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“Spotlessly clean, and excellent service” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Harbour City Motor Inn
Ranked #6 of 57 Hotels in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
“Spotlessly clean, and excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

The rooms were possibly the cleanest I have stayed in. A perfect location right in the heart of town.wonderful service also. We would happily have paid a bit more than we did for the room-all new and tidy.spa bath was a bonus also.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Owners aren't too flexible and seemed a bit off of late arrival

Wasn't really welcomed have had better service from here

Close to town so very noisy Friday/ Saturday nights

Basic property that's clean and tidy

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

Very friendly staff, the rooms are very clean,confortable and so much value for money, a 5 minute walk to the promenade with cafes,bars and shops,I would stay there again and would recommend the hotel to anyone who wants to visit Tauranga..

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maria P
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights. Central location close to restaurants. Room was very clean and good size with comfy bed. Hosts helpful and very friendly. Good price and value for location and room size. Room quiet despite central location. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MartynandJo
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

We received a very warm welcome from the owners upon arrival. They were very helpful when we checked in. Our room was excellent. It was clean, very spacious and very well furnished.
The location is very central and we were able to walk to a number of restaurants with in a couple minutes. Even though it was in a central location is was very quiet and we were not disturbed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pgb64
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stayed here last week just for the night, and were both impressed with what we got for the price :) The room was clean, Bedding was comfortable and warm with extra pillows and blankets avalible! Bathroom was spacious with a gorgeous spa bath! Really enjoyed that after all the walking we did exploring Tauranga!
Very central to everything, all the bars, pubs and eating places are on the next block, and the shops are all around it! We didnt use the car at all!
Staff were very helpful and very friendly! Great all round thanks :)

Room Tip: I think most of the rooms are the same, but we always opt for the top floor.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rebecca H
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Auckland, NZ
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136 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

We were recently passing through Tauranga and needed a place to overnight. The Harbour City served very well and in a crowded market, where not all places are equal, this motel presented many of the good things expected in a motor inn. We were due to arrive late and received a call from reception to check on our ETA. This was a nice touch but a little concerning in that we were told the reception office closed from 9 pm. Moreover, when we arrived we found that if we wanted a cooked breakfast the next morning we would have to order before 8 pm (a continental breakfast could be delivered to the room that night). For an establishment catering to the modern traveling public these time restrictions were a little disconcerting.

That said, the place is very well set up and centrally located, a stone's throw from the Tauranga waterfront and the hospitality "strip". It has plenty of off street parking in a central courtyard. The rooms are well equipped, very clean and comfortable, and the kitchenette had all required amenities, including a very tidy extractor built into the stainless steel bench-top to remove cooking odours. Basic tea/coffee/sugar/milk was provided, though not as generously as, or with the variety of, other establishments we have been in.

The bathroom was roomy with both spa bath and shower cubicle. It was well equipped with a strong fan to remove steam, a powerful hairdryer (so often these simply don't work), plenty of towels and complimentary bath products.

One very small irritation - there seems to be a trait amongst NZ motel operators to leave signs about telling guests not to do certain things. In this case the warning was not to use the spa bath after a time in the evening. This is clearly done in the interests of other guests but there are other less abrupt ways of achieving the same result.

A motel is seldom likely to be a "wow" experience but if you are looking for an above average place to lay you head of an evening, Harbour City Motor Inn will suit well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GeoMo
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Harbours, Owner at Harbour City Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 30, 2012
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Additional Information about Harbour City Motor Inn

Property: Harbour City Motor Inn
Address: 50 Wharf Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Tauranga
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 57 Hotels in Tauranga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Harbour City Motor Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4 star plus upmarket motel in CBD. Opposite Baycourt Theatre. Close to Cafes & Restaurants. FREE wi-fi. 20 air-con units with spa baths, cooking facilities, LCD TVs, Electric Blankets, SKY TV, latest magazines . Complimentary Car parking. 14 studio rooms, 2 access rooms & 4 1 bedroom units. Conference Facilities on site. Management on site. Fluent French speaking host. ... more   less 
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