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Bella Vista Motel Oamaru
Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Oamaru
Galashiels, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A great emergency stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2011

We stopped here after being stuck in the snow in New Zealand. It was a one night stopover on the way to the Airport at Christchurch.
It was very clean and tidy and very inexpensive. It was surprisingly quiet considering it was on the main road. Parking was easy.
The cocierge was helpful and friendly, giving us advice on where to eat, [ "Fat Sally's " was recommended] which turned out to be very good.
A breakfast can be provided if requested. However, there is a Macdonalds just next door, giving the traveller another choice for breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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bvoamaru, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Oamaru, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Thankyou for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.

Wendy and Trevor Wilson
Bella Vista Motel
Oamaru
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

The motel was tired looking like most of the motel in south island. Outside it looks rather fresh and nice, and indeed they have a sign "We look expensive but we are not"! Inside it was like a freezer box. There is a tiny heater in the small lounge that is noisy and turns itself every few minutes. No heater elsewhere, beds have got electric blanket. So if you are not in bed you are shivering.

It was just depressing ...

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank Mum_Wanderer
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bvoamaru, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Oamaru, responded to this review, August 10, 2011
Thankyou for your feedback. It was certainly disappointing to hear that you were cold. Our heaters run on a thermostat control and just require adjusting subject to the individual's requirements. As a valued guest we encourage you to let us know if there is anything that you are unhappy with which allows us the opportunity to resolve the matter and to ensure you have the best possible experience. We most certainly would have given you an additional heater if we were made aware there was a problem. Our property is assessed annually by Qualmark New Zealand and we ensure that regular maintenance is undertaken to ensure that we continually maintain our 4 Star - Self Contained and Serviced grading.

Kind Regards
Wendy and Trevor Wilson
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2011

Stayed here for one night on our way to Dunnedin. Very basic motel on the main highway through town. There is a McDonald next to the motel and a middle eastern take-away and a liquor store on the other side of the road.
Owner was very helpful in providing directions to local restaurants and the Penguin park - which was bit of a letdown for its poor lighting and steep price (NZD50/person).

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2011

Helpful owners and staff. Good location handy to everything

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2010

This is the third time I have stayed at Bella Vista Oamaru and I will always go back. The rooms are extremely clean and the hosts are friendly and extremely helpful. Good value for money.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Becs24
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Timaru NZ
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2009

Wouldn't describe the facilities as anything more than average - bed, fridge, shower (very difficult to get right temperature/power), toilet. Suppose if thats all you need then this motel is ideal. Situated about 5mins walk down the main road it's certainly local without being smack in the middle of town.
Ample parking and friendly staff.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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2 Thank samsams
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2009

We had a one bedroom family unit and was excellent. There was a large double bed in the lounge area and a twin room, electric blankets all round and beds that were so comfy it was a glorious night’s sleep! The unit had a good range of facilities, even a spa bath! It was also very clean.

It is a 5 minute drive from the blue penguin colony. Beware though if you are off to see the blue penguins … all the restaurants may be closed when you come out (approx 9pm for us) so we had to settle for fast food. There is a McDonalds next to the hotel and a KFC and Dominos opposite! The hotel is on the main road through the town (all the motels seem to be on this road) but despite it being busy the noise doesn’t penetrate into the room.

Lastly Trevor the owner was superb, he’s a really friendly helpful man.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Thank JPY
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Property: Bella Vista Motel Oamaru
Address: 206 Thames Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Oamaru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel Oamaru 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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