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.
- 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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