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Dolphin Motel

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#8 of 24 motels in Paihia
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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 50+ channels. Free WiFi, Shared Guest Laundry. Knowledgeable Kiwi operators to help you with tours in the Bay of Islands and throughout New Zealand. Special packages arranged. BBQ also available. Optical Fiber Wifi System. Great Discounts for Tours.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Canoeing
Diving
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Hiking
Horseback riding
Windsurfing
Fishing
Car hire
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
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Coffee / tea maker
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Flatscreen TV
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Mid-range
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BigRedAl99 wrote a review Mar 2024
Malabar, Australia201 contributions46 helpful votes
Thought it was going to be a quiet location, until the bikers arrived and started clumping up the stairs in their biker boots. The good bit was that they didn’t do it again after midnight. It turned out to be fine, pretty close to the cafes and tourist spots. Laundry facilities weren't available. Small room for the price.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Jill K wrote a review Mar 2024
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The motel is a few minutes walk to the main part of town. It was quiet. Our motel unit was modern, comfortable and clean. There was a balcony with chairs to sit outside. The motel is walking distance to the boats and ferry so you can leave your car parked there. There are many restaurants nearby. There was a laundry that guests could use at certain times.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Ian L wrote a review Mar 2024
Helensvale, Australia278 contributions77 helpful votes
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The motel room we had was quite large comfortable and had great facilities, a well equiped kitchen, bathroom well laid out and a balcony to relax on. Our room was in a newer block of the motel well maintained, clean and the facilities reflected this. The location was within walking distance to the waterfront, restaurants and shops. The only negative is that tissues were not provide as in Australian motels.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Sue S wrote a review Dec 2023
Hawera, New Zealand35 contributions12 helpful votes
Easy check in and lovely friendly host. Nice spacious upstairs room which was very clean and tidy. Only fault really was the very small shower which had nowhere to put soap etc. Easy walking distance to eateries etc and beach. A good stay & would def stay again
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Babbo wrote a review Nov 2023
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I had a flat Tyre on my motorbike and the staff could not have been more helpful. They kept it safe there (even though I had gone out on a sailing trip) until it could be picked up and taken for repair.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Becky A wrote a review Oct 2023
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This motel is old and tired the photography is not what you get when you arrive - TV batteries needed replacing TV rediculous furniture old tired broken - do your own dishes or b charged b/room dirty?
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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woozie3 wrote a review Feb 2023
Western Australia, Australia760 contributions85 helpful votes
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Firstly, I was impressed with Dolphin Motel management who merged our 2 separate bookings (one a smaller room configuration) so we could accommodate our guest for an extra $25/night without having to switch rooms the second night. We were given a spacious, modern upper floor room with 2 Queen Beds and a kitchenette with everything we needed. It was a comfortable stay, with some little things that could be improved to make it even better. We didn't expect reception to be unmanned in the afternoon- we pressed the buzzer twice. There were several welcome notes stuck to their door for each guest with keys in the room, but they were easy to overlook. A friendly maintenance man? did pass by shortly to point out those check-in notes and where to park our car. We could've used more hanging hooks, especially in the bathroom. More hangers and an extra mirror in the room would've also been appreciated. Bathroom door doesn't lock and there was no box of tissues around, but this seems to be the norm in north NZ. You actually need to read the instructions that was there to operate the TV- it had a Mi Stick that sometimes shut down on its own. Was surprised to find Netflix available and we had some entertaining nights watching shows.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Wirazzin wrote a review Feb 2023
Sydney, Australia80 contributions60 helpful votes
This motel has an old and a new section. We stayed in the old section which is a bit tired but still clean and comfortable. The location is ideally close to the centre of town including bars and restaurants. Enjoyed the stay in a beautiful part of NZ.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Joe B wrote a review Jan 2023
Greensboro, North Carolina584 contributions148 helpful votes
The Dolphin is an old-style 50's era motel in that all the rooms are ground level and accessible from the street. Having said this, it has been updated extensively and is a top-notch place to stay in Paihia. Its location to the wharf (and bus stop) is within easy walking distance. The Countdown grocery store is even closer. On a clear night I also think it would be a good place for stargazing. As for the room, ours was spacious, clean, modern, quiet and very functional. The bed was comfortable. We had no complaints at all with Dolphin and would recommend it for a stay in Paihia.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Donna T wrote a review Jan 2023
Auckland, New Zealand343 contributions354 helpful votes
BE AWARE IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL CONDITIONS DON"T BOOK THROUGH BOOKING.COM. I booked more than 6 months in advance, asking for a bottom floor as my elderly mother (who needs a knee replacement) can't get up stairs. I get to hotel to find out we are on top floor up steep stairs. I speak to Asian man at reception who tells me no English (Hmmm I thought I was in NZ?), I demand to speak to someone, he calls manager, I explain situation - she asks did I use booking.com or expendia I said "yes", she said oh nothing much can be done unless you use our own website as those companies don't know the configuration of the motel. Lucky for us a beautiful lady and her granddaughter overheard all this and offered to swap - as the motel was not going to assist in any way. ANYWAY, it only gets better ..... be aware the rooms look NOTHING like the pictures. Plug points don't work, shower head won't stay up so you need to hold it - oh and it's a shower curtain situation YUK! There is an air con unit looks like from the 1980's and that does not work. I could say more but you get the general warning. I don't like to give this type of feedback in these tough times but $700 (hard earned $$) for 3 nights, I would expect more and not assisting us with our request because we used another agency that "you advertise on" - is very unfair ...... thank goodness for kind soles who overheard this, as Mum would have never got up the stairs. Disappointed. *The cleaning staff are absolutely lovely ladies, very accommodating and friendly - hard to clean when the place is this rundown. To be fair there is a new section to this hotel - this review is for the grey part of the hotel shown in the pictures. *Wish I took pictures of this room :(
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Date of stay: January 2023
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$124 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphin Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Dolphin Motel?
Nearby attractions include Paihia Harbour (0.5 km), St Paul's Anglican Church (0.5 km), and The Cabbage Tree Shop (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dolphin Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Dolphin Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Dolphin Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dolphin Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Third Wheel Coffee Co., Terra Restaurant, and JFC Paihia.
Does Dolphin Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Dolphin Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Dolphin Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Paihia.
Are there any historical sites close to Dolphin Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Pompallier Mission and Printery (3.6 km), Waitangi Treaty Grounds (1.5 km), and Flagstaff Hill (4.3 km).
Is Dolphin Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.