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“Wonderful Beachside Motel”
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Alpine View Motel
Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Makawao, Hawaii
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38 reviews
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“Wonderful Beachside Motel”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

The room was very clean, airy, sunny and quiet. It was very roomy. After a terrible previous night at an awful motel in Lake Tekapo, this was a very welcome relief. There is a kitchenette with a small fridge. When you check in, they ask if you want cream or light milk for your coffee/tea. There is a little picnic area and swing set for kids to play outside. It is a quiet area, even though it's off the main road and near the beach. We were there just the one night but we didn't hear the roar of the ocean nor train going by. We walked across the train tracks to check out the beach. It's a good walk away from the center of town. You can walk or drive. I liked the idea that it's away from the town center anyway. Even though it offers free internet, the hosts give you a card w/ the access password and it can be quite slow or interruptive. If you want to use a second device, you have to ask for another card. The hosts are very accomodating though and very friendly. I would definitely come back here again or refer people to this cute beachside motel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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KenJenny J, Owner at Alpine View Motel, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Thank you so much. You have made our day and we appreciate your comments. Again many thanks Jenny
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Box Hill, Australia
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The room was quite nice spacious and clean. It was homely but I wouldnt called it dated. The staff were helpful. Free wifi and parking. I would say its quite a hike to town center and we opted to drive. There is a beach down the back over some train tracks. The train runs between the water and all the properties on this side of the road. We could not hear the train once during our stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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KenJenny J, Owner at Alpine View Motel, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Thank you for your review as we appreciate the time it takes. We love the thought of being homely and hope others will also. Again thank you. Jenny
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I travel extensively throughout the South Island for my work and stay at many motels. I have many to compare this to. Firstly the bed was so comfortable, although I had finished my work early and could have left and driven home the absolute glorious comfortable night in that bed made me to decide to stay, instead of leaving. The service was impeccable and friendly and accommodating. There was only one train during the night and it did not bother me. Could not hear any road noise from the unit although it is on the main highway north. The decor was delightful. More beachy/homely and not motel like. I loved my stay and would definitely recommend and would definitely stay again. It is way up the top of my list of favourites.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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KenJenny J, Owner at Alpine View Motel, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Thank you so much for your review and we are very pleased it was a comfortable nights sleep. It so nice to get positive feed back and we hope that you will return. Kind regards Jenny
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Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Stopped on the way North at a last minute decision once we knew where accommodation was needed! Small coach parking was available on the concrete pad at the time (probably ask when booking if you need it) and the room was clean and comfy - really big too, so would be good for a family of 4 (mountain view studio). Supermarket is next door, so nice and easy to get to. Yip, a little out of the town centre, but when you visit Kaikoura, you will see that most motels are out of the centre due to it's situation. A train did go past, however trains are legally not allowed to speed past due to their coming into/out of town - so the noise is minimal (they also run right the way through the town headed to Christchurch, so it's not just this particular motel that is affected). It has easy access to the beach too. All in all, it is a place we will continue to stop at when headed north bound on the leg home. Thanks & see you both again! Cameron

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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KenJenny J, Owner at Alpine View Motel, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Thank you and we look forward to your return stay as it is always good to have our guest telling us they will be back. Once again many thanks for your review as it is appreciated. Jenny
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

There are several problems with this motel: the location, even though on the map seems wonderfull, it is right next to the railway, and we couldn't sleep all night. The ony view you have is ither the carpark or the field near it. What most upseted us was the fact that on the day we departed, because of a misunderstanding we came back to check out later than we should have, so the owner of the motel took all our things out in the carpark, in the rain, telling us we should appreciate she didn't overcharge us. Honestly, i would prefer to pay an extra fee than finding my belongings out in the rain. I have travelled a lot and never in my lfe did this happen to us!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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KenJenny J, Owner at Alpine View Motel, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Firstly check out internationally is 10am approx not 3pm. We have our check out times stated in the office. all advertising and in each room/apartment. The travel agents voucher we received did not it state or ask for a late checkout. On arrival the representative of this group would not fill in our security registration form for our staff including phone contacts while in New Zealand. Because we were not given there direct phone contact we contacted their travel agent several times before we removed there luggage from the rooms. I explained the situation as we had guests waiting to check in at the office. We were advised by there travel agent to go ahead as they had contacted the group more than once for us. I will not be naming this agency but they were most helpful. We did have to put there luggage outside but it was covered. In normal situations it would have been put in the storage but not possible with such a large group. We also took advice from another motelier before doing so who informed us he would have charged them for the additional time in the motel as it is very costly to keep staff and other guests waiting.
All our location maps are standard government maps. Our motel is situated on over 3000sq metres of land with a garden setting and yes, we do have sea and mountain views from several apartment windows. The bare sections next door being referred to is over 4000sq metres so our motels are not surrounded by buildings.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed in about 14 Hotels in New Zealand and unfortunaltely this was pretty bad. The service and the room was alright but our bedlinen smelled so bad, that I could not sleep at all. It really is too expensive compared to other Motels/Hotels. The garden view is only a carpark. I can not recommend this Motel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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KenJenny J, Owner at Alpine View Motel, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
We are sorry you could not recommend us. We wished that you had brought your concern to us ASAP as we would have to the best of our ability done something about it, Again we are very sorry for the problem with the linen but like approx 90% of other accommodation providers in Kaikoura, we have since changed our linen supplier. We are New Zealand Qualmark 3 star plus and are inspected accordingly and our $115 for a standard studio unit we consider reasonable. I can only ask people who read this please take a look at our web site and you will see the garden setting and car-parking configuration.
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Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Well it was the warm friendly phone manner that sold me! Then on arrival the same genuine attitude that these days is not always there. I have to say we probably fluked the best spot, sitting in the sun outside our room eating our cooked breakfast looking up to the mountains. Basically I was in my element! The room was most definately the cleanest I had seen in a long time both in New Zealand and overseas. Overall I just have to say "Ken & Jenny your rooms are great but its your (nothings a problem) attitude that makes it a definate that we will be back." Thankyou so much! Regards Devon & Vanessa from Nelson.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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KenJenny J, Owner at Alpine View Motel, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you for this kind review. It is greatly appreciated to get a positive feedback on TripAdvisor. We do try to be accommodating to our guest and promote a positive experience of our motels and Kaikoura. Once again many thanks:)
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Property: Alpine View Motel
Address: 146 Beach Road | State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Alpine View Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We warmly welcome you to Alpine View Motel situated in a lovely garden setting situated next to the beach with our very own beach access ― ideal for a lovely evening walk or if you want to try your hand at surf casting. Our desire is to ensure your stay is both comfortable and memorable. All 12 apartments are ground-floor, with parking outside your door. We have a range of apartments from studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom family apartments. All are fully self-contained and serviced daily. All are spacious and away from the road in a lawn and garden setting.We proudly received 3rd Place in (November's 2011) the Commercial Section of the Kaikoura Garden Competition. ... more   less 
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