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154 Park Road, Palmerston North 4410 New Zealand
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#16 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Palmerston North
The Big Five Motel is situated in a quiet location off the main street of Palmerston North yet still within walking distance of most civic amenities. If you are looking for great accommodation at affordable rates with friendly service, our motel is perfect for you.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Breakfast in the room
Bicycle rental
Golf course
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Paid wifi
Business Centre with Internet Access
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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Value4money wrote a review May 2021
Rotorua, New Zealand72 contributions10 helpful votes
Realised it was graduation week so pricing was inflated. Hoping the rate paid is not their regular pricing. These rooms are smaller than an Ibis!! Crammed, too much excess furniture/ things. Outside lights that dont turn off and shine through the slat blinds. Would choose carefully and stay if the rate was under $130 night. Bonus was clean. couple bikkies and chocs. Not close to any eating.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
FreddyII wrote a review Nov 2020
Wellington, New Zealand86 contributions23 helpful votes
We have stayed at this motel off and one over a period of 8 years for “one nighters” as we have family in Palmerston North. We have always taken a small and minimal room which suited our purposes. This time we ordered a larger unit to get space because we wanted more room to dress going to special function. We got as well as a double bed, a bunk bed, single bed, couch and table all in the same room. Little improvement in floor space. The room stank of stale dog urine, the bed scarf had dog hairs on it, the kitchen appliances were worn, and cups stained. I did have a conversation with the owner about what we had found as I prefer to do this rather than post on Trip Advisor. I have posted this on trip advisor as somebody did a write up about the same problem in an earlier review. The owner did say they were in the process of upgrade and were dog friendly. It is a case of buyer beware.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Ingrid W wrote a review Sep 2019
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Rang up to book a room for 1 night so I could stop between driving from Nelson to Auckland. I have 2 cats. This place is listed as pet friendly with good reviews from dog people. However these people are not accommodating for cats. Cats must be kept in their cages all night and not allowed in the room due to leaving hair around the place and being able to get under the beds. I argued that dogs also leave hair and small dogs (chihuahuas, yorkies etc) can also get under beds) but apparently this place feels that dogs are different from cats. I will not be staying as my cats would have been crammed in a cage all day already and the point of stopping was so they could stretch their legs and have a break. Also you pay more for a pet friendly room and for what purpose when you have to keep your animals locked up all night? Not an accomodating place and I disagree with their pet friendly status!
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Date of stay: September 2019
Melissa T wrote a review Jul 2019
Sunshine Coast, Australia16 contributions2 helpful votes
We were travelling through Palmerston North and found Big Five Motel last minute. They were very accommodating, however the rooms are quite small but comfortable. We had two big suitcases and could not open both at the same time as there was no room. The room had all the necessary amenities and was ok for one night. Staff were very nice on check in and check out.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Catherine K wrote a review Feb 2019
New Zealand23 contributions10 helpful votes
We chose this place as we were traveling with our German shepherd and they were listed as dog friendly. Turned out to be a great choice, staff were friendly and helpful.the place was well set up and had a very high standard of cleanliness. Also reasonably priced .
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Bruce A, Owner at Big Five Motel
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Thank you for your positive review. We are happy that you and your dog enjoyed your stay. We look forward to catching up with you when you are next in the area.
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US$80 - US$93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandNorth IslandManawatu-Wanganui RegionPalmerston North
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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Five Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Big Five Motel?
Nearby attractions include Victoria Esplanade Gardens (0.5 km), Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & Heritage (1.1 km), and New Zealand Rugby Museum (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Big Five Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, room service, and a business centre.
Which room amenities are available at Big Five Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Big Five Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Big Five Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Big Five Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arranged Marriage Restaurant, Pho Nem Hanoi Home Cooking, and Barista.
Are any cleaning services offered at Big Five Motel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Big Five Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Big Five Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Is Big Five Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.