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Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Booked here as was rated first on trip advisor

The good: amazing spa tub in bathroom, dishwasher and oven in the kitchen, the beachfront view, sky tv and free wireless Internet, the bathroom was clean with bathrobes and plenty of showrgel b shampoo

The so-so: outdated fittings, musty smell when walking into unit even though we had booked with 24 hour notice, the uncomfortable bed ( seemed like two beds pushed together to make queen?), weird curtain thing around bed, rather a cool manner at reception ( just take payment n that's it, no offer of giving recommendations etc )

Think maybe had too high expectation. Maybe with a bit of renovation this place could b a stunner

Date of stay: November 2012
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Thank burgerqueen700
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admiraltylodge, Manager at Admiralty Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Thank you for your review and I apologize for the disappointment you had.

The curtains around the bed are enjoyed by a lot of guests, as they want to keep the windows open to hear the ocean and feel the breeze but prevents them from direct sunlight in the morning. The musty smell could be because of the proximity to the ocean and my apology for not airing out the room enough.

We take pride in taking care of our guests and obviously we let you down and I am sorry for it.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

The Admiralty Motor Lodge fully lived up to our high expectations. The whole experience reflected careful thought and good management. Ambuj, our host, was welcoming, friendly and available, and indeed this attitude this was present in everyone of the staff that we met during our 5 night stay.
The accommodation was spacious, very well appointed and both clean and comfortable, with many small extras provided for our use and convenience. The location and balcony views were superb.

Date of stay: November 2012
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Thank Bill and Lin H
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admiraltylodge, Manager at Admiralty Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2012

Thank you for your kind comments about the Admiralty Lodge, it was a pleasure to be your host. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you here again soon. Kind regards.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

From the first moment we arrived we were impressed by the beachfront location, the efficient and happy staff, the cleanliness of the rooms and the layout of the unit. The spa bath was heavenly within the clean expansive bathroom. This motel supplies additional extra such as shampoo and conditioner via a pump next to the shower/bath. The heated pool was an unexpected bonus and yes it really is heated to a temperature thats comfortable to get in and out of even when the weather is cold. The owner and manager was genuine, down to earth, quietly friendly and respectful of privacy - no loud in your face type here. His white fluffy puppy is a definite draw card - so happy to see people, an absolute little darling. I thoroughly recommend Admiralty Lodge. Its the best value for money and the best place to stay in Whitianga.

Date of stay: October 2012
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Thank Vicky C
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admiraltylodge, Manager at Admiralty Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2012

Thank you for your review and I am glad you enjoyed staying with us. I have passed on your comments about the cleanliness to the staff as they take pride in their work. We hope you will come and stay with us again. Kind regards.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

My partner booked us in on a whim for a night and we didn't want to travel too far from Auckland. When we arrived to Admiralty Motor Lodge we were pleasantly suprised at the kindness given at the front desk, and the by the workers who made small talk about the wonderful weather. The room itself was impressive and with my partner always staying at hotels for conferences, he mentioned that this was one of the best places he had ever stayed.

The location is amazing with a short walk to the beach, bed spacious, clean facilities, extra goodies like cookies for your cup of tea to name a few.

Cannot speak more highly about this place and we have already organized a longer stay and we are bringing back our friends. Loving Admiralty and Whitianga!!!!

Date of stay: October 2012
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admiraltylodge, Manager at Admiralty Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Thank you for your kind words and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. We are looking forward to your return to Whitianga and to Admiralty Lodge. I have passed on your comments to the staff.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

My wife and I arrived in Whitianga with no reserved accommodation, and drove the beach road looking for a "home" for the night. The Admiralty Lodge Motel immediately caught our eye. Ambuj and associate (dog) Masti, welcomed us with such a calming, gentle and easy going air that we decided to stay...eventually for two nights. The rooms are huge, and full of every extra you could need. Ambuj was the most gracious host: with a few extra touches during check-in, booking our Kayak trip, shared stories, and added a special evening addition to our second night that completed a fantastic day of adventure and Kiwi hospitality. Ambuj made our stay so much more than we could have expected. Thank You so very much. We really didn't want to leave, but more of NZ beckoned..... We wholeheartedly recommend the Admiralty Lodge Motel to anyone.

Room tip: Second (top) floor has best views.
Date of stay: October 2012
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admiraltylodge, Manager at Admiralty Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2012

I am delighted to hear about your experience with us. My associate (Masti) always gets excited to see the guests and enjoys entertaining them. It was our pleasure that you stayed with us and you were also able to enjoy the outdoors. I hope you enjoyed rest of your New Zealand trip and hope to see you again in Whitianga.

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