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City Centre Motel
Ranked #27 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 January 2012

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!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

The City Centre Motel is a great accomodation. The owners and staff are very committed and customer oriented. The rooms are very clean and the motel is not effected by the recent earthquakes.
It's a 15 minute walk to the city center.
The staff provided a lot of tips and pointed out interesting places to visit in Christchurch.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Sandra21xx
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

Stayed at the Motel when travelling in New Zealand during the Rugby Wiorld Cup. Had liased with Tina and Mary over several months and the service was excellent - rooms very clean and spacious - very central location and able to use internet/ laundry services with ease - so welcoming the Motel cannot be more strongly recommended!!!!! Thanks again - take care x

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Skidney_GALA
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

It was not the most ideal day to check in, nor the best time, took the keys from Mary at the reception at 3 pm and got hit by the 6.0 earthquake just as we were heading to our room. A terrible thing to happen when one is traveling with 2 little kids , but what i would rather remember of that day is the kindness and love that Tina and Mary showed towards us. They changed our booking to a ground floor room and made sure that we were comfortable and calm. The room was very well appointed and had everything one would need for a stay, we will definitely be back. Thank you so much for everything !

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Vasundhara_Awasthi
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

I was able to stay here on the sofa bed of my brother's suite after our van died during the world cup. Obviously we had planned on staying in our van but ended up crashing here and it was great. The rooms were clean, spacious and modern and Tina couldn't help us enough in the morning, even offering to drive us to the AA office. After everything Christchurch has been through, to find some hospitatlity and kindness was amazing. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Fifielo
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

I recently spent 2 weeks driving across the south island with a friend and booked the City Centre Motel in Christchurch based on tripadvisor reviews. We only stayed one night in one of the units at the end of the property since it was quieter.

The Motel is not new and the age is showing throughout the property. Tina was remarkably nice and welcoming and gave us some suggestions on places to eat; we particularly like the Indian place (Himalayas) and the nice coffee shop in the corner. There is free wifi included in the price, but the signal in our unit was not that good.

The room was clean and cosy, the bed on the softer side and the bathroom was good enough. Just be mindful that you may face issues when trying to access the hotel if you follow instructions from GPS, since we spent around 2 hours trying to access Colombo Street, until I finally called Tina and she gave us clear instructions… just access through Bealey Avenue.
In general, a good experience but if in the future in Christchurch will most definitely not stay here since we discovered Terra Vive Luxury Apartments and we think is better value for money in the same location.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

The simple name of this motel belies the quality of its rooms and service. Everything worked great and the flowers were in bloom. Just a short distance from the CBD (which is unfortunately closed). Free wifi too!

Would definitely stay here again if coming to Christchurch.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Happy2bHome_11
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Additional Information about City Centre Motel

Address: 876 Colombo Street | Christchurch Centrial, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range: £61 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — City Centre Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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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