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Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Service was good. Internet is fast which is a nice change but the whole place is very tired. It's not horrible but it's not good value for money. As a plus it is clean at least and the service good. There's little stupid things like the doors in the staircases are one way so you have to put something down...

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Landsborough, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a long drive we needed a couple of days to see the sights of Whangarie. The position was handy within walking distance. The room was big and roomy. Comfy bed. As we had a ground floor room there was constant noise from above rooms even at 3-4 in the morning. We could hear next door too. The reception was...

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DistinctionWhangarei, General Manager at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and your feedback is appreciated. If we had been made aware of the problem with the noise from above we may have been able to move you to an upper level room. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Whangarei and are enjoying your trip to New Zealand. Safe travels. Kind Regards Murray Cook

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has a gym,pool,bar,restaurant etc but overall the place is in need of some much needed TLC. Wallpaper peeling off,unable to move tv to a better angle as it was obstructed by fixed air con unit,could hear next doors conversations/ tv/ snoring ! Extremely noisy hotel overall....seems popular enough with several tour buses during my 3 night stay, but won't be...

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DistinctionWhangarei, General Manager at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. It was a particular busy time during your stay with the Volunteer Fire Brigade's holding their annual event and the tail end of the Field Days. I apologise for these guests if they were noisy during your stay but is very difficult to control such large numbers all travelling and having a annual get-together at...

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a 50th wedding anniversary party in the Hatea room it was perfect setting a small party, we were able to decorate it as well. The staff were very friendly, everyone enjoyed their meals and we came back for breakfast the next day which was lovely. The room was very clean and comfortable bed, altogether a fantastic stay.

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DistinctionWhangarei, General Manager at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this review

Congratulations on your 50th Wedding Anniversary. It was a pleasure having you, your family and close friends at the hotel for the evening. It is really appreciated that you have made comment and it is nice to know that we were able to assist you on such a special occasion. All the best for your future anniversary's Kind regards Murray...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So once more I have had to stay at the Distinction Hotel ( ex Kingsgate) on business... and once more I was disappointed in the overall experience. Nothing has changed at this hotel ( bar the name) in over 5 years. My room smelled dusty, the carpet had not been vacuumed - with nail clippings, a dead fly and some...

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DistinctionWhangarei, General Manager at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and I apologise for the shortcomings of the hotel during your stay. Sorry that the hotel gym/exercise room was not to your standard but we are not a fully fitted gym and there is a full gym available just 5 mins walk around the Hatea loop in the town basin. We only offer basic equipment...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We spent the weekend here riding on the back of a business meeting. The king superior room was well equipped, large and overlooked the harbour. It also overlooked the main road which meant it was a trifle noisy until the traffic quietened down around 11 p.m. Lots of facilities as you would expect for a conference venue, but over the...

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DistinctionWhangarei, General Manager at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback and your positive comments regarding the room are appreciated. Unfortunately these rooms do suffer from a bit of a supply and demand situation and pricing is dependent on bookings made. Especially the upstairs rooms with the balcony. The rate you have quoted is at the higher end of the scale and better rates may be...

Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Nice place to stay, our room overlooked the boat moorings which was nice. Rooms clean and comfortable. Plenty of parking. Only niggle was the changing room/toilet in the pool area was filthy, not sure if it gets cleaned regularly enough.

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DistinctionWhangarei, General Manager at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing this to my attention I will talk with the department delegated this task and ensure it is brought up to required standards and maintained. I hope you enjoyed your time in Whangarei and thank you for staying with us. Kind regards Murray Cook

Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

After a few days in smaller rooms this place was brilliant. There were 3 of us single ladies travelling together. There were 2 sinle beds and a separate room with a large double bed and bathroom. There was heaps of room big Windows, airy, a fridge, seats, a lounge and tv. It was very comfy and roomy. This place is...

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DistinctionWhangarei, General Manager at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind comments and feedback. I hope you enjoyed your time in Whangarei and great that you took the chance to explore the Hatea loop walk into the town basin. Kind regards Murray Cook

Auckland
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Room: Very spacious and clean. Took me a while to figure out where the light switches and hair dryer were - they are not where I would expect. Bed very comfy, TV with Sky. Could not have survived without the aircon Service: all the staff I encountered were friendly and professional Facilities: free wifi, good bar/outdoor area. The complex is...

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DistinctionWhangarei, General Manager at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. It is a bit unfortunate for the hotel that is so well located just 5 minutes walk from the town basin that most guests choose to walk to town to take advantage of the local restaurants and bars with the marina views and passing foot traffic. This is especially so with the fine warm afternoons...

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This place was great. Friendly, spotless, great views over the river, walking distance to town for restaurants. Couldn't ask for more. Would definitely stay again and recommend. Recommend the Thai restaurant in Ruth one street where most of the restaurants are.

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DistinctionWhangarei, General Manager at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this review

Your comments are appreciated and we look forward to accommodating you again should you be in Whangarei. I haven't tried the restaurant your have quoted but will be sure to check it out. Thank you for the advice. All the best for 2017 Kind regards Murray Cook

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  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Pool
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  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre is perfectly suited to both business and leisure travellers. All 115 comfortable guest rooms & suites are air-conditioned and offer free unlimited WiFi & 50+ SKY TV channels. Conveniently located opposite the stunning Whangarei Town Basin and a few minutes walk from the city centre and Whangarei's most tranquil bush walks. The majestic Bay of Islands is less than one hour's drive from our 4 star hotel. Savour delicious cuisine at the on-site Portobello Restaurant and Anchor Down Lounge Bar. Work out in the fitness centre, swim in the indoor heated pool or relax in the spa. The hotel also caters for conferences and functions of up to 130 guests. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

Address: 9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Whangarei
Price Range: €84 - €111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre 3.5*
Number of rooms: 115
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“Maybe the upper floor would not be as noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles Funfoodfavourites, 14 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Get one set back from the main road.”
 of 5 bubbles NeilMarshall2267, 20 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Choose a room at the rear away from the main road if available.”
 of 5 bubbles vzrider, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Away from the indoor pool. There are more expensive rooms which look over the boats in the basin but road noise can be an issue”
 of 5 bubbles stugross, 11 Jan 2017 | Read review
“superior rooms overlooking the marina are lovely”
 of 5 bubbles car0lsharp, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
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