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Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
Ranked #8 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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Adelaide, Australia
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24 reviews
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“Affordable luxury”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

We are surprised to read a couple of negative reviews for this motel, as we have nothing but praise, and we, too, are frequent travellers.
The receptionist was friendly and helpful, the suite was sparklingly clean and very nicely decorated, besides being extremely well-equipped, and the bed was very comfortable. The bright and modern bathroom with unexpected extras, like a heated towel rail, was just lovely.
We ate in the restaurant/cafe and found the service friendly and efficient and the meals we had were delicious. It's cafe/bar ambience, rather than silver service, but it's very good and convenient.
The motel offers a free shuttle service to the nearby airport, and we had no trouble booking a shuttle for 4.00 am.
The only negative was that we could only stay one night.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

We chose this hotel as we had an early morning flight out and wanted to be close to the airport. They also picked us up when we dropped our hire car off, which was an added bonus. We had a really good room, which had a full kitchen and a second TV in the bedroom. The room did look a bit tired, and we noticed some of the catches broken on the windows. We ate in the restaurant merely for convenience, but weren't particularly impressed - you could see all the cleaning stuff behind the bar! Overall, location good, but hotel pretty average. Oh, but it's on the bus route so easy to get into the city for a bit if last minute sight seeing.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We booked this motel as it's close to the airport. That is the only positive of this place. We've learnt our lesson and won't be pre paying for accommodation again until we've inspected it. We would never have stayed here if we'd seen it first. First impressions always count and the first impressions we struck were a receptionist who reeked of cigarette smoke and then a cigarette butt and smelly ashtray at the front door of our unit. We started unloading bags only to find 4-5 cleaners still finishing off in our unit. Why weren't we told the room wasn't ready when we checked in? Not a good look. I admit I'm a neat freak and we travel often; we usually choose well and have never been disappointed with our accommodation choices - until now. The bad first impression was a sign of worse to come. This unit needs a total refurbishment including the beds, kitchen, bathroom, everything! And what's with the hole in the carpet? Like we would'nt notice? One of the single beds was sagging so badly we tried to fix it. We found the leg under the bed but couldn't attach it as it was sagging so much; the frame is most likely broken. Needless to say we won't be returning here. So sad for Christchurch when they're trying to attract tourists back to the city and this is the standard of accommodation.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

The newly opened apartments are superb.......well appointed, classy and distinctive, but the restaurant part of the complex is very disappointing. Inattentive staff, poor service and lengthy delays in table service meant that many found an alternative restaurant for the additional meals.
A big tick for the accommodation but a very big negative for the restaurant.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We had the opportunity to stay at the Airport Gateway when we arrived in New Zealand. Our flight had been delayed out of Sydney, and when we arrived at 1am in the morning, they were at the airport to pick us up as soon as we called them. The room was excellent. In the morning when I asked to go back to the airport to get the rental car shuttle, they insisted on taking me to the rental car facility instead. We liked the motor lodge so much, we booked it for our last night before we left NZ. The staff at check-in both times was very friendly and efficient. The only downside to this facility was the restaurant. I can't comment on the food, because we didn't get to order any. We went into the restaurant to have breakfast, the waitress had a very sour expression upon our walking in. After a few minutes, she walked up to the table and tossed the menus on the table and walked away. As this point we got up and went somewhere where they wanted our business.

The restaurant aside, the Airport Gateway Motor Lodge is an excellent choice in Christchurch for the value and convenience by the Airport.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

We were very pleased with our experience when staying at the Airport Gateway Motor Lodge. The courtesy service to the airport was great as it meant a no hassle way to get us to there for our early flight. I also liked being able to leave my car at no cost for the length of time we were away.
The room was also very spacious and very comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

One of best motels I ever stayed in my life.I'm 52,lived in few countries. Wow the best value for money.I was going to Auckland and return,so Shuttle dropped me to the Airport, motel kept my car for free,been picked up on arrival again.Excellent,very friendly stuff.So so happy! !!

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Property: Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
Address: 45 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
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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:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
#17 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#29 Family Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Airport Gateway Motor Lodge 3.5*
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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