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Senator Motor Inn

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Stylish and comfortable motel accommodation in the heart of Gisborne - Senator Motor Inn offers this and more.Our modern harbour side motel is a two minute walk to Central Gisborne’s shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.Each of our spacious self contained suites has its own balcony with views over the bustling inner harbour marina. From here you can take a relaxing riverside stroll along the riverside walkway to the spectacular Waikanae and Midway beaches in one direction or along the riverside walkway alongside the rivers in the other direction.Senator Motor Inn offers top quality motel accommodation for the discerning business traveller or holiday maker during the week or for those special get away from it all weekends.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Dry cleaning
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Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
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Private balcony
Seating area
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Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
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Sofa
Telephone
Iron
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Microwave
Refrigerator
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Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Marina View
Modern
Languages Spoken
English
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Iwishtotravelmore wrote a review Jan 2024
Christchurch, New Zealand32 contributions3 helpful votes
The Senator is in a great central location – if visiting you can walk to all the restaurants and to town. The owners were friendly and helpful, and it was so so clean. We loved it. The rooms upstairs are the best – great balconies with good views. Large room, good comfortable beds and great rooms. We had a look at these and would recommend them. Sadly, they have stairs to get to them and showers over the baths which I can’t do so I had the adapted room downstairs. A queen bed but still a large room and the shower and bathroom was one of he best set up ones I have seen – the shower rail actually came down low enough for the person seated to use and a separate holder for the shower so it could be low enough – amazing how many places don’t do this – it was excellent. And the water stayed in the shower area, so the floor was not slippery – another issue others don’t think about. Everything was so clean – the shower curtain was spotless and wide enough to stay away from the person in the shower but keep the rest of the large bathroom dry. Small things that matter if you are unsteady on your feet. Well done, Senator. Cleaning was offered every day and friendly – although we didn’t use it some days as lazy days still in the room – but even if we didn’t want a full clean, they would offer to replenish our tea bags etc and changed towels etc if we wanted. Cleaning obviously a strength in this motel. Location was great – for new year’s eve we could sit in our room and watch the fireworks. There was a small outside patio – but as this was virtually on the street, we didn’t tend to use it much – but sat inside with our doors open watching the world go by. The street was mostly quiet so usually not an issue with noise. I was worried about having a room at street level like this, but it felt safe and was good to see what was happening. Just a couple of nights were noisy with a few people– but that was not for long. Café next door and Restaurants are so close – walkable for me on crutches and when I took the wheelchair. Means we could all enjoy a drink when we went out. There is a washing machine and dryer for use and the air conditioning was very effective. Only negative is the shower water pressure was a little weak. I would recommend the motel – especially of you get the upstairs rooms.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Have an upstairs room if you can.
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Acustomer wrote a review Nov 2022
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Our room was a delight as it was roomy, very well equipped and decorated as well as having a spacious bathroom (with a full length bath). The owners were very welcoming and helpful with local knowledge so we stayed 2 nights instead of only 1 as planned. Will book there on any future trips. Tariffs were very reasonable.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: Best view of the river on the second floor and very little noise at all
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JohnRaewyn wrote a review Aug 2022
Lake Macquarie, Australia17 contributions4 helpful votes
Karen provided excellent service from the initial contact regarding our booking right through to our departure. The units are large, clean and comfortable with serene outlooks over the marina. Perfectly positioned in the centre of town making it a short walk to a multitude of eating establishments and the beach. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: It is a two story building. Upper level rooms have the better views and privacy.
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Nigel H wrote a review Jan 2022
Whakatane N.Z14 contributions
This is the 3rd time we have stayed here and Karen has been very accommodating. We always get an upstairs unit overlooking the harbor. Because of the location it is quiet with very little traffic but within walking distance of fine restaurants and the city center. Rooms are always immaculate with everything you need. We will be back next time we're in Gizzy 👍😊
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: parking is at a bit of a premium so get in early for the best parking, don't get me wrong...
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Kristal wrote a review Jul 2021
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My husband and I spent the weekend here for his 40th birthday. The room was beautiful and well maintained. We also loved the view looking across at the harbour. The bathroom was beautiful and clean and spacious!! The hosts were amazing!! Even going above and beyond and looking after the 40th birthday cake we had made for the Occassion and keeping it in their kitchen, which made our weekend so much easier!! We loved how close we were to town and enjoyed walking to find our meal. We will definitely becoming to spend future weekends here 😊😊
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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G1536UAdenise wrote a review Jun 2021
Te Araroa, New Zealand1 contribution
I stayed for work - it was such a pleasure staying in a motel that met all of my needs. and I was upgraded because I checked in early and paid! Awesome service, communication and overall experience. No doubt, the Senator is now my first option when travelling to Gizzy. Nga mihi
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Date of stay: June 2021
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SandK91 wrote a review May 2021
New Plymouth, New Zealand123 contributions28 helpful votes
We stayed here for 3 nights in a ground floor unit with separate bedroom. Positives: Good location, easy ealk to shops and resturants. Very clean and well presented space. Warm. Helpful staff. Negatives: The light from the reception area leaks into the bedroom at night (hard to get to sleep if you are used to block out curtains) Limited seating in the lounge area. Overall a very positive stay and would recommend The Senator as a place to stay in Gidborne.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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themacgirls wrote a review May 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand170 contributions82 helpful votes
So perfectly located in central Gisborne. Rooms have a lovely outlook and sunsets are beautiful from here. Very clean and tidy and roomy. YOu can walk into town from here. I'll be back and I would definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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greaneynz wrote a review Apr 2021
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This motel is in an excellent location - every room has a nice outlook over the river. The rooms are spacious with lovely fixtures and fittings - more like a high end hotel. The rooms have everything you need. The couple who run the motel are very welcoming and helpful
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Date of stay: April 2021
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ElsaMiro wrote a review Apr 2021
289 contributions54 helpful votes
Such a great spot to stay, superb views out to water, within walking distance to shops, restaurants etc. So clean and well set up, spacious and light. Balcony wonderful spot for sitting having drinks, breakfast etc watching the boats etc on the river, so close to main beach as well.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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$213 - $244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Senator Motor Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Senator Motor Inn?
Nearby attractions include Dome Cinema (0.1 km), Muirs Bookshop (0.3 km), and Next Gen Escapes (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Senator Motor Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and dry cleaning.
Which room amenities are available at Senator Motor Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Senator Motor Inn?
Guests can enjoy free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Senator Motor Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Senator Motor Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Portofino, USSCo Bar & Bistro, and The Rivers Restaurant and Bar.
Are any cleaning services offered at Senator Motor Inn?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Senator Motor Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Siege of Waerenga-a-Hika Memorial (12.0 km).
Does Senator Motor Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Senator Motor Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.