We can only choose our motels from what others tell us about them. This is why we chose Champers Motor Lodge and why I have put off rating it. I feel as though we were staying in a different motel to the other reviewers and I can only assume that there is a huge variance in rooms. Like so many moteliers were on our month-long trip around New Zealand, the lady manager here was indeed very welcoming and they were happy to advise us where to head for lunch etc. This motel is a long way out of town - in fact it is the very last motel in a long road strewn with others. This is a great advantage to a large part of its clientele - the truckers who park their rigs easily along this road and around the corner as well as people like electricity linesmen etc, all of whom leave fairly early but did not disturb us unduly. The unit we had was old. There is no way around that, despite the motel itself looking quite modern. The addition of two tub chairs was lovely however. The kitchen consisted of an open bench with barely any cupboards or drawers under it and the bathroom was small (toilet, shower, sink) and run down. The bedroom area had a cupboard without a door so the view of the ironing board from the bed was not fantastic. So much could have been done here with a coat of paint, some new soft furnishings and some decent sheets which were cheap, old and in desperate need of replacement. The worst feature of all was that we were in an unseasonably hot spell and the room was like an oven. For some unfathomable reason the door is metal and was so hot it could not be touched from the inside of the room! There was no air conditioning, no ceiling or electric fans and the tiny windows were only able to be opened a crack. Everyone was sitting out the front of their units to try to be cool but ours faced into the sun so that was impossible. This is not acceptable anymore. Would I stay there again? Probably not because Gisborne has lots of motels, most of them equally old I grant you, but most much closer to this lovely town.
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