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Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
Ranked #8 of 145 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Hawke's Bay
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54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Service with a smile”
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Arrived Christchurch, a quick phone call to Airport Gateway and within a very short time a van arrived to transfer me to the Lodge - the rooms were clean, well looked after and spacious. A TV in the lounge and bedroom, a separate kitchen and lounge area. Relaxing furnishings in good home like colours and fabrics. Big bathroom with a spa bath. It felt more like home rather and a "how much can we squash into a small space" motel. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Will be booking again. Great value.

Room Tip: Had an upstairs room closer to the main road and slept well. No noise.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 May 2013 via mobile

I cannot believe that this place has the nerve to charge what it does. If it wasn't for the fact that we were flying out early the next day and I would have lost my money I would have left. This place is so dated and grotty and really smells.the bathroom was appalling - the shower curtain was hanging on a piece of wire and the fridge stunk like something had died in it. The bedroom was just plain scary. Avoid this place at all costs.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Whanganui, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2013

The rooms are being renovated. We had a new room and it was nice. Couldn't find the light switches at first, but did eventually. Not a lot else wrong with the room. Criticisms are that:
- the restaurant was average. Food only okay, expensive, pathetic service, and an odd room.
- the wifi was nothing short of rubbish... they did have service people there earlier in the day that we arrived who had been changing the setup, so maybe it was a temporary thing, but my experience was FRUSTRATING!
- when we first opened the door, there was a strong smell of cleaning chemical... it's nice to have a clean room, but this was overpowering!

Room Tip: The rooms adjacent to the road are a little noisey.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2013

We chose motel for location and multiple rooms - delivered on both accounts, but very little else!
The decor and fittings were very tired; the furniture was barely adequate, the kitchen small and basic. We thought that the bathroom was clean but still unpleasant: there were hints of grime and mould between cracks and around edges, the shower at least 20 years overdue for replacement.
We would've stayed elsewhere if we'd known what we were in for, and recommend the same to other travellers.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

We were planning to stay here just one night, but after 5 minutes of seeing the two bedroom accommodation we knew we had to leave straight away. The rooms are very old and tired. It was clean but we really felt that we could not stay. We found somewhere else to go and checked out quickly. So we can't really say that we stayed the night there.

I know that renovations are being done and it may be that we just got one of the old rooms but really it was terrible! We also tried to get a coffee at the cafe but the man behind the machine said that he couldn't operate it and after a look around said that he couldn't find anyone who could. So despite the big signs saying takeaway coffee outside, we left without staying the night or a takeaway coffee!

Stay at the Airport Palms Motor Lodge which is just across the road instead. It is fantastic. The two places are like chalk and cheese!

Room Tip: If you really must stay here (though there are plenty of better alternatives close by) ensure that i...
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2013

Stayed in a two bedroom unit,,,nothing like photos....old and very dated..free 24 hour shuttle to airport is a real bonus but thought accommodation was overpriced for the standard of the room. Older rooms do not have the great water pressure mentioned in other reviews

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2013

Really close to the airport which is handy. Free shuttle (24 hours!) is even more handy! Rooms were modern and fresh, water pressure was so good it was painful... the only thing I can fault is the little blue LED lights on each power point/light switch. They end up illuminating the whole room and being slightly annoying.

The 24hr food wasn't great (pizza was a touch undercooked) but hey, we had to eat at 1AM after a long flight so I really didn't care (is tomato sauce on pizzas a common NZ occurrence?)

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Airport Gateway Motor Lodge

Property: Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
Address: 45 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
#13 Best Value Hotel in Christchurch
#13 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
#17 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#29 Family Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Airport Gateway Motor Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Closest Motel to Christchurch International Airport. Free 24 Hour a day Airport Transfers. Restaurant & Bar onsite. 40 motel units with all with Kitchen facilities. ... more   less 
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