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Bella Vista Motel Whangarei
Ranked #10 of 35 Hotels in Whangarei
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
59 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Thanks and praise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Stayed here on arriving in New Zealand after moving across the world. Through the jet lag and big emotions, everything settled and turned out just right, thanks to the very comfortable room (from kitchen to shower to comfy bed); but it's really the hotel staff that made it great. The room service lady showed incredible act of kindness by bringing us the gift of a fish she'd caught on her day off just to welcome us to NZ; the manager who brought our paper was very generous with his conversation and showed real interest and they are all honestly genuine, good people. It made Whangarei and New Zealand feel like it was going to work...And what reassurance can a traveler ask for? Great people, great room, great facilities. Go for it

Room Tip: Choose downstairs room if you can't do stairs or have a wheel chair...But know that your room wi...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
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Auckland, NZ
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Stayed one night at the motel on business. The motel is on the main road around Whangarei and has plenty of parking. The rooms are clean and well appointed, although they are quite small and there want a lot of room to work at the desk area. There were some road works on the main road when I stayed so had an early wake up (0530). The TV is a little small and channels are limited but all in all it was good for a short trip.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kulykiwi
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Dallas, Texas
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33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

this is by far the cleanest motel i have ever stayed in. it was immaculate!. room was small but very modern and functional. all very neat and tidy. easy 5 min walk into town. i would however ask for a room on the 2nd floor if you are a light sleeper as cars are parked right outisde the room son the ground level. we were woken up at 5am by a guest departing...even though you could hear they were trying their best to be quiet.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Thank ataahua w
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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47 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Stayed two nights in a King Spa room and were very pleased with it. Could not fault the bathroom with the spa bath. King bed very comfortable. The continental breakfast was delivered to the room the evening before which was a bit unusual. Toast bread of your choice was wrapped in plasticwrap, and the orange juice which was in a glass also had plasticwrap over it. The orange juice had separated and had to be mixed. We toasted our own bread. Wi Fi is available for free.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BMW70
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Auckland, New Zealand
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79 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

Stayed one night. Not cheap but very clean, great hosts, good location, fairly quiet, small room but every facility.b
One or two very minor niggles the small tv was too far away for example but would reccomend for a short stay

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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auckland
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77 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Stayed one night in a queen studio room, room had everything you need but compact due to having the queen bed and single bed in the room. Single bed right in the doorway to bathroom. No air con so you need to keep bathroom window open and then you get the noise from the busy road. Unit needed double glazing and air con. Motel handy to city just a short walk, motel operators pleasant to deal with

  • Stayed March 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
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank pauline g
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Adelaide, Australia
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79 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Having stayed at motels of the Bella Vista chain in Auckland airport and Rotorua in the past, we decided to use the same motel chain when we were planning our Northland and the Bay of Islands holiday for January 2013. We stayed at the Bella Vista in Whangarei for 4 nights.

The location was good. It is situated on State Highway 1, but very close to the Whangarei town centre. However, being on the main road means that the motel is inevitably noisy from the road traffic.

Our stay coincided with major road works along State Highway 1, therefore the environment was a little dusty and noisy and traffic can be heavy during the rush hour periods. In fact, on one of the days, the workers closed off the driveway to the motel so no cars could enter and exit the motel for the day!!! It seems that the road works will continue for a few more months until ??March or April 2013.

There is no air-conditioning for the rooms so we had to keep the front sliding door and the window to the bathroom open so as to get some ventilation. They do provide a fan for use in the rooms so we made good use of that as well. Other amenities in the room included a microwave, a small refrigerator and some cutlery and crockery. There is also a limited free wi-fi service. You get a small "free download" limit and if exceeded you would have to pay for the wifi. The "free download" limit is based on the electronic item and NOT on the room. Therefore if you had 2 i-phones, an i-pad and a laptop, you could potentially use all four of them and get 4 times the free download limit before you need to pay for the wifi. This is what we did!!!

Overall, the room is clean and reasonably spacious. The hosts were friendly. This is typical of most of the other Bella Vista motels that we stayed in the past.

Room Tip: Use separate devices to access the free wifi so that you have more free downloads.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Bella Vista Motel Whangarei

Property: Bella Vista Motel Whangarei
Address: 322 Western Hills Drive, Whangarei, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Whangarei
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 35 Hotels in Whangarei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bella Vista Motel Whangarei 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Whangarei's newest motel. From the moment you arrive you'll enjoy the comfort of fresh modern rooms and the convenience of being located in close proximity to Whangarei's CBD for business, shopping, entertainment or other activities. Just a 5 minute walk to central Whangarei. At Bella Vista Motel we cater for all your business or recreational needs. Bella Vista Motel offers; 18 modern self-contained studio and family motel units. Super King, Queen & Single beds. Easy to find on State Highway 1, close to Forum North, Kensington Stadium and Whangarei Hospital. Purpose built wheelchair friendly access units. All Units totally smoke free. 200Mb wifif provided free to all rooms each day. Fax & copying facilities at Reception. Ensuite bathrooms some with spa baths, all with hair dryers . Sky TV and DVD players available. Full Kitchens or kitchenettes. Continental breakfasts available. . Guest Laundry. Parking on Site. Cash Rewards Loyalty Programme. ... more   less 
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