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Dolphin Motel

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Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights over Anzac weekend. It was hubbys turn to organise accomodation this time so I have to admit I was a bit dubious when he told me the price of accomodation for both nights, and I had resigned myself to the fact that for that price it wasn't a spa unit - I know 1st... More 

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emmz2015, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

So happy to hear your husband did well picking the room and that you were very satisfied with what you were given, it's always good to have time alone and relax hope to see you again More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Was travelling for business wanted a place for a night stay... Comfortable accommodation, with all basic amenities that you can expect.....handy to shops and cafes and there is a 4square and a little countdown in the corner too.... Didn't go out apart picking up my takeaway... But would certainly explore surrounding next time ...

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emmz2015, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Yes great location everything within 5 minutes walking great when on business you stop in again More 

Warkworth, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Room was clean, tidy and spacious. Newly decorated. Kitchen, although small was adequate - nice touch with a dishwasher. Beds were comfortable. Easy location for access to water front, places to eat and supermarket.

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emmz2015, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Another happy customer glad you enjoyed the newly decorated room and were comfortable with your stay More 

Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
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4 reviews
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Room was clean and property well kept. The staff were very nice and helpful. The motel is close to the shops and tour and information centre (about a 4 minute walk). I would definitely stay there again.

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emz1921, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Yes we are in a great location close to everything yet quiet. Glad to hear you would stay again. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 9 April 2016

Overall good experience. Beds weŕe nice and clean and bedrooms were good size. Although not at the waterfront but the location was very central to everything. Could have been 20 dollars cheaper for that time of the year. Wifi was not working. Kitchen was very narrow shaped.

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Glad you enjoyed your stay More 

Sparks, Nevada
1 review
Reviewed 3 April 2016

We loved that this motel was well within walking distance to the town and beach. Our room had an awesome layout with enough space for our 3 night stay. The free wifi and kitchenette was also much appreciated, especially for the nights we ate in!

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emmz2015, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Satisfying to hear you liked our motel and thought you it was spacious enough for you, and always good to have a kitchenette More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 2 April 2016

Aside from capped WiFi Internet, accommodation was excellent! Not beach front but quiet atmosphere. Dairy and shops walking distance. Clean rooms and friendly staff. Would stay here again. Ample parking space.

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emmz2015, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay welcome anytime More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

Really nice place to stay. We had a large room (although didn't spend masses of time in there) but it was very clean and spacious. The staff were amazing and went out of their way every time we needed them. They were also very friendly and chatty. Would definitely stay there again.

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emmz2015, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Happy to help love talking with friendly people, glad you enjoyed your stay. More 

Auckland
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2016

The room is large but cozy. It is clean and comfortable. The door leading to the garden and pool is nice and it provides an airy feel in the room. The location, although a bit of a distance (around 3 km) from the town centre, is good if you have a car. It provides a quiet location.

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emmz2015, Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

I think you have the wrong motel as we do not have a pool and it is only a 5 minute or less walk to town More 

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Not our favourite motel however room was a good size. Downfall was the shower in the bathroom not draining well so subsequently floor got flooded up to the toilet. And the shower temperature was bad and went in and out of hot water a lot. Shower needs to be upgraded. Also the kitchen window needed a curtain as house outside... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Qualmarked 4 star. In the heart of Paihia 5 minutes flat walking from waterfront,shops. Wide range of accommodation from Small Queen Studio(Basic Facilities),King Studios,King Studio Spa, One Bedroom(sleeps 3-4),Two bedroom(sleeps 4) and Large Family units(Sleeps 2-7 people)with Spa Bath and BBQ. Kitchens, Sky TV 19 channels. Free WiFi with 2GB, Laundry. Knowledgeable Kiwi operators to help you with tours in the Bay of Islands and throughout New Zealand. Special packages arranged.BBQ also available.New Fast Wifi System.Great Discounts for Tours. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 69 Williams Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Price Range: $103 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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Dolphin Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand
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#6 Family Hotel in Paihia
#8 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#14 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
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“Depending on weather, warm layers or fans maybe needed. Laundry on site, coin operated($2 coins), small fridge/microwave/dishes provided.”
 of 5 bubbles LenoreDMorte, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Small room with adequate amenities, just perfect for a night stay for one person.”
 of 5 bubbles Swapnilwk, 21 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Quite close to the centre and all local facilities.”
 of 5 bubbles X7290RMjamesp, 10 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Front apartment for 2 couples worked well and kept us away from the busier reception area”
 of 5 bubbles 192kevinp, 9 Mar 2016 | Read review
“We had a King Suite which was great but unnecessary for two better for 3 or 4 people”
 of 5 bubbles paniap, 28 Jan 2016 | Read review
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