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Breakwater Motel

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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Luxury Waterfront Accommodation on Central Paihia Waterfront that is only a three minute flat walk to cafes, restaurants, shops and Paihia Wharf where tours depart from.Spectacular ocean views from Waterfront Suites with private balconies/patios, partial sea views from Seaview Suites. Sky Guest Select 70 channels - Free WiFi. Airconditioned/heating. Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Bay of Islands and up to Cape Reinga.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast Available
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Room features
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Park View
Bay View
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Great location, great welcome and great rooms. Can’t fault the Breakwater Motel in any respect. Rooms are big, well appointed and all the usual facilities. Maybe not as cheap as some in the town, but still worth it.
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We had a pleasant stay and was happy with the accommodation but not sure I would stay in Paihia again as much prefer Russell which is a short distance away but much classier. Our visit was only marred by the hosts who after checking out early we decided to go back into town for
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Response from OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel
Responded 3 days ago
Hi manchesterianBangkok Thanks for taking the time to write a review and glad that you enjoyed your stay. To be fair to us I would like to clarify the situation. You did return to the motel around check out time and request to leave your vehicle on our property whilst you returned back to town. We politely explained to you and your daughter that as we were washing down the driveway/parking area between check out time and check in time, that you please park a mere few metres away on the street right outside our property. I am sorry if you were offended, but we do out utmost to maintain our property at a high standard and we did not think it was unreasonable request for you to please move your vehicle such a short distance and in a safe location. Regards Lyn
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Ken & Lyn made our stay so very enjoyable. They responded quickly and efficiently with all of our requests, including sightseeing advice. Great hosts! Great location amd great views. Easy walk to all amenities:restaurants, shops, groceries, petrol, wharf & boat trips. I
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Response from OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel
Responded 3 days ago
Hi PaulandChrislive4hol Most grateful for your amazing review and high recommendation. Best wishes Lyn
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The title says it all. This motel is clean and well equipped and also well located. We are both 75 so keen to avoid stairs and my wife is an avid gardener so the "garden room "which was described as being "adjacent to the native bush delivering a quiet stay you will love
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Response from OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi longhaven Thank you for taking the time to review our motel. Your reservation was made by a travel agent with whom I liased with well prior to your arrival, knowing your circumstances, I suggested they opt for a lovely ground floor Waterfront Suite with ocean views for you. But they chose the cheaper of the suites (more profit for them?) and therefore did not opt to offer you a Waterfront Suite. Perhaps you could consider following this up with them. Ken and I live on site and we are passionate about our business and the comfort, satisfaction and memorable stays for each and every guest. It is therefore a huge disappointment to receive a 3 star rating, when you could have simply returned to the office after I checked you in to advise us that you were not happy. I could have rectified the situation immediately - win/win. After 7 years in business I still fail to understand why guests choose to publicly complain once they have departed. Surely if guests address the issue on hand immediately, they would have had a more relaxing stay rather than focusing on a negative aspect.
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We couldn’t have chosen a better hotel in Paihia. As other reviews have stated, the location, view, beds, quality, cleanliness, kitchen, etc. are second to none. Compared to to other motels we recently stayed in, we particularly appreciated the strength of the wifi along with
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Response from OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia Ora fishertrick Wow..thank you so much for your glowing detailed review. It was an absolute pleasure to host you and hopefully we can welcome you back to the beautiful Bay one day. Best wishes Lyn
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Hi Brian We do have both Waterfront Suites (ocean view) and Lower Seaview Suites (no ocean view) available for February and March 2018. Do have a look at our website for great images and descriptions of the units breakwatermotel co nz. Please advise dates you require as the rates change during this period. Thank you Kind Regards Lyn
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Hi Stu Thanks for your enquiry. We do offer free wireless onsite. We would appreciate the origin of the complaints you are referring to. Many thanks Kind Regards Lyn
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Hi Stu Breakwater Motel is a motel with rooms that are self contained and serviced daily. Kindly refer to our website for the room options we offer. breakwatermotel co nz Thank you Kind Regards Lyn
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Hi Nathalie The Seaview Suites have the option of Upper or Lower when booking. Kindly advise your reservation details and I will check which unit you have booked and provide you with all the information you require. You may prefer to forward this information via our enquiry email address which is found on our website breakwatermotel co nz. Many thanks Kind Regards Lyn Owner Operator
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"the corner unit at the front has an amazing view."
"Don't book the garden room if you want to see a garden--go for the ocean view"
"Beautiful views of the ocean from some rooms."
"Amazing views from rooms facing main highway"
"Get a room in the front. Room 8 has best views"
USD 95 - USD 220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsPaihia
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