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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

Lovely quiet and scenic spot, motel in centre of Portobello - our room overlooked the bay. Good range of restaurants within walking distance. Room was clean with well equipped kitchen, separate bathroom and small balcony with chairs and small table. Laundry & drying facilities. Free WiFi always a bonus. Very friendly & helpful hosts/owners. Recommended & good value.

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Well thank you very much for your lovely review and kind remarks. It was a pleasure to host your stay and we hope to see you again some day! kind regards, Sue and Keith

United States
Reviewed 19 March 2016

We chose to stay out on the Otago Peninsula for our two days in the Dunedin area, and we're very glad we did. We had a spacious cottage with a king bed, complete kitchen, and nice-sized bath, plus a view of the bay out the balcony. (We were in Unit 2) The innkeeper was very friendly, and he gave us...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I think you mean bath room as we don't have baths! (so as not to confuse other travellers reading our reviews!) We enjoyed your comments. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Fourth time we have visited the Portobello Motel,which says it all really.Good location,clean ,well equipped and comfortable units with great harbour views.Good information from owners about both guided and other ways to view wildlife.

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your to the point and succint review. Very pleased we still tick the boxes!! We hope to see you again for a fifth visit before long!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Great unit,good location and very quiet,owners really helpful,penguin outing at dusk is a must,and a visit to the local beach to see the Sea Lions is great.Easy drive into Dunedin.Parking was not a problem in the city and plenty of shops to visit.

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review! We're very pleased you managed to see both penguins and sea lions...all in their natural habitat! Delighted you enjoyed your stay...thank you for choosing our motel and glad it met with your expectations. Many thanks. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Encinitas, CA
Reviewed 14 March 2016

The winding and curving drive to the Portobello Motel via the lower Otago Peninsula road is every bit as breathtaking, but also as hair raising, as described; but once you arrive you know it has all been worth the careful effort. We were warmly greeted by our hosts, Sue and Keith. Sue and Keith kindly arranged for a dinner reservation...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

What a lovely, descriptive review. Thank you for taking the time to write in such detail. I'm sure other guests will find it most useful. You're right about the atmosphere of the motel. It is based on home comforts rather than trendy stainless steel and glass although we work hard to keep the decor in perfect order. We're very pleased...

Kerrville, United States
Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

The drive out to Portobello was curvy and a little slow, but it allows one to enjoy the beauty of the bay. Once we arrived we were struck by the location on the hill overlooking that same bay, the quality and Room appointments were first rate, and the owner/hosts were gracious and accommodating. We recommend it without reservation when you...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you most sincerely for your review. We're delighted we ticked all your boxes!! Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Cambs
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We arrived particularly early for our one-night stay but they were able to check in straightaway. They also arranged for us to see the Blue Penguin viewing for that night - well worthwhile. The apartment was very clean and well appointed and we were sorry we were not staying longer as the whole peninsular has a lovely feel and we...

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to be able to help you with wildlife viewing and we're very glad you enjoyed it, and your stay with us. Many thanks. Kind regards, Sue and Keith

Wells, Somerset
Reviewed 9 March 2016

Excellent location. Very helpful owners who ensured they answered all our questions and gave great advice on what to do and see in the area. Accommodation was clean and very well maintained. Thoroughly recommend.

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SueandKeithRhodes, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your helpful and succinct review! We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay and our accommodation met your expectations. Thanks again. Kind regards, Keith and Sue

San Diego, California
Reviewed 5 March 2016

We received a warm welcome and excellent information about what to do in the area, and how to best do it. The one-bedroom had plenty of space, good lighting, and a big dining table, which accommodated four for meals easily, and worked double-duty for trip planning and postcard-writing. The location on the Otago Peninsula is perfect, so close to the...

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, it was good of you to take the time to write it. It was a pleasure to welcome you to Portobello and host your stay on the Peninsula. We appreciate your comments about the room and ,of course, are concerned about your thoughts about the bed.We will investigate this further and do whatever is necessary...

Thirsk, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 March 2016

A warm and informative welcome to this small but very comfortable site. Close to good pub and restaurant, and nearby beaches - great advice as to where to see sea lions. The accommodation was spacious, very clean if a little bit old fashioned. Recommended.

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Sue R, Owner at Portobello Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're very pleased you found your accommodation comfortable! We note your comment about being a little old fashioned and admit that we are not as modern as some motels. We prefer a home from home feel but having said that, each low season we make upgrades and improvements within our budget. Thank you for choosing...

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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: $128 - $151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Portobello Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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