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Aloha Seaview Resort Motel
Ranked #17 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
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“It's the little things....”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

This is in a great location and really family friendly. We booked a poolside unit for ourselves and our three kids for five nights in January. When we arrived we found the owners were "away for a few days" and Jason's mum was running the show. She was extremely helpful and pleasant despite being run off her feet. The accommodation is definitely basic which is fine, however with five people staying, one hook was never going to cope with all our towels. Hooks on the back of the bedroom doors would have made all the difference but Jason's mum produced a clothes airer which was much appreciated. The furniture as well was next to useless as while taking up a lot of space, did not provide any storage. The accommodation was small so with a few minor and cheap changes could be much more user-friendly.

This was the only motel I've ever stayed at that didn't wash the dishes and our first night's "service" of the room involved nothing more than changing towels and making beds. We were told dishes weren't part of the deal. However after bringing this up, every day thereafter the dishes were done.

After three nights the owners returned and instead of coming to introduce themselves, made their presence known by coming to tell us off for helping ourselves to the linen cupboard. We had been instructed to do so earlier in the stay but were told "that was yesterday so don't do it again. We could have people loading up their cars with towels". Nice. Yes we often go to budget motels to load up our car with their mangy towels.

For the rest of our stay we found the owner to be rude (his partner was nicer) and unfriendly. Taking time off at the busiest time of year doesn't seem like a very smart move and if you are going to leave someone else to run the place, your guests shouldn't have to suffer through shambolic service.

Our kids loved the pool but we wouldn't stay here again - there are other similar places for the same money. Another thing to note is that this is a pet-friendly motel. This meant that the couple in the unit under us had their three small yappy dogs in a cage directly under our bedroom window. The dogs would often decide to go off in the middle of the night, with no action from anyone to stop them. They would eventually stop when they felt like it. We also got the whiff of the cage along with cigarette smoke drifting up through our windows - not nice for our kids when they were trying to go to sleep.

Needs improvement : (

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

First, I want to be clear that Aloha is definitely a basic, no-frills, self-catering motel. It doesn't pretend to be anything else.
That said, the experience is anything but budget. Rooms are very big and spotless. The owners were extremely helpful (grest tips on what to do/see) and friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome without being intrusive. There was a mixup with billing and the owner came to our room personally to let us know and refund us the overbilled amount (that I never would have noticed). This is exactly what a mom and pop shop should be.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

Our family stayed here for 2 nights. This motel is slightly out of town and very family orientated. Booking was completed easily over the phone. Check in fast and efficient. 2 bedroom unit by the pool had everything we needed. The bottom family units aren't "wow" units but are very clean and have everything you needed.being right by the pool meant the kids could swim right in our view ( even though we were in there with them most the time). The games room was a total hit with the kids of all ages. Pool table, table tennis, pc, pin ball and of course swing ball ( pole tennis) outside. As for the management - well you won't find friendlier people. Jason and his partner are just brilliant and will go out of their way to help you with anything and to make your stay the best it can be. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

We arrived with some stunning views on our drive and it was made even nicer by the hotel. The rooms are what you need and clean, and what made it even nicer was the warm welcome and helpfulness of everybody. The area is amazing and should we come back to New Zealand we would return here thanks.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

We stayed for 2 nights at Aloha. We had a spectacular view of the bay from our balcony: the sunrises over the water were breathtaking. Staff were quite pleasant. I only wish we had enough time to stay a little longer as we didn't get a chance to see the "hole in the rock" or have a swim in the very inviting swimming pool below our balcony.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2011

I have to warn, booked the accomodation long before and was very dissapointed we booked a 2 bedroom appartment 2 couples and a medium sized dog. when we arrived the first thing we heard was oh that is a big dog (she is not even knee size so medium) than we couldn t get in our room because there were families staying and the dog couldn t be there. we should take a room no seaview as we booked and two singles instead to the same prize. We asked how comes that we can t get the room we booked and got the repy I didn t take the booking it was my partners mom i don t know why she booked you in the room.

very shocking we stayed in many places traveled whole new zealand with our dog. definitey this is not a pet friendy place as it says and you can t trust on bookings you made!

We ended up staying in paihia in the edgewater 5 star with our dog to the same price.

all in one a shooking experience how arrogant the owner was after many times confirming the booking!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alina R
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2011

We stayed at the Aloha In October 2011.
We had originally looked to stay in the Town but consider ourselves fortunate to have found this Motel on the outskirts.
It is only a short walk to the town but the hill may be too much for some people to walk up and down.

The advantage of being at the top of the hill is that some of units, including the one we stayed in, have great views over the bay.
The unit we stayed in was spotless.,and the free internet access was a bonus.
(Free WiFi or via a PC in the games room)

We had been moving on almost daily and were looking to stay somewhere for two ot three nights but in the end stayed for four!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aloha Seaview Resort Motel
Address: 36 Seaview Rd., Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#10 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Aloha Seaview Resort Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A safe family friendly holiday destination. Quiet, relaxing motel accommodation with magic views. Nestled in 2 hectares of landscaped gardens and native bush, away from the noise of Paihia but close enough to enjoy the many beaches, unique activities, shops and cafes Paihia has to offer. Studio, 1 and 2-bedroom fully self-contained apartments are available at Aloha Seaview Resort Motel. ... more   less 
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