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71 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2012

I was in Palmerston North on business and i needed to be close to town and have WiFi Big Five Motel was the answer . The reception is helpful and the management very approachable . They gave me restaurant recommendations and advise on where to park in the city of cyclists.My unit was not the largest but had everything you... More 

Thank Gerry H
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31 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2012

We booked three rooms for our recent stay a one bedroom and two studios. The studios were extremely small. The one bedroom also small and those staying in the lounge had to go through the bedroom to use the bathroom that was ok for us being a family but if two couples were to have this unit it could pose... More 

Thank pkmathis
Horsham, Victoria
1 review
Reviewed 15 May 2012

Stayed there in February this year for almost a week with family and fellow sporting people. The rooms were first and foremost clean, tidy, modern and well cleaned throughout our stay. The parking was fine and we had a moderate sized van and never had any issues. The owners were friendly and went the extra mile on a couple of... More 

Thank Iain S
BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

Thank you, Iain, for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to hosting you and your group again in the near future. More 

Bunbury, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 February 2012

Stayed for 10 days and couldnt fault the rooms and the service we received. my first time to palmerston north and i would recommend the Big Five Motel to anyone looking for good accommodation with a homely feel also very clean and tidy. thanks for your hospitality with a friendly smile and hopefully will get back to NZ and stay... More 

1 Thank chris g
Dunedin, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 9 February 2012

Have stayed here on two occasions now and will recommend it to anyone. The rooms are well maintained, modern and spotless. Their breakfast service provides many choices and is excellent. The price is also extremely reasonable. Its location is very handy to town in a quiet neighbourhood.

Thank Jamo1990
BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

Your positive review is what we strive to achieve. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we will see you on your next visit. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2012

Spent two nights here with my family. Rooms have been recently refurbished to a very high standard. Each room has a big cat theme so not the usual dull motel experience. The owners were excellent and gave us an extra room at no extra charge to allow us to spread out a bit. Motel doesn't have any outdoor areas but... More 

Thank Moxy42
BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

It was our pleasure to host you and your family. Please visit again when you are next in the area. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2011

Travelled to Palmerston North for courses at Massey and stayed here on a number of occasions. I opted for the smallest units, and that's what I got - tiny but extremely well appointed, and yet with enough room to swing a cat. (Providing it was a reasonably small cat and didn't mind a few knocks on the head). Very pleasant... More 

Thank Ajkiwi
BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on our motel and we are glad that you have chosen to stay on more than one occasion. Feel free to ask for a larger unit if you so require and we will be happy to oblige. We look forward to hosting you in the future. More 

New Zealand
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24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2011

Very friendly host and great location as we were working at the University - just around the corner. Everything was clean and well presented, nicely decorated. The room was the smallest I have ever encountered in motel or hotel stays though, and I would not return for that reason - even if two rooms had been knocked together, it would... More 

1 Thank Bryncat
BigFiveMotel, Owner at Big Five Motel, responded to this review

We are disappointed that you did not enjoy your stay with us and hope that your next experience here is more to your satisfaction. We would have gladly given you a larger studio unit if you mentioned it when you checked in. It would not have been a hassle to transfer you to one of the other units or to... More 

Hamilton New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2011

I make frequent trips to Palmerston North and Big Five Motel is my prefered choice of a place to stay.It is not on the main road and is quiet, no boy racers, but is close to the shops, restaurants and Massey University. Jenni is always helpful with any enquiries and the units are always clean and fresh.

Thank rogandbarb
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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48 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2011

Stayed at Big Five twice now and will be back in Dec it was the best stay ever. Friendly owners and very accomodating. First time we stayed they offered to take us to the start of a marathon, and did our washing after the marathon that is service you cant beat.

1 Thank Eggy62

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Big Five Motel is situated in a quiet location off the main street of Palmerston North yet still within walking distance of most civic amenities. If you are looking for great accommodation at affordable rates with friendly service, our motel is perfect for you. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Big Five Motel

Address: 154 Park Road, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand (Formerly Settlers Motel)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Palmerston North
Price Range: $116 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Big Five Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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“We find it very quiet and were towards the back off the units down stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles LAURANIC287, 1 Sep 2014 | Read review
“the room we had was the two bedroom unit it had two bathrooms and with two girls this made life very simple.”
 of 5 bubbles Eggy62, 17 Jan 2014 | Read review
“Lower rooms are larger and many have ensuites.”
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 of 5 bubbles sureshd_12, 10 Nov 2012 | Read review
“We stayed in room 4 at back and on a corner and it was a convenient to a shared outdoor table too.”
 of 5 bubbles IainS662, 15 May 2012 | Read review
“All rooms are decorated in animal themes is hard to choose a room as they are all airy and clean with great decor”
 of 5 bubbles Eggy62, 27 Nov 2011 | Read review
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