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Bow Street Studios
Ranked #4 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Raglan
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“First time visit”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

Great location - we spent two nights in April and had the lovely Unit one on the end, Friendly staff and they did give us coffee for the plunger pot when we asked. We enjoyed the spaciousness and the well serviced spotlessly clean unit. Bought cooked fish at the wharf and then ate it on our patio. So memorable. Will return here on our next visit to my homeland

Room Tip: Like the end unit also they have a quaint older cottage for bigger groups
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

After a great company conference in Rotorua, we headed to Raglan for a bit of R&R and had pre-booked accommodation at Bow Street Studios, what a pleasant surprise very modern with all amenities kitchenette bedroom, bathroom upstairs lovely views out to the Raglan Heads. Downstairs openplan leading out to a small patio.
Staff very friendly. Location ideal close to restaurants, cafes and shops would certainly go back

Room Tip: We had choice went for room 5
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Our second visit to Bow Street, a little more than some, but everything you want from a studio with separate bedroom etc. Walking distance to all the foodie places and the Yot Club for music. Raglan as usual was cool, and the sunset from the room or patio was neat.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Great place to stay, so close to town and all the shops, lovely view from upstairs bedroom of garden and harbour. Upstairs bedroom is huge!! Had everything we needed. I thought too there was Sky sport but there wasn't. Lovely women who own/manage the studios. Everything really clean and tidy. Coffee for the plunger would have been nice. Will definitely be back again to stay. Thank you.

Room Tip: We stayed in unit 4 and is was fine.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2014

My wife and I stayed in one of the studios for two nights. We had a very friendly welcome.

The studio apartments are situated right at the water's edge, and within easy walking distance from any place in town, which made it perfect for us.

The kitchen was equipped with everything we could need. Everything in the studio was of good quality, and seemed to be only a few years old. Our bed was very comfortable, and provided for excellent rests (but see more later...)

The view from our bedroom window was good, looking over the ever-changing waters of the estuary (albeit somewhat blocked by a palm tree).

The problem was ... Raglan
This was our first visit to Raglan. So, when the town siren went off with a massive noise at 2:30 am we didn't know what to do. Was there a tsunami? What was wrong? We didn't know, and there was no information piece in the room to shed some light on this... Se we checked outside to see if all people were gathering in the streets. Nothing! It seemed like we were the only people who heard the siren! So we went back to bed ... but were too awake (and worried) to go right back to sleep.

The following morning we asked about the siren and were told that it is the emergency service calling the volunteers when something had happened! What a silly arrangement - to wake the whole town in order to get the volunteers in! Don't they have telephones?

We also found the information centre in Raglan not very friendly - we were treated like we were a bit of a nuisance.

We wanted to go on the harbour cruises, but unfortunately the websites didn't make it clear that the cruises are no longer happening because "winter is approaching!"

Obviously this has nothing to do with Bow Street apartments (or with any other accommodation in Raglan for that matter) but it marred an otherwise good stay.

We will probably go back (only once) to go on the harbour cruises. But other than that, Raglan doesn't really have anything that we would want to go back for. There are many other, more beautiful, places around New Zealand where you aren't blasted by a siren at 2 in the morning, and where the info centre people are helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: Some rooms have better views past the trees. Studio 1, which we stayed in, had a fairly good view pa...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2014

A small group of try-hard golfers anticipating an enjoyable weekend's sabatacle .. charmed by Raglan .. charmed by Bow St presentation & elegance. BUT not so smitten by (1) a TV that doesn't work (2) bathroom handbasin with plunge- plug which plunges/seals magnificently but does not release to allow drainage (3) a shower which doesn't drain adequately resulting in overflow from base & a flooded bathroom floor (4) NOBODY on site after 6pm to assist with any of this .. an 'enquiry' phone contact only, which ellicits no reply.
And, though pre-arranged, adjusted bedding configuration had been overlooked. Was addressed upon arrival, but with an unanticipated 'btw .. that's an additional charge' .. should absolutely have been mentioned when the request was first made during booking enquiry.
At $180+ per night, expected better ( at that price, Sky TV had been assumed, but no ) .. in short, can't recommend ( but COULD have been great ! )

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Had a wonderful time every where we stayed. Unfortunately we asked for advice from the information centre. All we asked for was a motel or other with beach views. recommendation was Bow St units which cost us $ 165 for the night. The receptionist was RUDE and not all welcoming. Our "beach view" amounted to looking at the base of a palm tree surrounded by stones, and the upstairs view was looking at the top of the palm tree. Must admit, if we leaned to the side we could see a little of the water but not the beach. WORST place we stayed in on our holiday and would never go back. By the way, if you need an early check out, the office does not open until 9.30am. Way over priced for what you get

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bow Street Studios
Address: 1 Bow Street, Raglan 3225, New Zealand (Formerly Bow Street Waterfront Accommodation)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Raglan
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Raglan
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Private, Waterfront, Motel Apartments More than studios, Bow Street Studios waterfront location offers seven beautiful self-contained, two-story apartments. Each Apartment has a grandstand view of our famous Raglan sunsets. No Payment required to secure your booking How big are the Studios? Bigger than an Auckland apartment! Guests are often surprised at the size, enjoy the homely feel and love being right in the heart of Raglan. Need more space? Choose our Cottage. Moved to Raglan by barge in 1874 it is one of Raglan's original homes. The cottage sleeps up to five, has a full kitchen and living area. It is Raglan's oldest bookable bach! Bow Street Studios welcomes you to enjoy your stay, in one of New Zealand's most unique destinations. Whether it's a romantic weekend away, a reunion, an epic road-trip, or an action-packed adventure you're after, Raglan is the place to visit and Bow Street is the place to stay when you need Raglan accommodation. Cafe's and restaurants are outside your front door. Within 20 minutes you could be paddling out to one of the world's best left-hand surf breaks, climbing the majestic Mt Karioi, or strolling with the kids to nearby Bridal Veil Falls. Our team are happy to help you arrange your itinerary! ... more   less 

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