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“Basic accommodation” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Motueka Garden Motel

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Motueka Garden Motel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Motueka
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New York City, New York
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92 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Basic accommodation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

Lots of space for the money. Nothing fancy. If you are looking for something a little upscale, this isn’t the place for you. The owners live on the premises. Great location if you are planning to do activities in Abel Tasman National Park. Free wifi.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

I can see from other reviews that there are presumably many rooms which offer a good standard but my partner and I had the misfortune to get a one bedroom unit that was so dated and old in its furniture and fittings that although it was clean it looked and felt grubby. We were there for a couple of days to celebrate my 50th and spend a day in the Abel Tasman. The bathroom was so tiny that when using the toilet your knees were rammed up against the vanity. This unit needs urgent refurbishment as it is a very poor advertisement for the motel as a whole and was the worst motel of the 5 we stayed at on our trip around the top of the South Island.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Toronto
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128 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Motueka doesn't have a lot of accommodations so the choice is quite limited if you are planning an Abel Tasman hike or kayak. This motel is really set up for families, so the spacious rooms, the swimming pool and the picnic tables are great for kids and parents wanting good value stays. For couples, it doesn't have a lot to recommend it. Very dated furnishings, awful brown duvets, no way to tone down the bright centre ceiling lighting. That said, everything was clean, everything worked and reception was polite and friendly. It's a little outside the town but still convenient to grocery stores.....about five minutes drive.

With a bit of work on bed covers and the addition of some side lamps in the living area....possibly with a little paint makeover, this place could be great and charge as much as their flashier competition closer to Motueka.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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26 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

We were disappointed we were not booked into accommodation it Nelson however, we travelled the 30 km to Motueka and what a surprise we had. We were greeted at reception with a welcoming conversation and taken to our room. While the Motel looks old and in need of an upgrade from the outside, the interior was inviting, modern and well appointed. Hi9ghly recommend this as very quiet alternative to Nelson.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Maitland, Australia
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206 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

Well maintained and clean 60's construction motel with childrens playground, pool and lots of open grassed areas.
Laundry with free washing machine was a bonus - if you can time your loads between the motel's own towel washing.
An adequate kitchen to keep you fed for a few days.
Whilst there were electric blankets, there was no sign of any heating in the room, which could be an issue in winter.
Overall though a good place to stay with the kids for a few days.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

A great family run motel! So well equipped and beautifully fitted out! This little motel was a gem of a find! We stayed 2 days and could not have asked for better accommodation! It was spotlessly clean and smartly decorated! The owners were were very accommodating! We highly recommend this motel!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reading
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

We stayed at Motueka Garden Motel the nights before and after a 3-day kayaking trip in Abel Tasman. It is conveniently placed for driving into the National Park and also very comfortable, clean and warm to welcome us back to civilisation! The rooms were a good size and had everything we needed.The hosts were also very helpful. I would definitely recommend Motueka Garden Motel to others.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Motueka Garden Motel

Property: Motueka Garden Motel
Address: 71 King Edward Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Motueka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Motueka Garden Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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