed August 11, 2011

2 bedroom unit was great with everything that we needed-clean and comfortable ---Paul was a wealth of knowledge and advised us on what to do and see while we were there. Paul went out of his way to assist travellors. Good accommodation for the price.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Alure, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2011

Very appreciated your review.Yes I pride my self in having a great "Kiwi" knowledge on New Zealand,and also have travelled many parts of the world,and being able to tune into a lot our tourists needs.
Tourism is the backbone of the New Zealand economy and we ensure with price,quality and information we can make an enjoyable stay.
Come back and see us again sometime!!
Paul Rowland
Manager

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Reviewed July 20, 2011

The location was great, only a short work to the hub of Paihia. The 2 bedroom unit was very clean, well equipped and beds were very comfortable. The host was very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 29, 2011

Home away from Home.
Motel/Apartment style with kitchenette,and great selection of Sky Channels,even Aussie ones.Close to shops and waterfront.
Staff very helpful with organising tours and working out helpful tips for the rest of my stay in New Zealand.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 7, 2011

We found our room to be spotlessly clean and the beds very comfortable. We had a spa bath that I couldn't get into because of sore back/leg but the owner Greg gave me the keys to another unit for the night so I could shower.Nothing was too much trouble to him. Also let us stay on till 11.30am instead of leaving at the normal time of 10am. Transporting us to and from the buses was no problem.Car parking in courtyard outside motel room. Motel was in the same road as the main shops and easy walk (5 mins) to them and ferries. But far enough away to be quiet at night. Thankyou Greg for a wonderful 3 days at your motel. Will recommend it to anyone we know heading in your direction.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

This Motel is close enough to the wharf area for trips around the Bay but far enough away from the hub to be peaceful. Owner and staff are very helpful and friendly; arranged our next Motel and our trip to Ninety Mile Beach etc. Well located for a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds etc.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

Badly in need of renovations, very dated and in desperate need of some TLC. A bit of a 1970's time warp.
Kitchen and bathroom small and very very basic.
Not sure how they qualify as a 4* would only be a 3* in my opinion
Not good value for money at $220 per night for a 1bedroom unit (3people)
but they did have a very friendly helpful staff member called David.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Alure, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2011

We Booked these Guests in over the High Season Rate of $220 for a One Bedroom Fully Self Contained Room in Paihia over the Xmas New Year period this tariff is Mid Range in Paihia for this time of season for a 4 star property. We take pride of our 4 star qualmark rating our Motel was built in the early 80s we have dishwashers in the kitchens, telephones in all rooms with Wi -Fi, also we have 32" LCD TVs with 14 Channels plus SKY TV
Qualmark official Inspector says we keep this Motel in a very High Standard
Great to have a positive review for our Staff Member David

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Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 69 Williams Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Paihia
#9 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#14 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range: $63 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Qualmarked 4 star. In the heart of Paihia 5 minutes flat walking from waterfront,shops. Wide range of accommodation from Small Queen Studio(Basic Facilities),King Studios,King Studio Spa, One Bedroom(sleeps 3-4),Two bedroom(sleeps 4) and Large Family units(Sleeps 2-7 people)with Spa Bath and BBQ. Kitchens, Sky TV 19 channels. Free WiFi with 2GB, Laundry. Knowledgeable Kiwi operators to help you with tours in the Bay of Islands and throughout New Zealand. Special packages arranged.BBQ also available.New Fast Wifi System.Great Discounts for Tours. ... more   less 
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