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“Lovely Stay - Fantastic Hosts” 5 of 5 bubbles
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City Centre Motel
Ranked #26 of 148 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Needingworth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lovely Stay - Fantastic Hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

We stayed here in August 2011, we arrived from the trans-alpine train and therefore had no car. Tina was fantastic, we borrowed her car to get our shopping that evening, she helped us with a map to navigate our way around which is quite tricky as lots of the roads are closed or one way! We borrowed her car again the next day and drove out to Akoroa which she recommended, fantastic place would recommend a visit there. Our room was spacious for all four of us, I really could not fault anything. Our airport shuttle for the next day was arranged by Tina as well. Lovely place to spend our last couple of days in New Zealand, we really did not appreciate how much of the city centre at the time we visited was affected by the quake, but Tina made sure it did not spoil our visit to Christchurch. Would not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

We spent 2 nights at the City Centre motel in January. Our room was a studio - small, but clean and cozy. It was nice having a sliding door to open up and get some fresh air. The location was good - it was a 10-15 minute walk to the city center and Botanical Gardens. Normally, this might seem a bit far, but since the city center itself was abandoned, this was about as close as you could get. Also, it allowed us to walk away from the city center to find restaurants to eat at in the evening.

The owner was extremely helpful. We wanted to do laundry one night, and the guest laundry had already closed. She allowed us to us the motel's laundry (in their personal quarters) - this meant multiple interruptions of her evening as i came over to switch loads to the dryer, etc. She was extremely helpful and friendly throughout this entire process!

We were shocked with how empty Christchurch seemed - the damage to the city was surreal. We did enjoy seeing the new shipping crate-built shopping area and the Gardens. Our main reason for the stop was to do a dolphin swim in Akaroa harbor which was fun. We also took the train from Christchurch to Greymouth which was one of our favorite NZ experiences! The hotel set up a free shuttle for us that picked us up at the hotel in the morning to take us to the train station - very convenient!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Karlsruhe, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

The City Centre Motel is a great accomodation. The owners and staff are very committed and customer oriented. The rooms are very clean and the motel is not effected by the recent earthquakes.
It's a 15 minute walk to the city center.
The staff provided a lot of tips and pointed out interesting places to visit in Christchurch.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sandra21xx
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

Stayed at the Motel when travelling in New Zealand during the Rugby Wiorld Cup. Had liased with Tina and Mary over several months and the service was excellent - rooms very clean and spacious - very central location and able to use internet/ laundry services with ease - so welcoming the Motel cannot be more strongly recommended!!!!! Thanks again - take care x

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Skidney_GALA
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

It was not the most ideal day to check in, nor the best time, took the keys from Mary at the reception at 3 pm and got hit by the 6.0 earthquake just as we were heading to our room. A terrible thing to happen when one is traveling with 2 little kids , but what i would rather remember of that day is the kindness and love that Tina and Mary showed towards us. They changed our booking to a ground floor room and made sure that we were comfortable and calm. The room was very well appointed and had everything one would need for a stay, we will definitely be back. Thank you so much for everything !

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Vasundhara_Awasthi
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Property: City Centre Motel
Address: 876 Colombo Street | Christchurch Centrial, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 148 Hotels in Christchurch
Price range (per night): $110 - $190
Hotel Class:3 star — City Centre Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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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