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Dolphin Motel
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Great value, extremely clean, best bed I've come across in a motel for a long time! Lovely linen. Location perfect, within walking distance to the cente of Paihia but still quiet. And to top it all off, a genuinely friendly host. We would love to stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank JackieSueNZ
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2013

Many thanks for your kind review and comments.I was a pleasure to have you stay,and hope you visit us again the future.
Kia Ora Paul

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Not much more to add from the previous reviews.
We were pleasantly surprised with the Dolphin Motel, our 2 bedroom unit was spacious, clean and very comfortable and the spa was great after a long days sightseeing :) Paul was very welcoming and helped us out with a lot of local advice on places to visit, tour comparisons, local shop locations and resturant suggestions. He also gave us some good pointers on what to do on our trip back to Auckland, the Waimate Mission was a highlight.
Location is a couple of minutes walk from the waterfront, quiet and convenient.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank PorroUnus
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2013

Many thanks for the kind review and rating.Its humbling to get me good reviews,and really appreciate them all.

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

I stayed for 2 nights in April and found the motel exactly as previous reviewers have reported.
Everything was as it should be, especially the quality of the bed and linen - top class. It's only a short walk to the restaurants, ferry/boat pier and convenience stores whilst being far enough away to be quiet. When I stayed I think Paul had the only full house - he deserves it as this is a top class motel run by a very friendly, hands on person.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank JoeCBansteadUK
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2013

Once again for a great review,and appreciation for it.
Hope you had a safe trip back home,and looking forward to seeing you again the future.
All the best Paul

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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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Thank Peter D
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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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Thank Nicola L
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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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