We stayed here for the first night of a short tour of the lower South Island, having arrived on a late afternoon flight. This motel offers free airport pickups, which was great. The person picking us up was professional and friendly and the vehicle comfortable and clean with plenty of room for luggage. It was just a short ride to the motel. The room was wonderful, being in the new refurbished wing, with beautiful furnishings, good lighting and storage. The bathroom was really good, as was the kitchenette which had microwave, toaster, cook top. Everything was spotlessly clean, and there was a tea box with a good selection of teas, real coffee and a plunger which was a very classy touch. We appreciated the free Wi-Fi (one of the criteria for our choice of accommodation), and that the room was family friendly. There is a mini-mart a couple of blocks down the road where you could get supplies, and in the same block of shops a couple of take-aways. There were only two things which disappointed us; a person smoking right outside our room when we returned from the shops, and the discovery that the payment card details used to secure my booking had been saved and printed (visible to another guest and multiple staff) despite being told that they would not be stored by the hotel. There are safer ways of securing customer card details than this, which pleasingly, the duty manager assured me they would look into. If smoking is to be allowed on this property, I would suggest a rule stating that guests cannot smoke within a reasonable distance from the entrance to guest rooms.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Airport Gateway Motor Hotel Christchurch
- Airport Gateway Hotel