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Tokyo, Japan
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The host was very communicative and friendly. I enjoyed the conversation with him so much. Besides, he helped me a lot for my laundry. If I have one more chance to visit New Zealand, I want to stay here again.

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

How very kind, thank you!! We were pleased to host your stay and appreciate your comments. Kind regards, Keith and Sue

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed for two nights here in a two bedroom unit, shared among my husband and I, our two toddlers and my mother in law. The motel owners are very friendly and helpful and provided their utmost support when we were trying to ensure we had a spot on the blue penguin viewing tour by personally calling the company and...

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your comprehensive review. We appreciate your comments and will act upon them. We don't have unlimited wifi here because we are only a seasonal motel. If you want unlimited wifi you can buy as much as you need from Zenbu and take it with you all around NZ at $1 per Gig. We are able to give...

Wirral, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Happened across this motel which was wonderful. The hosts could not do enough for us. The unit was immaculately clean and well cared for. The hosts provided advise with regard to trips out and were willing to arrange these for us. Pity this is so far away from home as we would love to visit again.

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Dear Clare, Thank you so much for the review. We really enjoyed meeting you both and thoroughly enjoyed our conversations!! It's lovely to know you were happy here and enjoyed what we and the peninsula have to offer. Hope to see you again!! kind regards, Sue and Keith

Malaga
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We booked the 2 bed lodge as they were otherwise fully booked. It was brilliant. It had everything we could have wanted for our stay and Keith and Sue were terrific hosts. The motel is in lovely Portobello a short 30 minutes from Dunedin but a world away. It is perfectly located for all the nature sites of the Otago...

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your lovely review!! It was great to have you here and we're so pleased you really enjoyed it!! Enjoy the rest of your trip. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Kemsing, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived on the Otago Peninsula with no booking and tried several places - all full. Stopped at the Portobello Motel to ask if they knew of any places to try. Sue told us she had just had a cancellation for 2 nights so we said yes and what a great decision. The unit had a great view onto the water...

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your great review!! It was lovely to meet you and it was nice to be able to fill the room having had the last minute cancellation so thank you!!! The Peninsula and Portobello are great places so it's good to know you really enjoyed your stay. Many thanks again. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Gloucester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Comfortable room with a large shower room and well kitted out kitchen only 25 minutes from central Dunedin. Keith and Sue are excellent hosts and able to advise on all activities, places to go, etc in the vicinity. Portobello Road from Dunedin is a superb scenic drive along the coast on its own. The albatross centre (with little blue penguins)...

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review!! It's so nice to hear how much our guests have enjoyed their stay and thoroughly explored the area. Thank you for staying with us. Enjoy the rest of your trip and have a safe journey home!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

unguidedmissal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place reminded me less of a motel than, say, lodges. Our room had a full kitchen, balcony and beautiful view of the water. Everything was squeaky clean and highly functional. We parked right outside our door. The owners were very friendly, helpful and entertaining. It is located a 20 minute drive from Dunedin and a bit less that that...

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments!! We enjoyed having you here very much and it's good to know you thoroughly explored the area. The restaurants are great. Portobello has a lot to offer considering it is such a small place!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is very comfortable and well appointed accommodation. The beds were snug and we had everything we needed. Older style decor but very pleasant. Suggest asking for units with views. There is a pay laundry available for guests. The motel is close to local Resturant's. Keith was very helpful and friendly. Recommend.

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

We appreciate your review and thank you for taking the time to write. The harbour view studios have a lovely outlook. The harbour is very peaceful. Many thanks. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Doncaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Warm welcome. Stunning views and lovely accommodation. Would highly recommend. Pretty place and a lovely ride around the bay from Dunedin. Visit the albatross and penguin conservation at the tip of the peninsula

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendations, much appreciated!! The bay road is lovely and you get such a great view of the harbour. Many thanks. Kind regards, Keith and Sue

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ideally situated the accommodation was very clean and tidy. The owners offer fantastic advice to thoroughly enjoy this outstanding location maximising on the wow factor of both the landscape and wildlife, true harmony.

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

How kind! Many thanks. It's good to know we're doing and saying all the right things!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Motel is set back off the main road through the little village of Portobello. The setting is peaceful and quiet. Our 4 studio rooms have lovely views over Portobello Harbour.Our 2 one-bedroomed and 2-two bedroomed cottages, whilst not having harbour views, are both spacious and comfortable.All the units come fully equipped for self catering although the delightful 1908 Restaurant is situated just across the road from the end of our drive. The Hotel next door has a Bistro bar, providing good food and beer and the Penguin Cafe offers hot and cold snacks and picnics. The local shop is well stocked too.The Portobello Motel is only 20 minutes from Taiaroa Head where the Royal Albatross , sea lions,seals, penguins and many sea birds are to be found.There are some lovely walks in the area too. Bring your binoculars for wildlife watching! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Portobello Motel

Address: 10 Harington Point Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin > Portobello
Price Range: $148 - $176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Portobello Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“There are rooms with views and others without. All are excellent but some don't have the view.”
 of 5 bubbles clarewilson2017, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Any they are all great.”
 of 5 bubbles AnonymousMalaga, 12 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Not all units have harbour views, but ask yourself if you are going to be in the room long enough to want to see the view.”
 of 5 bubbles M1575SBrobertj, 2 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Room one has a lovely view of the bay”
 of 5 bubbles _rw014i0474, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Request one with a view”
 of 5 bubbles tinas225, 28 Jan 2017 | Read review
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