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“Don't be fooled by the name”
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Devonport Motel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Devonport
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Don't be fooled by the name; this isn't really a motel, more like an Air B&B. From what I saw, it just comprises two units in the backyard of a house in a residential road, just off the front at Devonport. Off road parking is just on the single driveway of the house and so your car can get blocked in. There is no reception. When we arrived, the owners were absent and had left us a note on the front door. They were also absent when we left next morning; so we never saw them. Therefore, make sure that you reserve a room here with the credit card that gives you the best exchange rate. We didn't but had no opportunity to pay with the pre-paid card that we brought with us for the purpose. Despite these negative points, our room was quiet, comfortable and well equipped with a great shower and full kitchenette. Soap and shampoo were present in dispenser bottles in the shower, but there was no hand soap on the basin, which was strange and a bit inconvenient. There was also no shelf in the shower for your own toiletries and the towels were pretty worn and a bit grey. These are pretty minor points, but could easily be rectified by the owners. The house is well located, being only a short walk from the harbour and all of the restaurants in Devonport and so this represents a very good base when staying in the area.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Walking distance from the Ferry, this mini motel complex (2 units) was quiet and the owners friendly. Nothing was a bother. Don't expect palatial, but the unit was clean. Heat pump was good, especially in the humid conditions of Auckland. Unit was small but with a big heart.

Stayed: December 2016
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

The location of this small motel, which only has two rooms and is in the back garden of a family house, could not be better. The place is just a two minute walk to the ferry. It is more like an AirBNB than a hotel/motel. The owners were very friendly and helpful. However, the units were quite dated and in need of work. The accommodation here is very different, and not up the standard we experienced over the rest of New Zealand. When we arrived the place was mostly clean but the fridge had obviously not been cleaned and had a half empty container of milk inside and crumbs everywhere. There was also the lid of a jar on the floor. The bed was really uncomfortable. One side of the bed was so badly sagging it was very hard to sleep in. In the bathroom the handles that open the windows had been removed and were lying on the sill. The shower was new and the water was hot.

Room Tip: Room 2 had a very uncomfortable bed.
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  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2015

A little accommodation gem snuggled near the Devonport beach and ferry.The handy siting allowed us to travel by ferry to the city to sightsee across the harbour and avoid the parking and traffic hassles of Auckland - these are chronic and frustrating at times when trying to have a relaxing holiday ! The motel rooms were well-presented, clean and had all the basics needed for an overnight stay. Whilst there we got the unexpected opportunity to visit Waiheke Island and stay there for a few days and the hosts kindly let us keep our vehicle parked at the motel after checking out. Service beyond that expected ! Will book again.

Room Tip: Only 2 units - both are good quality.
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2015 via mobile

A great place to relax. Every thing you need if you wish to self cater and the beds are sooooooo comfortable. Very clean.
The owners are very helpful and friendly. The motel is close to all you need to explore in Devonport.
Will definitely be back.

Stayed: January 2015, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Devonport Motel

Address: 11 Buchanan Street, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > North Shore > Devonport
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Devonport
Price Range: RM466 - RM519 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Devonport Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two fully self contained units, serviced daily, in a private garden setting. One minute walk to the beach, three minutes to shops, cafe's and ferry to city. ... more   less 
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