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Dolphin Motel
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All reviewsgreat locationshort walkroom was cleanleave the carspa bathbedroom unitenjoyable stayclose to shopshot waterwithin walking distancethe kitchengreat roomgreat place to stayshort staynew zealandnight staygood size
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

We stayed at The Dolphin for 2 nights back in March. The 2 bedroom apartment was wonderful and very spacious. Paul was brilliant! He gave us tips on places to visit, helped us with the toll payments and with his local knowledge was able to get us onward accomodation in Auckland at very short notice. The location was excellent, a short stroll and you were at the beach and the shops. I hope I get a chance to stay here again,
Pete from Yorkshire

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2013

Many thanks Pete for your nice review.It was a pleasure to have you here.I am glad the rest of the trip worked out well,and I was able to help to make your trip easier.
Hope you had/have a good trip back to the UK.
Many thanks
Paul

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Our family of 4 stayed two nights just after Easter, and had a very comfortable room, much better standard then the usual motel rooms you find. Paul was most helpful with booking tours, and general knowledge of the area, and NZ in general. If we are ever up this way again, we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Many thanks Nicola and Family.It was a pleasure to meet you all,and hope you return one day.
Its nice to be appreciated and try my best to make sure that guest have a great stay here in the Bay of Islands and leave New Zealand with good memories.
Kia Waimaire and Kia Ora.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Stayed at the Dolphin for one night during a busy Easter weekend. It was everything we could have asked for, we only stayed for a short night with an early start the next day.

On arrival Paul the manager was very friendly, and a beer with check in is always welcome!

The room itself was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Bathroom and shower was lovely and clean, with a lovely hot refreshing shower.
The bed was very comfy, and sheets were fresh and clean.
Great central location, just 5 mins walk from the restaurants and jetty.

We would definitely use this motel again as it was everything we needed and would stay longer next time.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ScottC449
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Hi Scott many thanks for your review.Much appreciated.If you come again we can give you our King Studio or even the one with a Spa Bath.Easter is always very busy.Enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.
All the best to you both and Kia Ora

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Paul was extremely hospitable when we arrived and even shouted us a beer. The Motel is close to shops and restaurants but still in a calm and quiet area. The room we stayed in was clean but a bit small. Next time we will be in Paihia we will book a bigger room but definitely at the Dolphin.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jannneke
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Yes many thanks for your review.It was a pleasure to meet you.
Next time the family unit maybe better which is like a half a house!!Has full kitchen,A/Con,Spa Bath and huge Lounge.
Our location is great only a short walk to shops,restuarants,and waterfront.
We also offer free parking even if you have checked out and need to go on a morning cruise.
Which incidentally we can offer discounts.
Paul

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Stayed at the Dolphin motel again this weekend (second visit).
The rooms are spotlessly clean and the location is excellent.
Paul the manager is very friendly and helpful and has great local knowledge of the area.
Went on an overnight cruise and as Paul had space in his car park allowed us to leave the car overnight so it was safe and secure.
Looking forward to my next visit.

Room Tip: Good variety of rooms to choose from - studios to 2 bedroom units.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2013

Many thanks for the wonderful review,and glad it was your second visit back to the Motel and meet you again.
Its always great to see return guests,knowing that they enjoyed their first visit.
Much appreciated Paul

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