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Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura
Ranked #15 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Reviewed March 3, 2013

If you are planning to stay one or two nights, the price is good. It's a no frills motel, so bring your own toiletries. Although the hotel did supply bathroom complimentary toiletries, they are not the top or middle of the line products. The owner was very courteous, the room was very clean, and free Wi-Fi was a plus. The motel is on the main road and was very noisy during the day, but nighttime was ok. If you are a light sleeper, you may want to choose another motel.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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GusCooke, Owner at Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2013

Thank you for your feedback. I agree that the soap/shampoo dispensers are not top of the range, and we are slowly replacing these dispensers with more up to date amenities and better quality products.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We shared a two- bedded room as friends travelling together and were quite comfortable for an overnight stay. Our hosts were very helpful and gave us good advice on eating choices. The decor is a bit dated so am not sure I would have wanted a longer stay but everything was clean and functional. The shower was good.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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GusCooke, Owner at Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at our motel. Admittedly, some of the rooms can do with a decor upgrade, but it all takes time. My wife and I have been here 18 months, and we have re-decorated about 3 rooms, painted all kitchens and bathrooms, so if all goes according to plan, we should have all the rooms re-decorated in 4 years time. It's ongoing, but a winter activity, as all rooms all booked most of the time through the summer. Hope to see you again one day.

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed here for three nights during our big South Island trip and this place was the best accommodation we had during our whole trip. First off, we got a small discount on our room (King Bed) which was nice, the hosts were super lovely, free wifi! and the overall price was good. We drove past it on our way into Kaikoura, didn't realise it was so close to the motorway but it wasn't a too big a problem doing a u-turn back because your in a 50k zone by then.

I had perfect sleeps all three nights, the bed was nice and big and the room was clean. I loved that there was a electronic frypan available.

I think the biggest selling point is the free wifi, during the evenings we had time to do some research on Kaikoura and we could plan the next days full of activities.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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GusCooke, Owner at Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

Thank you so much for a wonderful review of our motel. Hope to see you back one day.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Very clean and comfortable with very friendly and helpful host. Great being able to use the laundry.We stayed 3 nights but only drawback was it was too far out of town with no beach access nearby and as it's on the main road it was very noisy in the day but ok at night. Noticed most motels seemed to be on the same Beach Rd - means to the beach not near!- so same problem. Nevertheless we had a great time and love Kaikoura.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Thank CarinAustralia
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GusCooke, Owner at Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

Thanks for commenting on your stay at the Comfort Inn Kaikoura Mediterranean Motel. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry you weren't aware that beach access is right across the road from the motel. I will add this information to the compendium in the room, so other people are made aware of this fact. Hope to see you again one day.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

never experience such bad host service in my entire life, noisy at night since it is very close to the entrance of highway, can't even sleep at night. After arriving the area, saw there are quite a number of motel there, so there should be better choice at the area. Thinking carefully if you have to choose this one or you will regret. Definitely would not recommend people to choose this and never stay again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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GusCooke, Owner at Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2013

Thank you for your comments, though not sure whether we are talking about the same motel. Since you are using a nom de plume, I can not verify you actually staying with us. As your comments are during the quietest times of the year, you must be one of the lightest sleepers around. I am afraid I am very disappointed with your score on cleanliness, service and our rooms, as we pride ourselves being one of the best in this area. We can not be beaten on value, so again I am somewhat uncertain, as to what this exactly means. I'm sorry you did not have a good experience, but hope it didn't spoil your holiday in NZ.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

This inn is the first to your right when entering the city limits of Kaikoura from Picton to Christchuch. The traffic is still moving fast or already accelerating, so it is a bit noisy. The double glazing doesn't stop all the sounds. The rooms are clean, complete. Friendly staff.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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GusCooke, Owner at Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2013

Thank you for your time to review our motel. Admittedly too many ignorant truck drivers who think they are they only ones in this world and don't need to stick to 50 kms in a 50 km zone.
I am glad you found our motel up to scratch.

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Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

Was a great place to stay we loved it. Great hosts they were very friendly and great to deal with. Suited our needs perfectly. Rooms were clean and tidy. The host went the extra mile to accommodate us thanks so much guys keep up the great work :)

  • Stayed: December 2012
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GusCooke, Owner at Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2012

Mission accomplished. That's what we work hard for, to have our guests leaving with great satisfaction. Thank you so much for your positive and encouraging review. Hope to see you again one day.

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Additional Information about Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura

Address: 239 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand (Formerly Comfort Inn Kaikoura Mediterranean)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range: $85 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing towards the magnificent Kaikoura Mountains our modern 4 star complex is the ideal stopover for your Kaikoura experience. Our 13 nonsmoking, double glazed self-contained units are tastefully decorated and provide the comforts required, while experiencing some of nature’s most exquisite adventures. Mediterranean Motel is also the first Geocaching motel in NZ offering Geocaching tours around the beautiful Kaikoura coast. The restaurants, town center and Kaikoura attractions are only 5 minutes’ drive away. Coming from the north, we are the first motel on the right, coming from the south, we are the last motel on the left. We look after our guests and your comfort, is our priority. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Comfort Inn Kaikoura Mediterranean Hotel Kaikoura
Kaikoura Comfort Inn

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