I really wish I took pictures of this place b/c there aren't much photos on the internet on this place. The photos don't do it any justice, it's actually alot nicer than I thought.
Price: Comparable, the only reason why I rated them a 3 on Value is b/c I'm usually a budget traveller but to accomodate my travelling buddies I had to upgrade a bit, but the price they offered for the 1bdrm for 3 guests including a kitchenette was a good and comparable deal for what you got.
Location: Centrally located, it's on Williams Rd which is the town center, walk 2 small measly blocks and you're right were all the cafes, vendors, tour centers, bank, etc. Don't know who was complaining about the noise in the previous reviews but we were on the 1st corner unit facing the street and I slept on the futon right by the window, with it open, and there was no noise. The 2 blocks away from the town center kills the noise, and besides, it's Paihia, the town is quiet in general.
The Room: We had a 1bdrm, with a huge living room area with kitchenette and a fairly medium-big bathroom. The person complaining about the studio is crazy, it's a studio, that's why it's small and that's why you got a better deal. It's a no-frills, basic accomodation. We only paid a few extra NZD for the additional 3rd person where they provide extra linens/pillows/blankets/mattresspad for the futon that was already soft and comfy to begin with. The kitchenette had alot of supplies like plates and stuff, this makes this a great homebase where you can make some in-house meals to save a bit of money and store snacks. There's a fancy flatscreen with cable if you feel like staying in on a rainy day and just watch movies & TV. Even though I'm a budget traveller, I'm a stickler for cleanliness and this place is freakin' spotless. The bathroom was ridiculously clean which I loved. They offer free credit for WiFi and then you pay extra if you need more but I found the amount they initially give you was more than substantial to look up the basics and do quick email checks. They also have laundry facilities on-site but we did not use them.
The service: A nice lovely couple runs the place, they live right on the property. I did not deal with them too much b/c there were no problems but they seemed very nice. And they were flexible. We enjoyed Paihia so much that we extended our stay and it was as easy as just asking them if we could extend. The couple was approachable and by seeing how they maintain Aarangi Tui and they prices they offer, I can tell they are just good honest business people.
The only con I guess is if you're looking to party at the bars you have to either walk a bit or just drive down the street (3min max) b/c all the bars are on Kings Rd. But that's only if that's what you're looking for. Then at the same time, the night noise level will go up, you're further down from the main dock and town centre. So Kings Rd is where you would stay if you wanted budget accomodations. But we're early 30s working professionals, though we do like nightlife and libations, we liked having our homebase at Aarangi Tui and just walked down the street to Kings Rd.
I loved Paihia, and I would definately stay at Aarangi Tui again :)
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