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Ilam Motel
Ranked #138 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Reviewed 18 July 2013

I have to stay in Christchurch regularly and usually on Riccarton Rd which has some excellent Motels. Arriving this week the only Motel not fully booked was Ilam and I soon realised why. Cold, smelly, noisy, old fashioned, sign over bath saying please do not use, two hand towells no bath towells, worn out furniture, poor decor, traffic noise. Best way to improve this property would be to demolish it !

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Such friendly and helpful management here. Very clean and excellent value. Located on Riccarton road it is very handy for bus transport into the re-emerging city centre Hagley park not far at all and the botanic gardens there are a must see in Christchurch.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

I can only repeat the above and wonder how in going to survive this place for 3 nights. Agents and travel coordinators beware. You are going to send your customers to a place that is not helping your business relationship!! The hot water pressure is so low I was forced to take lukewarm showers just to get wet enough to lather up!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

I've stayed here several times. Down to earth and homely, with 1950s furnishings, this handily located motel has all you need for a basic stay. Not affected by the earthquakes, and with friendly welcoming hosts. If you demand 5 star luxury, try somewhere else, but for basic value, I can recommend this

Room Tip: Near the road can be a bit noisy if you are a light sleeper
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Sparky81
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Reviewed 27 December 2011

Amazing owner- operator husband and wife who make you feel immediately welcome and that nothing is too much trouble. Spacious rooms with everything you need and close to shopping, restaurants, take away foods, etc and a short bus ride (bus stop beside motels) into the city. It is like stepping back to a time where you had heaps of space and you are valued as a customer. The decor is a bit dated (NOT SHABBY as stated by a previous fussy reviewer who must have been in a different Ilam Motel than us), but warm and comfortable with a full sized dining table and comfortable beds with spotless bedding. We have travelled around te world and this will be our place to stay in Christchurch. These motels are on a main road but we have never had trouble sleeping or with noise.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

This is a truly charming establishment, with one of the most hospitable owner-operator couples I've ever met. They make you feel like a guest in their own home.

Our suite (yes it was!) comprised two roomy bedrooms, large living room, separate kitchen, bathroom and toilet. The bathroom was equipped with both shower and bathtub - a relative rarity these days!

Ilam Motel has a delightful retro feel to it, which added to the pleasure of staying there. I am sure it will for you too.

Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

On arrival we received a very warm welcome from our hosts. They were aware we were going out for the evening and when we returned to our motel later that evening we found the heating had been turned on for us. This was very much appreciated especially as it was mid winter. Despite being on a very busy road we were not bothered by traffic noise at all. This will be our preferred motel in Christchurch on any future visits.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 250 Riccarton Road, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
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Kitchenette Room Service
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Ranked #138 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range: £42 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ilam Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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