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“Old School Service with a smile”
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Belle Bonne Motel
Ranked #84 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Western Australia, Australia
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Old School Service with a smile”
Reviewed 17 January 2013

We needed somewhere for the 6 of us to rest our heads on the last night of our 2 week holiday. We made a mistake with our booking which they graciously took in their stride, were helpful with taxi bookings to the airport, and everything else we needed. It was service with a smile and while it may not be new and fancy it is solid and homely.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank Marie K
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Spinner19_12, Manager at Belle Bonne Motel, responded to this review, 10 April 2013
We thank you for your very nice comments , and wish to say, it was a pleasure having you and your family stay with us. Geoff the Manager.
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Rolleston, null, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2012

We stayed here for 7 nights due to EQC repairs. We found the place lovely and warm. Owners were very friendly and accommodating. Nice and quiet considering it is placed on a main road. Close to a huge selection of restaurants. Reasonably priced for a two room.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank Julie H
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Spinner95, Owner at Belle Bonne Motel, responded to this review, 10 June 2012
Thanks Julie H, for your kind comments. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and it was a pleasure to have you stay.
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Australia
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223 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2012

The motel is old and needs refreshing however the owners are very welcoming and hospitable.
There is reduced choice in Christchurch due to the earthquake and we found that every motel along yaldhurst rd was booked out.
We paid $185 for the two bed apt for the one night.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Spinner95, Owner at Belle Bonne Motel, responded to this review, 10 June 2012
Hi Jules 7771, Thank you for your kind comments. Since your stay, we have refirbished units with new black leather lounge suites and new drapes in the remainder of units.
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Essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights, it was quite a lot of money compared to other motels I've stayed at (which were better).

The room was a mini apartment with a lounge, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. It was very dated and could use a re-vamp, but they have brand new widescreen TV's which doesn't really match up. They said they have complimentary wireless... which you have to pay for...go figure?

It was comfortable enough for 2 nights, but it was just not worth the money. It also said on their website and the website I booked on that you get complimentary airport drop offs/pick ups... yet I had to pay $20... again, go figure.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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2 Thank sb1508
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Spinner95, Owner at Belle Bonne Motel, responded to this review, 10 June 2012
Thanks SB1508 for your comments. We must take issue with some of them as they are totally incorrect. Our Two bedroom Family units are considered to be on the large side for NZ classification and not at all ''mini'. Secondly we do not charge for the first 2 hours of Internet usage , so if you would like to email me with your date of stay and I find you have been incorrectly charged , then I will happily refund to you. [ In February 2012 I found our manager had incorrectly charged some guests for I/net usage.] Thirdly, nowhere on 3rd party websites do we offer complimentary airport shuttle service as you have STATED, only with direct bookings on our site.. This is sometimes a problem with guests seeing this service on our website, and booking elswhere thru a 3rd party. You Go figure .
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Wellington
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Comfortable enough to sleep, however pretty dull and old.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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3 Thank Will_Epicurean
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Spinner95, Owner at Belle Bonne Motel, responded to this review, 29 January 2012
Hi, we're sorry you found our motel dull and expensive. Down the road are about 15 newer motels where you could have paid $20 to $40 a night more. Our tarifs are within the industry norm for a 3 Star Plus Qualmark rated motel.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2011

Our 17year old daughter fould this wonderful self contained two bedroom affordable Motel on the west side of ChristchurchThe Managers Geoff and Heather went out of their way to make our stay great{turning on the electric blankets when our flight was delayed 11pm}I was apprehensive about going to Christchurch after the earthquakes,but had no choice as my son and his wife had just had their first baby.We had an amazing weekend which was supported by a great place to stay.We will certainly be going back in summer{i want to swim with the dolphins}and as far as shaking we didnt feel the 4.3 after shock.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Barbara R
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Spinner19_12, Owner at Belle Bonne Motel, responded to this review, 20 January 2012
We thank you for your very kind comments. We take pride in looking after our guests and enjoy a high rate of repeat customers and referrals. Despite the aftershocks, we are unaffected and continue to be very busy with many repeat customers and refferals. We look forward to meeting you again,
Geoff.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2011

We only stayed here as we’d been double booked at our original motel due to the volume of EQ workers that had to be accommodated, and this was the only place in town that had a 2 bed unit available. The owner seemed indifferent to us and said when trade picks up he’ll be selling up and moving on, not a great introduction.

The rooms were spacious and extremely clean but oh my goodness they are so stuck in a 70’s time warp apart from the TV which looked like it was brand new. However the surprise was the beds, they were really comfy.

If you are happy to drive everywhere then the location is OK but if you like to walk to restaurants in the evening then this was too far out.

In summary, an OK stay but overpriced in view of the dated rooms and edge of town location.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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3 Thank JPY
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Spinner19_12, Owner at Belle Bonne Motel, responded to this review, 20 January 2012
We thank you for your comments, particularly the ones on our cleanliness and our comfy beds.
We receive many favourable comments on thos two topics which are the two most important issues concerning travellers. We are sorry you found our motel dated, we are Qualmark rated 3 Star plus and never advertise to be '' above our station ''. As we were the last 2 b/m motel available, I'm not sure why you are downgrading us. As to the conversation with you , re our plans for the future, I may have to be a little more circumspect with customers in the future. Some love to talk and others just want to do their own thing and we respect that..

Geoff.
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Property: Belle Bonne Motel
Address: 95 Yaldhurst Road | Avonhead, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
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Ranked #84 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Belle Bonne Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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