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Whakatane Hotel
Ranked #7 of 11 Whakatane B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 7, 2013

We stayed here at the beginning of our Jan 2013 East Cape tour,
It is basically a backpackers hotel.
And if you were one of these, you couldn't fault it.
As we are getting on in years we chose a queen room ensuite.
For $75 it was a steal.
No TV, but there was one in the lounge, two doors down,
with a balcony overlooking the main street below.
No kettle, or fridge,or toaster, but there was all of these,
in the backpackers kitchen next door.
For dinner there was two well priced restaurants downstairs.
With a little planning for breakfast, you can get dinner bed and breakfast
for the price of a room in a motel.
And the people are friendly as well.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank busterNewZealand
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We called into the Whakatane Hotel for a cool refreshing drink after a long and tiring bike ride through the gorge from Gisborne in not such nice weather. Fortunately the weather improved as we rode into Whakatane. While enjoying the cool of the trees in the front courtyard we noticed they offered accommodation also.

We decided to stay here as they had 4 single beds available for a good price, ($40).

The rooms were small-ish but clean and comfortable. The bathrooms and toilets were communal but again were clean and plenty of them. We ate from the bar-bistro downstairs to avoid having to find somewhere else and the meal was great. it filled the gap. We enjoyed the chilled atmosphere and friendly locals.

It was a Wednesday night and pre Christmas so it possibly was quieter than normal, but we all slept well and after a nice breakfast at a local cafe were refreshed for our ride home.

I liked this place, the owners Tim & Liz were friendly & helpful, it was nice to know that our bikes we safe in the lockup.

The hotel is iconic in Whakatane and built from another era. It is art-deco and the owners have tried to keep it as original as they can while making it as comfortable as they can for their guests.

Will definitely stay here again!

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
2  Thank Dave H
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

The accommodation at Whakatane Hotel is a series of rooms above a pub.

The rooms are basic although the price isextremely cheap. The hotel is in an excellent location on a corner of the main street of Whakatane.

When you check in, a notice reminds you that you are above a pub and no refunds will be given on the basis of noise. Fair enough.

I was there on a Tuesday night, and though the pub was quiet there was a function on in another part of the building. This was in a different wing but still the noise was very apparent. Sound travels well in this building.

The most amazing thing, though, was that at about 11pm one of the staff unlocked the door to my room and tried to put another guest in there - while I was in there, in the bed! Clearly she somehow hadn't worked out which rooms were occupied. Budget is one thing but that is pretty unforgiveable.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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5  Thank MrDurden
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Stayed: February 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled with family
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Stayed: July 2015, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Whakatane Hotel

Address: 79 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Whakatane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Whakatane
Price Range: $50 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Whakatane Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The iconic Whakatane Hotel is located in Whakatane central, directly over the road from the information centre. We are next to the Whakatane river walkway, Intercity buses and our tourist activity centre. Enjoy the most convenient access to Whakatane's finest Irish Bar, 'The Craic'. Our Hotel caters for everyone. We have rooms for those traveling on a budget all the way up to Queen ensuite accommodation, for those who look forward to a little extra comfort. ... more   less 
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