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“Overpriced Motel in Warkworth” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Walton Park Motor Lodge
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Warkworth
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Overpriced Motel in Warkworth”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

We chose this motel (the only one in Warkworth) as we needed to stay with recently bereaved friends who were unable to accommodate us. Called to say we would only get to our room later in the evening due to being with said friends and so our unit was left unlocked for us.

On arrival we were surprised to see that internet acccess was not free and also disappointed to see a live cockroach on our bedside table. All too late to deal with so we made sure to mention both at check out time - owner seemed non-plussed about cockroach "they come in from outside" was the response. Internet access was apparently free with the correct code (not pointed out to us as we arrived late and no coupon with code left in our room). We were offered the option of using internet access prior to leaving, which we took - thank you.

All round, we found the room and facilities very basic for what we paid ($120) - it doesn't cost much to leave more than one tissue in the box, supply a closed half litre carton of milk and a couple of quality coffee sachets. The atitude of the owner could use some improvement ... maybe time to sell up and move on?

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Sorry we did not give into your veiled threats regarding Trip Advisor. Your bereaved friends was also our motel mentor, as we told you when you asked. We take offence to your last statement as we feel this is a personal attack on us, as we are surprised Trip Advisor allowed this to be published, as it breaks their guidelines.
Firstly we do not know where you saw that there was a charge for internet, as we provide this free. With regards to cockroach, we explained that we spray to prevent them from coming into the units, but occasionally they do come in as we have palm trees and gardens outside the units. We do not count the tissues in the box. The carton of milk is the standard 300ml which is standard for motels and min 8 tea and 8 coffee sachets, plus sugar.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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63 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

We were only in Warkworth for 1 night to meet up with family and wanted somewhere clean and convenient to stay for the night, and we weren't disappointed. The Motel is about 10mins walk into Town.
We didn't use the swimmimng pool as didn't have togs with us- but gosh it looked very tempting!
Wi-fi was free and had good reception. The staff were very friendly and we can only think of positive things to say.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank morecambegirl60
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Hi, thank you for your review, shame you never got to enjoy the swimming pool, its a asset to us in the summer. We like to have a dip ourselves. Hope to see you again.
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Reading, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

Had a great time at this familly run motel. Rooms are a good size and clean and well equiped. Motel is ideally suited for touring although Warkworth is worth a visit in its own right. Like the sign outside the hotel indicating a happy place to stay

  • Stayed October 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
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Peter W
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Hi thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay here, and enjoyed Warkworth and the surrounding areas. There is certainly plenty to see and do here.
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Preston, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

I stayed in this motel and never found any problems with the heating as previously described, infact the owner was constantly on hand asking if everything was ok. The rooms are exactly what I would expect, but there again they would be as I am a returning guest it was so good the last time!!!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank vince7368
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Hi, glad you enjoyed your return stay, and hope to see you again. Thank you
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Tauranga, New Zealand
Level Contributor
57 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

We had a one bedroom unit which was well furnished and very clean. We were handy to the town centre but found there was not a lot open at night midweek in Warkworth.
There were a couple of 'niggles'. The ranchslider door into the motel was hard to open and needed repair. It had obviously been that way for some time. We were there in winter and found that the heater was inadequate for the size of the place. We didn't feel the place had warmed up properly until we woke up in the morning. There was no heating in the bathroom.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank 2Elk
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Hi, thank you for your review. As you was in for 3 nights, if you had come to us we would have been more than happy to give you another heater, as we rely on people to tell us if the units are cold, as we do not stay in them. There is two heaters in the room and we thought they were sufficient. The door has been fixed, just needed some lubrication, as with heaters if you had told us we would have done it there and then. Other than that we are glad that you enjoyed your stay.
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Christchurch
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

A group of us recently travelled to Warkworth and stayed with Dave & Carol at Walton Park Motor Lodge. Right from the initial arrival we experienced 'down to earth', friendly and very accomodating hosts. The studio room I stayed in was spotless and it was one of the cleanest units I have seen. Throughout the weekend I had a number of conversations with Carol & Dave and they couldn't of been more hospitable and helpful. I would have no hestitation in recommending this motor lodge to any traveller. Sonia R

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Sonia R
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Hi Sonia, thank you for taking the time to put a review on. It was a pleasure hosting you guys, and hope to see you again in the future.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Nine of us recently travelled to Warkworth to play music in a friends bar. For accommodation we booked 5 studio rooms at the Walton Park Motor Lodge. On arrival we were met by our very firendly hosts Dave & Carol who throughout the entire weekend were simply wonderful. They transported us and our music gear into town free of charge and even turned up at our gig. The rooms were spotelss and warm and just what we needed. We wouldn't hesitate to return or recommend to others.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Andy S
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david i, Owner at Walton Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Hi Andy, thank you for your review, we enjoyed having you guys stay, and it was really nice getting out to see you guys preform at the Thai Bar, it always gives us a lift when we have a nice friendly group in. Hope to see you again soon.
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Property: Walton Park Motor Lodge
Address: 2 Walton Avenue, Warkworth 0910, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Warkworth
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Warkworth
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Walton Park Motor Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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