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West Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Four of us shared a two-bedroom unit here recently. The owners accommodated our late arrival due to earthquake-influenced plan changes. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this clean, cheerful unit. Nice teas and great plunger coffee. Hosts were very welcoming and fun to talk with. Good beds and pillows and the off-road location means quieter at night although the peninsula hardly...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything about the Portobello Motel is just lovely! To start with, email communicate with Sue was genuine be, friendly, and made for simple booking. Upon arrival, we found the location ideal...within 15 minutes of everything we wanted to do on the Otago Peninsula..with the added bonus of a small grocery and 3 places to eat across the street! This included...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! We are really pleased you were so delighted with you accommodation, location and surroundings. It was a pleasure to meet you all! I'm sorry if some guests disturbed you. We had a big party of late arrivals and it took them a while to get them into their rooms. Our apologies!! Enjoy the rest...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a studio unit with balcony overlooking the harbour. Situated on high ground, the unit itself is clean, cosy, warm, inviting and provide total privacy. The balcony gave a nice view of the harbour. Sue the host was friendly and helpful, and obviously took pride in maintaining the high standards of the units. Note though that Portobello Motel is half...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we're delighted you liked your accommodation. I suppose 2 restaurants is quite limited compared to Singapore!! However, they both provide a good menu and with the Takeaway and Dairy you certainly won't starve or go thirsty!!! Hope the rest of your trip is going well...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the most wonderful stay here and got great indications from the owners of what to do in my days in Portobello! Saw Sea lions, Seals and a lot of Penguins! The Apartment was very well equipped with everything I needed.

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Hi Annette! It was lovely to meet you and thank you so much for your lovely photos. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!! Please come again before too long!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We followed our GPS to Portobello, which took us along the spectacular, but spine-tingling High Road instead of the safer coastal road. However once we arrived at the Portobello Motel we were greeted warmly and found our delightful cottage. It was very clean, and equipped with absolutely everything we needed to store our food and prepare our meals. The bed...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to meeting you again one day!! We hope you enjoyed all your accommodation in New Zealand and take home with you lots of wonderful memories of a great holiday! kind regards, Sue and Keith

Gladstone, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here 1 night but wished we could have stayed longer. Great quiet location with excellent accommodation. Thank you to Keith for the warm welcome and all the advise regarding the area, especially Monarch cruises which was brilliant.

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review We appreciate knowing our accommodation meets ours guests' approval and that the peninsula offers such great wildlife viewing opportunities. The Monarch boat is definitely a great way to see the albatross in their natural habitat. Thanks again, Kind regards, Sue and Keith

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Reviewed 21 October 2016

It was our bad luck that our stay happened to fall when the owners were away. The closed office door with a sign to ring a local number, when we weren't using our phone except for emergencies while we were in NZ, didn't seem to match the caring and considerate directions that we had received when we had made the...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Dear Traveller, Thank you for taking the time to write a comprehensive review. We are so sorry at your disappointment that we weren't there to give you our warmest of welcomes but we needed a holiday too! I'm sorry you had to use your phone to call our member of staff although she only lives around the corner and should...

England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Excellent accommodation with eateries and shop within easy walking distance. You need a car to navigate the peninsular and the albatross centre is nearby. We went in the winter when it was quiet which had its own appeal including watching it snow on the mainland whilst we had none at all! Would definitely recommend and hope to return again soon.

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! No snow here at all this year! Very pleased you enjoyed your stay and would be delighted to welcome you back!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We would like to thank keith and sue for the warm welcoming and the sightseeing tipps. We stayed 2 nights at the harbour view studio which is a very spacious and clean cabin with a fully equiped kitchen. Highly recommended. Thanky you for the little present and take good care of you and the 2 lambs. Claudia und Martin

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for taking the time to write a review!! The lambs are doing very well and are going to a new home to be pets. We're very pleased you were able to see them!! Many thanks. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Whaley Bridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 October 2016

We arrived late on in the evening and received a warm welcome, the room was spacious, clean and well equipped. woke to a beautiful view of the sea and harbour, Located on a beautiful quiet coastline with wildlife nearby

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

We were very pleased you chose us to host your stay on the Peninsula and it's nice to know you were satisfied with your accommodation. The view is very peaceful isn't it? Many thanks for your kind review. We hope to see you again. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Motel is set back off the main road through the little village of Portobello. The setting is peaceful and quiet. Our 4 studio rooms have lovely views over Portobello Harbour.Our 2 one-bedroomed and 2-two bedroomed cottages, whilst not having harbour views, are both spacious and comfortable.All the units come fully equipped for self catering although the delightful 1908 Restaurant is situated just across the road from the end of our drive. The Hotel next door has a Bistro bar, providing good food and beer and the Penguin Cafe offers hot and cold snacks and picnics. The local shop is well stocked too.The Portobello Motel is only 20 minutes from Taiaroa Head where the Royal Albatross , sea lions,seals, penguins and many sea birds are to be found.There are some lovely walks in the area too. Bring your binoculars for wildlife watching! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Portobello Motel

Address: 10 Harington Point Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin > Portobello
Price Range: $149 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Portobello Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“All rooms are going to be lovely and similar in noise level, which is none except if someone arrives and talks loudly in the car park!”
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“Best views: Habour view studio”
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“Ask for a room with a view.”
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