To give the positives first, the staff were all friendly and helpful. The room was bland but comfortably furnished and everything was spotlessly clean. Bathroom was tiny with no room for toiletries except the floor, but fittings appeared new and reasonable quality. The aircon was functional, but too noisy for nighttime use.
There were quite a few negatives, though. No selection of teas - just English breakfast. Helpful minibar menu, but no minibar! Food menu looked inviting. I am not usually a breakfast person, but was tempted by the vege option, which included avocado, but got there and found that none of those options were actually available. Same in the evening. Went for a walk and arrived back looking forward to a light meal of potato with grilled cheese and sour cream. Got to restaurant to find again that none of the menu options were available. Only option was a full buffet meal at $36. If I'd known that I would have had a snack meal in town, but couldn't be bothered going out again, so did without.
Overall a very disappointing stay, mainly due to poor communication. Definitely wouldn't recommend., which is a shame because it certainly has potential and I did appreciate the friendly staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discovery Settlers Hotel, perfectly positioned colonial style hotel with its in-house restaurant and bar, nestled in beautiful park like surrounds,a short stroll from the hotel will lead you along the riverside, down to the town basin; where the Whangarei marina bursts with international flavour. An assortment of colourful shops, and galleries can be found in this area. A short drive away lie the Whangarei Falls, a breathtaking waterfall and bushwalk in a beautiful native bush setting. Another 20 minutes on you will find yourself in the world-famous Tutukaka Harbour, gateway to the Poor Knights Islands. These Islands offer the most spectacular diving and snorkeling in New Zealand; with stunning underwater topography and a cornucopia colourful life. Dozens of white sand beaches, romantic paradise, or fun family getaway. These are just a few attractions Whangarei has to offer whether it's business, pleasure, domestic or international. Discovery Settlers is the place to stay in Whangarei. We look forward to hosting you. ... more less
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