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Breakwater Motel
Garden Studio Suite, Breakwater Motel in Bay of Islands
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8.9

Excellent

583 reviews

583 reviews

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9.4

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
Bay of Islands Swordfish Club 110 m
Paihia Dive 220 m
Paihia Pharmacy 260 m
Post Office 270 m
Paihia Bookshop 270 m
Paihia Harbour 290 m
The Cabbage Tree Shop 330 m
Maritime Building 330 m
Pahia center parking site 350 m
St Paul's Anglican Church 390 m

Breakwater Motel

1 Bayview Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 0200 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Paihia part of Bay of Islands, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. This 4-star property is packed with in-house facilities to improve the quality and joy of your stay.

Highlights

Sparkling clean

Excellent room comfort & quality

Airport transfer

Excellent view

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Facilities

Airport transfer

Bicycle rental

Car park

Shuttle service

Tennis court

Waterfront

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

BBQ facilities

Value for money8.4
Distance to city center0.5 Km
Location rating9.4

Rooms available at Breakwater Motel

Exceptional
Room comfort & quality

9.2

Suite
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  • Room size: 51 m²/549 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed or 1 single bed ...
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Deluxe Suite with Sea View - Water Front
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  • Room size: 42 m²/452 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 sofa bed & 1 double bed
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Waterfront Suite
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  • Room size: 42 m²/452 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 queen bed & 1 sofa bed
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Upper Suite
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  • Room size: 51 m²/549 ft²
  • Partial ocean view
  • 1 king bed & 1 single bed a...
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Garden Suite
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  • Room size: 51 m²/549 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed and 1 sofa bed
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Ground Floor Suite with Jetted Spa Bath
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  • Room size: 51 m²/549 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 sofa bed & 1 king bed and...
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Garden Studio Suite
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 king bed
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Suite with Partial Sea View
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  • Room size: 51 m²/549 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 sofa bed & 1 single bed a...
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Studio with Garden View
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 king bed
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Suite with Garden View
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  • Room size: 42 m²/452 ft²
  • Shower
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Breakwater Motel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The motel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Breakwater Motel?

Breakwater Motel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 30 NZD. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the motel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Breakwater Motel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the motel. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Bay of Islands with private transportation, the motel can arrange taxi service.

What is the smoking policy at Breakwater Motel?

Breakwater Motel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What restaurants are nearby Breakwater Motel?

Restaurants including Reef Restaurant, Bistro 40 and GREENS are popular in Breakwater Motel’s neighborhood which is known as Paihia.

What popular shopping places are close to Breakwater Motel?

Shopping options in Breakwater Motel’s Paihia neighborhood include Paihia Bookshop and The Cabbage Tree Shop.

What are popular attractions near Breakwater Motel?

Guests at Breakwater Motel can easily visit Maritime Building, St Paul's Anglican Church and school playground located in the Paihia area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Breakwater Motel?

Breakwater Motel’s nearby natural sights include Te Tī Bay, 1880 Elizabeth Colenso nee Fairburn Norfolk Pine and Opua Forest Lookout Track located in the same Paihia area.

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What people love about Breakwater Motel

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Very clean and comfortable plus a great location."

    Kriti

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    December 18, 2021

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Very hygienic place, beautiful views."

    Pooja

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    November 29, 2020

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Beautiful Place to stay."

    David

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    January 31, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 183 Bay of Islands properties
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Room comfort score
9.2/10
Cleanliness score
9.2/10
Location score
9.4/10
Service score
8.8/10
Better than
97
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Better than
94
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Better than
92
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Better than
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of Bay of Islands properties
Overall rating:

8.9

Excellent
583 reviews
Cleanliness
9.2
Facilities
8.6
Location
9.4
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More about Breakwater Motel

More about Breakwater Motel

Breakwater Motel

The superior services and facilities offered at Breakwater Motel will make for a memorable stay. Stay connected throughout your stay with free internet access provided. To help pre-arrange your arrival and departure, airport transfer services can be booked before you even check in. Your explorations of Bay of Islands can be assisted with the taxi services available here.
Parking is provided free of charge for guests. The motel provides front desk services such as luggage storage for guests' convenience. The motel's tours can even help you book tickets and reservations for entertainment and explorations. Wear your favorite outfits again and again thanks to the laundromat offered at Breakwater Motel.
The motel's daily housekeeping will make staying in a great choice. Smoking may only take place in restricted designated areas.
Guests are guaranteed a comfortable stay while at Breakwater Motel. To enhance your stay, some rooms at the motel come with linen service and air conditioning. The specially-designed rooms at Breakwater Motel offer a layout option like a balcony or terrace. Some rooms have cable TV to keep guests entertained.
You may be assured to know that a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee and instant tea are available in some select rooms. You can stay fresh and clean with a hair dryer, toiletries and towels provided in some of the guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

The motel even has in-house cooking amenities such as BBQ facilities for its most selective guests.
Never let a day go wasted when you're at Breakwater Motel with all the activities and facilities provided. While you're there, be sure to take some time to explore the easily accessible beach. Stay wet and wild with fun family water activities like fishing. You won't need to go far to experience fun water sports, with the convenience of canoes provided.
Stay active in holiday style with sporty activities including horse riding. Test your skills! Get competitive with your travel group or other guests, at the motel's hiking trails. No need to go anywhere after dinner -- play with friends or family at the library.


Reasons to stay here

Spend less here on rooms than you would at 98% of other accommodations in the city.
Travelers keen on cleanliness will enjoy staying here, where cleanliness scores higher than 93% of other options in the city.
This accommodation beats more than 96% of competition in the city on room comfort.

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Amenities and facilities

Excellent
Facilities

8.6

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

7 mentions

Swimming Pool

2 mentions

View

2 mentions

Breakfast

1 mention

Languages spoken
  • English
Outdoor
  • Bicycles
  • Waterfront
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • On-site entertainment
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis court
  • Tours
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • BBQ facilities
Services and conveniences
  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Heating in public area
  • Ironing service
  • Laundromat
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Smoking area
For the kids
  • Family room
  • Playground
Land sports
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
Access
  • Exterior corridor
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Smoke alarms
Getting around
  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Shuttle service
  • Taxi service
Sports equipment rental
  • Bicycle rental
Available in all rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary tea
  • Desk
  • Electric blanket
  • Free bottled water
  • Free instant coffee
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access – wireless
  • Ironing facilities
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower
  • Smoke detector
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Wi-Fi [free]

Location

1 Bayview Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 0200
Exceptional
Location

9.4

Property policies

Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 2 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-in until20:00
  • Check-out from08:00
  • Check-out until10:00
  • Reception open until20:00
Getting around
  • Airport transfer fee30 NZD
  • Distance from city center0.5 Km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)20
Extras
  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 NZD
The property
  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYES
  • Number of rooms 25
  • Most recent renovation2012

Reviews of Breakwater Motel from real guests

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8.8
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10
Cleanliness9.2
Facilities8.6
Location9.4
Room comfort and quality9.2
Service8.8
Value for money8.4
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8-9 Excellent (15)
7-8 Very Good (11)
6-7 Good (2)
<6 Below Expectation (4)
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9.0
Exceptional
Natasha from United Kingdom
Couple
Garden Suite
Stayed 2 nights in December 2013

Quiet and comfortable, minutes from the beach”

large room, great location, clean and tidy

Our first stop on our North Island tour was the Bay of Islands, and the staff at Breakwater Motel really helped our holiday get off to a fantastic start. When we checked in, I asked about what to do around Paihia, and they helpfully gave me relevant brochures and information. After picking an activity (swimming with dolphins), they rang around and found me the best time and price from the local tours, and we were all booked for the next day! They also suggested some good places to eat. The room was very pleasant; one of the few motels that we stayed in with a bedroom separate to the kitchen/lounge, and a decently-sized bathroom. Everything was nice and clean. Parking was in a bay literally right outside the front door. The WiFi actually worked, was decently fast, and the data allocation was relatively large for New Zealand (200MB each). The location is perfect: the last motel on the Paihia strip, so very quiet, but only a few minutes' walk from the central wharf area with all the shops and restaurants. The only downside to it all was it was the most expensive place we stayed in during our entire tour, but I think that reflects the prices in Paihia generally.

Reviewed January 05, 2014

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9.3
Exceptional
Sally-Ann from Australia
Family with teens
Upper Suite
Stayed 3 nights in September 2014

Great value and comfort”

Value for money, location, self contained

My three adult children and I really enjoyed our stay in Paihia at the Breakwater. Staff were friendly, facilities were clean and comfortable. Beds were comfy and shower was good (my two deal breakers when judging any accommodation :)Being self contained meant we could make our own meals if we wanted to which help contain costs and allowed us more time to relax. The units have been recently renovated. The only negative I found was the design and placement of the microwave shelf which was too high above the bench and awkwardly positioned making it difficult to reach safely. Location close to the town centre and to sites of interest such as the Waitangi Treaty ground were a plus.

Reviewed October 07, 2014

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7.7
Very good
Premal from India
Family with young children
Suite
Stayed 3 nights in December 2013

Great location, ocean view room”

The room was a mini studio apartment with full kitchen and living facilities. would have easily slept 6. hotel staff was very helpful.

we had a relaxing stay at the motel. room was fully equipped with cooking and living amenities. the one small niggle was that while free internet was advertised, we were issued with 4 vouchers, each for 200MB of data usage, to cover our 4-day stay. woefully inadequate for a family of 3 with 5 internet connected devices. data rationing was in place. on the other hand, the hotel was a very, very short walk away from the Paihia waterfront, where we took long walks and enjoyed the bay area in the evening and early part of the night. restaurants and shopping were 5-10 minutes away. Paihia is a very small place.

Reviewed December 20, 2013

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9.3
Exceptional
George from United States
Couple
Waterfront Suite
Stayed 2 nights in December 2013

Great place to stay and explore Bay of Islands”

Quiet, clean and centrally located

Very nice. Wished we had planned a longer stay. Need at least a week to explore Bay of Islands, and the wineries there. Sports fishing is also good here. Whole day boat cruise is also available to explore the area. The weather is great - outdoor air condition, cannot ask for more. We planned to be back soon!

Reviewed December 23, 2013

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10.0
Exceptional
Sara from United States
Couple
Waterfront Suite
Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

Exceptional”

We wish we could have stayed longer! The Breakwater had everything we needed in the perfect location.

Reviewed March 26, 2018

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8.7
Excellent
Zhuoshi from China
Family with teens
Suite
Stayed 2 nights in December 2013

Good stay”

location, good size room, newly renovated

My parents and I had a great day in Paihia and this hotel has a great location and very cozy feeling. Nicely renovated, friendly staff

Reviewed March 07, 2014

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9.3
Exceptional
Ron from Australia
Couple
Garden Studio Suite
Stayed 2 nights in August 2014

GOTTA GO”

staff friendliness, location and views

We had a great 2 days and would highly recommend to anyone planning to visit Paihia.

Reviewed September 11, 2014

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10.0
Exceptional
Rachel from Singapore
Couple
Deluxe Suite with Sea View - Water Front
Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

Lovely warm welcome by the receptionist. Excellent allround accomadation. ”

Our sea view room was spacious, clean and full of little details which made our stay special. The staff were really lovely and made us feel welcome even though we arrived just before the reception closed at 7pm. They even give us a little carton of fresh milk in the fridge! The location is very close to the wharf and all of the local eateries and tourist points of interest. We only stayed for 2 nights. I wish it was longer!

Reviewed February 26, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Leah from Australia
Couple
Waterfront Suite
Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

Really nice!”

Had a wonderful view of the bay, and a really great location. Very enjoyable stay.

Reviewed December 31, 2016

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8.0
Excellent
David from New Zealand
Couple
Waterfront Suite
Stayed 3 nights in January 2017

Convenient but not great motel”

Perfectly sited. Great view from tiny balcony. Water (in handbasin, toilet and kitchen a slight problem. No breakfast served and stove top doesn't fit kitchen pots and pans. Otherwise, good quality motel.

Reviewed January 14, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Astrid from Australia
Couple
Garden Studio Suite
Stayed 1 night in August 2013

NICE CLEAN PLACE TO STAY”

soft bed,location,good coffee

very clean motel, great location and friendly staff.

Reviewed August 10, 2013

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7.7
Very good
ROBERT from Australia
Couple
Garden Suite
Stayed 1 night in December 2013

Very rude staff”

Room, location, cleanliness

Agoda provided incorrect information to motel. Receptionist was confused about our booking and very impatient and rude.

Reviewed December 29, 2013

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10.0
Exceptional
Xuejing from China
Couple
Waterfront Suite
Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

Nice location”

good location, nice seaview, good service

The location of hotel is very good, it is close to the town centre. it has nice sea view. it has free wifi.

Reviewed May 04, 2015

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8.0
Excellent
Christine from New Zealand
Couple
Garden Studio Suite
Stayed 2 nights in October 2012

Clean, quiet and comfortable”

Friendly owners.

We stayed here for the long weekend,it was a lovely place to stay,the owners go out of their way to help out and make sure everything is as it should be,it is off a side street so it was up the back and well back from any street noise.The unit itself was clean tidy,and comfortable although next time we will try the seaview side ones which looked like they had an amazing views.I would thoroughly recommend this place when travelling to Paihai.We went to the food festival which was just great so shall return next year.

Reviewed October 26, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
Caitlin from United States
Couple
Garden Studio Suite
Stayed 4 nights in April 2014

Perfect!”

Affordable, full kitchen, clean

We loved staying here! The staff was so nice, the room was big and clean and modern and there was a fully equipped kitchen! Just across the street from the water. Beautiful!

Reviewed June 24, 2014

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4.3
Shaun from Australia
Family with young children
Waterfront Suite
Stayed 2 nights in October 2014

stay in a shoebox just not on !”

Cleanliness

We booked a Waterfront Suite which was so small you couldn't open doors properly and the bed took up the whole bedroom space! We were charged an extra $30 per night per child just to open the sofa bed in the lounge that was already part of the shoe box! To make matters worse the hotel owner was rude surly and would not let us check in earlier despite the room being ready well before. All up we paid per night breakfast NOT included to stay in a shoe box you had no space to swing a cat in and the motel offered NO FACILITIES at all. The Waterfront Suite is also located next to the very busy road which you can't see from the internet photos, so is a very noisy shoe box. I have travelled and stayed in many places before and this is truly the WORST accommodation I and my family have ever stayed in. Good riddance.

Reviewed October 30, 2014

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9.3
Exceptional
RITA from Australia
Couple
Garden Suite
Stayed 2 nights in October 2013

NOT LONG ENOUGH - FANTASTIC PLACE TO STAY :) :)”

LOCATION, ROOM COMFORT & SIZE, FRIENDLY & VERY HELPFUL STAFF. THANKYOU.

COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR ANYTHING MORE. FANTASTIC PLACE TO STAY. GREAT LOCATION. VERY COMFORTABLE AND SPACIOUS ROOMS. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Reviewed October 27, 2013

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9.7
Exceptional
Lucy from New Zealand
Business traveler
Garden Studio Suite
Stayed 1 night in August 2012

Nice clean big rooms and great service”

very clean big rooms

I would stay here again. Big rooms great service and within walking distance to the supermarkets, waitangi and restaurants and bars in Pahia

Reviewed August 17, 2012

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9.0
Exceptional
Jennifer from Australia
Couple
Garden Suite
Stayed 3 nights in October 2013

Quiet, clean & comfortable accommodation”

Quiet, clean & comfortable

Great spot as a stepping stone to travel to other points of interest, very friendly & accommodating staff

Reviewed October 30, 2013

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10.0
Exceptional
Alison from United Kingdom
Couple
Upper Suite
Stayed 2 nights in April 2017

Exceptional”

BEAUTIFUL LOCATION ,FRIENDLY WARM,WELCOMING HOSTS,IMMACULATE ,WARM,COMFORTABLE AND WELL EQUIPPED ROOMS-WOULD HIGHLYRECCOMMEND.

Reviewed May 12, 2017

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