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Ala Moana Motel

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4.5
#11 of 24 motels in Paihia
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
The best waterfront location in central Paihia, surrounded by an abundance of historical sites, cafes & good restaurants, shops, wharf, bus depot & all the water based excursions & fishing boats are just across the road. Waitangi - our birth place, is a short walk along the foreshore. The beach is at our gate!Our apartments have recently been refurbished, are of solid construction and strictly non-smoking, they are clean, warm, comfortable & quiet. Book direct for best prices.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Beach
Boating
Babysitting
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Parking
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Water sport equipment rentals
Fishing
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Housekeeping
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
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1811027Scott wrote a review Feb 2020
Auckland, New Zealand184 contributions64 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This motel is very centrally located for the wharf and other amenities. To be honest it is rather dated and needs a bit of a makeover however it is very clean and tidy and staff very welcoming and friendly. The rooms are very functional and have a good kitchenette which is well equipped. It needs a more homely feel and a woman's touch to make it look more inviting and can be done easily. Parking is right in front of the units and only one step up which is good for less mobile and older guests. Would I stay there again, yes without doubt.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Rooms all on one floor, number one has bigger patio
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glennomeister wrote a review Feb 2022
Wellington, New Zealand517 contributions140 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Totally my fault, I'd booked the wrong room. Reception temporarily unattended so I tried looking up stuff to see where I went wrong. Also noticed the current rates were a lot less than when I'd booked many months earlier.

What followed is a great example of how to look after a customer. Having mentioned my mistake which nothing could be done about, and without mentioning the difference in rates, John saw we had booked at higher rate. He offered a lower one that was a fair middle ground considering general occupancy (obviously still low) and current occupancy (full for a couple of nights). He also mentioning the upstairs outdoor area available to guests, so we could still sit up there with our dinner and enjoy the sort of view we thought we were going to be having.

So, pretty happy!

Unfortunately the hot water situation continues to be tricky. After learning after the last couple of visits that you need to run the water at full speed to get the hot water to come through, that's only good if there is actually hot water available. I took a near-enough-to-cold shower this morning. Luckily my partner showered last night so she avoided it. I'd also had one the previous evening and even then there was a bit of variability. If full occupancy on a summers morning saw the hot water out, I wouldn't want to be trying to have a hot shower on a winters morning.

If it wasn't for the hot water, Ala Moana gets 5 stars from me every time. It's still the only place I've never stayed at when in Paihia.
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Date of stay: February 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Denise S wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom27 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 3 nights in this motel which couldn’t have been in a better location - a less than five minute walk from the shops, the wharf, tourist info, restaurants. A beach was literally across the road and although we couldn’t see the water from our room, we could hear the waves breaking. Very relaxing! The motel is next door to a pub and you CAN hear live music but it never went on later than early evening and it was the kind of chilled out music which made you tap your foot gently and enjoy it in the background. The motel itself was clean, well supplied and John, the owner, was exceptionally welcoming and helpful - always ready for a chat. We really enjoyed out three days in this lovely motel in a great little town!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: To see the beach, ask for one of the three rooms which FACE the sea.
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gcpaterson wrote a review Jan 2023
Adelaide, Australia18 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This accommodation exceeded our expectations! Originally, we were booked at an upmarket apartment that was 4x the price, decided to go for this place instead due to central location and value for money. We compared this place to our original booking and were not disappointed with our decision. The owner/manager of this property cannot do enough to ensure a great stay, working hard all day to maintain high standard, and advise on best options for tours etc. Great facilities like complimentary laundry, and 5min walk to central area & ferry wharf. Many Thanks for a great holiday!
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Rachel B wrote a review Apr 2022
Wellington NZ101 contributions73 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This motel is was ideal for us, and we relaxed looking over the Bay of Islands waters at sunrise. I even had a swim twice, it was warm enough even in April. Unit had everything we wanted, very clean, wonderful host
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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andrewsT2723XH wrote a review Jan 2020
Herts, UK22 contributions43 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the last motel on the waterfront before the small parade of shops and the ferry dock where pleasure boats take visitors on dolphin tours or cross to the island town of Russell. Waitangi Treaty grounds is just 5 mins drive. To top all that there is a lovely small beach just across the road, so perfect for families.
The motel is comfortable, the owner friendly and welcoming, the rooms are fairly well equipped for those catering for themselves.
If you are looking for somewhere comfortable and in a good position, you could do a lot worse than pick Ala Moana.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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debbie wrote a review Dec 2022
Southampton, United Kingdom41 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a great stay here, a warm welcome, also discounts offered for the local boat trips and restaurants when booked through owner. Room was comfortable and clean with small patio overlooking the small car park, but the bay is literally the otherside of the road, so you could sit on the beach. The kitchen area was well equipped and clean. The local countdown was only a 10 minute walk away. The main town was only a short walk away, as was the quayside for the ferries to the islands or Russell
Great place to stay and use as a base to explore
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Free parking right by your room
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Cris P wrote a review Nov 2022
Killarney Vale, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently stayed a few nights at Ala Moana in Paihia, New Zealand. It was such a lovely motel. We had a one bedroom unit that could easily sleep five, so comfortably accommodated the three of us. There was plenty of room but had a comfortable and cosy feel that made us so glad we chose this motel. John the proprietor is such a lovely man, friendly and helpful even booking our cruises for us. He even provided us with other places to visit that we didn't know of, including things that would be accessible for our mother who was on a walker. The motel is right across from the bay and only a few minutes walk to the wharf and shops. A delightful place to stay and I would stay there again in a heartbeat if I revisited the area. Thoroughly recommend this motel!
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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glennomeister wrote a review Mar 2020
Wellington, New Zealand517 contributions140 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Still the only place I've stayed at on land when in Paihia. Can't beat the location.

Room 7 same as last time. Best views are from that room and the family room up the back which is elevated a bit.

Hot water issues same as last time. Had a chat to the guy when checking out after enduring a shower between tepid and outright cold, having to skip washing my (long) hair which really needed it. Needs to be some clear instructions either in the unit or spoken by the person at check in about how to get the water going properly. Otherwise you don't know and it's not much fun.

Next time might opt for the unit up the back like my first two stays several years ago or more.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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couchm wrote a review Dec 2023
Troy, Michigan48 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our comfy room, watched the Paihia Xmas parade from our patio. Walkable to everything in Paihia! John is the best host, very hands on, helped us book "Hole in the Rock" and snagged a discount for us.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Room 7 is excellent!
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couchm wrote a tip Dec 2023
Troy, Michigan48 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 7 is excellent!"
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Diane Y wrote a tip Jul 2023
Tauranga, New Zealand18 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We used the outside table inside for a snacks and drinks table while watching the ABs on TV. "
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debbie wrote a tip Dec 2022
Southampton, United Kingdom41 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Free parking right by your room"
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1811027Scott wrote a tip Feb 2020
Auckland, New Zealand184 contributions64 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms all on one floor, number one has bigger patio"
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Denise S wrote a tip Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom27 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"To see the beach, ask for one of the three rooms which FACE the sea."
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$153 - $233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsPaihia
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ala Moana Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Ala Moana Motel?
Nearby attractions include Paihia Harbour (0.2 km), St Paul's Anglican Church (0.1 km), and Sandpit Poolroom & Bar (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ala Moana Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Ala Moana Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Ala Moana Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Ala Moana Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ala Moana Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Third Wheel Coffee Co., Terra Restaurant, and JFC Paihia.
Is Ala Moana Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Paihia.
Are any cleaning services offered at Ala Moana Motel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ala Moana Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Ala Moana Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Pompallier Mission and Printery (3.3 km), Waitangi Treaty Grounds (1.7 km), and Flagstaff Hill (3.9 km).
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