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Portobello Motel Cottages

10 Harington Point Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014 New Zealand
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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-bedroom and 2 two bedroom 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 20 minutes or less from Royal Albatrosses , sea lions, seals, penguins and many other sea and shore birds. There are some lovely walks in the area too. Bring your binoculars for wildlife watching!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Self-serve laundry
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Private balcony
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
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Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Ramit Gupta wrote a review Aug 2021
New Delhi, India7 contributions2 helpful votes
This is the most wonderful motel i have been to. We went for our honeymoon in dec 2014. We had our car there, I don't remember the name of the kind and gentle lady who used to mange everything! There is alan's beach near by.The view from our room was one of its kind! We hope to visit again. Thank you.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The day end s with all shops closed around and city is like an hours drive.so pre plan your meals.
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AmMoNZ wrote a review Jul 2020
Hong Kong, China74 contributions46 helpful votes
We arrived a little later than planned but were greeted warmly by Jo and had a gorgeous 2 night stay in cottage 6. We didnt have a seaview but that didnt matter as we were out and about during the day. The 2 bedroom cottage had everything we needed, spotlessly clean, beautiful decor, even the portacot had a very fun The Very Hungry Caterpillar blanket! We woke to lovely birds each morning and we saw them at the bird feeders in the garden. Conveniently located 15-20min away from the Royal Albatross Centre and Penguin Place. We would stay here again in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Susan wrote a review Mar 2020
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I traveled for 2 months through the South Island and this was the best place I stayed in. I so wish I had more than 2 nights. First of all you are in your own little cottage so you don't hear anything from the places next to you. The moment I walked in It felt the like home! So comfortable and tastefully decorated, the beds were covered with beautiful cotton spreads, not the slick nylon types. Everything I needed was there and the place was spotless. I think what I loved the most was how much light came into the studio...windows everywhere and sliding glass doors to a little balcony. PLUS, the Tuis and Bell birds were singing outside my balcony!! The owner was incredibly hospitable. This is the kind of place you want to stay in when you travel...and you don't want to leave!!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Debbie R wrote a review Mar 2020
27 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed for 3 nights in one of the studios. It was clean, comfortable and very well equipped. The kitchen has a fridge, microwave and electric hob and everything you need. There is parking and good WiFi. For us the highlight was sitting on the balcony and looking at the view over the harbour. The restaurants and cafe are only a couple minutes walk away; we tried the local fish and chip shop which was really good. The Royal Albatross Centre is only 20 minutes drive away and is well worth a visit. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: Choose a studio if you want a view over the harbour
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Nick F wrote a review Mar 2020
Norton Canes, United Kingdom27 contributions3 helpful votes
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We had a delightful stay at the Portobello Motel. We were in cottage 5 which had its own small garden, kitchenette/dining/living room, separate bedroom and shower room. The hosts were very helpful and friendly. Thoroughly recommend this motel and a great spot, just 15 mins drive to the Albatross Centre/Blue penguins.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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21girlie wrote a review Mar 2020
Coffs Harbour, Australia376 contributions114 helpful votes
Stayed two nights in a Studio King Cottage which had everything we needed for a pleasant stay. Our cottage was tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean and quiet. The King bed was probably the most comfortable on our two week trip of NZ. The shower had great pressure plus heated lights and towel warmer. The kitchenette was well equipped. It even had a teapot for tea lovers like myself. Bonus! Enjoyed relaxing in the two stylish lounge chairs, taking in the harbour views and birds in the garden. The location was great as a jumping off point of the Otago Peninsula’s attractions. The pub at the end of the driveway was also convenient. Good counter meals. Recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MKR61 wrote a review Mar 2020
Macclesfield, United Kingdom63 contributions22 helpful votes
The cottages are gorgeous, a great deal of thought has gone into their design and furnishing and it shows. We had everything we needed in a stylish home-from-home with a wonderful view of the harbour from the cottage's deck. The cottages are offset from each other so they are all very private, the kitchen is well-equipped, there is a powerful shower and a comfy bed. The gardens are beautiful and it was a treat to watch the tui and bellbird arguing over access to the nectar feeder. We would love to return and spend more time as we enjoyed the cottages and Greg’s suggestions for wildlife spotting. Thank you for a fab stay!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SLKmaniac wrote a review Feb 2020
Hampshire, United Kingdom682 contributions276 helpful votes
Fantastic self contained cabins with everything we could have needed including great view from the deck. Nice size with a very high standard of finish and cleanliness. Comfortable bed and great bathroom. Exceptionally nice place to stay with fantastically friendly hosts. Very convenient for the Albatross Centre and Penguin Centre. We loved it.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Kama wrote a review Feb 2020
Christchurch14 contributions2 helpful votes
Where do I start? From the moment I drove up the drive and saw the metal animal sculptures and the gardens, I knew I had selected the perfect accommodation for me. This is not your run-of-the-mill roadside row of joined flats motel. These beautiful cottage units are exquisitely decorated and spotlessly clean with all the amenities you require. The bed was especially luxurious and comfortable. I especially love the eco-friendly dishwashing liquid and hand soaps; environmental concerns & cruelty-free products are very important to me, so this was great to see. The cottages are set well back off the main road so are very quiet, surrounded by lovely country gardens, and drinking stations are set up for the birdlife - I had a friendly tui flying in to drink frequently right outside my cottage the entire stay. I'll definitely be back to stay again, the only question is, how soon can I find another excuse to visit!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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hendrid920 wrote a review Jan 2020
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My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights while enjoying Dunedin, the penguins and the albatross. It was a great location and close to all the things on our must see list. In addition there were two great places to eat within walking distance. However, the garden outside our door is what I will always remember; a lovely county cottage garden. Waking up to the flowers and the birdsongs was an extra treat. We did have a mishap (flat tire) while driving in Dunedin and the owners were so helpful with advice and guidance.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Portobello Motel Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Portobello Motel Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary (7.9 km), The Otago Peninsula Eco Restoration Alliance (7.6 km), and Larnach Castle & Gardens (3.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Portobello Motel Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Portobello Motel Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Portobello Motel Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Portobello Motel Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Carey's Bay Historic Hotel, Glenfalloch Garden Cafe and Restaurant, and 1908 Restaurant.
Is Portobello Motel Cottages located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Portobello.
Are there any historical sites close to Portobello Motel Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Larnach Castle & Gardens (3.1 km), Iona Church (3.7 km), and Lime Kilns (3.8 km).
Does Portobello Motel Cottages have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Portobello Motel Cottages accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.