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“Friendly staff but room in need of a refurb”

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Airport Lodge Motel
Ranked #61 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
East Midlands
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Friendly staff but room in need of a refurb”
Reviewed 25 March 2012

My wife and i stayed here for one night ahead of our early morning flight to Sydney. The lodge is well located for the airport (about 10 mins drive). Unfortunately our flight was too early to use the motel shuttle bus but the helpful reception staff booked us a discounted rate taxi. We stayed in chalet 25 which had plenty of space and rarely for a motel on our holiday an oven unit. I would say though that whilst the rooms are clean they are very dated and in need of complete modernisation.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2012

We arrived in Christchurch airport on Air Asia flight from Malaysia at almost close to midnight. Called the motel and they sent a van to pick us up. Tips - jot down the motel's toll free number somewhere, you'd need it. The free convenient airport pick-up was the main reason we selected this motel.

A short drive to the motel, and was given the key immediately. The room, as many reported, was clean and comfortable.

Yes, breakfast the next morning was minimal.

We had a few hours to kill before our connecting flight to Queenstown at 2pm. So we checked out, and kept our luggage in the store/garage. The bus stop was right in front of the motel. Went the city centre to have a view of the effect of the earthquake. While saddened by the destruction, was glad that they were beginning to rebuild.

Note - the bus ticket can be re-used for the return trip if it was less than 2 hours. The journey to city centre takes about 30minutes.

You could also take the bus to one of the shopping mall like the Westfield Riccarton.

For transfer from the motel to airport, the motel ran a free shuttle but only on fixed time. In the morning it was 10am and 12 noon. We missed the time, and they called a taxi to take us to the airport. Had to pay for it, of course.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Sarthe
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2012

We reached Christchurch airport at 10.30 pm and somebody from Airport Lodge Motel picked us up. Unfortunately this person was in a hurry to go back home. So she dropped us at our room without much explanation.
Our room was old fashion but clean and along the street that was busy early morning.
The next morning we met a different lady than the previous evening. She was lovely.
Last but not least, avoid the 12$ breakfast !

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2012

Flying in from Thailand/Malaysia at midnight we were picked up by the motel bus and shown to our room within 10 minutes.... with no paperwork! The room, actually a small suite, was squeaky clean and well appointed. We wished we'd been staying longer.

The property is in a lovely suburb near Airport and hire cars yet quiet so one can enjoy quality sleep after a long flight.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Darwin, Australia
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2012

After a long weekend of tramping, we needed to deal with our muddy boots and grassy gaiters before returning to Australia on a very early morning flight. The decor of the units is old fashioned but absolutely spotless - cheers to the cleaning team there. We welcomed the space - a separate kitchen, lounge and full sized bedroom plus a bath for soaking weary limbs. Admittedly we had been in sleeping bags for 4 days but the bed felt oh so comfortable, and the quality of the bedding was equal to any inner city hotel.

There is a separate laundry with deep tubs for scrubbing and soaking, and if you put your wet boots by the dryer's air vent, they will dry in no time.

If the manager had given us a friendly smile or even a small welcome, then this would deserve 5 stars - his service was perfunctory and overshadowed an excellent service. At NZD$130 this is value for money and we would recommend this for transit visitors, especially those who have been off the beaten track.

We ordered a pizza from one of the recommended outlets and they delivered this for no charge. That made us feel better about having to pay for the taxi to the airport. Hint - check the hours that the free shuttle is available before you make your booking.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2012

Due to my very own mistake, I only realized I messed up my booking date when I arrived at Christchurch airport in the wee hour of 23 Jan. I was supposed to book for 22nd check in instead of 23rd check in. The owner of the motel Jo was so kind that she did not forfeit my deposit but with a big smile allowed me to transfer my booking to another date on 30th Jan to check in after I toured the South Island. Thumps up to Martin and Jo who have kept the whole motel so neat and pleasant. The accommodation has everything that are described in the website. Due to late afternoon flight schedule, Martin has allowed us to check out late with only a nominal costs. Will definitely book this place again in my next trip.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2012

We got picked up from the airport by cheery staff despite it being 1am and they were nice enough to drop us off at the airport the following morning to collect the rental car. The accommodation was very clean and although basic, had everything we needed. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to stay near the airport in Christchurch. A hassle free and very pleasant stay - thank you!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Airport Lodge Motel
Address: 105 Roydvale Avenue | Burnside, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #61 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Airport Lodge Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Airport Lodge Motel offers accommodation only 5mins drive from the Christchurch International Airport. Experience quiet, comfortable and affordable motel accommodation conveniently situated off the flight path. Walk to Burnside Park, for rugby, tennis, bowls. Office hours: Monday - Friday: 7:15am - 10pm / Saturday - Sunday: 8am - 9pm . Free Flight transfers to and from the Airport runs from 7:15am until 2am for late flights. Except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve & New Years day. For LATE FLIGHTS, please advise us your Expected time of arrival prior to booking Unlike other motels in Christchurch we are not 24/7 operated. PLEASE TAKE NOTE with our office hours. The Airport Lodge Motel is ideal as either a comfortable stopover or final destination, whether visiting for business or pleasure. Airport Lodge Motel will cater to your requirements for motel accommodation near Christchurch Airport. We have children's playground and plentiful gardens. ... more   less 
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