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Harbour City Motor Inn
Ranked #6 of 57 Hotels in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence
Wetzikon, Switzerland
2 reviews
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“Great place to stay”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

The hosts are really friendly, easy to talk to and extremly helpful. The room was very clean, big and cosy. The location is superb, easy to walk to restaurants, the movies or starbucks. Really one of the best places I have ever stayed.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Harbours, Owner at Harbour City Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. Happy traveling in New Zealand.
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Mossel Bay
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47 reviews
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

travelling with a 3 year old can take it out of you. Having a magic spa bath to come home to made it all do-able ! What struck me the most was :
1. the cleanliness
2. everything you need ( except an outside pool ! ) is there
3. it is close to town yet quiet
4. the hosts are friendly and pleasant

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank FionaAyerst
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Harbours, Owner at Harbour City Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are really happy you had a nice stay as this is what we are striving for. Hope to see you again.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We arrived in Tauranga with no plans and had not booked ahead so arrived at this motel by chance, and we are glad we did. The hosts were just so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Our room was very spacious, super clean and well appointed, complete with spa bath. The motel is very well located just up the hill and in easy walking distance from the waterfront and the bars and restaurants but well away from the noise from those places. Had a very pleasent stay here and recommend it. We had no problems with parking but can see why others may have.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Richard3150
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Harbours, Owner at Harbour City Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Thank you to take the time to give your positive feedback. We might see you again when you'll return to visit our beautiful country. Happy travel.
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We spent two nights in a one bedroom room in this motel and definitely recommend it.

We received a friendly welcome and we were impressed with the modern feel and cleanliness of our room.

We loved the layout with the double bed in the main living area and the single beds in the separate bedroom. So often in one bedroom motel rooms the adult beds are in a separate room with the kids on a sofa bed in the main living area. This set up meant we could put our child to bed and then freely enjoy the kitchen, living area and larger TV etc.

The only suggestion we have is that while it was great to have a small TV in the separate bedroom, it could receive only a few channels and not TV 2 or any sky kids channels. As it could receive some sky channels the kid options would be a welcome addition.

We loved the location, walking distance to the waterfront, right by the tourist information centre, art gallery and library.

The car park is tight, but our hosts had no problem reserving us a space on request and were very helpful throughout our stay.

Room Tip: We were on the second level in the middle, the motel was full, it we heard no noise from other gues...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank frequentflyerNZ
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Harbours, Owner at Harbour City Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Thank you for your positive feedback. We just installed the 50+Sky Guest Select in all the rooms, and we will definitely look at upgrading the TV in the separate rooms as well in the near future. See you again.
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a great little motel with everything you need for a comfortable stress free visit. The rooms are spotlessly clean, the spa baths are great, also been in the heart of Tauranga means everything is very accessible, and the owners are warm and welcoming. The only down side is that it is a little confined with the cramped car park being the only outside area, and def. no play areas for kids.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Harbours, Owner at Harbour City Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. It was lovely to have you. Safe traveling.
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Had an overnight stay here, room was spacious and clean. Bed was average comfort. Car park is very small and tight and appears that there is not enough parks as when we arrived back at 10.30pm there was no carpark space available, looks like it is often a problem as there is a sign at driveway stipulating one car per unit. On phoning office we were told to park on street, which we were reluctant to do as it was Saturday 5th January and town was pumping! After telling owners they would be responsible for any damage, she moved her own vehicle from one of the parks.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Harbours, Owner at Harbour City Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.
We are certainly disappointed that your stay was tarnished because of the car park.
I had a very busy week and was already asleep when you called. I realized how upset you were and I had no problem moving my car for you.
Please accept our apologies. We have no problem reserving a parking spot for our guest, when requested.
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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
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Harbours, Owner at Harbour City Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you to take the time to give your positive feedback.
See you again.
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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:2.5 star — Harbour City Motor Inn 2.5*
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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