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Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Ranked #20 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 December 2009

Room wasn't particularly cheap at $135 standard type of room, but this was compensated by the excellent airport shuttle, and was next door to the Antartic Centre - we should have parked at the motel instead of paying the fee next door. There was a restaurant at the motel, although not many shops nearby except at the airport. As it was our last day in Christchurch, we lucked out on having our room available early. To save money, I would recommend car hire from Jucy which is about 500m from the motel, as we had to return the car during business hours. The other positive was if you stayed at the motel you could park your car there while you were away on some package. As most flights to Australia are at 6am or 7am, the Sudima eliminates the stress about getting to the airport.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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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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1  Thank JewelzSydney
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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
3  Thank Debdownunder
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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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Thank SarahMD
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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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1  Thank JasonNaggle
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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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Thank MacWilder
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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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Thank brettamportmac
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Additional Information about Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Address: 550 Memorial Avenue | PO Box 14-043, Christchurch 8053, 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: £92 - £187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 4.5*
Number of rooms: 246
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With the completion of the redevelopment and refurbishment programmes, Sudima is now a 4.5 star Qualmark rated Hotel located right at the doorstep of the Christchurch International Airport. With 246 well-appointed guestrooms, the Acheron Restaurant & Bar, this Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the start or end of your journey through the stunning South Island of New Zealand. The Spitfire Shopping Square and the Antarctic Centre are just next door so there are lots to do without having to travel afar. ... more   less 
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