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Anchor Inn Motel

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Accommodation - Anchor Inn Motel. Copyright Anchor Inn Motel.

15 spacious & well appointed studios & family units with most enjoying magnificent sea and mountain views.

* NZ Tourism Awards Winner (2001/02/03)
* Qualmark '4 Star Plus' rated
* Qualmark Enviro-Bronze accredited
* Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011
* Executive, Luxury & Standard Studios
* One & Two Bedroom Family Units
* Lovely climate controlled rooms
* Fully self-contained comfort
* Units serviced daily
* Relax & enjoy Sky TV or your favourite movie
* Wireless internet available
* Guest laundry
* Enjoy a Continental Breakfast
* All tours can be arranged
* Environmentally friendly Non-Smoking rooms

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The Anchor Inn is a luxury motel superbly located on the Kaikoura waterfront, with most rooms enjoying magnificent sea and mountain views.

This award winning complex offers a choice of Executive, Luxury and Standard Studios as well as One & Two Bedroom Family Apartments. All units are spacious & well appointed and are serviced daily for those guests staying more than one night.

Kaikoura is famous for whale watching and dolphin swimming and the Anchor Inn is ideally located to take advantage of these activities as well as the many other attractions Kaikoura has to offer.

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Review date:   March 31, 2018 6:19AM
Review:   t was a very bad experience for living this motel. An old fat woman, seems like the boss, was at the front desk and had horrible attitude. The interior of house is old and smelled moldy, so it is not worth so much high price. The clean worker is too lazy to clean rooms, so they banned us from cooking at the kitchen and asked us to eat out when we arrived the motel. They even did not mention this rule on the website when I booked. We told them the reason why we booked your motel is for the kitchen and We would like to cook food. The most ridiculous response from them is we will be fined extra fee NZD$250, if the kitchen is messy and sticky. It really sucks. I strongly recommend every "Asian"traveler booking other wonderful motels with lower price and excellent service from Kaikoura. This motel is the worst choice without any recommendation due to discourteously racial discrimination.
Author:   林滋滋
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   February 9, 2018 4:37AM
Review:   We were welcomed with fresh milk and a huge smile. Our room is fabulous and how nice to have lovely hand soap and air freshener in the bathroom. Great view of the water from our windows. Top marks to Paul and Lyn.
Author:   Shea Wicks
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   February 8, 2018 2:33AM
Review:   This is a lovely motel, stunning views and spacious, well equipped rooms. Super comfy bed. Owners Lyn and Paul were so welcoming, booked us in at a restaurant, sorted the whale watching, nothing too much trouble. Would give 10 stars if I could!
Author:   Bev Malone
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   March 17, 2018 6:55AM
Review:   very nice and spacious room and you see the ocean directly from your room. The location is not downtown but you can walk to downtown if you want. The parking lot for our room was a little bit difficult because it is very narrow.
Author:   Yashu Liang
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   April 5, 2018 3:03AM
Review:   Very nice large rooms
Author:   Ross Ambler
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