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Sundowner Motel
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Greymouth
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

We paid $130 for an upstairs room with a covered balcony running in front of our room and 3 others. Not too convinced about " the views over Greymouth" from our balcony but, yes, you could see Greymouth. Anyway, the room was modern, clean and had everything we needed and we could have walked into town for dinner but it was raining. The heating in the room was good, as it was fairly cool outside and we found extra duvets in the top of our wardrobe which made the bed very cosy. There were two large easy chairs with footstools if we had wanted to stay in and watch TV and a bench outside where we sat and drank a glass of wine before we went out for dinner. Greymouth is not the most beautiful place to stay but this nice modern motel made it very easy.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wendy Y, Owner at Sundowner Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2014

Hello there, Thanks for staying at the Sundowner Motel on your recent visit to the West Coast, we were on holiday when you stayed here so we are pleased to hear that our minders looked after you in our absence. Thanks for taking the time to submit a review and commenting on our location as we are indeed the closest Motel to the town centre. Murray & Wendy

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Reviewed April 30, 2014

We stayed a night in Greymouth on our way from Nelson to Wanaka (had a late start). While the Sundowner may look average from the photos, the hospitality of the owners and the overall quality of the rooms make this motel exceptional.

The rooms are large, well stocked (kitchen and cleaning equipment, etc.), and well furnished. The bed was very comfortable.

The owners won us over by their kindness and hospitality. We arrived in Greymouth as a cyclone was passing through; we barely made it before the bridge and other major roads were closed. Despite 140km blowing debris all over, the owners braved the storm to make sure we had what we needed in case the power went out and that we were comfortable (it was a pretty terrifying drive there). They also made sure we had all the info we needed the following morning to make sure we had an open route to our destination.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wendy Y, Owner at Sundowner Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2014

Hi there, We do remember your arrival during last months cyclone, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us even under the extreme weather conditions, we were only to pleased to provide you both with a safe haven for the night . And thanks so much for submitting a TripAdvisor Review as a lot of fellow travellers read reviews prior to booking their accommodation. We hope you both had a safe and enjoyable time during the rest of your holiday in NZ.

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

The studio unit we had was clean and tidy but we found the price to be a bit high compared to other places we have stayed at as the room was quite small with very basic facilities. For the same price or less we have had much bigger rooms with seating. The bathroom was small also but the shower had good pressure - always a plus! It would have been nice to have had a few more hooks to hang clothes, vanity bag, etc in the bathroom. And, as is often the case, I am not sure how one is supposed to dry your towels when only one small towel rail is provided? Motels might find more people willing to reuse towels rather than being supplied with a fresh set each day if guests had more towel rail space to hang them to dry.

In February the unit was rather hot so good use was made of the supplied fan. We ate out both nights so only made breakfast in the unit. Being at the back and near the corner it was awkward getting into our parking space after negotiating the steep driveway. It wasn't until our second day that we discovered it was best to go further up to the end of the driveway to turn around.

Location wise the motel was close enough to be able to walk into town to look around and eat out or pick up supplies from a nearby supermarket. It is also handy to the train station if you have just come in on the Tranz Alpine train.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wendy Y, Owner at Sundowner Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2014

Hello again, Thanks for staying with us at the Sundowner Motel during your visit to the scenic West Coast. Thanks for also taking the time to submit a review on TripAdvisor and we wish you happy and safe travels in the future.

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Only stayed the one night but was so impressed with the great service and the time given by the owners
Rooms were great. Clean comfortable and well appointed you can see the added little things that just enhances your stay
Would recommend this as a must stay venue
Thanks guys

Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Wendy Y, Owner at Sundowner Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2014

Hello to the Aussie family, thanks for taking time out on your NZ holiday to submit a review after staying with us while on the scenic west coast. We enjoyed meeting you all and hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday, Murray & Wendy Sundowner Motel Greymouth NZ

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Spur of the moment decision to book into Sundowner Motel while doing a road trip round the South Island, and what a good decision it was. On checking-in we were shown the units available and given the individual prices for same, nothing seemed to be a bother to the owner. We chose a deluxe unit which we were very happy with. A plus being 2 very comfortable chairs in the unit for relaxing and watching TV, this being something we find is often lacking in studio type units. Good location and units definitely comfortable. The owners are well suited to being in the hospitality business and it shows, top marks to them.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wendy Y, Owner at Sundowner Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

Hello again, We are both glad to see your review on TripAdvisor and thanks for taking the time to so. Its great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Sundowner Motel while on your South Island road trip, hope you both have made it home safely and look forward to seeing you again one day,Cheers Murray & Wendy.

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Reviewed March 24, 2014

I stayed here last week for three nights with my husband and we were both really happy with every part of our experience. The motel is a close walk to the train station yet far enough away to have no noise. The rooms were really clean and the kitchen had everything we needed. The owners made us feel welcome. Our room felt private and it was great to be able to park the car directly outside our room. If we visit Greymouth again we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wendy Y, Owner at Sundowner Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2014

Hello again, Great to see you made it back home safely and thanks so much for submitting a review following your stay with us at the Sundowner Motel. We are pleased to hear that you both enjoyed your stay and we would love to have you stay with us again if you find yourselves on the scenic west coast and hopefully you will get to do the helicopter flight next time if weather permits. Cheers Murray & Wendy.

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Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is a nice little motel, located conveniently just across from the train station. (But you have to walk around the block to get across the tracks - not a big deal.)

The folks who run this motel were very friendly and helpful. The room (#9, I think, in the back corner) was clean, comfortable and well furnished, with a nice bathroom and a kitchenette. The sliding glass door to the room was a bit sticky and hard to wrangle, but nothing too bad.

It isn't fancy or luxurious, but is good, basic lodging, at a reasonable price. I recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wendy Y, Owner at Sundowner Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2014

Hi There Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review following your stay with us while on the scenic west coast.. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your accommodation at our Motel and thanks also for pointing that the sliding door was a bit sticky , you will be pleased to know that we have had it repaired today.. We wish you happy and safe travels from Murray & Wendy.

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Address: 14 Smith Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Greymouth
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Greymouth
Price Range: $96 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sundowner Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Sundowner Motel -motel accommodation Greymouth, New Zealand.Closest Motel to the township of Greymouth and the Tranzalpine Station. Free transfer from train or bus. From the moment you arrive at the Sundowner Motel the owners, Murray and Wendy Torrens, will ensure you receive a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay.Sundowner Motel Greymouth accommodation offers affordable and comfortable modern studio and family units which are all quality 4 star and serviced daily. Whether you're here on business or here for pleasure, on your own or in a group, you'll find we provide the highest level of service and facilities around. ... more   less 
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