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Colonial on Tay

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4.5
#16 of 24 motels in Invercargill
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Colonial on Tay is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Invercargill, offering a family-friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. While staying at Colonial on Tay, visitors can check out South African War Memorial (0.0 mi) and First Presbyterian Church (0.6 mi), some of Invercargill's top attractions. As your “home away from home,” the motel rooms offer a refrigerator, a kitchenette, and a seating area, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available. Guests have access to baggage storage and newspaper while staying at Colonial on Tay. In addition, Colonial on Tay offers breakfast, which will help make your Invercargill trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests. During your visit, be sure to check out one of Invercargill's popular filet mignon restaurants such as The Rocks Cafe and Paddington Arms, all a short distance from Colonial on Tay. Looking for something to do in Invercargill? E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian (1.1 mi), Southland Museum and Art Gallery (0.9 mi), and Burt Munro Statue (0.7 mi) are some popular attractions that are within walking distance of Colonial on Tay. Enjoy your stay in Invercargill!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Dining area
Housekeeping
Seating area
Sofa
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Private bathrooms
Kitchenette
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English
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Dene wrote a review Nov 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked out 2 x 2 bedroom units with family. Both units were large (one bigger than the other) clean, tidy and warm. I'm really fussy so was pleased that they were so clean. The units were a great size and more like having a house to stay in. The bonus is that the bedrooms are separated from the lounge by a hallway so you can make noise and not keep the kids awake.

While built in the 70s, the units have been upgraded and featured modern appliances, new bathrooms, comfortable beds, a nice flat screen TV, and everything needed for a comfortable stay. One unit had an older, but clean and functional kitchen.

Great value for money and enough space for a family,and close enough to walk to amenities.
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The 2 bedroom units are huge
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Jim Goddin wrote a review Mar 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From arrival to check out this motel and the lovely owners were amazing. Stunningly clean, warm to the point of having to open the place to cool down. Not a speck of dirt to be found. Stainless steel polished so well you can almost use it as a mirror!
Highly recommend. Wouldn't look anywhere else.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Denise Winders, Owner at Colonial on Tay
Responded 13 Mar 2023
Thanks so much Jim. Was great to see you again, hoping your having an awesome time. Denise & Roger
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deb wrote a review Dec 2023
Tannum Sands, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have just returned from a month working in Invercargill and stayed at the colonial on Tay in a 1 bedroom unit. Denise and Roger were fantastic hosts, from the early check in to picking me up from the airport once I returned my hire car. Nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were immaculately clean, tidy and always smelt very nice, which was a credit to yourselves and the cleaning staff, The cooking facilities were everything I needed, full stove and oven, decent size fridge and plenty of cookware and cupboard space. The beds and pillows were very comfortable and the added bonus of a full laundry on site. Very close to the centre of town, restaurants and attractions, with a 24hr day night just on the corner 100m away. I will definitely stay there again if I’m back in Invercargill and would not hesitate to recommend this accommodation to anyone. Thanks again for a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Denise Winders, Owner at Colonial on Tay
Responded 27 Dec 2023
Hi Debbie ... thank you so much for your lovely review. It most certainly was our pleasure having you to stay with us. Trusting you had a wonderful Xmas & we wish you, and your family, all the very best for 2024. Look forward to seeing you again. Denise & Roger
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Hewitts wrote a review Jul 2022
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This would be the worst motel we have ever stayed in. Booked out family into 2 rooms for the week. Was told we would have a stove ended up getting a tiny hot plate with a bench so small you could never cook in the room anyway. Rooms are very small, beds are uncomfortable ended up spending half the week sleeping on the couch.
The rooms are in no way serviced. Beds not made for you or changed all week.
Only allowed one towel per person even when we asked for an extra. Told we could have an old one but that was it. Bedrooms were cold due to there only being a heater in the lounge.
Bad lighting in rooms. Basic TV channels. Several things broken in the room.
Unfortunately there was a large event on in Invercargill which meant all accomodation was full for the week, otherwise we would have moved to a new motel on the first day.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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KiwiKerry53 wrote a review Jun 2022
Wellington, New Zealand4,653 contributions1,076 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had several nights here as our base while in Invercargill. It was a little further out of town than we would have liked, but everything else over rode that. We had a two bedroom unit and the living area was great.
We got load of washing underway on our arrival. When we returned pre dinner, it was already underway in the drier. On our return after going out for dinner, it was all folded up on the dining room table - that is going the extra mile.
We would recomend the Colonial and it's owners any day!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Colonial On Tay, Owner at Colonial on Tay
Responded 30 Jun 2022
Thanks so much Kerry. We really appreciate your awesome review. We look forward to seeing you again sometime.
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Stephfed wrote a review Feb 2023
Boston,USA12 contributions1 helpful vote
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very clean and spacious two bedroom suite. Lovely , helpful and friendly hosts. Had a wonderful stay. Had wifi and many tv channels. Laundry on site was helpful.
Fully equip kitchen. Close to downtown Invercargill. Everything was within a 10 minute drive.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Parking right in front of unit.
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Response from Denise Winders, Owner at Colonial on Tay
Responded 6 Mar 2023
Thank you so much. It was lovely having you stay with us & trust you had a wonderful holiday with your mum. Take care. Regards Denise & Roger
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Jim Goddin wrote a review Feb 2024
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Once again I had the most fantastic experience staying at this motel. I was given a room upgrade. Amazing space. Fully kitted out kitchen. A great Night n' Day stored 100m down the road. Due to it being summer it was very light in the evening. Thankfully the unit was fitted with love think good quality black out curtains. Can not recommend this place enough. Will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Denise Winders, Owner at Colonial on Tay
Responded 5 Feb 2024
Thanks Jim. Really appreciate your comments and it was so lovely to have you back to stay with us, always our pleasure. Cheers Denise & Rog
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badjellymum wrote a review Oct 2007
Auckland3 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have nothing but good things to say about The Colonial Motor Inn and its management.

I, my two young sons, a friend and my mother stayed here in a two bedroom unit during a very sad time in our lives, and upon finding out what had happened to us, the management pulled out all the stops for us. Christine (the owner and manager) allowed me to use her personal computer to pay bills online, they brought breakfast to our room, everything was spotless, comfortable and functional. Christine also helped me with everything from the washing, directions and food recommendations to finding packing materials for sentimental items that needed protecting on the flight home.

There was plenty of space for five people, and the beds are clean, comfy and have electric blankets. There is a large cupboard space and bedside tables. It's a perfect home away from home, with a fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom and everything a person could ever need.

I only regret not having written this review sooner and I hope that Christine gets to read it.

I would recommend the Colonial for anyone wishing to stay in Invercargill and I will never stay anywhere else.
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Date of stay: August 2007
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Otagopete wrote a review Jun 2014
Dunedin, New Zealand112 contributions36 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived late into Invercargill and found Colonial on Tay has a drove into town.
The hotel is located on state highway one coming into town. Close to a 24 hours shop for mid night snacks...
The owners were friendly and polite.
The room was basic and clean.and some what dated.. it had a simple kitchen micro-wave and pots & pans
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Date of stay: April 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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SharonNewZealand wrote a review Dec 2009
New Zealand20 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This motel is extremely clean and tidy. We arrived without notice due to a cancellation with another motel and could not have got a nicer reception. They went out of their way to ensure we were all comfortable and throughout our stay were consistently helpful and friendly. The location is great - very handy to town and a great fish shop down the road that sells fresh crayfish and cooks them for you. Next time we come to Invercargill this is where we will stay.
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Date of stay: September 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Stephfed wrote a tip Feb 2023
Boston,USA12 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking right in front of unit."
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Dene wrote a tip Nov 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The 2 bedroom units are huge"
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Kym D wrote a tip Aug 2019
Rolleston, New Zealand38 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in the two bdrm apartment and it was very roomy and warm"
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annette231 wrote a tip Mar 2017
Crows Nest, Australia58 contributions47 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are fine. it is a quiet location with good parking."
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Liz S wrote a tip Aug 2013
Oamaru, New Zealand9 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No tips but I would stay there again."
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$179 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandSouthland RegionInvercargill
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Colonial on Tay
Which popular attractions are close to Colonial on Tay?
Nearby attractions include Bill Richardson Transport World (0.8 km), Invercargill Water Tower (0.8 km), and Burt Munro Statue (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Colonial on Tay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Colonial on Tay?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Colonial on Tay?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Colonial on Tay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Colonial on Tay?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Saucy Chef on St Andrew, Fat Bastard Pies, and The Grille.
Are there any historical sites close to Colonial on Tay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Demolition World (4.5 km).
Is Colonial on Tay accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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