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Sacramento, California
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed at the motel on Christmas Day. Being brand new to NZ, and with everything closed for the holiday was a bit challenging. Our hosts, Lindsay and Rose, were very accommodating in helping us make the most out of our limited options for getting out and about that day. They even forgave us for our President-elect, knowing that we...

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Nelson New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I travelled through Christchurch and spent the night at this motel twice. I chose it because it is pet friendly with some rooms designated to dog lovers, with the rule that doggie bags are needed and the dogs cannot jump on the furniture and have their bed with them. What a friendly helpful couple . Nothing was too much trouble....

Thank whatsupdoc471
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The final days of our NZ holiday were rescued thanks to Garden City Motel. Checked into our Christchurch accommodation at a different motel and were so appalled we immediately looked for another motel. Found Garden City and were extremely happy with the clean, spacious rooms, comfy beds, making for a very pleasant stay. The owner very graciously allowed us to...

Thank musgr0ves
gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review! We actively seek to ensure our guests are well looked after, so it means a lot when our kindness is appreciated. We were happy to be able to check you in early the next morning, following your departure from the neighbouring motel. We're pleased also to be instrumental in your leaving our beautiful...

Pukekohe, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I arrive and 1st thing the lady at reception tells me I paid too much for room through Expedia, that did not worry me, she asked me if I wanted an upgrade. This is where we went wrong. I thought great so said yes and she proceed to tell me it would cost $10 more which was a deal no...

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gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Hi Jonathan, we were of course, immensely disappointed to read your review of your overnight stay here, but we welcome the opportunity to offer our response. Firstly, our preference is always to offer guests a complimentary upgrade whenever we can, however this was not feasible on the night you stayed as we're now into our busy summer season. The extra...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a nice little room with everything we needed for one night, although there was no hot water for the shower (only the tap). I'm not sure if it was the way we operated it or not, but there was only one normal tap in the shower and while it was marked 'hot' we could only get cold out...

Thank Sharni P
gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Hi Sharni, thanks for your review. The shower has been fitted with what we call a "mixer" in it. These are common in NZ and produce both hot and cold water. Turning it changes the temperature. If you had advised us of the difficulty you experienced we would have been only too happy to rectify it for you immediately. That...

Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Good value for dollars spent. Motel reception was friendly and helpful suggesting places to visit and good restaurants. Our room was clean and reasonably updated. This king studio had a larger fridge, electric fry pan, microwave, coffee and tea offerings, table and chairs and sitting area with TV. A meal could be cooked in this kitchenette. The Northland Mall was...

Thank Della C
gcmotel, General Manager at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review! We loved meeting you both and enjoyed having you staying here. We hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas and wish you all the best for the coming year. Warm regards, Rose

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Stayed here recently for 1 night. Motel is located on a busy street about 10 mins walk from Northlands Mall. I stayed in room 1 which was a generous sized downstairs unit. Decor was a little dated but stay was fine. Nice little wrought iron table and chair outside unit. Host was very cheerful and friendly. Approx 15 mins off...

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gcmotel, General Manager at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and share your thoughts, we appreciate it! Have a lovely Christmas. Warm regards, Rose

Feilding, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Had an awesome stay at Garden city! I had booked a queen room as we only needed a bed for the night before we flew home. As it wasn't super busy Rose upgraded our room for free! I'm not sure what room type we were upgraded to but it was great. It was nice and clean, comfy bed. Good TV...

Thank Eva N
gcmotel, Front Office Manager at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We love to offer guests complimentary upgrades if and when we can - kindness and thoughtfulness makes the world go round! We hope you have a very happy time over the Christmas break and the New Year offers you lots of good things! Warm regards, Rose

Chiang Rai, Thailand
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The room was average but spacious. The staff was helpful and informative. This is was motel to stay before go to the airport the next day. It is about 10 to 15 minutes drive to the airport. I would recommend this motel to anyone. Free Wi-Fi, no breakfast.

Thank kiat25
gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review for us and all other readers! We hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas and wish you all the best for the coming year. Warm regards, Rose

Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We had an enjoyable stay at this.motel but some issues were a distraction. No.soap in shower and the.king bed was uneven. Staff did fix these but then said we should.have let them.know as if it was on us. I was not going to call on them late at night.The internet was not 100percent either. Overall a good stay

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gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and give us such a good rating William - much appreciated! We always encourage guests to advise us if anything hinders their comfort while staying with us, as we don't ever get the opportunity to stay in the units ourselves. The lack of soap was most definitely an oversight by our...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
GreenLeadersGold level
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Accessible rooms
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
**** WINTER SPECIALS!**** DEAL ONE - STAY 2 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE 2 FREE MOVIE TICKETS TO A MOVIE OF YOUR CHOICE AT HOYTS 6, NORTHLANDS! Click on the link in our activities page, to see what's on). DEAL TWO - DINE AT LONE STAR CAFE & BAR NORTHLANDS AND RECIEVE A FREE LOAF - FREE SHUTTLE TO AND FROM RESTAURANT! Minimum stay 1 night. (Click on the link in our activities page, to see menu). WITH OUR COMPLIMENTS - FREE SHUTTLE TO AND FROM AIRPORT - Subject to Availability (just ask!) - FREE ROOM UPGRADE - Subject to availability (just ask!) ** Join our "Loyalty Rewards" scheme to save $100 off your 10th stay!! Stay between June - August 2015 to get double credit towards your reward! (Subject to availability). Welcome to the Garden City Motel, highly recommended by recent Trip Advisor reviews for excellent customer service and fondly known as "home away from home" to our many returning guests. Garden City Motel has exceptionally spacious and sunny units which are all smoke free and serviced daily to a high standard - come and experience for yourself the many reasons why people love to stay here! Great for business or pleasure. Free Wifi, free local and national phone calls, free booking for all trips and free, well lit off street parking, two disabled units. 6 Sky channels and all other free-to-air TV channels. Laundry facilities available, free use of BBQ, outdoor seating areas. Being an environmentally conscious motel, we endeavour to use chemical free products, where possible. Sample our yummy organic fair trade coffee from Peru while you're here! Being set back from the road, the motel offers genuinely quiet units allowing for a great sleep, while the main road offers the convenience of public transport, with a city and airport bus stop only metres from the front door. Free shuttle to and from the Casino. We can also arrange transport to the airport, train station etc. Our location is great; we're situated roughly halfway between the central city and Christchurch airport (both approximately 10 minutes drive). We're close to Hoyts movie theatres, St Bedes College, Papanui gym and pool, Northlands Mall and Northwood and Merivale shopping centres, Burwood Hospital and the beach. Costas Greek Restaurant, Joe's Garage and the Lone Star Bar & restaurant are just 2 of the many eateries that surround us and we're one of the closest motels to the Papanui Workingmen's Club. Good proximity to the Antarctic Centre, Orana Park, Willowbank, Ko Tane Maori Village, Clearwater, Pegassus and Waitekere golf courses and many first class wineries. 90 Minute drive to major ski fields. Kiwi hosts, who speak fluent French and partial German. Members of the Motel Association NZ. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Garden City Motel

Address: 242 Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range: ₹ 5,462 - ₹ 8,739 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Garden City Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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#2 Green Hotel in Christchurch
#6 Family Hotel in Christchurch
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“The studio is amazing”
 of 5 bubbles whatsupdoc471, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Room 10 has a balcony; great on those long summer nights to sit out and recall what you did during the day, with a glass of wine or two.”
 of 5 bubbles Dilance, 23 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Site is on main road but set back so all rooms should be quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles jduijsters, 15 Jun 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are the same orientation.”
 of 5 bubbles kevinbB8372IY, 20 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Large disability accessible room with easy parking”
 of 5 bubbles AnthonyB942, 14 Feb 2016 | Read review
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