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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ala-Moana Motel

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Ala-Moana Motel
Ranked #27 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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6 reviews
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“Lucky Find!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We turned up in Paihia with no accommodation booking in the busy season.
By chance only we scored one of the front units overlooking the Bay. Perfect spot to enjoy everything that's on offer in Paihia. We thought this was incredible value, given the location. Thanks for the wonderful stay.

Stayed January 2014
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Thank Andrea W
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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 22, 2015
Thank you Andrew, so glad we could accommodate you and hope to see you again soon.
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

This motel has a fantastic location in Paihia, 2 mins walk from the wharf and the main shopping/eating area. We would recommend rooms 7 and 8 which are nearest the road and face the beach - perfect spot to have a relaxing dinner looking out toward the bay.

Only issue we had is there is little/no WIFI reception in the rooms furthest from office (which are the ones that face the bay). Not an issue for us as we had local 3G data coverage, but could be a problem for anyone relying on WIFI.

We enjoyed the fact that there is a lot of foot traffic outside the motel which lends a nice atmosphere and buzz to the location - but those sensitive to noise might want to consider not staying in one of the roadside rooms.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Antzzz2014
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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 22, 2015
Thank you for your feedback we do appreciate knowing how our guests truly feel. With regard to the Wifi, we have since added boosters so Wifi is accessible in all our accommodation rooms. Hope you get to come see us again soon.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

My hubby and I stayed here for two nights from 31st Oct 2013.The owners were so friendly and offered some very helpful advice and anything we needed we just had to ask...Gorgeous view from our studio unit at front of property..Room was very clean and had everything in it we needed..I would recommend this motel to stay in very reasonable prices as walking distance to shops and wharf ..If we ever went back to Paihia this is where we would stay again..Thanks so much for a lovey comfortable stay

Room Tip: Front Studio rooms great waterfront views
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Linda J
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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 22, 2015
Thank you for your wonderful review and we hope you will keep us in mind if you are planning another trip to New Zealand.
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

On the positive - the lady was helpful. We arrived late in the afternoon and were given a front room at an inflated price, even though winter. Wifi didn't work even though assured it would. WiFi was crucial and service was requested on signing in. The office was eventually offered for wifi access but it was closed at 7:30pm and no answer from anyone.
worse still a plague of ants in the rNOoom and noone to help. the answer in the morning was "Oh that happens all the time" EEkk!!
Bed is in absolute need of replacement, Noisy front room - ear plugs provided.
Location is idyllic.
I would never recommend this to anyone. We felt as though we were intruders on the owners winter holiday and they really didn't want us there. In summer, I can't see much difference other than if you're desperate for a bed at night and don't want to sleep on the beach or use the local backpacker. NOT good

Room Tip: Don't use this unless you have no option. There must be better. Definitely don't take a fron...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Hillary E
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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Sorry to hear this guest was so unhappy with the accommodation, considering it is one of the more favoured and least expensive on the waterfront. This guest particularly wanted the front seaview room and were more than happy with the price - which we maintain to this day - so unsure how this could have been considered "inflated". We are an average priced motel there are cheaper & more expensive.
Further, it is always explained to every guest that free wifi reception is less effective the further away from the office. This was not considered a problem at checkin by the guest - they were only concerned with price.
It is mandatory to advise guests to put their food items away in the fridge or in sealed containers as after a hot summer, when the rain comes, the ants will be on the move - this is not uncommon in seaside locations, and we had just had heavy rain.
We are sorry that these guests just did not enjoy their stay, perhaps the weather dampened their spirits?
We work really hard to make people as comfortable as possible during their stay and to ensure they have all they need - within reason. We would have welcomed an opportunity to discuss their concerns at the time in order that we could have recommended alternatives more suitable for them.
NB: This small studio unit on the waterfront has just undergone a refurbishment and is currently our most popular unit.
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

Our two night stay in Paihai was very memorable. Our accommodation in the motel was extremely clean, our motel owners very helpful and friendly. I would recommend this motel as very good place to stay if visiting the Bay of Islands or Paihai.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank NigelM_007
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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review - we very much appreciate your kind words and makes our hard work worthwhile.
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Bowral
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We had no booking, just a drive-in from the road, lady was happy to show us the room before allocating it to us.very comfortable overnight stay, we were in a front street room and the bed was just o k , may need attention very soon, but clean and quiet.million dollar views with the afternoon drinks and the morning toast. Would return.
Also appreciated that it was fine to leave our car parked on the property while we did a "hole in the rock" cruise ( organised from the motel) overall would return.

Room Tip: The bed in the front right hand room needs replacing
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Elizabeth S
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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you for this lovely review - we have taken on board your comments and this studio unit has now just completed a refurbishment and is much more modern & user friendly.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed in December 2012. The owner was very helpful in securing a last minute booking for us. The accommodation was spotless, so convenient to all the local amenities and the ferry and more than we ever expected! Our hosts gave us advice on what to do and where to eat. It was the ideal home for a perfect occasion. Thank you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kevin M
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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you for this wonderful review, we really appreciate your comments and hope you have the chance to come back soon.
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Property: Ala-Moana Motel
Address: 52 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ala-Moana Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best waterfront location in central Paihia, surrounded by an abundance of historical sites, cafes & good restaurants, shops, wharf, bus depot & all the water based excursions & fishing boats are just across the road. Waitangi - our birth place, is a short walk along the foreshore. The beach is at our gate!Our apartments have recently been refurbished, are of solid construction and strictly non-smoking, they are clean, warm, comfortable & quiet. Book direct for best prices. ... more   less 
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