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Edelweiss Motel
Ranked #17 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

Great location for touring, really helpful and friendly staff, cleaned daily, pool is a bit small but refreshing, altogether an enjoyable experience.
Town itself is quite charming, good choice of restuarants and pubs.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

We (older couple) booked thru the always helpful i-site system and were very happy with the result. Our downstairs motel-room was large and had all the amenities includung wi-fi internet. Cooking facilities were not just tea and coffee making, so that if you were inclined you could self-cater your whole holiday.
At around NZ$100.- the value for money was fine - the furnishing and TV weren't flashy but adequate and the room had plenty of space to spread out.
Our Host was charming and helpful with tips on restaurants etc. The proximity, only short pleasant walk along the beach to town was great.
Can be recommended as a friendly, clean, central and nice place to holiday.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

We booked the Edelweiss through the I-site in Auckland, originally we were supposed to have a studio unit but on arrival we were given the choice of another unit with a downstairs bedroom which was much bigger and much more suitable. The unit was adequately furnished and clean with plenty of space. We used the pool and hot tub - which was nice - considering it was August, just a bit chilly. the laundry facilities were good, with the benefit of a washing line outside to hang the washing on. The owners gave us lots of help and advice and booked our Dolphin boat trip. It was a short walk into the centre of Paihia which was handy, and we used the tennis courts just around the corner. The Edelweiss is great value for money, considering the prices other motels were charging.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

We got one of the larger rooms available and were quite happy with it, the only real lacking thing for me was the tv channels and lack of sky tv (Only can watch 1 channel).

Spa is really really nice, is covered and protects you from the elements which suprisingly enougth is quite uncommon as most motels I noticed in the area had spas in open non private areas.

Having a heated pool is nice but as we stayed during the colder months the spa was preffered still.

Service as mentioned in the title was great, as off season there were only a couple of people other than us at the motel and they made us feel right at home, breakfast was great (not that im a fussy eater) as well as good food, the owners brought us over our breakfast the night before for our early morning starts, sure put a smile on our dials.

On a note I read above about pub noise, I would have to agree, we had an all blacks game on during our stay and you could hear the people drinking and shouting but to be honest I think any motel in the area would be the same (unless some form of sound proofing i guess)

The motel is not super flashy in todays age but has everything we wanted, flat screen lcd tv and a spa bath with a nice little kitchen however after reading some over comments maybe the smaller cheaper rooms may not be as ideal.

Great walk to the town centre, matter of minutes..easy to find.

Having tennis available for free is a neat perk too, not that I tryed it but would of liked too & the free wifi internet seems to work well, you get 50 free megabytes and than you pay for more after.

All in all, a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 5, 2011

We had booked into a studio room which was advertised as having a kitchenette. It did not as far as I am concerned. There was a tiny area at the back of this tiny room that had a snmall fridge under the small bench top and 2 shelves above. To make a coffee we had to get waer from the bathroom basin (which opened right beside this tiny bench area- yuk!) and then we were expected to do the dishes in the bathroom basin. Double yuk. This is not what I would call a kitchenette. We spent one claustrophobic night in this room then upgraded (at a cost) to a larger unit.
This one had a proper kitchen area and you could atleast "swing a cat". This was a nice tidily decorated room.
Staff were willing to accommodate our need to move rooms - very fortunate considering the busy time of year.
The pool area was nice. A bit run down in this area but well maintained.
Location is great. Just a quick walk (50 metres at most) to the main street and beach. Close to some eateries and shops.
Good parking outside the unit. I would recommend to the budget minded traveller as a clean and tidy place to stay in the generally expensive Paihia area.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2011

Having researched many of Paihia's motels to find a regular stopover point I've been using the Edelweiss for about 3 months. When one considers the prices demanded by some of Paihia's motels the Edelweiss presents great value for money.

I've found the rooms to be spotless every time I've stayed with about eveything you could need for a short stay, including a well equipped kitchenette. At the end of a long day on the road the swimming pool has been an absolute boon and has proven a great a great place to unwind.

Trish and Jim are great hosts and their friendly service and warm welcome always enhances my stays with them.

I'd highly recommend the Edelweiss to anyone looking for a comfortable, inexpensive bases for a day or two in the Bay of Islands.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 15, 2011

We booked through lastminute.com a good 2 months ahead for a double room . When we arrived we were told sorry you have single beds and some excuse for the price we paid on the booking which was $120 a night! Not that cheap really. The room smelt of those toilet tablets they use in schools although it was clean but very small! We were also told that for the next night we would have to move to another room. It was slightly larger but a pain to have to pack up again- we were not at all happy. The good point was the location makes it is very accessible to the township

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Edelweiss Motel

Address: 70 Seaview Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Paihia
#14 Family Hotel in Paihia
#16 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range: $70 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Edelweiss Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You’ve found us, the only motel in Paihia with a swimming pool heated all year round! We offer quality Bay Of Islands accommodation and authentic New Zealand Hospitality. Our one and two bedroom holiday apartments, studio units, spa bath suites and petite studios are self contained with kitchens/kitchenettes/tea and coffee facilities, and serviced daily. With a Barbecue area, access to tennis courts, a guest laundry, cots/highchairs and free car parking, we are the perfect choice for your Paihia family accommodation. An easy two minute walk to the beach and 10 minutes walk to the centre of Paihia and the wharf. We can help plan your Bay of Islands and Northland adventures and book your tours at reception. Our 50+ Sky TV channels include Sport, and free wireless internet access will help you stay in touch with the world. We are proud to be members of the New Zealand Host Accommodation Group and independently quality assured by Qualmark 3.5*. We look forward to seeing you. ... more   less 
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