While the location is good in terms of distance to the airport and beach, the downside is that you are under the flight path of the runway approach. Luckily, the jets are small ones and aren't too noisy.
We stayed in a two bedroom unit (unit 1), which was clean, neat and tidy. In fact, the beds were were very comfortable - medium firmness. I'm always nervous when the only soap they provide is on the wall in an industrial style dispenser, but this seems common enough in NZ.
The real downside though is that although there is no smoking inside the units, the owners have set up little alfresco tables at the front of each unit with two chairs and an ashtray. This promotes smokers to congregate out the front, and the smoke simply drifts into the other units.
This is especially problematic as to get ventilation into each unit you have to open the windows to create a cross breeze.
If you are a smoker then this is probably an advantage, but to us, all it meant was a rush to close the windows when the smokers lit up, only to have a unit that stunk for 15 minutes like an ashtray from the smoke that managed to creep in. Sadly, the people in the unit next to us were chain smokers, so for much of the time we were trapped.
Families should note a bonus is the expansive playground with a flying fox - a throw back to an era when public liability didn't cause places to rip out any potential injury causing device.
We were given a 100mb internet pass each day (Zenbu wireless) which was a little misleading as the advertising said 'free wi-fi'. I guess they didn't say how much - so that's a tip to remember when booking anywhere.
Our unit was not serviced between days, but to be fair, it was Christmas Day.
All in all, we would not stay here again due to the smoking arrangement, but it did the job.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ASURE Fountain Resort Motel is 4 star ASURE Quality Rated in beachside suburb, quietly located away from main roads. Close to all amenities, beach, cafes, airport, golf course, 5km to CBD, 1.25 hrs to Abel Tasman National Park. Family holidays a specialty with huge, safe playground with flying fox, play equipment, swimming pool, conference/games room. Popular with corporates, very central location. All units ground floor, spacious & sunny with parking at door or undercover available. ASURE Loyalty Programme available. Quality at an affordable price. ... more less
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