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“Close, convenient, comfortable” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Dawson Motel

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The Dawson Motel
Ranked #4 of 30 Hotels in New Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
Northern California
Level Contributor
199 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Close, convenient, comfortable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

Great little family two story motel. Spotlessly clean, comfortable bed, little kitchenette and nice laundry. We did up all our clothes and didn't have to worry about having lots of change, the machines and soap were just added to our bill. Convenient to a market on the one way headed north and gas station right in the market parking lot. Warning, if you're headed over to Napier from here, the main road that goes most direct looks like a highway, but has about 17 km of gravel which may not fit your rental car contract. We'd stay in this motel again, it was a great value!

Room Tip: If your luggage is quite heavy, you might ask for a ground floor room and avoid the stairs.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank UncleDuck
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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Hi Guys
Appreciate the great feedback you posted about your stay with us here at The Dawson Motel.
Great to get rated the three "c" close convenient and comfortable.

Thanks
Barb and Lloyd
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
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Manama, Bahrain
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21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

We stayed here last night - what a beautiful motel! Good value, spacious room, beaut TV, AC etc, spunky decor, real handy - easy walkable to restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, and the best shower I've ever tried!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Matiere
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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Hi Guys
Appreciate you taking the time to review your stay with us here at The Dawson Motel.
We get a lot of positive feedback on our showers and pleased you thought it was the best you had tried.

Reagrds
barb and lloyd
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

All round excellence. Great location - close to main shopping area / CBD, coastal walk & Puke Ariki.
Modern spacious well appointed spotlessly clean quite units with very comfortable beds. We had Unit 16 which was upstairs with a sea view. Friendly helpful hosts / owners - told us about "Fresha" an excellent cafe / delicatessen nearby. Suggest you book well ahead as was fully booked for the 3 nights we stayed.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Jim S
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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Hi Jim
Thanks for taking the time to post a review on your stay with us here at The Dawson Motel. Thrilled you enjoyed your time with us here in New Plymouth and that my recommendations were good.
We pride ourselves on our cleanless, appreicate the feedback ,thanks a heap.

Regards
Barb and Lloyd
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ILKLEY
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130 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

All very nice.
Lovely modern room with every comfort.
Owner was lovely & apologised in advance for Wi-Fi problems which were no worse than many places.
Everything worked & we walked home safely from our town centre restaurant.
Good value. Very nice

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Albert K
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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Hi Albert
Thanks for your review on your stay with us at The Dawson Motel. Always good to get good feedback. great that we are central to CBD and this allows you to walk into town for a meal and drink.

Regards
barb and Lloyd
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

This motel as a great find and not what we were expecting. A lovely greeting from our host who recommended the evening concert in the park which was great. The room was clean, spacious and had the fluffiest towels! Great bath with power shower over, choice of milk for the fridge and lovely big bed. The bikes were a great touch the next morning too.
Definitely recommended.

Room Tip: Traffic noise can't be avoided unfortunately
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Julia S
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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Thanks guys for reviewing your stay with us here at The Dawson Motel.
Appreciate the great feedback on the bed and towels. We certainly get alot of feedback on our showers.
Hope you enjoyed your time in New Plymouth.

Regards
Barb and Lloyd
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Auckland
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108 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

As a regular traveller to New Plymouth, I always stay at the Dawson.
Great sized rooms, quiet location, great decor and real home from home.

Bathrooms are a great quality and with heat pumps in every room and decent sized TV, it's all the busy traveller needs.

Hosts are always happy to help, and make you feel welcome. Nice one Barb!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard S
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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Hi Richard
Thanks for your positive comments on your visits with us at The Dawson Motel. Appreciate the positive feedback, makes it all worth while.

Thanks
Barb and Lloyd
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

Having been on a road trip around the North Island we had stayed in a number of motels. We chose this one initially as it was the only one we could find, we're glad we did. The generous sized room was the trendiest looking we had seen in New Zealand, it had been equipped to a very very high standard with a beautiful bathroom and shower.
We had a room with a sea view which added to our stay.
The motel is only a short walk from the centre of town and the beach
If you want a motel in New Plymouth choose this one!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Paul A
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dawsonNewPlymouth, Owner at The Dawson Motel, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Hi Paul
Thanks for yor recent review of your stay with as at The Dawson Motel.
Thrilled that you rated us as the best you had stayed in in New Zealand.
Both Lloyd and I and our staff strive to give everyone a great experience and your comments make it all worth while.

regards
Barb and lloyd.
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Property: The Dawson Motel
Address: 16 Dawson Street | Cbd, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 30 Hotels in New Plymouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Dawson Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in New Plymouth The Dawson Motel opened in January 2011 providing affordable luxury for our guests.Whether visiting New Plymouth for business or pleasure , The Dawson Motel is the ideal destination for those seeking comfort and superior service.Guests can enjoy stylish interiors in our 23 suites with 19 studios with a number interconnecting to give greater flexibility, two one bedroom and two two bedroom suites. ... more   less 
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