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Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Ranked #21 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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Sydney,
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“Nice hotel”
Reviewed 7 December 2009

Hotel was quite nice, attractive decor, decent facilities. Free shuttle to and from airport. Drivers were very nice. Room service wasn't bad as well. Prices were average. Walking distance to international antarctic centre and to airport as well but why walk when you have a courtesy shuttle as part of your rate (especially if you're carrying heavy luggage). Gentleman that checked us in wasn't very friendly. By no means was he rude either, but service with a smile was definately not his forte (that night anyway). We asked for a second blanket that night and after about an hour and it still hadn't arrived we called back and one was sent within minutes. No biggy. The older lady that checked us out was also of similar attitude, not rude but not particularly friendly, seemed slightly abrupt when she'd processed out credit card and asked for us to press in our pin number and we told her we didn't have a pin and that it was a sign method, we kind of got "the sigh". We asked her where we could find an ATM and she didn't seem very enthusiastic in helping. The younger lady however at the desk was very lovely and much more helpful. Everyone else was lovely. Not close to shops or food (apart from those in the airport and hotel) so without a car it may be slightly inconvenient. However, overall quite a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 17 November 2009

Had booked this hotel before leaving Australia as had to be at airport at 5am! Our friends live outside Christchurch & I didn't expect them to get up at 3.30am to get us there on time. I was very worried as to how the hotel would be after reading so may negative TA reports. I found the hotel to be pleasant & comfortable....was advised by friends to ask for a room at the back which was not a problem (no areoplane noise)...reception were very obliging & the room was newly renovated. I could understand why some would not be happy as half the hotel hasn't been refurbished & that half looked dated....just ask for a new room they are lovely.  The hotel is very close to the terminals, we actually walked to the hotel just across carpark after returning our hire car the hotel has a 24hr shuttle service to the terminal so getting to your plane on time is not a problem. Didn't eat in the restaurant but looked fine, had a drink in the bar which was a hive of activity they also have a lounge area where you can sit by the fire which has a flat screen TV above...I would say because of the perfect location for flying this would be one busy hotel, there were a lot of business people staying there. All in all a great stopover hotel & once renovations completed even better.

Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2009

The staff were helpful, friendly and polite on check in. The room (standard king) was of a reasonable size but could have been cleaner... There was a noticeable blood? stain on the quit cover and the bathroom had obviously just had a quick wipe over.

My biggest complaint would be of the mattresses - they desperately need replacing. There was a dip so large in my single mattress (standard hotel practice of pushing 2 singles together to produce a king) you could have hidden Mt Cook in it. That made for a sleepless night and a rather unpleasant trip home the following morning.

You can book airport shuttles from the city hotels and if we went back again I would probably rather stay in a nice hotel and get up half an hour earlier to get to the airport. If you're not a fussy sleeper however, apart from the mattress (and of course it's possible that other rooms are fine) it was ok as a transit hotel. Would not recommend staying here unless you have an early flight.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2009

If your only overnighting in Christchurch then is probably your best option. Don't expect too much, its old. The main area's have been upgraded, but the rooms look like nothing has been spent on them since the 70's. Our fridge was so loud, clicking on and off, that I had to unplug it at 1am....but for the price its ok.

Staff were pleasant....didn't look excited to be there, can't blame them really.

Hotel is only 2 min from the Terminal, and offers free shuttle rides, so easy option.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2009

Routine motel and it really does have 24 hour pickup and delivery to the terminals in only five minutes. (If being picked up, do not go the area marked "shuttles", but rather go to the main curbside.)

but...

Internet access is expensive, but (according to their provider with whom I spoke) they didn't buy sufficient access to support their customers so that it effectively doesn't function during the evening. At 3:30 AM in the morning, it's acceptable, but even then only 512k at best, which is not acceptable to those who need to transfer files.

The dining facilities are too small for the demand. They recommend making a reservation, as often there is no room. The alternate is room service which isn't great, as the food is cool and soggy by the time it is delivered.

There are motels that must offer better service.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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port macquarie
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Reviewed 19 October 2009

great hotel everything we needed was here clean , roomy , safe

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2009

Having to get a plane at 6.30am is not the best thing in the world - and I won't do it again. However because I was doing it, I needed somewhere close to the airport as I had to check in by 5am !

Finding the hotel was not a problem and the free shuttle only takes a couple of minutes. Check-in was fine and the staff friendly. The room was average and consisted of two single beds, modern bathroom, tea/coffee making facilites. It overlooked the main road to the airport.

The hotel restaurant is the only one out that way - so you are a captive audience. The menu isn't all that imaginative and the prices (for a steak anyway) are very high. We opted to get the bus from outside the front door and went to downtown Christchurch where we found a great restaurant in Columbo Street.

The main problem with the Sudima is that there is no sound-proofing between the rooms, so when people thunder down the hallway chatting and laughing at 12.30am, you get to hear the conversation. When they enter their room (next to yours) and carry on chatting until 2am, you get to hear that too ! Add to that the non-stop sound of a leaking/running water system somewhere and you will get the picture. Not a pleasant night at all with very little sleep !

Not a memorable stay - well at least not for the right reasons.

  • Stayed October 2009
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Property: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Address: 550 Memorial Avenue | PO Box 14-043, Christchurch, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 4.5*
Number of rooms: 156
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Two-story Hotel located next to golf course & recreation center, adjacent to airport (free transfer) & 10 km from city center. ... more   less 
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