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Chippenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 April 2011

We initially chose the Sails for it's close proximity to the Dolphin Encounter for our pre- booked 5.30am trip! It's just a stone throw down the road from here and around 5 minutes along the beautiful coast to town. Deb's passion is to ensure you see as much of what Kaikoura has to offer as possible during your day, and...

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Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 March 2011

I can only echo what other reviews have said about the owners being very friendly and helpful. The rooms are comfortable and facilities good. It was only a short walk to the dolphin encounter location, and a short drive to the whale watching location. Deb also recommended some great places to eat. Would definitely recommend.

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reading, berks
Reviewed 5 March 2011

We stayed here for one night and would have loved to stay for another but the place was fully booked. Deb and Ted, the owners are very friendly and go out of their way to help wiht anything that you need, inlcuding booking trips for you. We felt as though we were leaving friends - and that was after one...

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Thank annensteve
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 7 February 2011

Our room at the Sails motel was a decent size for a short stay and had all the facilities we would need. It included a small outdoor area with furniture. The style of the rooms is a little out of date but it was still clean and comfortable. The motel is set back from the road but not too far...

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alkmaar,holland
Reviewed 27 January 2011

What a great hosts.Nothing was too much.They helped us by booking our whalewatching-flight and were always interested in what you have done that day.Very well located with a nice private sitting area.Close to everything you came to Kaikoura for(whales/dolphins etc.).Deb had also very good tips about dining and we had a lovely meal at the caravan just before the lookout...

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Thank paulhofstee
New York City
Reviewed 22 January 2011

The couple who run this lovely place, tucked in a secluded niche off the waterfront street, are the friendliest, most helpful, sweetest innkeepers I've ever met. The only complaint about the room is that there is no AC, which usually is not a problem in Kaikoura, but the night I stayed it happened to be exceptionally warm. Other than that,...

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Thank NYCDave66
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 20 December 2010

A well-kept, no frills motel, with attentive service in a nice location, steps from the shore. Good value relative to the pricier options in Kaikoura. The dolphin swim outlet was a block away, while whale-watching and town center was a minute drive.

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 24 November 2010

I stayed in Kaikoura three nights and had a great time. Like most hotels, Sails is a short walk from the town centre. The accommodation is no frills and there is no ocean view, however the room was spacious and quiet. The best part about the hotel was the staff: Deb and Ted picked me up from the station and...

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Thank Tramper89
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 November 2010

Cosy, comfortable, peaceful and extremely welcoming. One of the best places I stayed on my NZ trip. As other reviewers have mentioned, it does not have all the facilites that some places offer (e.g. hairdryers, guest laundry, satellite TV) so if these are essential to you, you need to go elsewhere. But it makes up for this in the location...

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London, England
Reviewed 26 October 2010

Stayed 3 nights from 23/10/10. Small, no frills, motel with very pleasant, knowledgeable and chatty owners who very kindly picked us up from the station. Very good sleeping experience in clean, comfortable, relatively spacious room, good bed and extremely good bed linen, towels. All in all it was a pleasant stay but let down by the bathroom shower, the water...

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Sails Motel

Address: 134 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Sails Hotel Kaikoura
Sails Motel Kaikoura
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#7 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
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“The units are all the same at the back, there was a bigger apartment at the front that may suit a larger group.”
 of 5 bubbles BankerE, 9 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms the same. We were in rooms 3 & 4”
 of 5 bubbles bobbinin, 4 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms appear to be on a par. I don't think any room was better located than any other.”
 of 5 bubbles GlenS361, 11 Apr 2015 | Read review
“We had room 3. Any room would be ok we had plenty of light being on the end.”
 of 5 bubbles 668debbiej, 11 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Book early if you want to get in! I think all 3 rooms were of the same high standard as our's.”
 of 5 bubbles mehefinllanmaes, 17 Feb 2015 | Read review
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