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City Centre Motel
Ranked #26 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Stayed one night in this comfortable motel. Tiniest reception ever but great welcome!!
Spacious studio with microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster, you can ask for hob!!
Clean and comfortable.
Tina great hostess as was girl on reception, very helpful.
Within easy walking distance of centre.
Were given full info on fenced area around centre. So sad.
There are several restaurants nearby but we chose one within walking distance.......Speights Ale house which is part of Bealeys Hotel.

Was a Thursday night and the place was so busy........waited 15 minutes for a table then 45 minutes for food. Pretty average when it eventually arrived.
Drinks pricey too!!
8 NZDollars for a beer.

Motel good value.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

This is a great small motel that offers more than just a place to stay - great service! My room was on the ground floor and looked at the car park, but I didn't have any noise problems. The room itself was a studio and was nicely turned out with a small kitchenette, sofa, and table to eat at. The bed was comfortable and pillows fantastic (fluffy and firm at the same time!). The show isn't enclosed in a tub (shower curtain only) which I didn't mind, but some might. Downtown Christchurch is fenced off, and Tina took time to mark on the city map where I could and couldn't go, including a small shopping area that I would not have know about! She also arranged a shuttle for me to the train for my Transalpine day trip. This was the last part of my trip to New Zealand and couldn't be more happy that I chose City Centre.

Room Tip: All rooms have chairs and table outside, but if you want something not looking at the car park, you...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

I was very impressed with this motel. My telephone booking was handled in a friendly and competent manner, first off, and I felt the price offered was fair considering that some Christchurch accommodation is very expensive right now. I really enjoyed staying here; you feel connected to the city but it's very quiet and peaceful and I felt safe. Tina is a very good host, knowledgeable and empathetic (she changed my room from a downstairs unit to an upstairs one) when I asked.

The room had all my favourite things, including a huge and extremely comfortable bed, nice squishy flat pillows, an excellent shower and room to move around. Sometimes studio rooms are described as 'compact' which means that you can hardly move without falling over something, but this was nice and roomy, with a little balcony looking out across an enormous old Oak tree.

This is my new favourite Christchurch motel and I would only stay here again when I'm next in town.

My only criticism is that the compendiums badly need updating. Specifically in terms of dining options, as most of the restaurants featured are not there anymore. I wanted to find somewhere that would deliver food one night and struggled to find anything. Settled for Spagalimi's Pizza which was OK but not perfect. You need to get some menus from local places that are still open; there are plenty! Oh, and shower caps would be great too......

Room Tip: I stayed in #10; a large studio room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Tina will go out of her way to make your stay enjoyable. Hotel is about as close as you can get to city centre-just a short walk to the gardens and museum

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

It is a converted convent. It is a bit outdated but spotless with large quiet rooms and a kitchenette. Reception was the key to enjoying this area after what it has been through. Tina was amazing and helped us with all of our needs and local info in regards to restaurants, attractions and of course the walk around the CBD and the history of before and after the earthquake. We took the walk around the whole CBD and entered the "container shopping district".

There is so much work to do in Christchurch. The devastation is enormous.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range: ₹ 5,523 - ₹ 8,711 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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