A Gisborne motel has been named as one of New Zealand’s top five hotels by people booking cost-effective holidays on a popular internet website, just months after a second online booking site named it Gisborne’s best hotel. Motel Oasis owners Hamish and Kate Deere said the motel came fourth in the Bargain Hotel (NZ) section of TripAdvisor’s 2016 Traveler Choice Awards.

In November, the motel was ranked Gisborne’s best hotel in Trivago’s Reputation Rankings, and Deere put the motel’s success down to sheer hard work.

“We work hard and we’re happy with the way it’s paying off.”

The couple has also put a lot of effort into ensuring a strong online presence.

“Strong online presence is coupled with a very high priority of ensuring guests have as much value added to their stay as we can possibly give.

“So our guests have free bicycle and scooter hire, free fast unlimited wifi, free guest laundry facilities, free DVD and Playstation game hire and more.”

The couple took over ownership of the motel about 18 months ago and have been happy with the way this summer has shaped up.

“Over that New Year period it was insane. Since then bookings have been very solid and we are now looking forward to a long and busy summer ahead.”