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Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel
Ranked #11 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Gisborne, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Like visiting family”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Annual trip to Paihia, second time staying at Swiss Chalet, like going home really. Phil and Maureen are so helpful, nothing is too much bother, makes the world of differnce to feel so welcomed and relaxed, enjoyed the lovely bbq area facilites. Cleaning staff very friendly and hospitable, have recommended to many.

Room Tip: End room have stunning views of the water
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you for writing a lovely review for us. It is always great to have you all here enjoying yourselves and catching big fish. Thank you for sending your lovely friends here. Have a great Christmas and New Year - see you next year
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights and just loved the people and place, could not be more helpful. Thanks Phil and Jayne
Rooms were large and comfortable. Our room had a king bed with a sectioned off lounge area. Would definitely stay here again
Just a close walk to centre of town

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Chris R
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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

We stayed here in October and the accommodation was brilliant! The staff were very helpful. The rooms were very clean and had everything we needed and the style was very pretty. The shower room was modern and everything worked. Plenty of room for parking. Only a short walk to shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Angela W
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Eight golfers stay at the Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel on our annual trip north. We take the entire top floor for 4 nights which provides us with spacious, clean accommodation that suits our needs perfectly. Maureen & Phil are great hosts and the location provides us a lovely view and an easy stroll to a variety of restaurants. We are again booked in next year and already looking forward to it. cheers.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank John H
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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Hi John and all your golfing buddies. Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property. It is always great to have you stay with us - we love the competition you have going every year. Waitangi is a lovely golf course and we are not far from Kerikeri Carrington or Kauri Cliffs course as well. Have a great Christmas and we will see you all next year.
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Marbella, Andalusia, Spain
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We stayed at the Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel in Paihia and we are so glad we did! The owners, Phillip and Maureen, could not have been more helpful. They gave us lots of information on local places to eat and drink and made great suggestions of places to visit on our daily excursions away from Paihia.

The price was also very reasonable and we will definitely go back next time we visit Paihia. Good value for money and a really enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Michael H
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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Hi Michael. Thank you for your lovely review of our property. It was lovely to have you both stay with us and would love to see you here again some day. All the best for Christmas and the New year.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We were two friends staying two nights in this lovely Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay and was happy with everything, it wasn't super modern but it had a very nice and homely feel. We had a 'studio plus', which has a queen bed and a single bed, perfect for two friends who wanted separate beds. The bed quality was great and it was quiet at night, we both slept really well. The unit was well appointed with nice wooden furniture and there was a kitchenette equipped with everything one would need to make a full meal (even though we didn't). We used mugs, plates, the hot water kettle and the toaster:) The toilet and bathroom were small but with everything we needed and spotlessly clean like the rest of the studio and with nice quality towels, soap & shampoo. We were given fresh milk for the hot drinks and a nice touch was that there was a plunger coffee jug with a sachet of the right coffee for one jug for each day (in addition to the usual instant coffee sachets, tea and hot chocolate). We bought breakfast each day which was brought to the room in a wooden box in the evening. We thought it was quite a bargain for NZ$ 10 per person, not like a full hotel breakfast but actually quite enough, more than I would have had at home. We sat outside on the balcony (we were on 1st floor) and although there was no great vista, it was still lovely sitting outside in the morning sun! The location of the motel was perfect (except from the lack of a nice view), just off the main street in Paihia with only a couple of minutes walk to the beach, ferries, shops and cafes/restaurants. I first rated this motel very good, but changed my mind to excellent, because we liked it so much. The thing that could have made it even better would have been a really nice sea view and some flowers in the balcony boxes.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank ScandinavianKiwi
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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review for us. We loved having you stay with us and I wanted to let you know that there were no flowers in the boxes because we change them at this time of the year for the Summer flowers. It was lovely to have guests that enjoyed the beautiful Bay of Islands as you did. We would look forward to having you stay with us once again. All the best for Christmas and the New Year, Maureen and Phil.
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Alresford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Using the pre-arranged shuttle from Kerikeri Airport we arrived as two jet lagged pensioners from the UK and we could not have asked for a friendlier or more helpful reception from Maureen.
The suite offered was spacious, comfortable and ground-floor.We only had one full day to stay, so asked for advice on what to do. By the time that we fell in to bed a boat trip had been booked and information given about walking to the nearby Waitangi Centre.
The Swiss Chalet is located very close to the centre of Paihia - a few minutes walk to find meals and all facilities.
We wish that we had had more time available to stay and explore the area more; if we ever return we shall certainly be happy to stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank GlennGilbertson473
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Mitzi51, Owner at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Hi Glenn, Thank you for your lovely review. It was great to have you stay with us and to also refer some friends to stay, we thank you for that. I am thrilled that you enjoyed it here and maybe next time you will make sure that you stay longer so that you can really relax and enjoy the Bay of Islands. It would be lovely to see you again some day. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year, regards Maureen and Phil.
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Property: Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel
Address: 3 Bayview Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Paihia
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#8 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer quality unique Swiss style accommodation in the beautiful Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Our modern, fully self-contained units sleep 1-10 people, have balconies, some with stunning sea views and are only metres from Paihia waterfront. Our prime central location places you within 1 minute's walk from Paihia wharf, beach, shops and cafes. The many exciting attractions and activities on offer around the Bay are at your feet. ... more   less 
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