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Nelson, New Zealand
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69 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here with our daughter. The main bed was in its own room great for privacy. Her bed was in the living room. It was very clean. The owners helpful and friendly. Right in the main road. You could hear the traffic but was ok. Would stay again

Thank Tina S
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
84 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I booked this online and if the pictures told tge whole story I would not have stayed here for the money. As I travel around the country and go to many places it is sad that you have a motel on a main road and the noise is not good if your on holiday. The decor is tired and for... More 

Thank Cam P

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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64 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Just ideal for our purposes, a stop over in transit south. Had all the facilities one needed and on booking in at reception we were accorded warm friendship and they went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed.

Thank Southlandrover
Redding, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 August 2016

After booking online we confirmed by phone and were told the prices were wrong and it would be double! We had already paid online THAN had to pay more once we arrived if we wanted to keep our booking.We ended up staying-THIS was what our room was like! Filthy, FREEZING and disgusting! Friends of ours have stayed here before and... More 

1 Thank Waltercummings
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Our room had a toilet that wouldn't flush and a heater that didn't work properly. In the middle of winter this wasn't a good start. The whole place is outdated and is reflected in the number of things that didn't work. We didn't get fresh towels after the room had been serviced which resulted in a very ugly confrontation with... More 

1 Thank shaynetarnO
Brisbane Region, Australia
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36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Only had the pleasure for a one night stay ....everything was perfect .The room was big , separate kitchenette ( biggish) large brathroom . Great bed & warm for those chilly nights. The entire unit was SPOTLESS . We used the complexes washing machine . $3.00 per load and $1.00 for washing powder if needed ...trust me there was plenty... More 

Thank noeleneselmes
Methven, null, New Zealand
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Booked online and rate was very reasonable. The person on the front desk was very friendly. I was staying with family and we were pointed to a new attraction nearby. Very close to what we want while we stayed eg swimming pool, movie theatre, and food that kids like to eat.

Thank Shirley F
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Loved the motel. The couple running it are very helpful and kind. The rooms were neatly kept. Location is very good, everything is within 5-10mins drive. Caroline Bay is nearby as well, which is famous to have penguins every night during some season.

Thank Noopswondr
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 7 April 2016

The people who run this motel always go the extra mile and are a pleasure to deal with. The units are clean, comfortable and spacious. Our group of students spent two lovely nights there. We will definitely return to this excellent location just opposite Caroline Bay.

Thank Sandra4874
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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414 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016

We booked a room for two bedroom apartment for two persons for $128. When we paid we were charged $136. We enquired about this and were advised that because we werent a couple and used two beds there is an extra charge. This is a rip off. facility is outdated and overpriced. Right on main road so expect road noise.

1 Thank nzp0ppy

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service

Additional Information about Blue Dolphin Motel

Address: 40 Evans Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Timaru
Price Range: ₹ 5,864 - ₹ 6,887 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue Dolphin Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“The ones near the road are old and so noisy and the ones at the ones at the rear are freezing and old”
  • This is inside-the walls are feral and this was the heater they provided in the middle of winter
 of 5 bubbles Waltercummings, 28 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Don't bother - find another motel!!”
 of 5 bubbles shaynetarnO, 23 Jul 2016 | Read review
“South side rooms quieter not on the main road.”
 of 5 bubbles 858shirleyf, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are great and not noisy”
 of 5 bubbles Sandra4874, 6 Apr 2016 | Read review
“we didnt stay, and would recommend others NOT TO STAY.”
 of 5 bubbles barb_keanwilliams, 22 Jan 2016 | Read review
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