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Akaroa Criterion Motel

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stayed here 14/16 Jan 2017 and were impressed with the spacious studio room overlooking the harbour. Felicity & Murray very welcoming and book direct with the property as they give you the best rate. Walk to restaurants and all tourist sites, wifi included and all the essentials plus generous range of bathroom requirements. Recommend.

Thank sheryl m
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This room was spacious, had everything we could imagine needing including a small kitchen area, was very clean and comfortable. Located right in the middle of town, so convenient to everything. Very friendly check in and easy/quick check out.

Thank Karen S
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 11.30am and the room was ready. The reception was friendly and helpful. The room itself is spacious and well appointed with a small balcony overlooking the harbour. There is no hot plate but otherwise the kitchenette is well stocked. The room is quiet and clean. All in all it is a good experience with only two drawbacks:...

Thank RobDavisCanterbury
St Albans, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for a night as part of our honeymoon and just wish it had been for longer! The owners felicity and Murray are clearly very passionate about their business and have thought about everything! The studio was so well equipped and really tastefully decorated. Bed was so comfortable and the views were out of this...

Thank gengens
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked and came here earlier around 11am and Felicity and Murray - the owner of the motel accomodate us immediately.. The room was clean, big enough for two and we had a great view of the sea.. We check out around 11am which is late knowing that it is peak season.. Highly recommended and we'll book again.. So grateful...

Thank FallonA85
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Lyn Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your stay at our motel. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you back some time. Kind regards Felicity and Murray

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay for 3 nights over New Years. The location is perfect, you couldn't get closer to shops, beach and restaurants. The room was large, clean, well equipped and tastefully furnished with a great balcony and sea views. Owners and staff are all very friendly and welcoming too. Would definitely recommend.

Thank rachelcO8091BT
FelicityandMurray, Manager at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Rachel Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in our newly refurbished rooms and would love to welcome you back to stay. Kind regards Felicity and Murray

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Akaroa was our first stop in a month long trip around New Zealand and we couldn't have asked for a better first impression of New Zealand hospitality than what we received from Murray, the owner of Akaroa Criterion Motel. He was extremely friendly and helpful, leaving the key in the door for us as we were late arrivals due to...

Thank Spasman
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Dear Spasman, Thank you for taking time out to comment on your visit to Akaroa and especially your stay with us . We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope one day you are able to make a return visit back to the Akaroa Criterion Motels. All the very best for 2017 Regards Murray

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My teenage daughter and I stayed at The Criterion Motel in Akaroa and it was fab! The lovely woman working there was super friendly and helpful. Without any request she gave us a free upgrade to a bigger room. Our room was nice - with super comfy beds. And the view over the Peninsula and Akaroa is spectacular! NB I...

Thank Louise T
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Louise Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we are so please that you enjoyed your stay. As we are new into the hospitality industry and new to Akaroa it's pleasing to see we are on track with the refurbishments we have done and really Akaroa speaks for itself, absolute paradise no doubt about...

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing was a problem. The proprietor was very friendly as were the cleaning staff. Unit was spotless. A lovely view over the harbour. Within walking distance to everything. A great location to spend a special weekend.

Thank Val R
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Val Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are so lucky with our long term housekeepers who have such high standards. I really enjoy showing guests to their rooms especially as they have all been refurbished and always look amazing. Akaroa is a beautiful place to stay, our location is especially good being...

Bangkok, Thailand
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I and my wife were a bit surprised with the room space we got as it was quite big, bigger than any other hotels we had stayed during our NZ trip. The room, bed and bath were clean with full amenities. The staffs were nice and the check-in was quick. Although there are several restaurants and shops nearby, the hotel...

Thank bsuchai
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi bsuchai Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at our motel. We are very proud of the lovely spacious refurbished rooms we have available, and as new to this business and Akaroa we are always very interested in your feedback and ways we can make your stay more comfortable. We love the fact that we are...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Superb harbor views from most rooms at this 4 plus star plus motel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Super-king beds, private balcony. Double glazing and underfloor heating. Free WiFi each day in every room. Free car parking with ltd under cover parking also. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Akaroa Criterion Motel

Address: 75 Rue Jolie | Akaroa Banks Penninsular, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Price Range: ₹ 6,958 - ₹ 9,755 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Akaroa Criterion Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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Akaroa Criterion Hotel Christchurch
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“3 levels (ground floor would be accessible for limited mobility) if able, I would opt for the 2nd floor for the views.”
 of 5 bubbles sherylm541, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“You need to book early”
 of 5 bubbles valr399, 20 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The bottom floor is good for people with heavy suitcases-no lift Second floor is a little noisy as you can hear Movement above.”
 of 5 bubbles sandramL6258DO, 12 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Level 2 for best views”
 of 5 bubbles laMacoste, 13 May 2016 | Read review
“You will need a second floor room to get a view.”
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