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Darfield Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Darfield
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, Canada
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36 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great place to stop!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

We stopped here after a long drive from Te Anau. We got a friendly welcome at reception and were given a clean, bright, and comfortable room for the night. Our one negative comment is that the fan in the bathroom is completely inadequate. One steps out of the shower into a room completely foggy and steamed up. In fact, this is a common complaint in many motels I think.
Except for a hotel/pub, this is the only motel in town I think, and the owners do a great job of hosting travellers. I would point out that it is a small town and things seem to shut down early, so getting groceries or a meal or petrol out of normal working hours might be problematic.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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North Shore City, New Zealand
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48 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

We stayed here on New Years Eve, as we had a wedding to go to nearby. We were basically just after somewhere close to the wedding to stay the night – but we were pleasantly surprised with this motel.

The room was new, spacious and very nice – from the large screen TV on the wall, modern fittings including a deep spa bath, this was the perfect room. The bed was very comfortable and we both had a good nights sleep. The owner was very friendly and said as it was New Years we could have a sleep in! (check out is usually 10am)

We wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again if we are in the area!

Room Tip: ask for the new room down from the offoce!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Barry H, Owner at Darfield Motel, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We really love to hear how we are going, and it is really good to know you enjoyed your stay. We welcome you back anytime.
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Beaconsfield, England, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

This was recommended by a friend and what a great Motel this place is. Not a lot of money at all, but fantastic service. Good sized room - we even had our own BBQ! Much better than some of the hotels we stayed at at more than half the price!

WiFi worked well - they have a generous free allowance. The restaurant across the road looked awesome - shame we didn't get the chance to dine there (thanks jet lag!)

Will be back for sure :o)

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

My wife was suffering the stresses of putting up with Teenage drama and so I decided to take her away for a night and pamper her and have her relax and enjoy the peace. Motel Management were a lovely couple and awesome hosts. Nest time my wife is looking for a break we will be back for sure.

Room Tip: Watch out for half filled spa bath or you might get sprayed in the face with a jet of water, as was...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Timothy G
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Barry H, Owner at Darfield Motel, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
I am glad you had a relaxing weekend break. Thank you so much for your kind comments, really appreciate it.
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Cromwell, New Zealand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

I have stayed on a number of occasions and I can't fault the place. Rooms are always well keep and modern with everything you need . Janine and Barry are always happy to help with any of your needs and with a smile to boot. Thanks guys, see you next time.

Mike
Cromwell, NZ

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mike B
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

We found the motel to be an very good choice. Having crossed Arthur's pass we found the town of Darfield and this motel. The facilities were all there with a fully equipped kitchen, large bed plus a good size shower.
The on site laundry was well equipped with washing machines and dryers. With ample off road parking. It was close to Christchurch only about 30 mins away with a lot of other small and interesting towns around. We found it to be and ideal hub to explore the area. The management were polite and very helpful. I would say it would be a good choice for all.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Union Bridge, Maryland
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62 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

We were walk-ups, but had picked the place from the AA book. Friendly hosts. Had a very nice king room, Room was in a newer building with full kitchen. The place had one of those new style tub/shower with only half glass door and was a little hard to keep water off of floor.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Darfield Motel
Address: 23 South Terrace | Main Road, SH 73, Darfield 7510, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Darfield
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Darfield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Darfield Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Darfield Motels is a 13 unit Country Motel just 30 minutes from Christchurch. We offer a good range of rooms including our very popular "Cottage" which is like a home away from home. This is a 3-Bedroom unit with a large living area and big Kitchen. It has a large fridge/freezer with ice maker, full oven and 50' television. We have four 2-Bedroom units including two family units, Lodge and a two bedroom wheelchair access unit. These all have cooking facilities and are extremely comfortable units. Along with our six Studio units we also offer two Luxury units just recently built. One is a spa bath unit which is very popular for that romantic weekend away, while the other is our second access unit. At Darfield motels we offer free internet/wifi, free parking, free DVDs,free laundry facilities and we also have six sky channels in the rooms. Darfield is a close drive to many ski fields, air ballooning,fishing and golf courses. The town has two excellent restaurants along with a fabulous bakery. A great option if you are flying into Christchurch and wish to avoid the city we are just 25 minutes from the airport. Darfield Motels is a Four star Qualmark rated motel. ... more   less 
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