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“Great litle motel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The White Morph Heritage Boutique Collection

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The White Morph Heritage Boutique Collection
Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence
Tyneside,UK
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29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great litle motel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2007

Only stayed one night but wish it could have been more. Going by previous reviews we must have been in the new part because it was pristine and very well appointed. Jacuzzi bath, neat litle kitchenette and a washer dryer. Overlooked the sea(over a road) but we were not bothered by noise. Restuarant next door was excellent. Manager/owner? was helpful and extremely pleasant. Can only speak as I found!

Stayed February 2007
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4 Thank plod7
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2007

We had no problems with this motor inn at all. The manager was friendly and helpful throughout, the rooms clean and well furnished, and the location ideal - easy walking distance to town centre but away from the noise. Being right next door to the Dolphin/Albatross Encounter office and its excellent cafe means you can easily book the earliest tours and have breakfast there after a 2 minute walk from the inn.
There seems to have been a recent refurbishment and certainly an extension with luxury rooms in, although we had a standard room and were very satisfied.

  • Stayed December 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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4 Thank MikeB99
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Atlanta
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2006

I loved everywhere we stayed in New Zealand except the White Morph Motor Inn. I can't say enough negative things about this place! The rooms were dingy, the beds were hard as a rock, and it was so loud we couldn't sleep. The manager's behavior was completely inappropriate. I've never met a ruder innkeeper. We immediately regretted it upon checking in. There are plenty of other Kiakoura accommodations with similar prices and better views. Do yourself a favor and stay someplace else. Steer clear of the White Morph Motor Inn!

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Everything
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't stay here!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank AdventureSmurf
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Atlanta, GA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2006

The White Morph was the low point in our otherwise fabulous 16-day honeymoon in New Zealand. Upon check-in, the manager offered to place us honeymooners in either a better room or a room with a view, but for an additional fee. As we soon learned, he had given us the worst room in the place (next to a loud utility/laundry room), although the hotel appeared mostly vacant. The furnishings are spare, and the mattresses worn out and uncomforable. We had chosen the White Morph because it is right next to the Dolphin Encounter Office, with whom we had booked a morning tour. After learning that we'd return from our swimming with the dolphins tour around 11:30AM, I asked the manager if we could delay check out until around noon so that we could shower off the sea water before we got back on the road. He acted as if the request physically pained him and said that he would be only be willing to allow us to delay until 11:30 (a meaningless offer since we weren't likely to have returned by then). I checked out at 7AM and I regret that I have given the establishment my money.

  • Liked — Location across from ocean
  • Disliked — Service
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay away
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
8 Thank chequessett
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Cotswolds,UK
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2006

Stayed for 3 nights in Feb this year.
We had a 2 bed room family apartment, and although the decor was a little worn it was overall excellent value for money. Very clean and well looked after complex, nothing is too much trouble.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — See the whales by helicopter!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Southie
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Pontefract Yorkshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2006

Stayed the one night but it was a very enjoyable stay. The White Morph restaurant next door was a real treat and we had out best meal during our stay in NZ. The White Morph is highly recommended.

  • Liked — Clean
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Tips/Secrets — n/a
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank MandLy
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Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2006

We stayed in one of the executive studios, and found it very comfortable and clean, with superb sea views.
The kitchenette is well equipped, and the bath has a jacuzzi, which makes it a little more fun.

The manager was very friendly and helpful, and that does make a lot of difference on wet days when your boat tour has been cancelled! We went on the helicopter ride instead, and found that the manager's description of 'a cigar in the bathtub' was pretty accurate, though I have great snaps to show for it thanks to a good zoom.

Very nice as motels go; I just happen to prefers b&bs as the rooms usually have more character.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank dk10
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Additional Information about The White Morph Heritage Boutique Collection

Property: The White Morph Heritage Boutique Collection
Address: 92-94 Esplanade | post code: 7300, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand (Formerly White Morph Motor Inn)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kaikoura
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The White Morph Heritage Boutique Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on the Esplanade in iconic Kaikoura, The White Morph enjoys commanding views of the ocean right to the distant horizon and mountains, and gives you access to all of the region's many experiences. We offer a range of 5 Star and 4 Star Qualmark rated studios and self-contained apartments. Our 5 Star Premium studios include an ocean views and a hydrotherapy spa en-suite. Our 4 Star Garden Studios and Family Apartments look out to the garden area. Cafe Encounter, Shops, movie theatre and all activities are in close vicinity. 8 Premium Studios, king beds, with hydra-therapy spa baths. 4 Premium Studios, with either a king bed or twin beds,with spa baths. 4 Deluxe Studios, king bed with bath and shower. 3 Family Apartments, accommodation for up to 6 persons. 12 Garden Studios with queen and single beds ... more   less 
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White Morph Motor Hotel Kaikoura
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