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Arena Motel
Ranked #36 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington
Level Contributor
62 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“What a lovely place to stay”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

These guys were super helpful & friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were clean, and comfortable.
We booked here because it was close to the Railway Station and we were doing the TranzAlpine Train ride over the weekend.
We arrived early on the Friday so that we could spend a day in Christchurch and Dale was very helpful with ideas of what we could do with our day - And we pretty much followed her plan to the letter. We even ended up at the Addington Trots on Friday night because, even though it wasn't advertised, there was racing on. But Dale knew it was on and told us so off we went.
The free shuttle to & from the Railway Station was awesome (even thought it wasn't a huge walk).
And on the Sunday night when we returned (completely exhausted after an awesome trip on the train) our rooms were snuggly warm.
Even the shuttle back to the Airport on Monday was cheaper than what we could organise!!
Would thoroughly recommend this place - only slight niggle was a little bit of road noise (but not enough to keep these tired bunnies awake!!!

Room Tip: The breakfast was excellent. The Addington Coffee co-op around the corner is amazing. Dale was ama...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2013

This motel could not be more convenient to the CBS Arena etc It is a five minute walk up Jack Hinton Drive.

But even more importantly, it is clean, comfortable, has fast free Wifi, and the staff and manager are amazingly obliging and friendly.

The in-room folder has loads of useful info, especially for places to eat.

Also there is a range of breakfast options to suit everyone.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Millers Flat, null, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2013

If you like lukewarm showers, unfriendly and downright unhelpful 'service' then why not choose the Arena Motel in Addington. The perfect unhomely experience. At first WE were to blame for the shower being tepid - obviously we weren't following instructions. The blame was, after inspection, shifted to the previous tenant who should have informed the owner the shower was, indeed, lukewarm. When it was discovered the shower in the next room was also tepid, the plumber arrived to shift the blame on the ground water which was, apparently, too cold for the system to heat effectively in the current settings. However, this was obviously not a comfortable situation (implying, as it did, the settings might be increased and thus hot water generated) because the owner's wife was then called upon to shift the blame firmly back upon us. After first arguing that the water was, despite our protestations, in fact hot, she then decided a more aggressive approach was required. Initially she went for the "it's dangerous having hot water in a shower" to once again shifting the blame to us for "running the hot water out". This despite the fact the system heated the water as it flowed... Anyway, in the meantime we discovered EVERYONE staying in the motel had the same tepid water. As we handed back our key we reiterated they might like to fix the showers if they wanted repeat business. And all we got was a gruff "off you go". So remember that name - Arena Motel in Addington!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2013

Stayed on the night we came into Christchurch. Staff was very helpful, showing us where to eat. Quite a good location with the Christchurch Tranzalpine Train station just 10 minutes walk away. Number places around the motel where you can have your breakfast or dinner. Best of all, it has free wi-fi, as compared to other hotel who charges you for it when you are paying hundred per night. In fact, we made the decision to go back there to stay for the night instead of other places when we have to catch a morning flight home.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Katikati, New Zealand
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39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2013

We arrived from the Tranz Alpine train trip. We chose to walk the 5 minutes from train station, had the option of a free pickup when we booked if wanted.
Motel was clean well kept and staff were friendly and helpful suggesting restaurants nearby shops and bus routes.
Overall a good comfortable stay, not too much traffic noise at night,
Would recommend this motel and would use it again if in ChCh.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hills50
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Ohio
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Very practical location. Free WiFi, coin laundry, sparkling clean bathroom. Hosts are helpful and friendly (as are all their countrypeople) and just like their close competitors, offer rides to and from the scenic train. We stayed three nights and furnishings are a bit shy of comfortable, and it is time to clean the carpet and bedspreads. Actually expected more per the Trip Advisor ratings. Can walk to many places.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Doncaster East, Australia
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204 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2013

Not right in the main part of the city but close enough to get to most places around Christchurch. Staff very helpful and friendly and gave us plenty of options to explore in and around Christchurch. We had a spacious room which was clean and well kept. There are restaurants and shops within walking distance of the motel. A good location if you are heading south on your trip as the main road is very close by.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Arena Motel
Address: 30 Whiteleigh Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Christchurch
#23 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
#25 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Arena Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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