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540 on Great South Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Otahuhu
Melbourne, Australia
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“Easy to recommend”
Reviewed 9 November 2011

For us, the 540 motel is well located: on the southern side of Auckland about halfway between the airport and the city - 15 mins from each both by car. This is a suburban precinct and therefore not a tourist area, We were heading south to Rotarua the next morning so it suited us.
Ron is a delightful host and he runs a good establishment. The rooms are on the small side but modern and very clean. Unlike most motels, the rooms are all within the main building which you enter through reception.
Our room was quiet and comfortable - and represented good value at $115 inc. a light breakfast.
If you are in transit - or need a ood standard base on the southern side of Auckland, we can recommend the 540.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this review, 28 November 2011
Your review is most welcome. We appreciate your comments and recommendation to others to use our Motel. We do have a couple of rooms that may be smaller than average, whereby the room allocation can sometimes be restricted due to house occupancy. On average our rooms are larger than other sites.
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

I expect this happens a lot. People travel New Zealand on a daily budget, are blown away with the experience of some very valuable and quirky B&Bs and then head on to Auckland expecting to get a very similar experience for a similar price. Unfortunately, Auckland seems to be twice or three times as expensive as almost anywhere else in New Zealand, and so, when you do stick to a daily budget, your senses from B&Bs previous are somewhat quashed when you arrive.

Not to say that the 540 on Great South is a bad place. The room we had was fine and served it's purpose - which was a place to lay our heads after the nail biting euphoria of an Eden Park classic. The room was clean with an ensuite and plasma TV. The hosts were friendly enough and we had no problem with the shuttle service (which, incidentally saved us a few bucks as taxis are hideously expensive in Auckland).

But, when you have been used to rooms with spectacular views coupled with outstanding deeply personal customer service, it seems a little unjust to give 540 on Great South anything more than 3 stars. Everything has a rank order I suppose.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this review, 28 November 2011
Thank you for your review. Views in Auckland are very minimal, as it is within a city. We make no secret as to our vicinity. Comparing a Motel to B&B's is a little unjust as the difference is chalk and cheese. We interact with our guests as much as possible and provide services that are not commonly available at other locations.Our pricing is fair and in most cases less then the average room rate of equal establishments.
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

We were 21 people from Habitat for Humanity,we stay for 11 nights. Manager Ron went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable,excellent experience i would stay again and again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this review, 25 September 2011
Thank you for your review. We do what we do because we want to, and this is valued by guests like yourself.
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

Managers Ron and Muriel Smythe spared no effort in making our group of Habitat for Humanity volunteers welcome and comfortable at the 540 on Great South motel. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this review, 25 September 2011
It was a pleasure to have Habitat for Humanity stay with us as we know it was for you to stay here.
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

As a frequent traveler I have had more than my share of disappointments when transiting Auckland airport. The '540' is an amazing change to that. Very reasonably priced, clean, modern, and about 15-20 minutes from the airport.
What works? Price - Good value for $. Location - Easy airport transfers, Close to shops so you can walk 2-3 blocks and be in a little Asian District (food is ok - but the roast duck/chicken at the Chinese take away shop is fantastic * you can sit inside they have 4-5 tables), Parking is perfect - No hassle and rental car company I used was happy to pick up and deliver there to save airport surcharge, People - absolutely amazingly friendly, Wifi - free for 24 hours with a down load limit (ok if you are doing mail, skype), Safe - across the street from 8 story police headquarters so lots of under cover cops staying there for training. And best of all it is quiet, clean, and modern with very nice shower, bath, and kitchenette. Non smoking. They happily moved me to larger room when I asked.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Dunedin, NZ
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

After falling ill on a trip through Auckland, I had to find accomodation close to Middlemore Hospital. Thanks goodness I was pointed towards this wonderful motel. Our "family sized" unit had been recently and tastefully updated, and had plenty of space for the four of us. It was spotlessly clean, comfortable and quiet, although fronting on to a busy street. The kitchen area was small but well stocked with a frig, jug, toaster and microwave, as well as dishes, cutlery and glassware. Our unit had two televisions, and reasonably priced wireless internet. There was a queen bed in a separate bedroom, with a single bed and a sofa bed in the main room. The manager was extremely helpful, providing ice and a wheat bag, and even a converter plug for a foreign laptop. To top it off, we were given a complimentary ride to the airport the next day.

I can't say enough about how great this place is. It isn't the closest place to Auckland Airport, but worth the extra 15 minutes to get there.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this review, 12 May 2011
Thank you for your kind review. Your comments indeed give us joy and continues to strengthen our passion for the hospitality industry.
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

We stayed here between motorcamping in New Zealand and visiting the Cook islands. It was very convenient for the airport and for travel into the city - the train is fast, cheap and convenient. The staff were extremely helpful, going out of their way to help us with transfers. The room was clean and comfortable with everything that you could need. We really liked the area the motel is in - lots to do locally and easy to go to Otara market. brilliant - thank you.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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540gsr, Manager at 540 on Great South Motel, responded to this review, 25 May 2011
The review is appreciated by the staff of this Motel. They do enjoy receiving the feedback from guests.
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Property: 540 on Great South Motel
Address: 540 Great South Road | (Cnr of Alexander Street), Otahuhu 1062, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Otahuhu
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Otahuhu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — 540 on Great South Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
540 on Great South Motel Located in the heart of Otahuhu only a moment’s walk from cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. We are located just off the southern motorway and very close to the Grange & Auckland Golf Courses, Kings & Otahuhu Colleges, Rainbow’s End, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland International Airport, Sylvia Park shopping centre. Close proximity to Mt Smart Stadium, Manukau Vodafone Events Centre and Elleslie Racecourse. Business or leisure 540 on Great South is your perfect accommodation choice. Our 4 star plus boutique Motel offers a range of excellent accommodation options. ... more   less 
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