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“Utopia in a cabin”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sunset Motel

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Sunset Motel
Ranked #10 of 13 Thames B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Utopia in a cabin”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed in refurbished cabin number 1 for 3 nights - it was clean and tidy, had new furnishings and a decent shower area. The staff were friendly and helpful and supplied ginger biscuits, as well as tea and coffee on our arrival. The setting of the Sunset Motel, on the Tararu Beach Reserve, was just out of this world. Can't recommend this place highly enough but don't forget that this is a Motel, not a Hotel.

Room Tip: Ask if cabin 1 is available, as other cabins may not be refurbished yet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Great spot, with great views, even though it was raining. We played in the grass area with our child and immediately realised that the great thing about this place was that you didn't have to cross the main road to get to the beach. I am not sure but I think this is the only place in Thames to offer that.

Andrea was very helpful and my son loved the biscuits she left out for us.

We stayed in a 3 bedroom room which had clearly had some work done on it at some point, but perhaps needs a little more. The sofa had multiple rips in it.
The third bedroom is quite small, our 3 year old loved it, but if you've got a teenager it might not be so welcoming. There was undercover parking. The bathroom had a bath in it, and the shower was amazing.

Compared to the rest of our holiday the rate seemed a tad high. Some of that might be because our room was a seafront one and I was happy to pay a premium for that. Perhaps Thames is slight more expensive generally but I thought it could have been $15-20 less.

As other reviewers have said it's a few klms from town but that makes for a more tranquil stay.

We stayed in winter, so things are probably tainted. In summer I think the negatives would be overlooked by the location.

Room Tip: Get a room with the seafront view, worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2012

Thames is great location to tour around the Coramandel, and it has some very good little restaurants, and a great street market ! Sunset Motel was very well located and had reasonably priced Chalets with beautiful views across the Bay

Room Tip: Make sure you get a Chalet with a view
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2010

A friendly, comfortable motel, ideally situated right on the beach front. A few kilometres from the town, but that guarantees a nice quiet stay and oh, the magnificent sunset!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2010

The views, particularly the sunset were fantastic, but the rest was very poor. The rooms and the furnishings are very "tired". The essential bits such as the kitchen and bathroom were very clean but the rest was grubby. The windows hadn't been cleaned for months, the sillswere dusty with dead flies and the paintwork grubby. All the furniture and fittings were old an well worn, there were splits in the sofas and the deck furniture was falling apart. It is a great shame, the motel has great potential but needs to be totally renovated.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Auckland
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

Nice quiet little place. Just step out the door and there you are at the beach. Great for walking / exploring.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Sunset Motel
Address: 1017 Tararu Road, Thames, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Thames
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Beach
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Ranked #10 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Thames
Number of rooms: 8

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