(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
- 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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- Also Known As:
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