We spent 2 nights at the City Centre motel in January. Our room was a studio - small, but clean and cozy. It was nice having a sliding door to open up and get some fresh air. The location was good - it was a 10-15 minute walk to the city center and Botanical Gardens. Normally, this might seem a bit far, but since the city center itself was abandoned, this was about as close as you could get. Also, it allowed us to walk away from the city center to find restaurants to eat at in the evening.
The owner was extremely helpful. We wanted to do laundry one night, and the guest laundry had already closed. She allowed us to us the motel's laundry (in their personal quarters) - this meant multiple interruptions of her evening as i came over to switch loads to the dryer, etc. She was extremely helpful and friendly throughout this entire process!
We were shocked with how empty Christchurch seemed - the damage to the city was surreal. We did enjoy seeing the new shipping crate-built shopping area and the Gardens. Our main reason for the stop was to do a dolphin swim in Akaroa harbor which was fun. We also took the train from Christchurch to Greymouth which was one of our favorite NZ experiences! The hotel set up a free shuttle for us that picked us up at the hotel in the morning to take us to the train station - very convenient!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of the Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Award for 2011 and 2012, this much sought after central city motel offers quiet comfort and yet is only 400metres to some of the city's best restaurants and bars. Winner of the Summer 2009 Garden Awards for Hotel/Motels, the City Centre Motel is a peaceful haven in the heart of our glorious Garden City. All apartments are set well back from the road and we offer free WiFi and lots of free off street parking. ... more less
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