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4.1 out of 5

"Close to aquatic centre and beach. Friendly and gave suggestions of activities. " More

By a verified traveller on Thu 14 Jan 2021

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Hotel Description

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

Each apartment is soundproofed and features a TV with cable channels, along with WiFi, a coffee/tea maker, and an iron/ironing board. In-room dining is easy with a kitchenette that comes equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave, and a stovetop.

This smoke-free 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.

Sights within a 10-minute walk of this 3.5-star Maori Hill property include Timaru Lighthouse and Aigantighe Art Gallery.

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

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
AU$110* Per night/room 14 Dec. - 15 Dec.

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

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

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

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

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

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 7 Max

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

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

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

Bed Count 3 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Blue Dolphin Motel ratings based on 57 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 (8) Family (22)
5 out of 5
Close to aquatic centre and beach. Friendly and gave suggestions of activities.

Posted by on 14 Jan. 2021

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Comment from Hotel Management

14 Jan. 2021 by Geoff

Thank you very much for your kindly comments. Happy to know we made your stay here worth while. Take care keep safe, and happy new year to you and your family. regards, Geoff and Dianne

5 out of 5
We liked the Blue Dolphin and would definitely stay there again. Geoff and Dianne are lovely, friendly hosts and the place in nice and clean. Older style but we liked having a separate living area to the bedroom. Good price and nice and handy to everything.

Posted by , from Christchurch on 12 Sep. 2020

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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.

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

  • Soundproofed rooms
  • 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 (1.8 km / 1.1 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

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

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • 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 available for NZD 15.0 per day.
  • 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.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession, within the meaning of article 155 of the French Tax Code. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Diners Club. Cash is not accepted.

  • Service animals not allowed
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk

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
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 15.0 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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Frequently asked questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.