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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

We were disappointed that we did not have any hot water for showering. We were also concerned that the cooking pans needed some attention as the handles were loose. Attention to detail was lacking. However, the location is extremely good, easy walk to restaurants and bars.

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Maribyrnong, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent motel/apartment. Overlooking the water from upstairs was very relaxing. The apartment was very comfortable and the staff very friendly. The only negative was the very poor shower (very low water pressure).

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Thank riedlnf
New Zealand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely reasonably priced accommodation on the waterfront. Handy to town,walking distance to restaurants and cafes. Wonderfully cute village with amazing cottages and gardens,a delight to walk thru. Lots to do on the water......dolphins, sea birds, and boat trips. Very relaxing ,or energetic, whatever you choose. !!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our time at Akaroa Waterfront Motels. The staff were really lovely, the rooms nicely decorated and well laid out and the location couldn't be better! The motel is right on the waters edge only a 2 min walk to the supermarket, shops and restaurants. We had a lovely 2 nights there but wished we had longer! The town...

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Thank Brooke Z
Ra'anana, Israel
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Firstly - Akaroa is a must !!! A splendid location to enjoy two whole days and nights ( at least ). The town itself so peaceful, the whole touristic drive up on the mountains and the East side hats - fantastic ! The harbour itself....what can I say... And the motel..... Situated on ( literally on !) the shore... What...

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Thank RON L
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed for one night. Basic motel room, very clean and a nice decor. Very handy to restaurants, beach walks and shopping. A lovely view over the water. We will go there again soon. Alarms is a must destination.

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Reviewed 17 September 2016

Basic motel accommodation right on waterfront. All amenities good and working. Needs a little TLC to capitalise on position. Payment required in advance? As for Akaroa its a very special place. With its French heritage quant streets nestled on a quite bay surrounded by hills it offers peace and harmony or adventurous walks. Don't be fooled by the drive in...

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AkaroaWaterfrontM, Manager at Akaroa Waterfront Motels, responded to this review

Thanks for the Review, each and every room is constantly being updated and we have a painter/plasterer onsite as we speak. The Motel is improving on a daily basis and watch this space, as it will keep getting better! We have updated many of the beds with more arriving next week and wall linings, kitchens and furniture are being upgraded...

Christchurch
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My work mate and I stayed at Akaroa Water Front Motels for just one night, would love to have stayed longer. The unit was clean and fresh and the beds were to die for. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There was an outdoor Pool table, Giant Chess Set and heaps of fun sports gear made available to guests....

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AkaroaWaterfrontM, Manager at Akaroa Waterfront Motels, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We are happy you noticed all the extra effort we put in the motel grounds, ie: pool table, giant chess...We would love to welcome you again soon. Kind regards. Akaroa Waterfront Motels team

Reviewed 13 September 2016

We stayed in one of the 3 bedroom units for one night - 3 adults and 2 x children. The room was well appointed and spacious, with a great view of the harbor from the dining room window. It would be great if they made the main window floor to ceiling to make the most of the amazing view! The...

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AkaroaWaterfrontM, Manager at Akaroa Waterfront Motels, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comments. The 2 bedroom units and 3 bedroom units are well suitable for families, and as you mentioned there is no main road nearby and nice area for kids to play safely. We are happy to see you like the view out from the 3 bedroom unit and we keep in mind the suggestion regarding...

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 August 2016

8 of us visited Akaroa for the night. We had 2 studio units and one 2 bedroom unit. No complaints from anyone. Very comfortable beds and rooms with space to spare. Weather was a miserable Saturday but Sunday dawned clear and sunny. Several of us had crepes for breakfast from the cute little crepe caravan.

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AkaroaWaterfrontM, Manager at Akaroa Waterfront Motels, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us, and you like the comfortable beds, we have been updating several of them since we took over. As the Sunday morning crepes treat, it is a bit of France we like to share and it might even become a daily one over the summer season. So...

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Spa
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Spa
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Paid Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the beautiful, historic French village of Akaroa, just 1.5H from Christchurch. With 24 refurbished units to choose from featuring studio,1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, you can enjoy affordable comfort with the waterfront right at your doorstep. With most units offering views of the water, spacious living and well-equipped kitchens you have everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. We are only a minutes stroll to the art and craft shops, restaurants, cafes and other attractions Akaroa has to offer. You could also relax in our private hot tropical spa pool. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Akaroa Waterfront Motels

Address: 56 - 64 Rue Jolie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Price Range: $153 - $236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Akaroa Waterfront Motels 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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Akaroa Waterfront Hotel Akaroa
Driftwood Hotel Akaroa
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“Upstairs or downstairs,but waterfront down stairs has grass area between patio and sea to sit out on and enjoy views and sun”
 of 5 bubbles Judenewzealand, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for ground floor sea view room, kitchenette. We did not know it was multi story.”
 of 5 bubbles goodmorningstarshino, 17 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Rooms at the end of the block would have an awesome sea view.”
 of 5 bubbles KarenA8665ZX, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room number 2 is the upstairs 3 bedroom unit.”
 of 5 bubbles 940nicholass, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are fine.”
 of 5 bubbles KarinC586, 28 Aug 2016 | Read review
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