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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the night here in our campervan .A pretty setting and very quiet at night.We had dinner (the best roast lamb we have ever had) and sat by the roaring open fire listening to music. It was a cold rainy night so this was the perfect place to be. There is a minimal charge for the van site and... More 

1 Thank frejeni
Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Good basic accommodation in a beautiful setting. Meals available in the pub on site, Seating around large tables in the pub/restaurant, gives it homely feeling. Friendly staff and only a short drive from the Kaikoura amenities/tourist attractions.

Thank MarieChCh2016
Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Room lacks facilities for an expensive price of $160 pn. No lcd flat screen on Wall. TV was ancient tube TV with 19-20inch screen that was so high up in the corner you get cripped neck. Room has no microwave no cutlery for coffee or food, wardrobe with only 2 coat hangers when the room sleeps up to 3 guests.... More 

2 Thank westlennox
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Disappointed is all I can say, hugely disappointed!! My husband and I have eaten once or twice here over the last 4 to 5 years and always said one day when we could afford to we would love to come stay the night, have a meal, few drinks in the bar then walk to our room! This was not to... More 

1 Thank F3928LFinfo

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Perth australia
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24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

Well if you are looking to relax in beauty here is the place to be. This place is nestled up close to mountains and the sea it is very unique magic place. Donegal house is great price, extremely comfortable place, also the breakfast is very substantial. The lunch and dinner meals are very delicious good no mucking around food, Guinness... More 

Thank Kelly D
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Nice enough rooms with a view of the mountains. Beds comfortable room spacious and clean. Ate in the restaurant, fish was good but the rest very average, a lot of grease. Could be much better. The light outside the room did not work as it was full of dead insects. Never seen that before, although not personally bothered by it.... More 

Thank Sweepdog14
Lincoln, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Stayed as part of organised coach tour. Not expecting a great deal from this hotel but the experience was even worse. When the curtains were drawn closed there were two old insect nests in the pleats of the curtains. The nest fell to the floor cascading dead insects onto the carpet and on closer inspection there were the remains of... More 

Thank IanFeb2016
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

I booked this as a last minute choice, but couldn't have been happier. It may not be the most stylish, but it was clean, comfortable and the staff were very helpful. It came with breakfast, a lovely peaceful location. I arrived late and I called ahead, was advised that the kitchen closed at 8.30 but they happily arranged a really... More 

Thank MrDarcyChihuahua
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
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32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

Peaceful, beautiful view of mountains. The place is nice, the people are really friendly and helpful, the lamb roast and Yorkshire pudding was possibly the BEST meal we have had to date in NZ. I wish I could do my review on just the food....for they do fabulous....over the top in the restaurant. The motel is quite hard yo find,... More 

1 Thank Sail l
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

A laid back motel in a laid back place, a few clicks out of town so you'll need a car to enjoy this place. It's not a B&B like trip advisor says, by the way, it's a classic motel- you pull up outside your room and the other side has access to a deck and a lawn with wonderful views... More 

Thank Phil R

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Donegal House 'The Little Irish Pub in the Country'. Steeped with history of the Boyd family who came from County Donegal, Ireland in 1865, with host Murray Boyd continuing the Irish hospitality. Offering 30 Ensuite rooms, Bar, Restaurant, Function facilities, Gardens & Lakes enjoy the warmth & humour that Donegal House is now famous for. You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the atmosphere & hospitality dispensed at this Kaikoura landmark. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Donegal House

Address: Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $122 - $157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 29
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“All rooms are on one level and have stunning views.”
 of 5 bubbles MarieChCh2016, 26 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Avoid any of the rooms”
 of 5 bubbles IanFeb2016, 15 Mar 2016 | Read review
“No wifi in private room....only in common room...and slooooooow”
 of 5 bubbles 319saill, 3 Feb 2016 | Read review
“We had a roof far from the bar. Good parking space with our boat too”
 of 5 bubbles J549LUrogerm, 25 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Ask for room away from bar if you like peace and quiet”
 of 5 bubbles sallyalex, 1 Jan 2016 | Read review
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