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“Comfortable Affordable Accommodation” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sierra Beachfront Motel

Sierra Beachfront Motel
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Sierra Beachfront Motel
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Comfortable Affordable Accommodation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed at the Sierra Beach Motels for just one night in a studio unit. It was very clean and tidy on arrival. Good value for money. The hosts were lovely and friendly and helpful. A great location close to the town but far away out of the hustle and bustle.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JudeCoalgate
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

We had just come from a fantastic accommodation in nelson called beachside villa motel. It cost us $190 a night and we couldn't fault it. We headed into kaikoura to stay at the Sierra. It cost us about $150 a night. For the price we were expecting a decent accommodation. However the room we were given could only be described as low budget backpacker accommodation. As soon as we walked in our 5 year exclaimed, "This room stinks!". The room smelt of wet dog, cigarettes and goodness knows what else. The carpet was heavily stained and needed replacing. The sliding door to the bathroom was threatening to come off it's rail as we tried opening it. The oven looked like it had haven't been cleaned in a long time. When we pulled down the quilt cover at night we saw the bed had not been properly made. On our daughters bed, her blanket had a large dark stain that looked suspiciously like blood. In the toilet, the toilet roll holder had been broken so the toilet roll had to be kept on the vanity table.

We really tried hard to find positives about our stay but unfortunately couldn't find any redeeming features. It is surprising to read some positive comments from other people on this site as it is completely different to our experience. Perhaps we were given a dud room? Who knows...all we know is that we will never come back to that motel. Our lesson- don't leave our booking to the last minute.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Milly2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

We stayed in a studio unit costing $95 per night - probably the best motel deal in all of Kaikoura. Location is peaceful, away from the main highway. Not "beachfront" as the title implies, but only a walk down the driveway and across the road. Website info clearly states "no full stove" in this studio unit, but be aware this also means there is no cooktop or hotplate. There is an electric frypan and microwave (plus small fridge, toaster, etc). Our unit was clean and adequate, with an "interesting" wet floor (very wet and extensive!) in the shower/bathroom.
Surprised to find different tariffs listed on the Internet - Jasons booking site had the best offer.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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White House, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed in Kaikoura over Christmas and had a great time. The hosts went out of their way to make us welcome. The motel is ideally situated, just far enough from the hustle and bustle of town to allow a quiet night's sleep, but close enough to walk to restaurants and bars.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pakeha121
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

Lovely friendly welcome as we arrived, and love the map on the wall (!)...nice surprise for us (originally from the UK) making us feel very welcome. Room was good value, with everything you could need, and great location near the beach but away from the bustle of the town centre. Would definitely stay there again if visiting the area and would be happy to recommend to anybody else.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Laura B
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

We loved our stay at Sierra, the staff were just lovely and the room comfy and convenient, we would recommend the lovely staff and nice experience asca result. Kiakoura is a great place and we highly recommend staying several Nights there.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank George T
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Raumati Beach, New Zealand
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36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

The new management are very welcoming, friendly and obliging. The Sierra is in a fabulous quiet location which was ideal. Our room was spacious and clean and quiet. Real value for money.

David & Marnie

Room Tip: The rooms set well back from the road was perfect.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank D and M T
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Property: Sierra Beachfront Motel
Address: 160 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sierra Beachfront Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
13 Quiet ground floor studio and 2 large 2 bedroom units ,2 Access units. Photo is of the Newer Studio units we have 6 older units which are clean and comfortable. The other 7 units are approx 8 years old . We are along the Esplanade through the main town centre .away from the busy highway. ... more   less 
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