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“Well-appointed motel, comfy, and a good location for walking to sights”
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Argyle on the Park
Ranked #22 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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Los Angeles, California
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“Well-appointed motel, comfy, and a good location for walking to sights”
Reviewed 5 January 2013

(Note, I stayed with Julia H. during our December 2012 vacation, see pictures of our room -- #6, second floor, closest to Deans Avenue. Our room has the two queen beds, dark brown leather couches, etc.)

The hotel is very close to a bus stop on the #3 route to/from the airport. It cost us $14 or $15 for a round trip ticket for the trip from the airport and back. You can get off right before the intersection of Riccarton Road and Deans Avenue. We made the mistake of getting off at the nearest major timepoint (the Westfield mall on Riccarton) and walked the mile to the hotel and got soaked. Oops!

We arrived in the middle of an enormous rain storm, and Bruce (the owner) was there to check us in and get us settled. We got #6 on the top floor, he noticed the rain was blowing in sideways (sigh, lol, more rain) and getting under the door sill, and cleaned the door sill for us. Bruce also brought us a complimentary basket of snacks, tea, hot chocolate, maps, and brochures to get us started. He even asked if we wanted any milk!

* Pro tip -- ask for a complimentary shuttle pickup if you're taking the TranzAlpine train trip. It's not a bad walk, but if you don't know where you're going, it's much easier and faster to take the free shuttle in the morning and walk back in the evening. (Can't recommend the train enough! It's awesome.)

Our room had a main room with kitchen and adjacent bathroom, and then a separate bedroom. The main room and the separate bedroom both had queen beds with electric heating blankets as well as quilts and duvets. Both rooms also had separate televisions with cable TV. There's a small wall-mounted heater in the main room. All windows were floor to ceiling (quite nice!) with curtains and sheers, so you can choose how much privacy/light you want. The windows also slant out if you want fresh air. The windows and curtains seemed brand new.

The kitchen had an oven, gas stovetop, microwave, and mini-fridge. Pots, pans, dishes, cooking utensils, an electric hot water pot, silverware -- all included and more. You could definitely cook a meal and be set. There was even a cordless phone, it felt like being in a real home!

The toilet was separate from the shower/sink area. The shower fixtures seemed brand new, and the water pressure was good and the water heated up quickly. A hair dryer was also provided.

I was initially worried that I might be kept awake by road noise because our room was closest to the road. There seemed to always be cars on Deans Avenue, but I slept like a rock (seriously, best sleep I got the entire trip!) and didn't wake up at all. I barely even heard the cars when I was falling asleep. I slept in the separate bedroom closest to the road -- it also had a floor fan, a big closet, and an ironing board and iron.

Our second day when we arrived back at the hotel after the train trip, we were surprised by a BRAND NEW leather couch and chair! The old ones weren't even worn out, they were just outdated in style (but honestly, who cares? the old one was super comfy and clean too). But the leather, soooo comfy and soft and buttery and warm when it was cold outside!

We spoke to the other owner, Bruce's wife, Maggie when we returned -- she was nice too and cheerful! We also found out the hotel had washers and dryers for guest use, but we had already spent a while drying our wet clothes and suitcases in front of the heater. Oops.

The owners seem to be committed to spiffing up the hotel as they go along, I was pretty impressed. Some people may be put off by some of the fixtures or kitchen bits looking old, but they're all perfectly clean and in good working order. You can't honestly expect every hotel in the country to have been built or renovated in the past 5 years! It's more like staying in a sparkling clean rental apartment than a hotel.

* The hotel is across the street from Hagley Park. Go! It's huge and pretty and green.

* There are a few convenience stores on Riccarton Road very close to the hotel if you want snacks.

* If you're looking for a reasonable place for dinner (I swear, it was impossible to find dinners for the $15-20 price range!), consider Nando's (a grilled chicken restaurant) on Riccarton Road next to the railroad tracks. There were also several other restaurants in the same mini mall that looked good, I think sushi and Chinese and Indian.

Thanks Maggie and Bruce! :D

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Port Marmara Turkey
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We stayed at this hotel twice while visiting South Island last year. We found the accommodation to be of an excellent standard and the location so close to the park was ideal for us to walk to the museum and see the other sites of the city. The proprietors were fantastic with helpful information and made us feel so welcome. It was really good value too!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

The location is close to stores and restaurants on Riccarton Road, across the street from Hagley Park. The owners arranged a shuttle to the Tranzalpine Railway station, which is a spectacular trip. New leather sofa and side chair in our room, which was warm and cozy on a rainy day. The kitchenette was well stocked, with refrigerator, microwave, stovetop and oven. All dishes and pans, if you want to cook your own, or they will provide breakfast delivered to your room. Only a short walk to public bus stop that takes you right to the airport. Clean bathroom, but very nicely appointed, with hair dryer. Small hotel with lots of service. Plenty of magazines and travel brochures in your room. We had tea upon waking each morning. Loved the owners, who were helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 December 2012

The location is excellent, as motel is a short walk across park to city centre and even closer to restaurants and near railway station. The owners couldn't have been more helpful, with masses of advice. Their cooked breakfast is very good and excellent value. Bruce even got out of the shower to take us to the station for the transalpine train when our pickup failed to turn up. Get Bruce to order pickup for you and this shouldn't happen! Booking the train on the web from outside NZ is more expensive than calling by phone, as there is only the flexible fare on offer on the web.

Room Tip: Groundfloor rooms were easy to access and not noisy.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

lovely room but small bathroom.good location and not far from cbd.although very noisy on a friday night and having a very early flight next morn,didnt get much sleep from people coming home from the pub across the road and rooms are not sound proof as could hear everything next door. good service in room. need to have lights on bottom stairs going down from top.my husband fell down with suitcase as poor lighting or actually no lighting down stairs

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

This motel was just brilliant and the owners were friendly and jovial. The owners were very helpful with information about the city and were happy to provide local maps and advice. I mentioned that we were originally thinking of taking the Alpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth and return but it was going to cost us nearly NZ$800 and we thought we could see a lot more and do a lot more for that sort of money. The motel owners were horrified at the amount of money and she was going to write to them in protest as we were not the first people she has spoken to with the same complaint.
You get a small milk to have with your tea or coffee or hot chocolate that is provided in a little goody basket when they take you to your room. We stayed there two nights when we got there and then another night before we left. I would choose to stay with them again when we visit. They make you feel most welcome.

Room Tip: All rooms are great. We stayed in two different but similar rooms on our two stays - when we arrived...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Poznan, Poland
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

This hotel is in an interesting place. Easy to drive by car and just a stroll through the gardens to get the downtown. Rooms are very large with a mini kitchen with direct entrance from outside of building (like in motel). Staff was very kind, we were given a city map with instructions. Unfortunately, in March there were still a lot of damage after the earthquake.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Argyle on the Park
Address: 145 Deans Avenue | Riccarton, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Christchurch
#32 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
#38 Family Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Argyle on the Park 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Argyle on the Park motel. With its unique location right across Hagley Park in the middle of the City, it makes it ideal for travelers wanting to explore Christchurch. For those who wish to catch TranzAlpine or Coastal Pacific trains we provide Free Transfer to and from Christchurch Railway Station. The motel has twelve fully self-contained units. Each unit has full Kitchens, Heat Pumps, Double glazing, Sky TV and Free WiFi. Riccarton Westfield Shopping Mall, many restaurants and cafes are within walking distance. It is also just few minutes' drive from Christchurch famous HornCastle Arena and Addington Raceway & Events Centre. If you are looking for stay in Christchurch then look no further! ... more   less 
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