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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia 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
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia 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...

Thank 67TravelBug67
Feilding, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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
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

1Thank William H
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...

Taranaki Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Great location. Excellent service from Lindsay providing the shuttle van on our arrival and departure from the airport which was greatfully appreciated as my husband has hip and knee problems. I did however expect to walk out of the airport and find a shuttle van sign written with the Motel on it. Lindsay's was difficult to find supporting only bumper...

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

It was lovely to have you both staying with us Marlene and it was our pleasure to provide transport for you in order to make your stay easier. Regards, Rose

Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Amazing host, Rose! She is so hospitable and helpful. Everything needed was in the motel and is a easy drive there. Although the motel looks older but it is definitely clean and well equipped! Nothing much for me to say because it meets my criteria as i don't stay in the motel to slack but i am always out and...

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

Thanks for the lovely review, Norman! I really enjoyed chatting to you; meeting different people from all over the world, each with their own story to tell, is what makes our job here really rewarding. I'm please you loved NZ so much, come back again in the future - there's so much more to see and do! Regards, Rose

Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed my two night stay here at The Garden City Motel. Felt like a home away from home as I was looked after very well. Was put into a small room understandably as I was on my own. But then was offered a bigger and more spacious room with a Kitchenette which was useful in the evenings. Would definitely stay...

1Thank MarshallRowe
gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thanks Marshall! We loved you staying here and were more than happy to give you a complimentary upgrade into a bigger unit. You were a lovely guest to accommodate and we hope you'll choose us next time you are looking for a place to stay. Kind regards, Rose

Wanganui New Zealand
Reviewed 23 June 2016

We had to make a surprise visit to Christchurch. Not realising at the time, but we found the best place was Garden City Motel; and we had stayed there 10yrs ago. Yes the owners had changed but the service and location were as good as, if not better than they were back ten years. We have just spent time overseas...

1Thank Dilance
gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Wow, big thanks for the great review!! That's cool to think we compare so favourably on the world wide stage of accommodation! Guests really love the location, the quietness of the units and not least, the grunty heatpumps during the colder months. We appreciated you staying here again; Lindsay particularly enjoyed your chats. Thanks again and see you in ten...

Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We only had a short stay but wish it could have been longer. Our hosts Lindsay and Rose were so friendly and welcoming, and a mine of local information. Accommodation clean, spacious and well-equipped, perfect for relaxing. Can't really fault it.

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

Thanks so much for the review - greatly appreciated! We're pleased you enjoyed your stay here so much, we certainly enjoyed having you and would love to see you again should you ever return. Take care and warmest regards, Rose.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Breakfast
  • 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: £64 - £97 (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
#26 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
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“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
“The upstairs rooms are really nice to sit outside in the afternoon sun”
 of 5 bubbles KiwiCouple12, 8 Nov 2015 | Read review
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