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“Quietly off the main main street”
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City Centre Motel
Ranked #26 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Huntington Beach, California, United States
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138 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Quietly off the main main street”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Motels by their American name are different in New Zealand. There the term "motel" implies they have an additional microwave, perhaps a small gas stove, a refrigerator and the basics of an eat-in kitchen, meaning an assortment of utensils such as a pot or two and some plates and glasses. All amenities of a short stay. We were there to meet up with our photographer / tour guide Phillip Bartlett. We had arrived from a three hour flight from Australia after a very long flight from San Francisco We were looking for place to crash for the evening before meeting up Phillip in the morning. The room was open and airy and it had WiFi. The room was quiet, the bed was quite nice, although after a trip that was quite long, you expect such things. The shower was nice and the water was warm throughout the shower. We had heard a number of people talk about the devastation from the earthquake and some had stated that things could be "spotty" al though we did not encounter any problems Our hosts, Mary and Tina were quite cordial and welcomed us as though they were really excited to see us. They made sure we had anything we needed and they more or less then disappeared. That was a welcome treat after the long flight. Their business card stated "warm, friendly hospitality" and the whole place was all of that. Phillip arrived right on time. We had slept quite well and we noticed the grounds were meticulously kept and the other amenities such as laundry and the office were quite reachable without any long walks required. We inquired about an eating establishment being close and it was within a reasonable walking distance. When we come again, which we will, we will ask that we start oiur second journey at the City Centre Motel.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kaka Point, null, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

we stayed in a studio unit fine for a night or two then carried on with our holiday on our way home we stayed 3 nights in a one bedroom apt more room very comfy brilliant the owner was very friendly and helpful the cleaning staff were brilliant to the unit clean and tidy the motel is situated about 20mins to city centre pleasant walking we will definitely be staying there again great to have free wifi as well

Room Tip: one bedroom apt more room for longer stay for 2 adults
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is the perfect spot for that getaway. Location is superb, and best thing is it is quiet. We didn't get woken up once by cars in the car park or on the road. Comfy bed, great bath, and roomy for a studio unit.

The owner greeted us so warmly, it was welcoming and appreciated. Cleaning staff were brilliant.

Highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: I think any rooms would be fine. Be aware there is an upstairs and downstairs.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here in two rooms - both were clean, quiet and warm. The shower was great and the boys had a spa bath in their room. The staff were very helpful and organised 4am airport shuttle for my son. The off street parking was great, and it was only a short walk to the cbd and botanical gardens etc. We would stay here again.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We stayed there in March 2014. It was first time in New Zealand. We are a family of 3 (a couple and 1 teenager). The place is very clean, spacious and very friendly. The location is quiet and a 15 to 20 minutes walk from the botanical gardens and the other attractions. The Cathedral and some central streets were still closed due to repairs (from the latest earthquake damage). In the same street of the hotel there is a dairy place and a small convenience store around the corner. Also 2 very good restaurants, Italian (Venuti) and Indian. Went to the Italian only but they both are very good according to locals. Hotel staff is very friendly and point you to the right direction for any needs. Has laundry facilities too.

Room Tip: the hotel was quiet when we were there. Although it is safe and safe area, there is no private safe...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Super friendly staff, extremely clean and comfortable and so close to the centre of Christchurch. The staff were so helpful, welcoming and obliging. The rooms have everything you need, they are spacious, clean and quiet. It is a leisurely (flat) 10 min walk to Cathedral square and the CBD. The motel is completely wheelchair accessible with great off street parking. (We work in the disability sector so we notice these things!) It really is a centrally located affordable, clean, quiet, spacious motel that I would recommend to others,

Room Tip: We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment which was fitted out with everything we needed including a smal...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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7 reviews
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Stayed at Centre point great service friendly people wonderful.
Helpful guides for the city.
This couple have a good approach to customer service, We were central to the city and to all we wanted to see and do.
I would stay again without hesitation

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have good views
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 #26 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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