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Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei 0112 New Zealand
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#22 of 35 hotels in Whangarei
Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre is perfectly suited to both business and leisure travellers. All 115 comfortable guest rooms & suites are air-conditioned and offer free unlimited WiFi & 50+ SKY TV channels. Conveniently located opposite the stunning Whangarei Town Basin and a few minutes walk from the city centre and Whangarei’s most tranquil bush walks. The majestic Bay of Islands is less than one hour’s drive from our 4 star hotel. Savour delicious cuisine at the on-site Portobello Restaurant and Anchor Down Lounge Bar. Work out in the fitness centre, swim in the indoor heated pool or relax in the spa. The hotel also caters for conferences and functions of up to 130 guests.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Car hire
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
On-demand films
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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sweetpeapb1 wrote a review 1 Mar
Auckland Central, New Zealand120 contributions35 helpful votes
my 1st room was not that clean, had a bed so soft if you turned during the night it was possible you would roll out. I was moved downstairs which was nice as I had a problem with the stairs due to a bad knee but the air con jammed and clacked and banged so had to leave it off and the door handle fell off in my hand when going out. The cockroach behind the toilet was dead so I left him there. 2 friends had dark spots (blood we think) on several pieces of their bedding and again such a soft bed one of them slept on the floor so a room change next day and this room was passable as long as you didnt look 2 closely. The 3rd lot of our group left with us for breakfast and when we all walked into their room after it had been serviced but I think the cleaners had lain down on the bed for a nap as one pillow had a head imprint in it and the other was all over the place. Most of the staff were very nice and you could tell they knew the place was below standard. Torn net curtains, very very marked carpet and suspect cleanliness in all 5 of the rooms. Its a shame as its very central and spacious. Rooms very noisy also. Sounds like a herd of elephants racing round upstairs if anyone moves around normally. The smokers area right outside the main guests entrance seemed to always have the same cig butts, ash and dead bugs laying around each day. Oh and the advert states "heated " pool. The tiny one was heated but the normal swimming pool was very cold. The place very badly needs renovation and I know covid has slowed everything but it was very busy so they are still getting the bookings and money in. Have stayed before years ago but wont be back sorry.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Room Tip: upstairs could be quieter with no one walking on your ceiling as very thin walls etc
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Kiwitravelers2013 wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand23 contributions4 helpful votes
While we try to make allowances during this difficult time and overlook small things there is only so much that can be. 5 of us booked in 3 rooms one room blood on the bed cover and sheets. Cleaning cloth still in the bathroom sink . Beds in two rooms so old and uncomfortable sleep was impossible . The blood was noticed late at night so the next morning it was reported to the front desk and rooms were changed to better rooms clean and better beds. This does not take away the initial unpleasantness it that the room was serviced and the bed only half made. We’re the sheets changed ?
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Date of stay: February 2021
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JJJ wrote a review Feb 2021
Dunedin, New Zealand30 contributions10 helpful votes
We had 2 nights at this hotel. We booked the suite. The rooms were extremely dated and the bed was very old and uncomfortable. We had to move to a standard room as the suite was infested with cockroaches. We were told that they couldn’t give us a refund for the difference in price. We found 2 more cockroaches in the second room too. We will never stay here again...just terrible.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Janine M wrote a review Dec 2020
New Plymouth, New Zealand10 contributions
Stayed here for 2 nights at $200 a night but really this is more of $100 a night hotel. Room was old and tired. Beds really soft and uncomfortable. Pillows need replacing. Would not recommend staying here
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
MacKiwi wrote a review Dec 2020
Wellington103 contributions236 helpful votes
Had an evening work event at the location and stayed overnight. I hadn't stayed there for 10+ years and I think the room amenities haven't changed in that time, being somewhat outdated. Bed was a bit tired and lumpy, my colleague in another room woke with a sore back. My room could have done with a good dusting around the room fittings and to sweep the dried grass clippings off the window sill (must be a powerful lawn mower). The breakfast was very 1980`s hotel style. All staff were very friendly and helped as much as they could. We overcatered for our function (also 80`s style food) and we were disappointed that we were not premitted to box it up to give to colleagues not staying overnight, to take with them.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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US$69 - US$95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
Which popular attractions are close to Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre?
Nearby attractions include Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum (0.3 km), Town Basin (0.2 km), and Te Kākano (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre?
Conveniently located restaurants include Turmeric Indian Whangarei, Split Bar & Restaurant, and Fat Camel.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Whangarei.
Are any cleaning services offered at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Is Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.