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“Great Location but.....” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection

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Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Ranked #3 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
70 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great Location but.....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

This establishment, whilst being relatively new, somehow misses the mark for reasons that probably in isolation are not that serious but in conjunction with everything add up to a bit of a disappointment.

The good things about this property are:

Location:

Across the road is a wonderful safe swimming beach.

It is one bay around from the main town centre so it is quiet.

It is relatively new so still has the "fresh" look.

The negatives were:

Like other reviewers note unless you have a very front room all other rooms have virtually no views at all other than into adjoining properties.

Our room was downstairs and had a small courtyard. Sitting out there was pleasant but this also is the area that other guests step outside to smoke. Whereas I appreciate that this is somewhat outside the control of the motel, the very design of the courtyards (open trellises etc) means the smell travels to virtually everyone.

There is nowhere to sit to eat. The unit had a small kitchen, but if it is raining (as it was for some of our stay) you cannot sit outside to eat and there is nowhere else.

Our room needed some repairs in the rooms. Not big stuff, but paying attention to details can make the difference between a happy guest and an unhappy one.

Car parking, whilst free is a little haphazard. The property is build at right angles to the road and is very narrow. Parking involves angle parking in front of your room which frankly, for a larger type car is quite worrying as the driveway that other cars pass by with means there is little room to get through. Whilst we were there a car hit another guest’s car.

Overall, not sure I would return there. There are a lot better properties in this area.

Room Tip: Book a front facing suite
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Mike1811027
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

Staff are very friendly, accommodation is excellent and the view from the balcony is spectacular!!! I love to come back in another time!

Room Tip: Always get the sea view side. The side of the hotel faces a gasoline station and a service station...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jerry G
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

We stayed at this motel on nights 3 & 4 of our 25 day tour of New Zealand. Although we had to wait at reception desk for someone to sign us into our room the lady who dealt with us was very helpful & friendly. The room was very comfortable and clean and had excellent facilities.
The down side to this motel is that if you do not reserve a sea front room you will not get any decent views. We were in a room on the upper level that overlooked the back of the next door Shell garage. Not very nice if you want to sit outside and enjoy a meal or drink. Also if you do want to eat a meal, there is no indoor dining table. Although that did not affect us as we ate out at a nice Thai restaurant in Paihia. Our ratings for this motel would have been higher if we had a sea front room.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking sea front are the rooms to choose if possible.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Paul J
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

We found the staff very rude, short and not helpful at all. We found that we could here the neighbours cough, sneeze, footsteps. toilet flushing and water going down pipes all night which means we hardly slept the room was hidden in a corner and had no veiw. next doors air con leaked all over our outside area. We found the staff quite rude. The rooms were ok but no air con in bedroom or dvd player only in lounge room so for us not very helpful though they were clean. The spa was tucked away in a corner and was not appealing.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank holmes2012
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights and the standard of the room was excellent with all amenities you would need Anya was very helpful on reception and it is in a fantastic location well recommended.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TravellingEddie
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Additional Information about Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection

Property: Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Address: 138 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Paihia
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#2 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#8 Family Hotel in Paihia
#10 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price range (per night): $125 - $327
Hotel Class:4 star — Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Sea Spray Suites Heritage Collection, Bay of Islands. Perfectly located to enjoy the famous Te Ti Beach mid-way between Paihia's charming township and historic Waitangi. Sea Spray Suites, Paihia - Heritage Collection, Bay of Islands ... You're somewhere special when you relax in our self-contained suites. Choose between sun drenched sea view balconies or private courtyards while enjoying the luxury of Heritage. All suites have full kitchens with all the comforts of home. Conveniently located mid-way between Paihia town centre and historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds overlooking Te Ti Bay. ... more   less 
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