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:
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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sea Spray Hotel Paihia
- Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand