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4.1 out of 5

"Hosts were lovely and very accommodating but unfortunately our rooms heater was broken (small fan heater was provided), tv channels wouldn't work and ... " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 27 Jul 2020

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Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Kitchenette (Apartment 7)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
AU$103* Per night/room 7 Aug. - 8 Aug.

Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Kitchen (I Bdrm Apartments 2,3,& 4)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Non Smoking, Kitchen (Apartment 5)

Bed Count 3 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 7 Max

Standard Studio, Non Smoking, Kitchen (Excec. Studio Apartment)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Kitchen (apartment 9)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Non Smoking, Kitchen (Apartment 1)

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Hotel Description

At Blue Dolphin Motel you'll be within just a 10-minute stroll of Caroline Bay Beach and Aigantighe Art Gallery. Highlights at this property include free self parking and in-room kitchenettes.

Each apartment features WiFi, a TV, and a coffee/tea maker. In-room dining is easy with a kitchenette that comes equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave, and a stovetop.

This pet-friendly apartment building offers a terrace, a garden, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Added amenities include WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of an airport shuttle.

With a stay at this 3.5-star Timaru property, you'll be 1.4 km (0.9 mi) from South Canterbury Museum and 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from Botanical Gardens.

Blue Dolphin Motel ratings based on 61 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.1 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Blue Dolphin Motel

Everyone (26) Couples (9) Family (25)
3 out of 5
Hosts were lovely and very accommodating but unfortunately our rooms heater was broken (small fan heater was provided), tv channels wouldn't work and place needs updated. Was clean and beds comfy. Kids loved the upstairs room.

Posted by , from NZ on 27 Jul. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

28 Jul. 2020 by Geoff

Thank you for your valuable feed back. Rang TV tech about channel but can't explain why not working, all of the others are, just with the nos. not as advertised, in the compendium. And just bad timing with our main heating having failed and not able to get repaired in time for your stay. We humbly apologise for both of the above. Heating has been fixed since. thanks again Regards, Geoff and Dianne

4 out of 5

Posted by on 24 Jun. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

28 Jul. 2020 by Geoff

Your four out of five score is much appreciated, and gives us room for improvement. We hope your stay was a comfortable one and didn't detract in any way, from your overall holiday experience. We hope you return home safe and sound and have a great year, Kind regards, Geoff and Dianne

4 out of 5
It good condition property, clean, close to all amenities.

Posted by on 17 Apr. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

17 Apr. 2019 by Geoff and Dianne

Thank you for your kind words. We remain a work in progress, as there is always room for improvement. Thank you again, have a wonderful and safe year. Cheers, Geoff and Dianne

5 out of 5

Posted by on 30 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

30 Mar. 2019 by Geoff and Dianne

To our anonymous guest, thank you for your welcome review. We aim to try and please everyone who stays here, and always looking for ways to improve. We are a positive work in progress. Thank you again and have a happy life.Warm regards.

3 out of 5

Posted by on 4 Feb. 2019

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1 out of 5
The owner is strict to us. I don’t know if he was just being racist because we were Asians. Good thing we only stayed one night there. There are far way better motels in the area.

Posted by , from Auckland, NZ on 4 Jan. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

8 Jan. 2019 by Geoff and Dianne

WE are NOT racist. We tell EVERYONE, that we prefer them to sleep between the clean, laundered sheets, and that we DO NOT want them to cook any fish, currie or anything spicy as it leaves a very bad smell. We are sorry you took our requests that way.

5 out of 5

Good priced Motel close to the Beach

Pros: Price Location Friendly Staff
Location: Location is perfect, close to a supermarket, the beach and also a swimming pool.
Very good priced Motel close to the Beach, clean room and very friendly staff. Traffic noise was ok. Overall a good place to stay.

Posted by , from Switzerland on 26 Feb. 2018

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4 out of 5

Comfortable and clean

Pros: Comfortable bed and clean
Great management, so clean you could see your reflection in the shower and sink. Close to aquatic centre

Posted by on 28 Nov. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

4 Apr. 2018 by Geoff and Dianne

Thank you for your positive feedback, guests like you and your custom makes our task of looking after you, that much easier. A very happy new year to you all.

4 out of 5

A nice place to stop overnight. Comfortable.

Pros: Quiet and roomy
A comfortable budget motel. Stayed overnight and was happy with the stay.

Posted by on 27 Nov. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

10 Jan. 2018 by Geoff and Dianne

Thank you Emae, for your words of encouragement, and we am to cater for one and all. You and your family have a great new 2018, and keep safe.

4 out of 5
Very friendly hosts, excellent value. Happy to recomend

Posted by on 22 Nov. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

10 Jan. 2018 by Geoff and Dianne

We love looking after guests such as yourselves, because you are so friendly and easy to host. With comments like yours, we feel we achieve what we set out out do. Thank you. Hope 2018 is very kind to you all.

About the Blue Dolphin Motel

Location 40 Evans Street, Timaru,

Property Features

As a guest of Blue Dolphin Motel, you'll find a terrace, a garden, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Public spaces have WiFi for a fee. Blue Dolphin Motel also features laundry facilities and dry cleaning/laundry services. Self parking is free. This 3.5-star Timaru apartment is smoke free.

  • 11 guestrooms or units
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

Internet

Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)

Parking

Free self parking

Transport

  • Train station: Timaru Station (1.7 km / 1 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Blue Dolphin Motel offers 11 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Accommodations at this 3.5-star apartment have kitchenettes with refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include showers. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Cable television is provided.

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 9:30 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM.
To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property at least 48 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests arriving after 9 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in information. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for NZD 5.0 per day.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Blue Dolphin Motel

Policies

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Service animals not allowed

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: NZD 2 per day (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: NZD 2 per day (rates may vary)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: NZD 5.0 per day
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 3 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Blue Dolphin Motel Timaru
  • Blue Dolphin Motel
  • Blue Dolphin Timaru
  • Blue Dolphin Motel Timaru
  • Blue Dolphin Motel Apartment
  • Blue Dolphin Motel Apartment Timaru

You should know

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.

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