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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #14 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

We were so pleased we chose to stay at The Dolphin. I was so worried about it after I'd booked. We wanted our first two night in NZ to be perfect, and they were. From the position - two minute walk to the town centre and ferry terminal, yet very quiet. Our room was spacious and spotlessly clean! The bed was so comfy; had the best sleeps. Paul the host is a wonderful man, full of info and very helpful. He is a great ambassador for NZ! We stayed for two nights and look forward to returning.
Best value for money.
Cathy & Bill

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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rikki2000, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2013

Kia Ora Bill and Cathy many thanks for your kind review,and glad you enjoyed the stay at our motel.
I pride myself to give out useful information and service which I see part of the Kiwi Hospitality experience.
I do hope you visit us again one day.
Many thanks Paul

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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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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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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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Address: 69 Williams Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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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: $62 - $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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