Unaware of the full and ongoing extent of the earthquakes earlier in the year on the city, and specifically on the (lack of) availability of hotel rooms in Christchurch, we had left our accommodation booking for a transit night very late. Upon discovering just how scarce rooms are we felt very lucky to secure one at this motel at a reasonable price and in a convenient location between the airport and city. We were then very pleasantly surprised to find this is a real gem. Tina, the host/owner, was very welcoming and helpful. The room was extremely spacious, spotlessly clean and comfortable and very well equipped with self catering facilities for a longer stay. We particularly appreciated the quiet of the room, with balcony doors at the rear opening onto a small garden area. As one who finds the lack of hotel room ventilation a constant issue, the 3 or 4 small, high up opening windows in our room were perfect, allowing fresh air and cross ventilation, while maintaining security and privacy. The only negative was the extremely noisy extraction fan in the bathroom which continued for some time after the light had been turned off. I’m sure this is an isolated fault in this unit that will be readily fixed. The $10/head airport shuttle (at 4am!) recommended by the motel was punctual, friendly and efficient. The free in-room Wi-fi is a nice touch, appreciated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of the Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Award for 2011 and 2012, this much sought after central city motel offers quiet comfort and yet is only 400metres to some of the city's best restaurants and bars. Winner of the Summer 2009 Garden Awards for Hotel/Motels, the City Centre Motel is a peaceful haven in the heart of our glorious Garden City. All apartments are set well back from the road and we offer free WiFi and lots of free off street parking. ... more less
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