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Hotel Coachman
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I had to take a hotel room as the cheaper motel rooms were fully booked. This was a lucky break. The hotel rooms are roomy, clean and comfortable even though they are darkish due to being (newly) furnished in BROWN! It did live up to its four stars and the bonus was the excellent staff in all respects. Examples: they made me a frothy hot chocolate with the package from my room, even adding marshmallows, at no charge; and happily, when I smashed the coffee plunger by accident and left an apologetic note, I not only recieved a new plunger but a delightful note and an inquiry to check I hadn't cut myself; and no request was too much trouble. My firend had a motel room (also furnished in BROWN, which did have a mini kitchen but was definitely not up to the hotel room standard. Pleased I lucked out!!

Room Tip: The rooms upstairs are quieter and have a better outlook.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Had a very good night and enjoyed the free internet access. Staff were very attentive and the room was clean and comfortable. Great having the underground carparking. Convienient to town, an easy walk. The restaurant was great and I enjoyed the meal for both dinner and breakfast. I look forward to my return.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank CharlesFCR
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

The Coachman is a lovely hotel overall. It is clean and tidy, everything works, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the house restaurant is quite reasonable. The rooms are a good sixe, and the beds comfortable with good pillows.
But... Coachman shares one of my favourite gripes; lights above the bed powerful enough to dehydrate your eyeballs in a flash, but no lighting above the luggage rack. Why do hotels and motels so often do this??
My only other gripe is that a while back the shower curtains (shower over bath) were replaced by trendy glass panels. Now this may save on washing of curtains, but the result is the bathroom turns into a paddling pool. I had to use three towels to dry the floor (and that didn't do a complete job!!)

If they were to sort the lighting and go back to shower curtains, I'd consider five stars to be a real possibility.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Alec W
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CoachmanPN, Manager at Hotel Coachman, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

I have passed on the suggestions that you made concerning the lighting and shower panels to our property improvement committee . They will be discussed at their next meeting.

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed so many features that Hotel Coachman offers and we will strive to raise your rating to the 5 stars you mentioned. Thanks for your feedback.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

I took advantage of an offer of a hotel room, breakfast, bottle of wine and a wine with dinner - great value and would certainly go again - forget the fake architecture and enjoy the amenities such as the hot pool and restaurant - the breakfast was excellent with a wide choice. The dinner was delicious and good value. The room has all the necessary amenities including a free biscuit!

Room Tip: Choose one not facing the road as it is quieter
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Thank PeanutWellington
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

I have stayed here many times over the years but it has been a while since I was last at the hotel. Excellent position, close to town and the business centre. Good parking under the hotel, but it can get very wet down there so be careful. There must be a water and drainage problem. Reception staff were not overly friendly but were certainly efficient and helpful. Hotel room was a little small but tidy and well maintained, however I didn't know TV's were made that small! Just dumb to have a set so small in the room.
The staff in La Patio cafe were superb. Friendly, efficient and helpful. All quite young and could well be students, but they were great. Go to the cafe hungry, because the meals are enormous. And they were tasty and well cooked. A great experience. The cafe can be very busy and noisy as the hotel does attract groups for conferences and the bar is sited within the cafe.
Breakfast has a menu option I have not seen before in hotels - toast and coffee for $7.50. Great to divert you from the lashings of bacon, sausages and eggs that you otherwise would not eat for breakfast!
And there is free wifi - with a daily limit.
The Coachman is a good option in Palmerston North.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
Thank PedroNP
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