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“Close to the beach and cafes, recommended.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sumner Bay Motel
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Sumner Bay Motel
Ranked #105 of 148 Hotels in Christchurch
Whangarei, New Zealand
Level Contributor
22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Close to the beach and cafes, recommended.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

We stayed for 4 nights at this motel. Due to a family bereavement we were booking one day and arriving the next. We needed accommodation for 2x adults and 2x children, which is not simple in Christchurch as unfortunately a lot of accommodation is either non existent any more or being used by the workforce brought in to rebuild the city. Luckily we found this place. We had adjoining rooms which naturally gave us 2 kitchens and bathrooms. The rooms are not particularly big, so we were thankful to have a bit more space to spread out in.
We felt safe staying here, we saw no cracks in the walls to indicate that we needed to be concerned. The decor in the rooms is very tasteful with lovely curtains and bedspreads. The beach at Sumner is lovely and it was great to be able to get out and walk along it. Local cafes were great, unfortunately due to earthquake damage there is no nearby supermarket, so plan ahead about this.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank heweyWhangarei
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Buncrana, Ireland
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156 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2011

We recently had the pleasure of staying twice (2 nights then a separate 1 night) at these superb premises. We had lived in Sumner in 2003/04 & were back to visit friends in ChCh as well as other parts of NZ.
We arrived only 2 months after the devastating quake of April. Our hosts have done a marvellous job in the face of significant adversity. The place was simply immaculate. The rooms were plush & exceptionally well appointed. Really, the comfort levels were fantastic. It is a bit pricier than a standard motel, but as a bit of a treat, this was well worth the extra money.
The setting is marvellous, with lots of rather delectable coffee shops & restaurants nearby. The esplanade & beach are just across the road.
Our stay was truly wonderful, & really made this part of our holiday a very wonderful experience.
In addition, much credit to the hosts. Brent was helpful, congenial & very pleasant to deal with.
Go stay there!

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank martingerardkelly
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Melbourne
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55 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2011

Good quality motel. Reasonable sized clean rooms. Located on main street in Sumner, one block from beach. Friendly hosts.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Kevin B
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New Zealand
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2011

Having stayed here several years ago and really enjoying it, we found the motel to be looking a little 'shabby' this time. The unit was very tidy, but on inspection the level of 'cleanliness' was questionable. Long hairs in the bedding, dirty looking knives, bedside light not working, and only 2 thin bath towels per day. It is always a nice touch to have an extra clean towel available in a unit, and some flannels. Unfortunately we also had to contend with hours worst of noisy maintenance right outside our unit. Understand that maintenance is required, but it was so noisy and prolonged. Not good after previous late night! The people at check-out were friendly and professional. Nice touches were the milk in the fridge and 2 chocos.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank jane86
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
85 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2010

We chose this motel for a one night stay as did not want to be in the city and thought the beach be a nice loaction with our 18mth daughter. Motel is nice and modern, and all you need, however we probably would not stay again with a young child in the 1 bedroom due to space. We in general put her to bed in our room when away and then move to the lounge when it is time for us to go to bed, but there was really no room for the port a cot in the bedroom, so meant we too had to go to bed at 7pm so she could sleep in the lounge...and no tv in the bedroom, so it was a matter of reading books and an early night. But other than that we found the location great, rooms tidy etc..just maybe not a 1 bedroom apartment if travelling with a young one!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank c73
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Canberra
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2009

We stayed at Sumner Bay Motel in Christchurch on our last day of a 3 week trip to New Zealand. This motel was recommended in the Lonely Planet Guide.

We really like this area as it is right near the beautiful beaches and restaurants. The motel is clean and modern and spacious. Our studio unit was on the first floor and it had a spabath and cooking facilities. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We couldn't fault anything there. We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Marie-Therese1
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San Francisco
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2009

We stayed at Sumner Bay Motel for 2 nights and had an excellent stay. Our suite was two level with a bedroom and bath downstairs and a living room, kitchen, and deck upstairs. We were extremely comfortable in the room with plenty of room to relax in. The Motel is very convenient to the beach and nearby restaurants.

We were extremely happy that we decided to stay in Sumner versus Christchurch. Sumner is close by yet it seems so different. Being a small beach town it has a good vibe and the Motel is centrally located.

  • Liked — Location and room size
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank kitertom
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Property: Sumner Bay Motel
Address: 26 Marriner Street, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant
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Ranked #105 of 148 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sumner Bay Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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